Thursday, May 7, 2009

Home Baked Hamburger Buns


We whipped these buns up for a farewell hamburger feast with the Staleys when they visited last January. We can get Omaha burger patties here in Trinidad.

I don't think I have ever had a better tasting hamburger.

This is from the old Betty Crocker's Breads Cookbook, 1974 (the book cost $2.50)

The recipe is actually for Double Quick Dinner Rolls (also very good). I used the hamburger bun variation.

1 pkg instant yeast
1 cup warm water
2 Tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
1 egg
2 Tbs softened shortening (or butter or oil)
2 1/4 cups flour

Mix yeast, sugar and salt into 1 cup flour. Add egg, shortening and water. Mix until smooth. Stir in rest of flour and mix until smooth. Let rise until double (about 30 mins). Stir down and spoon into 12 greased muffin cups, fulling each about 1/2 full. Let rise until batter reaches top of cups. Bake 400 for 15 minutes

Makes 1 dozen rolls

Hamburger Bun variation

Increase flour to 2 3/4 cups. After stirring down batter, turn out unto floured surface. Divide in 12 equal parts. Shape each part into a smooth ball. Place about 1 inch apart on greased baking sheet. Let rise until double (20-30 mins). Beat 1 egg yold and 1 Tbs water slightly; brush over buns (opt). Sprinkle with finely chopped onion, sesame seed or poppy seed (opt). Bake as directed.


  1. HELP... I made these and it took over 1 1/2 to double in size (making hamburger buns) in the bowl, then they never did really rise once I finelly got the gooy mess into balls..
    This dough is WAY to wet to handle... I double check the recipe.. the yeast was good as I had just made a loaf of bread from another recipe that morning...
    What is wrong with this recipe????

    San clemenet,CA

  2. I'm so sorry it didn't work out. I double checked the recipe and it's correct. I've been making them successfully for years and they rise quickly. I use the large bag of instant yeast from Costco. I don't know what to suggest.