When I eat a burger at home, I usually just grab a piece of whole wheat bread from the freezer and pop it in the toaster. But you know, when you’re serving burgers to other people, they generally expect a more traditional bun.
And so late one night, I found myself in the bread aisle of the grocery store looking at all the hamburger rolls. I know that’s not the best time to shop for fresh bread, but I was not pleased with my choices. There were very few buns that were 100% whole wheat, and most of those contained high fructose corn syrup. One roll even had partially hydrogenated oil (i.e. trans fat)! It’s not that I have sworn off HFCS entirely, but is it too much to expect to find one brand that uses more natural ingredients?
And that’s why I decided to make my own, using this recipe from Heavenly Homemakers. The ingredients are simple: whole wheat flour, water, yeast, honey, milk, butter, and salt. Like many bread recipes, there are a lot of steps but you have plenty of free time in between. I halved the recipe, and made 8 rolls which I baked in a 13″x9″ glass dish. And isn’t this towel lined basket a whole lot nicer than the plastic bag from the grocery store?
The rolls had a fairly light texture, and they tasted great! The real test though was how they held up when used for an actual burger. The rolls were thin, and could be overwhelmed by heavy burger toppings, so they are best suited to those who like more burger than bun. (Count me in!)
At the end of the day, I was really happy I made these. I realize that it won’t always be practical to make your own buns, and your cooking time might be better spent on other aspects of the meal. But if you were to make a couple batches of these in the spring and then freeze them, you’d have homemade hamburger rolls ready for an impromptu BBQ!