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Hamburger Buns

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kjknits

Hamburger Buns

So, I haven't posted here in Quite A While, but I made some hamburger buns the other day and thought I would share my results. I have always wanted to make my own burger buns, but the last time I tried over a year ago, they were heavy and too bready for burgers. We couldn't even finish our burgers, the night I served them on those buns! So I sort of let that idea pass away. But then a few weeks ago, I found a recipe posted on King Arthur's baking blog. I was intrigued by the method of forming the buns cinnamon-roll style, and I loved the idea of the onion swirl! So I gave them a try.

KAF burger buns

Well, first of all, they turned out beautiful. How pretty are those? The egg wash and poppy seeds really dressed them up. And the onion flavor from the dried onion swirl was really nice. Subtle, but still tasty. I added a little too much flour to this batch, though, and so they were a little more dense and heavy than I wanted. I really want homemade taste, but supermarket fluff, in my hamburger buns. So I tried them again the next weekend, added less flour (PJ says the dough should be tacky like tape, not sticky like glue, and that description helped me a lot). They were much lighter with less flour. So, I think the key to these is to avoid adding too much flour. I might try adding some milk instead of water sometime, too. It makes super light and fluffy dinner rolls, so it might also work well in hamburger buns.

(No, we didn't have french fries with our burgers that night. Instead, we had fried okra, straight from the farmer's market! Yum.)

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Floydm's picture
Floydm

Again, beautiful!

kjknits's picture
kjknits

Thanks, Floyd!

Katie in SC

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audra36274

I love a good burger and those buns were the star on top of the christmas tree! I had seen the recipe before but the photo didn't make me want them. Yours did. I paln to try them tomorrow> Great job!

                                                                                 Audra

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audra36274

  The smell reminded me of the buns at Arby's on the beef and cheddars, but they are soooooo much better! I am going to make another batch tomorrow and be more careful. I over proofed while swimming with my kids. I know.... I took a clock out to the pool, but had them rising upstairs and it was way hotter than I thought and they went a little too far. I baked them anyway but they kinda fell; anyway....my husband suggested that we make another batch since it was still early, but lets just taste the "uglies" HONEY!!! Those are terrific, ugly or not! Full steam ahead on the hamburgers! I still may make another batch tomorrow for the extra practice and to get them just right. I want my friend Linda to try them too. Maybe on a hot ham and cheese? Since I was drying off the kids and myself, I even over baked by a couple of minutes, but it just only gave the bottom a little crunch. I cannot believe I fouled these up so bad, but they tasted so wonderful. Woman you have got a home run on this one! Thank you for bring that wonderful recipe to us. I had seen it through KA but it was YOUR picture that sold it. Theirs looked kinda dry and tight (aka hard and dense) but your picture sent us drooling! It is true what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words! Thank you again for such a wonderful recipe!

                                                                                     Audra

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kjknits

Audra, I'm so glad they worked out well for you!  The KA recipe really does turn out beautiful buns.

Cheers,

Katie in SC