At the risk of repeating myself (I say this about ALL home baked bread), once you eat these buns, you will never buy store-bought burger buns again! Another easy, no-knead recipe that results in the perfect texture and structure with rich flavor. Did you get that?? FLAVOR! When is the last time you tasted anything like flavor in a burger bun? The texture is sturdy enough so they won’t get soggy and the crust is just right – you can bite into them without pulling the whole darn burger or sandwich apart. Enough said. Ready, set, BAKE!
The Most Delicious Burger Buns
- 3½ cups All Purpose Flour (measure accurately, too much flour will result in heavy buns)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 2 tablespoons melted butter, cooled slightly
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup lukewarm water plus 2-3 tablespoons
- 3 tablespoons melted butter for topping
- Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a large bowl.
- In another bowl, whisk together melted and cooled butter, egg and 1 cup water. Add to dry ingredients and using a spatula, mix together to make a soft, rather smooth dough. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed to gather flour in the bottom of the bowl. Don’t be afraid to use your hands if necessary, to fully mix the dough. The dough might be a little sticky, but do not add additional flour.
- Cover and let rise 1½ to 2 hours or until doubled in bulk. You definitely want the dough to double on this first rise.
- Deflate the dough by folding it over on itself with a spatula while turning the bowl quarter turns. It helps to oil the spatula or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Divide into 8 portions, about 3+ ounces each. Shape each piece into a ball using no flour or as little flour as possible to prevent sticking. This step is accomplished easily if you use a Silpat mat. Place the buns on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten to about 3 inches across. Cover and let rise for about an hour, until noticeably puffy. If you gently poke a floured finger about ½ inch into the risen buns, the indentation should fill partially back up if the buns are ready to bake.
- Pre-heat the oven to 350° convection.
- When buns are ready to bake, brush with half the melted butter. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove from oven and brush with remaining melted butter.