Best Burger Buns (recipe for bread machine)

Buns are everywhere.  In my supermarket there is a whole aisle filled with buns.  You might be tempted to buy them, but before you do look at the ingredients.  Do you see things that don’t sound like real food?  Google them.  You might change your mind about buying this product.  It’s been a long time since I gave up trying to buy healthy buns and started making my own.

Lots of recipes tried.  A hundred perhaps?  This one is the best.  You won’t hear, “I don’t feel like buns today.”  These buns are gone before you realized what happened.

This recipe doesn’t have preservatives and strange sounding ingredients.  It has a wonderful addition of hemp hearts that I include in superfoods category. Hemp hearts are high in plant based protein, in omegas, excellent source of iron, vitamin E and other things.  Addition of this superfood makes my buns good for brain, skin, heart, joints, bone health, hair, metabolism and reproductive system.  If you don’t believe me, just google benefits of Hemp Hearts.

Kids love it plain or with a bit of Irish butter (especially divine when they are still warm and butter just melts inside).  These buns are also fantastic with Burgers.

Buns (makes 8)
1 cup lukewarm water
2 Tablespoons oil
1 large egg
3 cups All-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons hemp hearts
1 Tablespoon instant yeast

1.  Throw all the ingredients in your bread machine according to manufacturer’s instructions.  In my bread machine all liquids go first, yeast goes last.  (If you don’t have a bread machine let me know and I will post the manual version).

2. Once the beeper goes off, divide it into 8 pieces and shape each piece into a round ball (I put a piece between my palms and move my hands in circular motion).
3. Place the buns on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and let rise for 20-60 minutes.  If I’m short on time, I don’t wait.  I just stick them in the oven right away and they taste great. 

4. Bake the buns in a preheated 375F oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden.  Let them stand (important) for at least 15 minutes undisturbed (they will keep baking).

These buns were baked for 12 minutes

    These buns were baked for 15 minutes

    Note: if you want your buns to have a real golden sheen and you are not afraid of extra calories, you can brush the buns with melted butter before you put them in the oven and then brush them once more with more butter when you remove them from the oven.  I tried this once and they did have a super fantastic buttery crust, but I didn’t think it was worth the extra trouble and the extra calories. 

    Enjoy your buns!

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