Homemade Brioche Hamburger Buns

Classic egg and butter dough made into beautiful homemade brioche hamburger buns. They’ll be the talk of your summer BBQs!

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One thing I really wanted to tackle this summer was homemade burger buns. Our grocery store back in Utah sold some really good brioche buns, but I knew with our upcoming move I’d no longer be able to rely on them. So I did some research, tested out a few recipes and pieced together one that I’m really happy with! These buns are light and fluffy- perfect for burgers, pulled pork or chicken!!

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To start you’ll make the dough (pictured above). It’s very soft and sticky, so don’t be tempted to add extra flour! That’ll just result in dense, dry buns, and we definitely DON’T want that! When the dough has been mixed, you’ll roll it into a ball, cover it, and let it rise until it doubles.

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Then you’ll portion it out (I used a bench scraper and a scale to get equal size portions) and roll it into tight little balls. The method described in the recipe is one I use for all of my rolls. It creates a nice round/domed shape. Place them onto a lined baking sheet and cover them with greased foil or plastic wrap. Do not use a towel here. I made the mistake of doing that the first time I made them and they stuck horribly… it was frustrating to say the least.

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Once the rolls are nice and puffy, brush them with egg wash and sprinkle the tops with sesame seeds (totally optional by the way). Next comes a super important step!! Use a spray bottle or mister bottle (I have one that I grabbed in the travel/toiletry section of the store that is only for my kitchen) and spritz your hot oven. Sounds strange, I know, but if you live in a dry climate, it is essential to creating moist, springy bread with a nice crust. Do the same to the tops of your buns, just don’t go overboard.

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After about 15 minutes in the oven you’ll have sheet full of gorgeous golden brown brioche buns. They’ll be your pride and joy for the next few days, or weeks. We piled ours with pulled pork and big juicy burgers, and man were they good! This is definitely a recipe worth making this summer!

Homemade Brioche Hamburger Buns

Classic egg and butter dough made into beautiful homemade brioche hamburger buns. They’ll be the talk of your summer BBQs!

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. warm whole milk
  • 2 tbsp. warm water
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 c. bread flour
  • 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature

For the topping:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the warm water, milk, yeast and sugar, then beat in the eggs.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flours, salt and butter. Mix on low for 1 minute. Pour in yeast mixture into the bowl of the stand mixer.
  3. Switch to the dough hook. Turn mixing speed on medium for 7-9 minutes until a soft, sticky dough forms.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball, then cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let it rise until doubled, this can take anywhere from 1- 3 hours depending on the temperature and humidity in your house. Keep an eye on it after the hour mark.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Punch the dough down and divide the dough into 8 equal pieces (you can use a kitchen scale to be exact).
  6. To shape the dough, flatten each piece, then gather the ends and pinch the dough to seal in the center. Flip the dough over, cup the surface with your palm, and roll it into a ball. Place each ball of dough about 2 inches apart. Cover with a greased piece of plastic wrap or foil (this will prevent the dough from sticking to it). Rest in a warm place for 1 hour, or until puffy and slightly risen.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  8. To make the egg wash, in a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk with water. Brush generously on each bun, covering the entire surface, then sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
  9. Using a spray bottle or mister bottle, open your oven and spritz it several times (6 times or so with a big bottle, 10 times or so with a little bottle). Spritz the top of the buns with water. This will help prevent them from cracking, especially if you live in a dry climate. Place the buns in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until they turn a deep golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheets for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Adapted from The Clever Carrot and Dessert for Two

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