King Arthur yeasted burger buns
We felt like having fish burgers for dinner but only made that decision this morning. So without any time to make sourdough buns I decided to try making buns with KA’s yeasted burger bun recipe. Since these are enriched they should still have good flavor even without the benefit of the added sourdough.
Buns (for 4 buns measurement in brackets)
- 420g (210g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 170g to 227g (85-114g) water, lukewarm*
- 2 tablespoons 28g (1tbsp 14g) butter, at room temperature
- 1 large egg (½)
- 50g (25g) sugar
- 1 1/4 (5/8) teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon instant 9g (½ tbsp 4.5g) instant yeast
*For best results (a smooth, slightly soft dough), use the smaller amount of water in summer (or in a humid environment), the greater amount in winter (or in a dry climate); and something in between the rest of the time.
- 3 tablespoons 43g (1.5 tbsp 22 g) butter, melted; divided
Seed topping (optional)
- 1 large egg white* whisked with 2 tablespoons cold water
- sesame seeds, or the seeds of your choice
*For added richness and color, add the yolk left over from separating the egg to the dough above.
- To make the dough: Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — to make a soft, smooth dough.
- Cover the dough and let it rise until it's nearly doubled in bulk, about 1 to 2 hours.
- To shape the buns: Gently deflate the dough and divide it into eight pieces (about 100g each); to make smaller or larger buns see "tips," below. Shape each piece into a ball.
- Flatten each dough ball with the palm of your hand until it's about 3" across.
- Place the buns on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise until noticeably puffy, about an hour. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Brush the buns with about half of the melted butter. To make seeded buns, brush the egg white/water mixture right over the melted butter; it'll make the seeds adhere. Sprinkle buns with the seeds of your choice.
- To bake the buns: Bake the buns for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden. Remove them from the oven and brush with the remaining melted butter; this will give the buns a satiny, buttery crust. If you've made seeded buns apply the melted butter carefully, to avoid brushing the seeds off the buns.
- Cool the buns on a rack before slicing in half, horizontally. Use as a base for burgers (beef or plant-based) or any favorite sandwich filling.
- Storage information: Store leftover buns, well-wrapped, at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.