100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns (Bread Machine)

Have you looked at the ingredient lists on hamburger buns inthe grocery store lately?  Even “wheat” buns are not entirely whole grain and include things like calcium proprionate and monocalcium phosphate – anyone have any idea what these are?  The options at stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are a little better, but finding an organic bun with a reasonable ingredient list is a bit like playing the lotto.  So after a lot of frustration and avoiding hamburgers because I was unhappy with the bun options, I decided to try making my own!  I had come across a recipe on the King Arthur Flour website for 100% Whole Wheat Hotdog Buns, and figured the recipe should be able to be adapted for bread machine use and hamburgers.  I took advantage of the live chat feature on that website to get some advice from KAF’s bakers, and gave them a try.  It took 2 tries to get it right, but wow, are these buns ever tasty!  I was so impressed…they are soft and flavorful but held up well to some thick hamburgers and turkey burgers.

I can already hear you saying that it seems crazy to make something like hamburger buns, but it is so worth it.  Elapsed time for this recipe is about 4 hours, but active time in all that is closer to 30 minutes.  Plus, the batch makes 12-16 and they freeze well, so for a family of 4 you could make this once and have them last for 3-4 meals – 10 minutes or less of effort to have homemade, high quality buns is totally reasonable!  This recipe would also be great for a dinner roll or hot dog bun – see the notes at the bottom of the recipe for a little more info.  I hope you’ll give these a try!




One Response to 100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns (Bread Machine)

  1. Someone says:

    I made these (although without the potato flour/flakes) and we thought they were great. Thanks for posting! We had them with BBQ pulled pork.

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