Maybe you are an experienced baker, or maybe not so much. I am the latter. Full disclosure, it took several attempts and a few different recipes to finally get something that resembled a hamburger bun. Getting the buns to rise was my issue. My first three attempts at hamburger buns much more resembled dinner rolls.
Finally, I found a winner of a recipe and was able to successfully execute it. I will take zero credit for creating or significantly adapting the recipe. I used the King Arthur Flour 'Beautiful Burger Bun' recipe. The only thing I tweaked was brushing them with an egg wash to give them a darker crust and then sprinkling them with sesame seeds before popping them in the oven.
These buns are just a little denser than a typical hamburger bun. They have great flavor and taste so fresh! We will definitely be making them again. These buns make a great vehicle for a delicious burger with all of your favorite toppings.
3/4 to 1 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 large egg
3 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast
1 tablespoon milk
Sesame Seeds (optional)
1. Mix together all of the ingredients. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic.
2. Cover the dough, and let it rise until it has doubled in size (1 to 2 hours).
3. Deflate dough, and divide it into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a round ball; flatten to about 3" across. Place the buns on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour, until noticeably puffy.
4. Brush buns with prepared egg wash. Add sesame seeds (optional).
5. Bake the buns at 375°F for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden.
6. Cool the buns on a rack.