Here's how to make hamburgers that your friends and family will never forget. They're that good and that unforgettable. And they're yours. You created them. They are your originals. Congratulations.
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Dennis Weaver in the Snowcrest Mountains looking toward the Continental Divide, from the Montana side. (Image by Merri Ann Weaver
To get there, exit the highway at the tiny town of Monida, Montana and be prepared to drive two hours on rough dirt roads with a four-wheel drive. Monida was founded in 1891 and has a population of two. 17,000 elk winter in the valleys below.
Favorite Breads for Hamburger Buns
Using a Cheesy Salsa Bread is a great way to add a southwestern spin on your burgers. It makes a bright orange tomato-speckled roll with a punch of flavor that’s unlike any bread you’ve ever tasted. Be prepared for a ridiculously flavorful bun that will definitely steal the show if you use this bread mix.
For some more sophisticated colored buns, our best-selling Black Russian Pumpernickel Bread creates a luscious, dark bun, and its subtle yet distinct pumpernickel undertone laced throughout makes for a delightful bite.
Another great bread to use with these is the Garden Harvest Vegetable Gourmet Bread. For a savory vegetable flavor that everyone is sure to love, this herb flecked crowd pleaser will put your burgers over the top!
Of course, the options don’t stop there, so feel free to experiment with any of our bread mixes! Whether it’s simple or a more complex flavored bread, you can't go wrong. No matter which of these flashy buns you make, your summer cookouts will never be the same.
Hamburgers made with Cheesy Salsa Bread (left) and Black Russian Bread (right)
Let's Make some Hamburger Buns
Switching up the bread flavors and colors of your buns can really transform your burgers in such a unique way, creating a completely different experience every time! Here, we are using our Cheesy Salsa Bread Mix, and our Black Russian Pumpernickel Bread Machine Mix to make some truly unique burger buns. The instructions for both of these recipes are the same, and they’re pretty straight forward.
Another great thing about using a premade bread mix is that you can make these buns using your bread machine or knead them by hand.
1. Mix the bread according to the package directions or recipe.
NOTE: If using a bread machine be sure to select the dough setting! That way you won’t accidentally bake your dough into a loaf. It would still be delicious but not exactly what we’re going for.
If you are making bread the old-fashioned way, follow the directions and let the bread rise in an oiled bowl as you would for other bread mixes or recipes.
Hamburger buns made with Cheesy Salsa Bread.
Shaping the Buns
To turn the big ball of dough into an actual hamburger bun, you’ll need to begin by shaping it.
2. Using a bench scraper or sharp knife, divide the dough into 8-10 equal pieces.
3. Form each piece into a ball by pulling the dough around the center and pinching the seam at the bottom of the roll.
4. Place each ball of dough onto a greased or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Using the back of your hand, flatten each ball into a disc. Because the dough has a tendency to spring back, repeat this process after a few minutes.
Preparing for Baking
5. Make sure you let these buns rise covered (preferably in a proofing bag) in a warm area. Let them rise until doubled in size. If you have a cool kitchen, it will take an hour or more. When it has risen enough, you will air bubbles just beginning to form under the dough skin. If blister start to form on the dough, pop the blisters with the point of a knife and hurry your buns to the oven.
6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-18 minutes until the tops are golden.
7. Remove the buns from the baking sheet immediately, and let them cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, slice them in half, and now you’re ready to assemble some beautiful burgers!
What to do with Leftover Buns and Guarantee
If you happen to have any leftover buns, use them to make sandwiches. These buns are extremely versatile, so you can stuff them with any sandwich toppings you wish.
To make buns like these, mix one egg white with one tablespoon water and brush the egg wash over the buns just before putting the buns in the oven, then sprinkle them with seeds of your choice. These were sprinkled with sesame seeds and sunflower seeds.
These buns are best eaten fresh, but they will hold for several days sealed in plastic bags.
These hamburger buns are fabulously good, different, and delicious. Soft and fresh, they've never tasted hamburgers like this before. And they'll never forget them.
We guarantee them. If they don't go crazy over your hamburgers, we'll give you your money back.
We guarntee our bread products. We do ask that you follow instructions and use a thermometer to measure water temperature.
Make unforgettable hamburgers for your next backyard event.
Side of Fries?Now that you have the best looking hamburger buns around, you absolutely need to pair you main dish with an equally as incredible side dish, and I can't think of a more classic pairing than burgers and fries. But since we leveled up our hamburgers, I think our fries need to match the eccentricity.
These baked sweet potato fries do the trick. They are so quick and easy to make, and they have a secret ingredient to make them extra crispy!
3-4 large sweet potatoes
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp Olive oil
1-2 Tbsp seasonings of your choice (paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, Italian seasoning, pumpkin pie spice, etc.)
Salt to taste
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
Begin by peeling your sweet potatoes and cutting off both ends. Cut potatoes into sticks that are about ¼ inch thick. If you like thicker steak fries, cut your slices to approximately ½ inch thick.
Place fries on a greased baking sheet, and here is where the secret ingredient comes into play. Dust the fries with a light coating of cornstarch. Use your hands to coat them evenly, so you no longer see any white powder.
Add your olive oil, and again, use your hands to coat the sweet potato wedges evenly. Sprinkle on your seasonings of choice.
Arrange your fries in a single layer. Make sure you don’t crowd them, or they will not crisp up.
Bake for 20 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the fries so they cook evenly, and bake for another 10-15 minutes until crisp and cooked through. Be careful not to burn them. Once finished, salt to your taste, and serve immediately with dipping sauce of your choice.