Soft and flavorful homemade burger buns made with 100% whole wheat and Red Star Yeast.
I’ve already confessed my love for burgers, but in my opinion a burger is only as good as its bun. The bun matters, folks! So don’t just pick the cheapest bag off the grocery store shelf. Look for something artisan, something made with good ingredients. They’ll taste so much better and so will your burgers.
Better yet, bake the buns yourself.
Making your own burger buns is no different from baking any other yeast bread, except for the extra step of dividing the dough and shaping the buns. It’s easy and totally doable, and definitely worth the effort.
For this round of buns I decided I wanted something a little more wholesome and heartier, and so I went with 100% whole wheat flour. The buns are a little bit more dense, but still soft and tender, and have a nice nutty flavor. They also pack a nutritional punch that makes me feel a little less guilty about indulging in a sky-high burger with all the fixings.
baking tip:Why I bake with whole wheat pastry flour
These buns are made with whole wheat pastry flour, which is made from ground soft white wheat while traditional whole wheat flour is made from ground hard red wheat. It is softer and finer and I like that it doesn’t weigh down baked goods or overpower the flavor like traditional whole wheat flour can.
Using whole wheat pastry flour in yeast recipes can be problematic as the flour doesn’t have as much gluten power due to its low protein content, which can affect rise and texture. However, I have found that as long as the dough is kneaded for the proper amount of time and is given a little extra rising time, the results still turn out great.
Look for whole wheat pastry flour in the baking aisle of a well-stocked grocery store or buy it online.
Whole Wheat Brioche Burger Buns
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) whole milk
- 1 cup (250 ml) water
- 3 tablespoons (42 grams) unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 1/2 cups (350 grams) whole wheat pastry flour (see Note)
- 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope, 7 grams) Red Star Active-Dry Yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 egg, beaten with 2 tablespoons water, for egg wash
- Sesame seeds and poppy seeds, for sprinkling (optional)
- In a small saucepan, combine the milk, water, butter and honey. Warm over medium heat until butter is melted. Cool for about 5 minutes, or until temperature is 120-130 degrees F.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook (or in a large bowl if planning to mix by hand), combine 2 1/2 cups of the whole wheat pastry flour, the yeast and salt. Add the warm water mixture, followed by the beaten eggs, mixing on low speed until incorporated.
- Add the remaining bread flour 1/4 cup at a time while mixing on medium low speed until dough almost clears the bowl and is only a slightly sticky to the touch (It's okay if some dough sticks to your fingers). You may not need all of the remaining flour, or you may need more than is called for.
- Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-7 minutes more. Gather dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and put in a warm place and allow to rise until doubled, 1 to 2 hours.
- Punch down dough and let rest for a few minutes. Divide dough into eight equal pieces and shape into balls. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Spray some plastic wrap with non-stick cooking spray and place over the shaped buns. Return to a warm place and continue to rise for an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush buns with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds and poppy seeds, if desired. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Buns are best used within 1-2 days. They also freeze very well.
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Disclosure: This recipe was developed in partnership with Red Star Yeast. Thank you for supporting partnerships with brands I love and believe in, which make Completely Delicious possible. All opinions are 100% my own, as always.