Sourdough Hamburger Buns

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These sourdough hamburger buns are perfectly soft and chewy. They’re the ideal companion for your grass fed beef burgers, or anytime you need a delicious and healthy sourdough bun. 

Sourdough Hamburger Buns

Sourdough hamburger buns

One of the things I love to do in the kitchen is to take beloved recipes and make them healthier, AND even more delicious. If you’re into that kind of thing as well, you’ll want to try my sourdough pizza crust recipe here.

If you want some dill pickles to go with your burgers, you’ll want my recipe for fermented pickles that stay crisp, which you can get here. Learn how to make my sourdough pasta recipe here. If you want to make healthy tortillas, get my sourdough tortillas recipe here, and also check out my sourdough pancakes and sourdough dinner rolls

For this recipe you’ll need some active sourdough starter. I show you how to make your own Nourishing Traditions sourdough starter here. It’s really easy!

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Why make your own sourdough hamburger buns?

This sourdough hamburger bun recipe allows you to enjoy a delicious, soft and chewy bun, while getting all the health benefits of properly prepared grains.  By changing the shape, you can make them as sourdough hotdog buns, too!

The long rise time deactivates those pesky anti nutrients, while unlocking the nutrients in the grains to make them available for our body to easily digest and use (source). I like to make these as overnight sourdough hamburger buns to get that nice long rise time. 

And, these homemade sourdough hamburger buns are so satisfying, you’ll never want to go back to any other kind! 

Sourdough hamburger buns recipe

Tips for making homemade sourdough hamburger buns

How do you make hamburger buns from scratch? It’s pretty simple. Like so many sourdough recipes, the hands on time is quite minimal. It’s really just a matter of working it into your weekly or monthly baking routine.

You can use a variety of different flours for this sourdough hamburger bun recipe. For example, you can use this recipe to make the ultimate healthy whole wheat hamburger bun recipe, or combination of flours, or use whatever flour you like.

I feed my sourdough starter with rye flour in general, and then use whatever flour I want to bake with it. When I feed my starter, I try to have it be the consistency of a thick pancake batter.

My favorite way to make sourdough buns is to use my rye starter, and then feed it whole grain spelt flour as I’m getting it active and ready to bake. Then, when I’m putting the dough together, I add some organic, non enriched, all purpose white flour to give the buns some lightness.

Sourdough buns

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How to make homemade sourdough hamburger buns

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup active sourdough starter (I fed my starter with whole grain spelt for this recipe)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 cups flour (I used unbleached white)
  • 1/2 cup water or more
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions:

  1. Put sourdough starter, salt, and honey in mixing bowl for stand mixer.
  2. Add 3 cups flour and 1/2 cup water.
  3. Begin to mix. Add more water, up to 1/2 cup, if needed, until dough forms a sticky ball. 
  4. Knead in mixer for 3 minutes.
  5. Let dough rise at room temperature overnight, or at least 7 hours. 
  6. Shape dough into 6 equal portions and shape into bun shapes.
  7. Let buns rise until doubled or tripled in size, around 4-6 hours. 
  8. Brush tops of buns with egg yolk and milk, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  9. Bake at 375ºF for 30 minutes.
  10. Let cool on cooling rack. 

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Can hamburger buns be frozen?

Yes! Several of my family members don’t eat grains on a regular basis, while several of us do. I like to make a big batch of sourdough hamburger buns, and freeze most of them. 

Whenever I make burger patties or another meal that goes with buns, I just pull a couple of my sourdough buns out of the freezer, pop them in the toaster oven, and they’re as delicious as ever.

If you’re looking for a delicious topping for your homemade hamburgers, check out my lacto fermented zucchini relish recipe here

I also like to batch bake and freeze my Nourishing Traditions sourdough bread. If you want to make some pie, check out my lard pie crust recipe

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I love this danish dough whisk for mixing my sourdough starter whenever I feed it, or whenever I’m making something with thinner dough. 

My Kitchenaid mixer makes kneading super easy. 

I like this jar for storing my main sourdough starter.

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Yield: 6 buns

Sourdough Hamburger Buns

Sourdough Hamburger Buns

These sourdough hamburger buns are perfectly soft and chewy. They're the ideal companion for your grass fed beef burgers, or anytime you need a delicious and healthy sourdough bun. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 14 hours
Total Time 14 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup active sourdough starter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 cups flour 
  • 1/2 cup water or more
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. 1. Put sourdough starter, salt, and honey in mixing bowl for stand mixer.
  2. Add 3 cups flour and 1/2 cup water.
  3. Begin to mix. Add more water, up to 1/2 cup, if needed, until dough forms a sticky ball.
  4. Knead in mixer for 3 minutes.
  5. Let dough rise at room temperature overnight, or at least 7 hours.
  6. Shape dough into 6 equal portions and shape into bun shapes.
  7. Let buns rise until doubled or tripled in size, around 4-6 hours.
  8. Brush tops of buns with egg yolk and milk, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  9. Bake at 375ºF for 30 minutes.
  10. Let cool on cooling rack.

Notes

Feel free to use whatever bread type flours you like, in white, whole grain, or a mix.

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Sourdough Hamburger Buns”

  1. While I am excited for this recipe, I’m disappointed that the measurements are not in grams, flour type is not specified, way more water was needed to make a sticky dough. It’s currently rising overnight so we will see how this goes but with all the open ended instructions I’m skeptical

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  2. Thanks for the recipe, look forward to trying it out! How would you modify this recipe if you don’t have a mixer and are doing all by hand?

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    • You’re welcome! I’d combine the ingredients with a wooden spoon, and then knead for a little while by hand. Hope that helps!

      Reply

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