A burger bun is as important as the burger itself. Soft with a tender crust that melts in the mouth with the burger. That is what these soft whole wheat burger buns are, soft, tender and nutritious. And, they are also homemade. This is a step by step tutorial on how to make these best, softest, whole wheat hamburger buns from scratch.
In a mixing bowl or measuring cup combine the warm milk (110 F), yeast, sugar, butter, and eggs. Stir and set aside to foam for 3 mins.Pro-tip- instant yeast does not need to be activated but I like to ensure my yeast is good and working for me. You may choose to add all ingredients directly to the flour.
Measure both the flours and salt in a mixing bowl or stand mixer with the dough hook. Add the yeast mixture and combine well.Pro-tip - if you do not like kneading I highly recommend using a stand mixer with the hook attachment.
Knead - By hand - transfer to a well-dusted worktop and knead for 5 to 6 minutes - Stand mixer - once all the flour is well incorporated knead on medium for 4 to 5 minutes
When the dough is soft, shiny, but still slightly sticky shape into a ball. Place the dough in an oiled bowl seam side down. Coat the surface with oil to prevent drying. Cover with a clean kitchen cloth or plastic wrap. Pro tip - You want the dough to be really really soft, a little sticky. But it has to be elastic! This is what will give us soft hamburgers.
Leave in a warm place. Let rise for 60 to 90 minutes until double in volume. Pro-tip - in winter you may need 90 minutes or more but in summer the dough may double in 45 minutes. If you can't attend to it at that moment. De-gas, reshape, and let double in volume again.
Shape, Proof, Bake
When the dough is double in volume transfer to a well-dusted floured surface. De-gas, reshape into a ball. Then roll into a small log. Pro-tip - at this point there is no need for additional flour. So use a light dusting of flour
Divide the dough into 10 to 12 depending on how big you want the burgers. Pro tip - for 6oz /150 grams size beef patties make 10 buns for 9 oz/250 grams beef patties make only 8 buns
Shape each portion into a tight ball. To do this correctly, roll into a ball tucking all the seams under tightly. Then, roll the ball on an unfloured surface. The unfloured surface creates the tension we need in the dough Pro tip - do not over roll these for too long or you will rupture the top smooth skin
Place the buns on a baking tray. Flatten them so they bake like flat buns rather than balls. Cover with a plastic wrap or clean kitchen cloth and let proof for 30 to 45 minutes.Pro-tip - Spray the plastic wrap with oil to prevent it from sticking to the rolls.
When almost doubled in size, about 20 minutes before baking, preheat the oven at 375°F /190°C / Gas Mark 5
Brush each bun with an egg wash and sprinkle on some sesame seeds. Pro-tip- Egg wash is a full egg with 2 tablespoon of water. An egg wash will give a nice golden color. If you can't use egg, milk or cream will work just as well. Do not use oil or butter as it will create a crust.
Bake small buns for 15 to 20 mins and larger buns for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.Pro tip - when baked the internal temperature of the hamburgers buns should be about 195 F. The bread will have a hollow sound on the bottom when tapped.
Keeping them soft - as soon as you take the burgers out of the oven cover them with a clean kitchen cloth to keep them soft.Pro-tip - do not leave the buns on the tray for too long as the steam will make the bread soggy on the bottom. Covering the buns with a cloth will help them retain moisture and prevent it from drying out.
The amount of flour you add to your recipe is key to the success of these buns. The final quantity of liquid - eggs, milk, the butter will determine if you need 400 or 450 or even 500 grams of flour. What's important is to look at the consistency of your dough. It has to be very soft, spongy and yes still sticky but elastic!! I have tried my best to give you pictures below to illustrate.
Temperature - If you have made bread before, then you know that temperature plays a huge role in bread baking. Beginning with the temperature of your liquid ingredients - you want that to be approximately 41 C / 105 F. If it's cooler then it will fail to revive your yeast. And if it's hotter again you will kill the yeast giving you a flatbread. NO, you don't really need a thermometer. The best way to test it is - just stick a little clean finger if you can keep your finger in there without discomfort it's good. I always say - it's the same temperature you give milk to a baby - warm.
Covering the rolls as soon as they come out of the oven. This is an important step so don't skip and don't forget. When you cover the hot buns in a clean kitchen cloth you are letting the steam in the buns to cool inside the buns - this keeps the buns soft and moist - not dried out.
The nutrition information and metric conversion are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee its accuracy. If this data is important to you please verify with your trusted nutrition calculator. Thank you