Whole Wheat Burger Buns

20 May

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmI am trying to incorporate more whole grains in our diet, so I thought I would give these Whole Wheat Burger Buns a try. I found them on the Eating Well website. We had homemade sloppy joes with the buns, which I have made before with great reviews. You can find the recipe for the sloppy joes here. These are a bit time consuming, but I think they are worth the extra effort.


Whole Wheat Burger Buns  (Source: Eating Well, Summer 2002)

  • 1 cup low fat milk (I used skim)
  • 1 pkg. yeast
  • 1 large egg at room temperature (soak egg in warm water for a few minutes)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola
  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • cornmeal for sprinkling
  1. Heat milk in small saucepan over medium-high heat until the surface shimmers. Transfer to a medium sized bowl and let cool to body temperature, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, pour water into small bowl. Sprinkle yeast over water, stir, then let stand for 5-10 minutes to dissolve.
  3. Add egg to milk; whisk well. Whisk in sugar, salt, oil, and yeast.
  4. Stir in whole wheat flour. Using a heavy wooden spoon, beat vigorously by hand for 100 strokes. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  5. Start adding all purpose flour to dough, 1/3 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough is somewhat firm and no longer sticky to handle, turn it out onto a floured surface. With floured hands, knead dough for 7-8 minutes using additional flour as needed to prevent sticking.
  6. Coat a large bow with cooking spray. Add dough and turn once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft free spot until doubled (1 to 1 1/2 hours).
  7. When doubled, turn out onto a floured surface and knead for one minute. Using a dough cutter or chef’s knife, cut the dough into eight equal pieces. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise 5 minutes.
  8. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray and dust with cornmeal. Shape dough into tight balls and place 2 inches apart. Coat a large sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place over buns, sprayed side down.
  9. Let rise about half, 25-30 minutes. Gently press down on buns. Let rise another 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and crispy. Bottoms should sound hollow when tapped. Cool on wire rack 15 minutes before slicing.

Nutritional info per bun: Calories 232, Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 28 mg, Carbs 43 g, Protein 9 g, Sodium 317 mg, Potassium 164 mg.


3 Responses to “Whole Wheat Burger Buns”

  1. Jessica May 20, 2009 at 12:03 PM #

    I’ve been wanting to try making my own hamburger buns for a while now. This recipe looks great!

  2. Joelen May 20, 2009 at 5:47 PM #

    I plan on making some buns for our holiday cookout – these look delicious!

  3. Molly Jean May 31, 2009 at 4:01 AM #

    We always buy wheat buns at the store but I never even thought about attempting to make them. What a great idea!

    I think I’ll give these a try next time we grill out!

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