Homemade Hamburger Buns
This year I’ve been searching & trying different hamburger bun recipes. I have two recipes I want to share with you because I think they are the two best that I’ve tried. The first recipe is tried & true & comes for the King Arthur Flour site. I’ve been making it a lot recently & I think it goes great with homemade burgers & I also use it to make sandwiches. It has a nice rich buttery flavor to it which I kinda love.
This recipe makes 8 large hamburger buns or 12 average size buns. I usually make 12 buns.
If you want to make these into “slider buns” just divide the dough into 24 pieces and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
Brushing the tops with butter gives them a soft golden brown crust & a rich buttery flavor.
- ¾ to 1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted (I used salted)
- 1 large egg
- 3½ cups All-Purpose Flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1¼ teaspoons salt
- 3 tablespoons melted butter (for brushing)
- Mix and knead all of the ingredients together — by hand, stand mixer, or bread machine — to make a soft, smooth dough (about 5-10 min. of kneading)
- **Start with the ¾ cup water, add more if dough is still too dry, in summer months you need less water, in winter months you usually need more**.
- Cover and let rise for 1 to 2 hours, or until it's nearly double in size.
- Divide dough into 8-12 pieces, depending on how big you want them (I made 12).
- Shape each piece into a ball; flatten to about 3" across. Place on a greased cookie sheet and let rise for about an hour or until noticeably puffy.
- Brush the buns with half of the melted butter.
- Preheat oven to 375°F and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the tops are golden.
- Remove from oven and brush with remaining melted butter.