Big Buns

09 October 2013

I don't think I can stress enough how much I like a simple recipe and how much I like to cook with what's in my kitchen. I really enjoy trying new recipes but I hate having to leave my house for one or two ingredients. Some time ago I had been planning on making burgers for dinner. I was craving a grilled burger like no body's business. It's not very often that a person who lives in an apartment can say they were barbecuing. My husband and I don't even have a balcony at our apartment. No one in our building does - so I hope you understand when I say I was craving a burger I really was.

In efforts to recreate that grilled taste I set out to purchase a cast iron pan. I seasoned it with oil to prepare it for making the burgers. I also got all the ingredients I needed to make them too - lettuce, tomatoes, onions, ketchup, mustard, mayo, ground beef for my husband and black beans for me. As I scratched everything off that list and headed to checkout it never crossed my mind that I was leaving something behind. When I got home I set out all my groceries, that's something I do often when I am preparing to cook. Immediately I noticed that I forgot buns and it was at that moment that it started pouring rain.

To say I was annoyed is an understatement. I was in a jam, there was no way I could go back to the store in that weather and there was no way that I could tell my husband that we weren't having burgers after I had gotten him all excited about it. So I googled "easy burger buns" and I found this recipe. After sifting through some of the comments I decided to try the suggestions of the reviewers to let the burgers rise longer, cook longer, etc.

This was a happy accident and since stumbling upon this recipe I have not had a store bought bun. These buns are super fast to make, tasty with a hint of sweet, and I promise they will make you feel like the greatest baker on earth because they are impossible to mess up. Not only were they ready within the hour but the buns totally made the burger because they were hot, fresh, and added a kick of flavor. For me there is no better taste than eating fresh homemade foods. I never thought I could make my own hamburger buns - but I am so glad that I did.

P.S. This recipe can also be used for hot dog buns.

Burger Buns

2 tbsp active dry yeast

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water 110° to 115°
1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup sugar
1 egg*
1 teaspoon salt

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Activate yeast in a bowl by dissolving in sugar and warmed water. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes until it has bubbled. 

Then add oil, egg, salt, and flour to form dough. 

Gentle knead dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic, typically about 5 minutes.

Divide dough into 6-12 equal pieces. Roll each dough piece in a ball and place 3 inches apart on your greased or parchment lined baking sheet.

Cover dough with a cloth or bag and let rise for 30 minutes in a warm place. 

Preheat oven and when it's ready bake buns at 425° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. To get buns more golden brown you may wipe them with butter or an egg wash* halfway through baking.

 Remove from pan to cooling rack.

Cool. Slice. Enjoy. 

*All ingredients used for this recipe are vegan. Egg is Egg Replacer or a flax egg. I typically use whatever I have on hand, both work great in this recipe.Vegan Egg Wash = 2 tbsp soy milk + 2 tbsp vegan margarine.

Your Turn: Did you know buns could be this easy to make? Have you ever made your own breads? If so what is your favorite to make?


  1. 1. Apartment living is the BEST way to really challenge your creativity. I love that you bought the cast iron pan! My husband and I had the same issue when we were renting - we used a griddle to make hamburgers.

    2. Loving that you came up with a solution to the no-buns dilemma AND happened to have all the ingredients (knowing me, I'd have everything but that ONE EGG).

    We've been experimenting with cutting out gluten. I may try this recipe with a flour alternative. :)

  2. You had me at "the buns totally made the burger because they were hot, fresh, and added a kick of flavor." Sounds amazing! :)

  3. I really didn't know it was that easy! Never thought about making my own haha. But my goodness, anything bread related sounds good and hearty on this rainy day ;) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Those look so good! I wish I had a bigger kitchen for all of the gadgets I want. HA! BUT...I can start simple now and this is one way I can. Oh yea...what is kneading? Gotta get the terms down so I can actually know what to do.

  5. I hate to say this, but I have NEVER made my own bread! After reading this, it's definitely on the top of my list of DIYs to try!

    xo, B

  6. Wow, good for you, girl! Way to work with what you have! :-)

  7. LOL! You had me cracking up by the time you got to the line about it raining outside. I could already envision what was going on in real time. LOL

    These buns look great. Actually the whole sandwich does. I've never successfully made bread that needed to rise, etc, even with a bread maker. The breads I can make are the quick breads like Amish bread, pumpkin bread, etc.

  8. you are my hero for making your own hamburger buns! these look TO DIE FOR! i'm so glad you got your hamburger fix :)

  9. oh you brave woman!!! That is awesome, they worked out so perfectly!!! Wish I'd seen this before tonight! We had burgers for dinner too!!!!! But the bought ones just didn't cut it!! Hamburgers are my favourite! YUM!


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