Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Whole Wheat Burger Buns

Something uncommon happened last week.

See, I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but I’m a vegetarian, or actually a pescatarian because I eat fish.  I don’t eat meat because my body doesn’t crave it.  My palette has also changed and I really don’t like the taste of meat – any type of meat, chicken, red meat, turkey – anymore.  This has been a recent change, and, despite what people may think, I feel healthy and energized.   

Because of this change, my husband doesn’t eat that much meat anymore either.  When I cook dinner, I mainly cook vegetarian entrees.  However, to satisfy my husband’s meat cravings, I often make chicken or turkey on the side.  He has actually told me that he doesn’t crave meat that much anymore and there are many dishes that I make where he doesn’t miss that extra piece of chicken or turkey.

We’ll last week my husband requested burgers for dinner.  When he said this, I thought he wanted turkey burgers.  But I was wrong – He was requesting my veggie burgers.  Yep, your heard me right!  My baseball-playing, working-out-all-the-time, 6’2” 205-pounds-husband, wanted vegetables over meat.  It was a good day.

Along with making my favorite Veggie {Bean} Patties, I made these Whole Wheat Buns.  These buns were the perfect compliment to the delicious burgers.  They really rounded out the whole burger.

They are light and fluffy, and not dense at all.  Most buns are so heavy that you feel as if your eating all bun, and no patty, while you eating your burger.  But it is not the case with these burger buns – They are soft and flavorful, and the perfect starting point to your favorite burger.

The best part about this recipe is that it can be used for more than just burger buns.  You can bake it as a loaf {like this Honey Oat Wheat Bread}, as dinner rolls, and also to make other types of sandwiches.

Bonus – Their healthier for you too!  Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Burger Buns
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Makes: 8 Buns

1/3 cup Warm Water
1 package (2 ¼ teaspoons) Active Yeast
1 cup Non-Fat Milk, Warm
1 Egg, Lightly Beaten
2 teaspoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 ¾ cups Wheat Flour
2 cups All Purpose Flour

Cornmeal, For dusting the pan
1 Egg, For Topping
1 tablespoon Water, for Topping
Poppyseeds or Sesame Seeds, For Topping

Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the yeast over the water, stir to combine.  Let sit for 5 minutes until the yeast starts to bubble.

Place the milk and egg in the bowl of a stand and whisk to combine.  Whisk in the sugar, salt, olive oil, and yeast mixture.   Remove the whisk and change to the beater attachment.  Add the wheat flour and beat on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. 

Add the all purpose flour, ½ cup of a time, and beat until dough starts to form.  Change to the kneading attachment and knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.  If the dough becomes sticky while kneading, add flour 1 tablespoon of a time

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled boil and cover with plastic wrap.  Place the dough in a warm place, preferably a turned-off oven.   Allow the dough to rise until it has doubled in size.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces.  Shape each piece into a round ball and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and then lightly sprinkled with cornmeal.  Place a clean towel over the baking sheet and allow the buns to rest for about 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Whisk together the egg and water to create an egg wash.  Gently brush the top of each bun with the egg wash.  Sprinkle with poppyseeds or sesame seeds.

Bake the buns until the tops turn golden brown, about 20 minutes.  Allow the buns to cool before slicing.  Serve with your favorite burger pattie.  Enjoy!

You can also use this bread for sandwiches and for dinner rolls. 

These last up to 2 weeks in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

*Recipe adapted from EatingWell.


  1. Now THAT is a serious success story if ever I've heard it! Veg: 1, Meatheads: 0.

    Major score for our team :P

    These burger buns look amazing!  Homemade is certainly the way to go. I also need to check out those veggie burgers...if they're your favorite then they're something I definitely need to try.

  2. these buns look so fluffy and delicious! i'm surprised that your hubby doesn't crave meat for being a baseball player and needing to eat so much -- that's awesome you two! :)

  3. yum, these look awesome, as do the veggie burgers. i was a vegetarian for 7 years, so i hear ya - i really didn't crave meat at all during that time. i'm not a vegetarian anymore, but i still eat veggie quite a bit, so i'll have to give your veggie burgers a try!

  4. you outdid yourself...these look awesome! 

  5. These are gorgeous! I love a good veggie burger!

  6. What a great recipe, I LOVE making my own bread! :)

  7. I've never made my own buns! And to think I ran to the store to buy some yesterday when I could have made them. Great recipe!

  8. I love that your husband requested veggie burgers! I always get so excited when mine asks for something full of veggies:-)

  9. They look fantastic! I am somewhat like you - I do eat meat but once a week tops on average since I just don't crave it much. It just so happened. Your burgers look great, very interesting patties. I love that your buns don't look as horribly wonder bread-y as average buns and have some whole grain :)

  10. These are awesome. I love homemade anything, much prefer over store-bought. I love the poppy seeds on top too!

  11. Ok, I'm going to have to try your veggie burgers, see if I can convince my athletic, burger-loving hubby! Beautiful photos!

  12. That would be so wonderful to have my very own fresh buns for my burgers.  I love fresh bread of any kind.  Thamks for sharing!

  13. Adrienne @ Apples N AdrienneJanuary 18, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Looks great! I'll be sure to add that to my growing list of recipes that I need to try. :)

  14. If I can convince mine, you can convince yours :)

  15. I'm the same way!  I'd rather put the work into an homemade item then buy it at the store.

  16. Thanks! Yes, the whole grains is much better for you :)

  17. Oo 7 years!  Way to go -- I'm only at 1, so we'll so how long it goes :)

  18. I have been meaning to make homemade burger buns, they look so good!

  19. I like your recipe very much..I will try it even though I am avoiding eggs, but one here and there won't kill me:)) My hubby lately try to eat good too..Great photos sweetie and lovely post! Thank you for sharing!!!xoxo

  20. Awesome recipe! Thanks Krissy! Made it today, burgers were great!


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