The Best Hamburger Bun You’ll Ever Eat.

Seriously, they’re that good.And look at they-they’re so sweet looking.

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Here they are after their first rise, all separated in their lil’ sections . . .
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Shaped and placed on the sheet, ready for their second rise.
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Covered in lightly oiled plastic wrap, all ready for their second rise. They kind look like the aliens from “Independence Day;” scary stuff.After they were all baked and sliced and ready, I had people take pictures of the burgers they were building. Here are a few of of my faves . . .

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Pineapple slices on a hamburger is probably one of the best ideas ever invented by man (especially if it’s grilled pineapple). Yum!
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I know, they’re pretty, right? Even more delish. I mean, who doesn’t l.o.v.e. burgers?Light Brioche Burger Buns
3 tbsp. warm milk
1 cup warm water
2 tsp. instant yeast
2½ tbsp. sugar
1½ tsp. salt
1 large egg
3 cups bread flour
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2½ tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

For topping:
1 large egg beaten with 1 tbsp. water, for egg wash

Directions:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the milk, water, yeast, sugar, salt and egg.  Mix briefly to combine.  Add the flours to the bowl, and mix until incorporated.  Mix in the butter.  Switch to the dough hook and knead on low speed for about 6-8 minutes.  The dough will be somewhat tacky, but you want to avoid adding too much extra flour which will create tough buns.

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 1-2 hours.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  Using a dough scraper, divide the dough into 8 equal parts.  Gently roll each portion of dough into a ball and place on the baking sheet, 2-3 inches apart.  Cover loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap and let rise again, 1-2 hours, until puffed up and nearly doubled.

Set a large metal pan of water on the lowest rack of the oven.  Preheat the oven to 400˚ F with a rack in the center.  Brush the tops of the buns lightly with the egg wash.  Bake the buns about 15 minutes rotating halfway through baking, until the tops are golden brown.  Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Listening to: “The Next Ten Minutes,” from The Last Five Years

Source: adapted from Annie’s Eats, adapted from Smitten Kitchen, originally from Comme Ça via The New York Times

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