Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Light Brioche Burger Buns

There are some days that dinner time rolls around and I groan. The kitchen is the last place I want to be, and making dinner is the last thing I want to be doing. Those are our delivery pizza/fast food take-out days.

Unfortunately those days have been getting more and more frequent. I blame the weather. Even though the rain and/or heat really has nothing to do with it. In mind it's summer. And summer = being lazy. At least in my book.

So I made some crock-pot pulled pork. Then felt guilty because it was SO easy, and I really wasn't doing anything the rest of the day. So I felt compelled to try my hand at making my own hamburger buns after having a very delicious recipe tucked away for a while. Well, that and we didn't have any hamburger buns at the house. Summer = lazy, remember? I really just didn't want to go to the store.

Would it have been easier to just buck it up and go to the store for some buns? Probably. But honestly, these really weren't that difficult to make, they just took a little time. And quality-wise? Oh-so-much better than those $0.99 buns I have a habit of picking up. Sorry, I'm a cheap-skate on certain things, can't be helped.

Light Brioche Burger Buns

Adapted from: Susi's Kochen Und Backen Adventures

3 tablespoons warm milk (105-115 degrees F)
1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees F)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
3 cups bread flour
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Combine milk, 1 cup water, yeast, and sugar in a glass measuring cup, stirring well. Let sit for about 5 minutes, or until the top is foamy. In a small bowl, lightly beat one egg.

In the large work bowl of a mixer, stir together both flours and salt. Cut in butter until crumbs form. Add the egg and yeast mixture to the flour. Mix together with the dough hook attachment on low. Once combined, increase the speed to medium until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes (or 8-10 minutes if you are kneading by hand). The finished dough may be slightly sticky (do not add additional flour).

Transfer the dough to a clean work area and into a ball. Place the down in a greased bowl, flipping once to coat entirely. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free location until doubled in size, 1-2 hours.

Remove dough from the bowl and place on a clean work area. Punch the dough down, then let rest for about 5 minutes. Divide the dough equally into 10 sections and shape each into a ball. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the dough balls to the baking sheet, spacing them out 2-3 inches. Cover with plastic wrap coated with cooking spray. Let rise for an additional 1-2 hours until doubled in size.

Set a large shallow pan of water on oven floor. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small bowl, beat together 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush the egg wash on top of each bun. Sprinkle the buns with sesame seeds. Bake, turning sheet halfway through baking, until tops are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Makes: 10 buns

There are certain things that make a hamburger bun a "good quality" bun. You don't want the bun to be so overly soft that any liquid renders it a smooshy sticky mess within minutes of slapping on that burger patty, pulled pork, or sloppy joe mix. Yet you don't want the outside to be so crusty that biting into it squishes everything between the bun out the back. These buns are a nice happy mix. The buns have a nice soft center, yet are totally capable of handling saucy heavy fillings without falling apart or going squishy. As for my favorite part, there is just a very light hint of sweetness to the bun as well. I will definitely be making these again next time we have any recipe calling for a hamburger bun (well, time permitting). :)

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 209Calories from fat 41
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4.5g7%
Saturated Fat 2.3g11%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 386mg16%
Total Carbs 35.6g12%
Fiber 1.3g5%
Sugars 3.6g
Protein 6.0g
Vitamin A 3%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2%Iron 13%


  1. Mmm these do look perfect! Thanks for the heads up :-)

  2. Wow! They look really good with maybe some butter and jelly. Ok I guess it would be better with a hamburger, if you insist.

  3. You make your own buns!! Dang woman!! That's awesome!

  4. These buns look fabulous! Totally better than the dollar buns from the store. I've got to try making my own sometime soon!

  5. This is beautiful recipe...just today I bought this wonderful type of bread and made French toast....delicious:) I have to try and make my own..thanks for the post

  6. Oh I bet these buns were fantastic!!
    I need to make my own buns!

  7. I can't wait to try these! Monday is my yeast tackling day - looks like its going to be burger day too! I'm so excited - thanks for posting these. :)

  8. These look amazing! And I'm sorry, but crock-pot pulled pork is not lazy. Still, I'm glad y ou made - and posted - this recipe, I can't wait to try it!

  9. Beautiful buns and perfect for the pulled pork. Lovely job.

  10. I feel like such a failure after reading this post. I had planned to do this last week for our hamburgers. We had not had burgers at home in a very long time. I wanted to do something special. Then I got tried. We ended up with just using store sandwich bread. They were sad. I guess there is always next time. These are true inspiration!

  11. These looks so fluffy and delish. And with your pulled pork for dinner? YUMMO!!



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