Summer is on the way, which means it’s an excellent time for a cookout. But prior to stepping into that grocery store to get some boring old buns for your burgers, why not try making your own?
Do something different and make some Brioche Hamburger Buns. They’re made up of milk, butter, and eggs, giving them a soft texture that’ll go well with your burger’s chewy taste.
Not only will they be delicious, but you can even customize the sizes to fit your large or small burgers!
Here is what you need to do to impress your friends and family:
How to Make Brioche Hamburger Buns
First things first, get out your ingredients.
Make sure you have everything you need, and if not, head to the grocery store. Try not to go when you’re hungry, though; you’ll end up buying more than you need!
Here’s what you really need:
- 1 1/4 cups of warm milk.
- 2 tablespoons of instant yeast.
- 2 tablespoons of sugar.
- 1/3 cup of unsalted, melted butter.
- 1 large egg.
- 3 1/4 cups to 3 1/2 cups of flour.
- 1 teaspoon of salt.
- 1 egg, plus 1 teaspoon water for egg wash.
- Poppy seeds or sesame seeds for the topping. You need that extra flavor or else you’ll be stuck with plain old buns.
You should preheat your oven to about 425 degrees F.
You’ll be cooking for about 10 minutes, while preparation should be around 25 minutes.
All in all, it’ll be 35 minutes to get these buns ready, so you can actually make them an hour before your cookout starts. Speaking of preparations:
Next up, you should get out a good mixing bowl and carefully stir together the milk, yeast, sugar, melted butter, and egg (don’t do both of your eggs; the extra egg is for the egg wash later).
Mix them all together until they form a doughy substance.
When those items are mixed up, add in the 3 1/4 cups of flour and the salt. Continue mixing, and it’s recommended to use a mixer since you’ll be kneading for about five to seven minutes.
You’ll have to mix it up thoroughly until the dough is smooth and sticky – and most important, that it doesn’t break. You don’t want your buns to fall apart, do you?
While you’re mixing, you should add some extra flour within the first few minutes; 1 tablespoon at a time should be good enough.
In the end, the dough must be sticky to the touch, and, remember, make sure it doesn’t break. It has to stretch without falling apart like playdough.
Also, please don’t eat the dough, no matter how tempting it looks and how much it appears like cookie dough! Though, we suppose you could give the spoon or spatula a lick if you really want to.
When you’re done indulging in your temptations, let’s move on to the next step.
Now you should separate the dough into any number of pieces you want; 12 might be good enough. If you’re cooking for more people, make 24 if you’d like – the more the merrier.
After you figure out how many rolls you want, roll the dough into equally sized balls, but if you have some left, you can make mini balls to create a mini burger. It’s a nice little appetizer before the main meal, right?
When you’re done rolling, place the dough on a baking sheet, three inches apart from each other.
You don’t want them to stick into a large mass! Well, unless you want to create a gigantic bun, which could be awesome – you’d get both mini buns and gigantic buns!
Once you’re done rolling and separating the dough balls, take that extra egg, crack it into a bowl, and mix it up with water until you have created a nice egg wash.
Use a small brush to coat the balls with the wash. It’ll add some extra flavor and nice coloring!
Now, there is one more step.
Sprinkle the buns with sesame seeds, or any other kind of seeds you like, to give it that flavorful taste.
Finally, place the buns in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until they turn into a crispy brown.
And there you have it! You made some delicious buns that will surely impress your guests at the cookout. All that’s left is to find some good burgers to put in them, because what are buns without burgers right?
Here’s a video showing an example of the method for making brioche hamburger buns.
This recipe also works great for veggie burgers or even as independent rolls, should you have extra during the cookout.
If there are unnecessary leftovers, then you can also store them in a Ziploc bag and freeze them; they’ll last for about a month without losing flavor or texture!
Do you have any tips on making brioche hamburger buns?