Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hamburgers and Homemade Buns

So, I had this bread:
I really really didn't want to throw it away. So I used it to make breadcrumbs to put in hamburgers

The reason it looks like that is probably because I used too much wheat flour, so  when I kneaded it the gluten strands were cut. Or it didn't rise enough, or both.

Making this meal I started making the buns first.

Dissolve 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoon) yeast in 1/4th a cup of warm water.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and heat 6 teaspoons (3/8 cup, if you have a 1/8 cup measure like me) in microwave. Add 2 tablespoons (1/8 cup) sugar and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Beat in 1 egg and then add to the yeast water. Blend well then add flour till a proper dough for kneading (about 2-4 cups or so)

Knead till smooth and elastic, when you can get a proper gluten window.

Place in bowl and cover with warm tea towl. Or if you don't have a tea towel (like me) heat a cup of water in a microwave safe dish for 2 minutes. Quickly place your bowl of dough in the microwave and do not open the microwave. This keeps it nice and moist and warm, just like the tea towel. Rise about 45 minutes to an hour.

Punch down dough and cut (don't tear, that ruins the bubbles!) into either 12 small balls or about 8 larger ones. Roll into a ball and slightly flatten between your palms.

Place on a well greased baking sheet, and either cover with tea towl again or do the trick with the microwave. I had two pans (for the 12) that I placed my raised cooling rack over one pan so I could fit both in microwave. Rise for 30-45 minutes.  ( I started my hamburgers at this time*)

Preheat your oven to 350. When finished with rise brush with egg white or butter, Bake for 12-20 minutes until golden brown.  Make sure you let them cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before trying to cut, these will be the BEST hamburger buns you have ever eaten, so soft and delicious!!!!

*For the Hamburgers 
I grated my too dense wheat bread and just poured some into my thawed hamburger meat. (sorry I didn't measure!) Added 2 eggs and some salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Formed into patties and pan fried. I added the bacon grease I had from frying up bacon for these burgers and the twice baked potatoes (another recipe for another time) to cook in. We had barbecue sauce for those who wanted it, and cheese and bacon to place on the burgers.

Was the best homemade meal! I hope you try it! Tell me how it goes!


  1. Hi from SITS!

    How cool you have a burger AND bun recipe, usually I just see burgers so this is pretty cool. So happy that you don't need a bread maker! Fun stuff!

  2. wow what an awesome recipe you go girl!!!

  3. Thanks much for your comments on my blog. We finally have a computer again, and we're living in a pickup-top camper that some friends were sweet enough to give us. It's cramped but hey, the furnace works and we don't need an electric blanket! Best of all, our kitty, Squeaky has returned and we found the lost yaks!

    Now if only I had an oven that works, so I could bake your recipes. Ah well, eventually.
    Blessings, Lemur

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