The Best Hamburger Buns

Author: Canadian Living

Step aside, store-bought buns — here are the finest homemade hamburger buns you'll ever taste.

  • Portion size 16 servings
  • Credits : © CanadianLiving.com

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast (or 2-1/4 tsp/11 mL)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour approx
  • 1 egg yolk
  • sesame seeds (optional)

Method

In large bowl, dissolve 1 tsp (5 mL) of the sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over top; let stand until frothy, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in saucepan, heat milk, remaining sugar, butter and salt over low heat just until butter is melted; let cool to lukewarm. Add to yeast mixture.

Using electric mixer, beat in 3 cups (750 mL) of the flour, 1 cup (250 mL) at a time, until smooth. Using wooden spoon, stir in enough of the remaining flour to make stiff dough.

Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead, adding more flour if necessary to prevent sticking, until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Punch down dough; turn out onto lightly floured surface. Roll into log and divide into 16 pieces; shape each into ball, stretching and pinching dough underneath to smooth tops. Place, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on greased baking sheet; flatten slightly. Cover and let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, 30 to 60 minutes.

Whisk egg yolk with 1 tbsp (15 mL) water; brush gently over tops; sprinkle with sesame seeds (if using). Bake in centre of 400°F (200°C) oven until golden and buns sound hollow when tapped on bottoms, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool. (Make-ahead: Freeze in airtight containers for up to 1 month.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per bun:</b> about

  • Sodium 239 mg
  • Protein 5 g
  • Calories 174.0
  • Total fat 2 g
  • Cholesterol 18 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 32 g

%RDI

  • Iron 12.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 25.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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