Happy Friday! It’s the beginning of Memorial Day weekend and that means, at least in these parts, that it’s time to pack up and go camping for the weekend. Grilling, campfires, beach time, fishing, picnics, and all that fun stuff that camping entails. I’m sure that more than a few of you will be enjoying a burger or two in the coming days, which is exactly why I decided it was time to work on making some homemade hamburger buns, and let me tell you…They are SO much better than store bought!
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a hamburger bun diva. My family has been raised on fresh baked buns from a little Dutch bakery in town, and they’re in a category all their own. Store-bought hamburger buns are an entirely different species. (Have you counted the ingredients listed on the back of a package of store-bought buns lately? I quit counting at like 36…one of which was high fructose corn syrup.) Time for a homemade version. Stat.
Aren’t they pretty? As soon as I took my second batch of buns out of the oven, I asked myself why on earth it took me so long to get round to making my own hamburger buns? I don’t really know. Maybe it’s because we very rarely make burgers at home. That’s going to change though, now that we’ve got these! We eat a minuscule amount of ground beef around here since I’m not much of a fan. However, if made correctly, I quite enjoy a good burger. (Confession: I love Five Guys.) My burger philosophy is simple: Good, fresh ingredients. Generously season the beef with salt and pepper. Grilled properly, not too dark and dry, topped with a nice slice of Cheddar, a tomato slice, crunchy lettuce, and mayo made with olive oil (no ketchup or mustard—GASP! Ketchup is for fries and mustard is for pretzels.) All of that on a lightly buttered and toasted bun. A good bun. A really good bun. These homemade hamburger buns with sesame seeds, to be specific.