Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Homemade Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns

Some recipes I just can't resist trying! When I read Jenn's (the blog author of Frugal Upstate) recipe for making your own hot dog and hamburger buns, I knew I kneaded (wink) to give it a try!

Ingredients: Flour, sugar, yeast, salt, milk and vegetable oil.

I added the above ingredients into my bread machine to make the dough. You could get the same dough results with your mixer if you combined all of the ingredients and allowed your dough to rise/rest (covered) for an hour.

Jenn's recipe claimed that you could either make 8 hamburger buns or 12 buns for hot dogs. I decided to make half of each!

I basically guessed at the amount of dough necessary for making each bun. My burger bun size was perfect (if I do say so myself), but the hot dog buns were a little large for our bun length hot dogs!

I think that the buns look beautiful!

These definitely don't look store bought!

Dave, my sweet, sweet husband, happily ate a hamburger and a hot dog for dinner so he could sample both buns! (Yep, I know and you know that all of the buns came from the same batch of dough... just don't let Dave know...wink!)

It was a little bit weird needing to slice the buns open, but since they smelled delicious- I happily sliced right into them!

Behold the hot dog gracing the surface of a freshly baked bun!

Gaze at the burger adorning the top of a freshly baked bun... hungry yet?

Recipe Recap:
1 1/4 cups of milk
1/3 cup of oil
1/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
3 3/4 cups of flour
2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast

After dough has been made, and shaped, place buns on a cookie sheet in an oven that has been set to "warm." Once buns are in the oven, turn the oven off and allow the buns to rise for 45 minutes, followed by baking at 375* for 15-20 minutes. Buns are done when their tops have turned a golden brown.

*Note: fresh from the oven buns do not have the same longevity in shelf life that the store bought varieties do. Buns must be consumed within 3 days. I personally think that I will only make these for special occasions or for yummy meals like pulled pork sandwiches (which I just discovered that I LOVE!).

Do YOU make your own bread type of items? Is making buns from scratch worth it to YOU?


Becky C

I love making homemeade bread! Nothing like that smell filling the house. I will have to try these buns.

I recommend the book "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day" by Jeff Hertzberg. His "master recipe" takes the mystery out of bread-making. It makes a big batch of dough (stored in the fridge) that can be used over a week or so, rather than having to make the dough from scratch each day. I threw together a batch on Thursday evening (literally in 5 minutes). It made 2 loaves (boules, he calls them) for a ladies lunch on Friday, 2 small-ish baguettes for dinner on Saturday, and another baguette for dinner last night...all from one batch of dough.


Thanks for doing this one, Laura! I've been making most of our bread instead of having to buy it at the store. So much healthier and more scrumptious that way! So, I've been wanting to try a bun recipe, since my dinner rolls are just a little too heavy for hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. Now I have one to try! YAY!

Becky C - I am going to request that book from the library right now!


Hi Laura!

I am a faithful reader and I just wanted to tell you that I love it when you post a recipe! Thanks for using the skills and resources that God has given you to bless me! :)


I've tried a few different hamburger bun recipes. I was surprised at how easy they are. I've been waiting for an occasion to try today's recipe.
During the height of grilling season when the store practically pays you to take buns out of the store, that's what I do, but it's fun to experiment at other times of the year.
My new favorite homemade bread recipe is here: http://cook.momsneedtoknow.com/2010/02/whole-wheat-sandwich-bread/. Every member of my household is picky about bread and, of course, each prefers a different style. We all love this one. It's originally from Musings of a Housewife, but she altered the process and the new version seems too time-consuming for me.

Laura Webber

Thanks for the sweet/kind comments!

Becky, I'm going to have to check that book out!

And Julie, I just printed the recipe you linked to... thanks!


I always make our hamburger buns and hotdog buns! Glad someone else does too. Great tutorial, I am sure nto a lot of people even think to make them. I make all of our bread. Tastier, healthier, cheaper and no preservatives!


Laura, I hope your family enjoys the whole wheat sandwich bread as much as we do.

Laura Webber

I can't wait to try it!!!