Advertisement

Whole-Wheat Burger Buns

Summer 2002

Your rating: None Average: 3.8 (60 votes)

No store-bought bun can compare with rustic, wheaty, homemade burger buns like these.


Whole-Wheat Burger Buns

Makes: 8 buns

Active Time:

Total Time:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature (see Cooking tip), lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, or canola oil
  • 1 3/4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 cups (approximately) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal, for sprinkling

Preparation

  1. Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until the surface shimmers. Transfer to a medium bowl and let cool to body temperature, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, pour water into a small bowl. Sprinkle yeast over the water, stir, then let stand for 5 to 10 minutes to dissolve.
  3. Add egg to the milk; whisk well. Whisk in sugar, salt, oil and the yeast. Stir in whole-wheat flour. Using a heavy wooden spoon, beat vigorously by hand for 100 strokes. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Start adding all-purpose flour to the dough, about 1/3 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough is somewhat firm and no longer too sticky to handle, turn it out onto a floured surface. With floured hands, knead the dough for 7 to 8 minutes, using additional flour as needed to prevent sticking. Coat a large bowl with cooking spray. Add the dough and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free spot to rise until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  5. When the dough has doubled, turn it out onto a floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Using a dough cutter or chef's knife, cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray and dust it with cornmeal. Shape the dough into tight balls and place them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Coat a large sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place it over the buns, sprayed side down.
  7. Set the buns in a warm, draft-free spot until they have risen by about half, 25 to 30 minutes. Gently press down on the buns, pressing right on the plastic, to flatten them a little. Let them rise for another 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  8. Bake the buns on the center rack until golden and crusty, about 25 minutes. The bottoms should sound hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before slicing.

Tips & Notes

  • Cooking Tip: To bring a cold egg to room temperature: Place it in a bowl of warm water for several minutes.

Nutrition

Per bun: 232 calories; 3 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 28 mg cholesterol; 41 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein; 4 g fiber; 318 mg sodium; 164 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch


More From EatingWell

Recipe Categories

Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
More than 1 hour
Servings
8 or more
Preparation/ Technique
Bake
Meal/Course
Lunch
Dinner

Ethnic/Regional
American
Publication
Summer 2002
Get a full year of EatingWell magazine.
World Wide Web Health Award Winner Web Award Winner World Wide Web Health Award Winner Interactive Media Award Winner