Big - BIG - Hamburger Buns (9 inches across)
We made some really big hamburgers. To make the buns, I used the Italian Bread recipe from P. Reinhart's BBA. I tried several different weights of dough to get the appropriate size/height for the buns. I applied an egg wash and seaseme seads. To form the buns, I used 9 inch cake rings. I baked them on a stone inside the ring. The cake rings do not have bottoms and are 1-1/2 inches tall. It seemed to be about the correct proportions.
For each burger I used 1.3 pounds of ground meat. I was able to grill them and turn them without breaking. Once loaded, each burger feeds at least 4 people. It was a lot of fun to bring out hamburgers the size of a plate.
Warning: This food is not recommended for anyone not wishing to gain weight.