Nothing makes a burger more delicious than serving it on a fresh from the oven homemade hamburger bun. I’ve been serving these buns for a couple years, and I am always receiving compliments on how delicious and tender they are. While they are called hamburger buns, they are really an all-purpose sandwich bun, and are great with pulled pork or barbecue chicken.
Homemade Hamburger Buns
2/3 cup warm water
2 tablespoons whole milk
1.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs, divided
3 cups flour, divided
1 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
Sesame seeds, optional
Combine the warm water, sugar, yeast and milk and set aside.
In your stand mixer (or a mixing bowl) combine the salt with 2.5 cups of flour. Add the butter, and mix on low for a minute or two until it is well incorporated.
Add the yeast mixture and one egg, and mix on low for about a minute, until the dough starts to stick together.
Scrape the dough out of the bowl, onto a well floured counter. Begin kneading the dough, adding more flour (up to 1/2 cup) when the dough starts to get sticky. Knead for 5-10 minutes, then return the dough to the mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until double (about 1 1/2 hours).
Divide the dough into 8 parts, and roll each part into a ball. Places the balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and place them in the oven, with a pan of boiling water, for 1 to 2 hours.
Remove the buns and the pan of water from the oven, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Refill the pot, bring it to a boil again.
Beat an egg with a splash of water, and use a pastry brush to apply it to each of the buns. Sprinkle the buns with sesame seeds (if using), and place both the buns and the pan of boiling water into the oven.
Bake the buns for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.