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Beautiful Burger Buns Recipe Beautiful Burger Buns Recipe

The following recipe created quite a stir when "Moomie" first posted it on our online community. Baker after baker tried these buns and declared them THE BEST. Soft, vaguely sweet and golden-yellow from the butter and egg, these simple buns are perfect for burgers, but also fine for any kind of sandwich.

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Prep
Bake
Total
Yield
8 buns
Nutrition information

Ingredients

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Buns

  • 3/4 to 1 cup lukewarm water*
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon 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.

Topping

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  1. Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — to make a soft, smooth dough.
  2. Cover the dough, and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours, or until it's nearly doubled in bulk.
  3. Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a round ball; flatten to about 3" across. Place the buns on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour, until noticeably puffy.
  4. Brush the buns with about half of the melted butter.
  5. Bake the buns in a preheated 375°F oven 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.
  6. Cool the buns on a rack.
  7. Yield: 8 large buns.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 bun (99g)
  • Servings Per Batch 8
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 250
  • Calories from Fat 35
  • Total Fat 4g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 30mg
  • Sodium 370mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 45g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 7g
  • Protein 8g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.