Healthy Homemade Hamburger Buns

Homemade bread used to intimidate me like a little kid trying to conquer the tallest slide on the playground.  

A few of my bread recipes flopped. Others were just too dense. They felt like those baby slides that just aren’t that exhilarating and leave you longing for an impressive one with curves and tunnels.

Once I gained the courage to try a few more bread recipes, I got the hang of it—like a child mastering one slide at a time.

I’m so glad that first few loaves left me longing for more, because that’s exactly how I discovered these hamburger buns! Fluffly, slightly sweet, moist, and quite flavorful. 

They take a bit of time to prepare, but they are absolutely worth it. Helpful hint: make a double or a triple batch. Eat some fresh and freeze the rest for another meal!

Start by mixing the warm water, yeast, and oil. Let that froth—and add wonderful smells to your kitchen!

Then grind your own whole wheat flour in your Vitamix Dry Grains container. (You can also use store-bought whole wheat flour, but fresh flour has a nuttier flavor, plus a plethora of essential nutrients that are stripped of flour on a grocery store shelf.)

Combine all of the ingredients and knead the bread for a few minutes until smooth. At this point, let your dough rest for at least an hour until it has doubled in size. 

Now it’s time to form your hamburger buns. I use a knife to evenly slice the dough into pieces, which I then form into buns. Place these in your baking dishes and let rise again, for about thirty minutes.

Bake the buns to a golden perfection, slice in half, and top with your favorite hamburger and toppings. Once you bite into the delicate yet hardy bun, you will find it hard to turn back to store-bought bread!

Yield: 8-10

Healthy Homemade Hamburger Buns

Healthy Homemade Hamburger Buns

These fluffy buns can bear a hearty hamburger. Who knew healthy ingredients could taste like this!

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1⅓ cup water (110°F)
  • ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¾ Tbsp yeast
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • 4 cups white wheat flour (ground from 3 cups of hard white wheat berries)

Instructions

  1. Mix the warm water and yeast together, and allow to sit for 5 minutes until bubbly.
  2. Using the Vitamix Dry Grains container, grind the 3 cups of hard white wheat berries into approximately 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Pour into a large mixing bowl and combine that with the salt.
  3. Add the oil and honey to the yeast and water. 
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the liquids. Mix together until a ball forms. Knead until smooth, approximately 5-8 minutes.
  5. Place the dough ball in an oiled bowl and allow it to rise until doubled in size, approximately 30-60 minutes.
  6. Punch down the dough and shape into hamburger buns (8-10 total) then place in a pan of your choice. I found that a cast iron skillet works best!
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F while dough rises again until doubled in size (approximately 30 minutes).
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 190°F.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 367mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 7g

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