Making your own flat hamburger buns at home can take your burger game to the next level. These soft, pillowy buns provide the perfect base for your juicy patties, creating a mouthwatering burger experience. In this guide, we will walk you through a step-by-step process to make delicious flat hamburger buns right in your kitchen. With a few simple ingredients and some patience, you’ll be able to create homemade buns that will elevate your burger creations and impress your friends and family.
To make flat hamburger buns, you’ll need the following ingredients:
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup warm water
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
Sesame seeds (optional, for topping)
Step 1: Activate the yeast
In a small bowl or take a bowl as per your convenience, combine warm water and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy. This step activates the yeast and ensures proper fermentation, leading to light and airy buns.
Step 2: Mix the dough
In a large mixing bowl, combine the activated yeast mixture, flour, salt, melted butter, and egg. Now the next stage is to Stir the ingredients and that should be a careful assignment, and follow until a shaggy dough forms. Thereafter, transfer the prepared dough onto a lightly floured surface as well as knead for about around 8-10 minutes when it becomes smooth and even turns elastic.
Step 3: Let the dough rise
Now you can place the dough completely in a greased bowl. Make sure you should cover it with a highly clean kitchen towel. Now you make the same and let it rise in a warm, and now should draft-free area for around 1-2 hours, or until it doubles in size. This allows the yeast to work its magic, developing the buns’ texture and flavour.
Step 4: Shape the buns
After the dough has risen, you should gently punch it down in order to release any air bubbles formed inside the same. Transfer it back to the floured surface and divide it into equal portions, depending on the desired size of your buns. Shape each portion into a round, flat disc, about ½ inch thick.
Step 5: Second rise and baking
Place the shaped buns gently onto a baking sheet lined with cleaned parchment paper. Thereby leaving some space between each dough rolls. Cover the buns with a kitchen towel and let them rise for another 30-45 minutes. Meanwhile, you need to preheat your oven to a temperature range of 375°F (190°C).
Optional Step: Topping
If desired, brush the risen buns with a beaten egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds on top to add extra flavour and visual appeal.
Step 6: Bake and enjoy
Once the second rise is complete, remove the towel and bake the buns in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. Remove them from the oven and now you need to let them cool on a cleaned wire rack. Once cooled, slice the buns horizontally and use them to assemble your favourite burgers.
Making flat hamburger buns from scratch is a rewarding culinary endeavor. By following these simple steps, you can create buns that are soft, delicious, and perfectly complement your homemade burgers. With a little practice, you’ll soon master the art of making flat hamburger buns and delight your taste buds with every bite.