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Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

Round these parts, we don’t eat a lot of white bread—it’s a leftover from my Weight Watchers era, back when the Fat & Fiber plan was helping me to lose 100 pounds. The goal each day was to eat no more than xx grams of fat and at least yy grams of fiber. (I don’t include actual numbers because I no longer remember what they are. Maybe that’s why I’m 20 lbs heavier than I’d like to be.) Anyhoosie, whole grains are a wonderful source of fiber, so I learned to love them lo these many years ago.

Fast-forward to yesterday. I’d planned burgers for dinner, and thought I’d just pick up some whole wheat buns. Who knew it would be so difficult to find them? Labor Day weekend, the 4th of July, sure, you’d expect a run on buns, but mid-November? I was left with no other choice but to make my own. OK, I could’ve bought white buns, but there’s a principle involved here.

The first place I lookedultimately provided the winning recipe, though I did my due diligence online and in other cookbooks. This recipe didn’t call for whole wheat flour, so I just swapped out half the white. The dough came together in a snap, and thanks to my Kitchenaid mixer I didn’t even have to knead. And the end result was pretty darn perfect: Soft, ever so slightly squishy, faintly sweet, and substantial enough to withstand whatever condiments you want to throw at it.

Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
Adapted from The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion
Makes 8 buns

1 cup water
2 tablespoons butter, room temp
1 large egg
1½ cups whole wheat flour
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, then knead until dough is soft and smooth. (If you’re using a stand mixer, use the paddle to mix and the dough hook to knead.) Place dough in a lightly greased bowl (I use cooking spray), cover, and let rise for 1 hour.

Divide the dough into 8 pieces (either weigh it or eyeball: halve it, then halve each half, then halve each quarter). Shape each into a flattened ball—bring the corners into the center and pinch together, then turn it seam-side down and, cupping it gently underneath your hand, roll it in small circles on an unfloured, ungreased surface—you need the friction to help make them round. Place on a greased baking sheet (or use a Silpat baking mat). Cover and let rise 30-40 minutes, until they’re downright puffy.

Preheat oven to 375. Bake buns for 12-15 minutes, until they’re golden brown (mine took 14). Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Tracy Malloy-Curtis

    My go-to recipe for classic whole wheat bread is from the King Arthur Flour bag! I have an empty bag hanging on my fridge for the recipe. We'll try these, too.

  2. Unplanned Cooking

    I am not a fan of wheat bread, especially when it comes to hamburger buns. So I would love to find a recipe that I enjoy. I'll try these!

  3. Alisabow

    I've never understood who whole wheat burger buns are so hard to find. Oddly, it's easier to find whole wheat hot dog buns. But, then, if you are eating a hot dog anyway…

    Sometimes I just use whole wheat english muffins. But this recipe looks great. One to try.

  4. debbie koenig

    Tracy, if you like King Arthur recipes you should definitely get that book! I've been pleased with everything I've made from it.

    Unplanned Cooking, have you tried the new white whole wheat bread? It's still a whole grain, but a different variety of wheat. Flavor's much milder.

    Alisabow, I love burgers on English muffins!

  5. Ann

    Everything from that King Arthur book is really good. I live right near King Arthur Flour and love their store. Just bought rainbow candy coated chocolate chips for Sadie's birthday cake. They have a great blog too!

  6. Ellie

    Lovely buns! I always wanted to make it fresh but never get around to do it. Looking at yours has inspired me to do soon!

  7. debbie koenig

    Ann, I'm totally jealous. I did some major damage at King Arthur on my honeymoon, but haven't been back since.

    Ellie, thanks for stopping by! I'm a fan.

  8. marthaandme

    These look good. They do sell whole wheat burger and hot dog rolls at my grocery store, but maybe I will try making my own.

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