I love to make burgers – especially this time of year. I have tried making my own hamburger rolls a few times in the past, but I haven’t been too happy with the results. Usually, the rolls just aren’t quite soft enough and I’m not happy with the texture.
A few weeks ago, when I made Parmesan herb rolls, I remember thinking that the texture of the rolls would be perfect for hamburger buns. So, when I made some burgers over the weekend, I decided to modify the recipe a bit to make homemade rolls for my burgers. The rolls turned out pretty well, and stayed nice and soft. When I kneaded the dough, I was careful not to add too much flour to the dough, which I think helped with the texture. These may not yet be the “perfect” hamburger rolls, but they are definitely the best I’ve ever made!
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons dry active yeast
- 3/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup bread flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- About 3 cups white whole wheat flour
- Melted butter (1-2 tablespoons)
- Sesame seeds (about 1 tablespoon)
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the warm water, orange juice, honey, and yeast until the yeast is dissolved. Add the yogurt and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Add the bread flour and salt, and use a wooden spoon to mix in the flour. Gradually, add the remaining flour, stirring with the spoon until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. At this point, turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth, adding just enough flour to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
Shape the dough into a ball, transfer to a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 1/2 hours – until the dough has just about doubled in volume. Once the dough has risen, punch down. Divide the dough into 12 portions. Shape each portion into a roll, using clean kitchen scissors to snip the tops of the roll to make a star-shape, if desired. Place the rolls on a lightly greased baking sheet (or baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat). Cover with a damp towel, and let rise for an additional hour or so.
In the last few minutes of rising, preheat the oven to 350°F. When ready to bake the rolls, brush each roll lightly with the melted butter, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for about 25 minutes. Cool for at least 30 minutes prior to slicing.