This easy bread machine hamburger buns recipe creates soft & delicious hamburger buns with a wide variety of toppings (such as sesame seeds, onion flakes, poppy seeds & more). Visit Bread Dad (BreadDad.com) for more easy bread machine recipes.
1 1/2TeaspoonsBread Machine Yeast- 4.5 grams - Not active dry yeast
Remove the bread pan from your unplugged bread machine.
Lightly beat the egg.
Soften the butter in a microwave.
Place the buttermilk (or milk), egg, butter and then the rest of the ingredients into the bread pan. You can make a little indent on top of the flour to hold the yeast (until the machine starts). Place the yeast & salt in separate parts of the bread pan (because the salt will slow yeast growth too much if the salt is placed right next to the yeast).
Place the bread pan (with ingredients) back into the bread machine and then plug in the bread machine.
Put your machine on the "Dough" setting and press the start button. In my bread machine, the kneading & rising on the dough setting takes approximately 1:30 hours.
When your bread machine has finished, unplug the machine & pour the dough onto a cutting board. Wear oven mitts. Sprinkle some flour on the cutting board (before you pour out the dough) in order to avoid the dough sticking to the cutting board. FYI - Do not add too much flour to the cutting board or it will be harder to shape the dough into balls/patties later.You do not want the dough to be too dry.
Flatten the dough by hand until it is a large rectangle.
Divide the dough into 8 equal parts. FYI - I like to use a large knife to cut the dough horizontally in the middle and then I make 3 more cuts vertically in order to come up with 8 sections of dough. Try to make all of the 8 sections roughly equal in size.
Roll the dough pieces into balls with your hands. Then place the dough balls on a baking sheet and press the dough balls down into flat "patties". FYI - I like to shape each dough "section" by pulling the corners together & pinching off any seams (and then rolling the dough into balls). I use the smooth "top" of the dough "section" as the top of the bun. I hide any seams or pinched-off areas (if still slightly visible after rolling the dough into a ball) on the bottom of the bun.
Optional - Use a pastry brush & coat the top of each dough patty with olive oil. This keeps them from drying out & cracking as the dough rises.
Cover the dough patties with plastic wrap to protect the dough from dust, etc.
Let the dough patties sit on the baking sheet for 60 minutes (as this will allow the dough to rise again).
While the dough is "resting" on the baking sheet, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. FYI - I like to do this at least 20 minutes before the dough finishes rising (so about 40 minutes after I cover the dough patties on the baking tray).
Optional - After the dough has finished rising (at the 60 minute mark), use a pastry brush to coat the top of each bun with an egg wash. Then sprinkle your favorite toppings (i.e. sesame seeds or onion flakes) on top of the egg-washed buns. The egg wash acts like a "glue" to hold your favorite topping.
Place the baking tray with dough buns into the preheated oven. Wear oven mitts. Bake the buns at 375 degrees F for 15-17 minutes.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Wear oven mitts. Then place the buns on a wire cooling rack to cool down. FYI - Do not slice the buns in half until the buns have completely cooled.
Optional - If you did not add the egg wash before baking, you can brush on melted butter while the buns are still hot (right after they have been removed from the oven). FYI - This adds an extra buttery flavor to the buns (but be aware that the butter will not hold any special toppings).You will need to do the egg wash before baking if you want to add any toppings (i.e. sesame seeds).
Please read the recipe's tips section on Bread Dad to avoid common hamburger bun & bread machine problems.
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