Joel thought I was losing it when I decided to bake burger buns in the waffle iron, but creative genius is often misunderstood, right? These buns came together quickly, and they were a perfect complement to the veggie burgers we ate them with.
Yes, the waffle iron keeps them sort of flat, but we liked that. They didn’t turn out as dense as we expected, nor were they chewy, and they are thick enough to easily slice. I’d say they’re more like a compromise between those “slims” you can buy at the grocery store and a nice, sturdy bakery bun. I loved that they didn’t overwhelm the burger, because as much as I adore bread, I hate it how sometimes a bun becomes the primary flavor of a hamburger.
All that waffled crust helps this bun stand up to ketchup and other sauces, and it’s perfectly sized for a burger. Like any fresh-baked bread, you should let it cool a bit to finish cooking and develop its crumb, but nothing beats a slightly warm, freshly made bun.
Bonus: It doesn’t heat up your kitchen like baking bread normally does.
Bonus Two: The waffle wells are great for grabbing onto without poking holes in your bun!
Yes, you can bake hamburger buns in your waffle iron.
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 egg, beaten
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
Add yeast to warm (not hot) water and let sit until dissolved (a few minutes).
In a medium bowl, combine one cup of flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
In a large bowl, combine the yeast, beaten egg, milk, and melted butter.
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir.
Slowly add the two more cups of flour, a cup at a time, and mix until it comes together.
Begin kneading, adding flour until the dough no longer sticks to your hand. Continue kneading for 5-7 more minutes, or until you have a smooth ball of dough that is slightly tacky but not super sticky.
Let rest for about ten minutes.
Heat up your waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Cut the dough into eight equal pieces.
Roll the pieces into balls, and then flatten into four-inch circles.
Place the pieces into your heated waffle maker and lower the lid, but do not press down.
Cook for about 6 minutes, depending on your waffle iron.