Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Healthy Hamburger Buns


We love our turkey burgers!
We have them at least once a week and they are always stocked in the freezer.

My husband loves a good, hearty, whole wheat bun with his burger and I usually pair mine with a sandwich thin for calories sake.

But with my wonderful bread machine quickly becoming a staple appliance in my kitchen, and since I don't have a kitchen aid, I decided to find some middle-ground solution for my husband I's burger loving days.

 Thus, these. They are light, filling, and healthy. A perfect pair for any type for any sandwich you would dare put between these buns.

I cut mine a little small and  but they made awesome sliders!!!

Second time: Cut larger and with honey

Don't fret if you don't have a bread machine or kitchen aid, these are easy to kneed by hand if you have the time! 

Recipe adapted from One Sweet Heat and Holy Cow Vegan
1/2 cup almond milk, warmed
1 cup water, warmed
2 tbs coconut oil
1 1/2 cup wheat flour
1 1/2 cup bread flour
2 tbs vital wheat gluten
1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
3 tsp sugar *UPDATE: I tried 3 tbs honey instead and they were way softer! so your choice!
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Heat almond milk and water in a small bowl in the microwave for 1 min.
Mix flours, wheat gluten, and baking soda together.
Add salt to warmed water/milk mixture.
Add mixed ingredients into bread machine as directed by the manufacture--mine, the wet ingredients go in first then the dry. 
Add the coconut oil and sugar to opposing corners of the pan.
Make an indent in the center of your mixture and pour yeast.
Set machine to "Dough" Cycle and let it run its course (check at the end of the first knead to see if dough has come together properly, if too wet add a tablespoon of flour, if too dry, add a tablespoon of water then check again after the second knead).

When dough is done, pull out onto a lightly floured or oiled surface.
Either roll out dough to 3/4th of its size and cut dough with the largest biscuit cutter you have, or can, or lid, etc. Re-roll into a ball, roll out, cut. Repeat until all the dough is cut.
for more roundish buns, take the ball of dough and separate into 6-8 balls. Slightly flatten the top of the balls.

Place dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and let sit in a warm place for an hour to double in size. (I placed mine in the NOT TURNED ON oven with the light on)

Preheat oven  350 F.
Brush the tops of the dough with milk or butter or oil and top with oats if desired.
Bake for 15-20 min until golden brown.

With sugar:
With honey:
Let cool for 2 min then serve with a turkey burger!!!

with sugar:

with honey: 



  1. Can I substitute an egg for the gluten?

    1. I would try leaving it out completely first before adding in eggs. The wheat gluten is just a baking agent that helps break down wheat giving it a softer texture. If you are going to leave out the gluten just add one more tsp of honey and that should do the trick to keep them nice a soft. Let me know how they turn out.


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