When making homemade buns, many have a tendency to turn out looking more like dinner rolls than hamburger buns. Small, tall buns are perfect for sliders or mini burgers, but not so much for larger burgers. Here’s what I do to ensure my buns have the look of a traditional burger bun:
Several times while the shaped buns are rising, I gently pat the tops, flattening them a bit and encouraging them to rise laterally. Be careful not to press too hard or you may squish out all the incorporated air in your buns, just a few soft friendly pats will do.