Brioche Burger Buns

Posted by Lindsey On 7:43 AM

I must be seriously crazy or one really motivated individual. As I am driving home from class last night (9:00pm) I think to myself, what to have for dinner tonight. I decide on root beer pulled pork, ok fine that is easy enough. I really don't know why the next thought came into my head, but I thought to myself, wouldn't it be great to have homemade burger buns to go with the pork? Yes! Great Idea Lindsey! So I come home last night and start homemade brioche burger buns. Now anyone that makes bread know its a long process and you have to wait for it to rise and proof. So to make things short, I was up until 2am making these last night. They turned out fabulous though and I am pretty glad I did. I even decided that today I am going to make my own bbq sauce to go with the pork. Check back later for that recipe!

Lite Brioche Burger Buns
from Smitten Kitchen

3 tablespoons warm milk
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups bread flour
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
Sesame seeds (optional)

In a glass measuring cup, combine one cup warm water, the milk, yeast and sugar. Let stand until foamy, about five minutes. Meanwhile, beat one egg.

In a large bowl, whisk flours with salt. Add butter and rub into flour between your fingers, making crumbs. Using a dough scraper, stir in yeast mixture and beaten egg until a dough forms. Scrape dough onto clean, well-floured counter and knead, scooping dough up, slapping it on counter and turning it, until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. The dough will be on the sticky side so it can be a bit messy, but keep in mind that the more flour you knead in, the tougher the buns will get. Try to leave them tackier than you would a round loaf.

Shape dough into a ball and return it to bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, one to two hours.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using dough scraper, divide dough into 8 equal parts. Gently roll each into a ball and arrange two to three inches apart on baking sheet. Cover loosely with a piece of plastic wrap lightly coated in nonstick spray and let buns rise in a warm place for one to two hours.

Set a large shallow pan of water on oven floor. Preheat oven to 400 degrees with rack in center. Beat remaining egg with one tablespoon water and brush some on top of buns. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using. Bake, turning sheet halfway through baking, until tops are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

1 Response to "Brioche Burger Buns"

  1. Tia Said,

    OMGosh. So, Lindsey your gonna make me bake bread this weekend, huh? You can't just go around posting beautiful pictures of amazing carbs ya know! Ugh.

    I cannot resist these. I will update you on what happens. Thanks for sharing! Muah ♥