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Easy Hamburger Buns

When searching for a hamburger bun recipe for Mr.Picky’s Giant Birthday Burger I found 40-Minute Hamburger Buns Recipe | Taste of Home.  I tried it and we fell in love from there.  As I mentioned in the Giant Burger post this really, really is the perfect bun.  It had a light texture that held up well the burger.  It was not overpowering and allowed you to taste more than just bread without falling apart or getting too soggy.

I also think this recipe would be made wonderfully into some dinner rolls.  In fact before I had the chance my sister used the recipe to bring to an event.  Everyone complimented her on how great the rolls were.  Can’t be a recipe that makes two things.

This yeast recipe really takes little time to rise and turns out wonderfully.  I was a little worried that my giant bun was going to turn out flat.  Trusting other comments on the bun I just kept going.  It puffed right up in the over to the perfect sized bun.  Three cheers to a perfect recipe!

Baked giant burger bun using Easy Hamburger Bun recipe.

Baked giant burger bun using Easy Hamburger Bun recipe.

Easy Hamburger Buns:

  •  2 Tbs active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3-3 1/2 cup flour

In a bowl combine yeast and water.  Add in sugar and oil and allow to sit for 5 minutes until foamy.

Add in egg, salt, and a bit of flour at a time until you form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic feeling.

Do not let rise.

Divide dough into 12 pieces and shape into balls (1 one giant piece for a giant bun).

Giant Burger Bun

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Place on a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart.

Cover with a towel and allow to rise/rest for 10-20 minutes.

Bake at 425 for 8-12 minutes until golden brown.  The buns should sound almost hollow when tapped with your finger.


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Buffalo Turkey Burgers

Blue cheese or ranch dressing atop a turkey buffalo burger, yes please!  Mr.Picky loves spicy food, and loves burgers.  I tried this recipe out a couple of years ago and have continued to put it into dinner rotation.  If you have children it is ok, just don’t dip the burgers in the sauce at the end.  This recipe came out of Rachel Ray 365: No Repeats cookbook.  Mr.Picky prefers to eat these as little sliders on a small french roll.  The burger size depends on what we have to put them on, in the picture we served full size burgers on a crusty bun.

Buffalo Turkey Burger

Buffalo Turkey Burger:

Burger:

  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 package (20 oz.) ground turkey breast
  • 1 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 Tbs grill seasonings, like Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or chopped
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib with greens, finely chopped

Burger Dip:

Blue Cheese Topping:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

In a small bowl combine sour cream, blue cheese and salt and pepper.  Set aside in fridge while making burgers.  If you do not care for blue cheese, simple use ranch.

Drizzle about a tablespoon of oil in a  mixing bowl and burger ingredients.  Form into patties, depending on size of bun.

Buffalo Turkey BurgerIn a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat cook the burgers for about 6 minutes on each side, again depending size.  Either transfer all burgers to a plate or in a separate pan prepare your buffalo dipping sauce.

Melt butter on low and add the buffalo sauce.  Dip patties in the sauce mixture until coated.

Place burger on bottom bun and top with lettuce and blue cheese dip.

Spinach and Cheddar Chicken Burgers

A month ago I came across this blog and burger recipe Cookin’ with Super Pickle: White Cheddar and Spinach Chicken Burgers.  I made them immediately because I don’t particularly care for red meat all that much, including hamburger.  I have to say these burgers were amazing.  I didn’t change anything on the recipe, except that I didn’t have white cheddar so I just used the blend of cheddar and Monterey jack I had on had.  This recipe is probably one of the best burgers I have tasted.  The burger is tender, but it held together nice.  For anyone who is a burger lover, even if you think trading in chicken for beef is strange these are amazing.

Mr.Picky could eat burgers for every meal   He used to just eat fast food all the time or wanted frozen patties.  I did not grow up this way and continue to make a variety of burgers and sandwiches which have stolen his heart.  As much as it is hard to picture, Mr.Picky does love to cook and experiment in the kitchen as well.  We have found some great turkey burger recipes which I can’t wait to add sooner than later, burger season is coming up quick.  Chicken burgers have now taken the place of turkey burgers.  I even ground a mix of chicken breasts and thighs to make this, as it was cheaper and I already had them in the freezer.  I am sure these patties would freeze great.

Spinach and Cheddar Chicken Burgers

Spinach and Cheddar Chicken Burgers:

  • 1 1/4 lb ground chicken breast (pre ground or grind your own if you can!)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach (or frozen, thawed and drained)
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2 small clove garlic
  • 2 stalks green onion
  • 1 Tbs fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup shredded aged white cheddar or whatever you have
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 cup bread crumbs

Place spinach, onion, garlic, green onion, and parsley in a food process.  Process until finely chopped.

Once processed, transfer to a large bowl with everything else.  Mix with your hands until combined.

Cover a sheet pan with foil, and form patties to suit your bun and place on foil.

Broil for about 7-9 minutes on each side, flipping at the half way point.  There will be some liquid that comes off and I just  pour if off when I pull them out to flip them.

Serve with your favorite toppings, no cheese needed for it is in the patty.

Some people make into meatballs, and said they cooked them for about 20-25 minutes.   So experiment!

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