Quick Homemade Burger Buns: #155 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

We decided to make our hearty meatless burgers the other day (using beets instead of carrots since that’s what we had on hand). With only one hour until dinner, how could we possibly have fresh homemade buns to go with the burgers? Fortunately, this recipe had our backs.

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($2.50 total for 12 buns)

2 tbsp active dry yeast – $1.00
1 cup + 2 tbsp hottest tap water – free
1/3 cup olive oil – $0.48
1/4 cup + 1 tsp brown sugar – $0.15
1 egg – $0.29
1 tsp salt – $0.05
3 cups flour, plus 1/2 cup extra if it’s too sticky – $0.56

Directions

1. In a small, non-metal bowl, mix the yeast, hot water, and 1 tsp brown sugar. Let it sit for 5 minutes to bloom, then mix in the olive oil, remaining sugar, and egg. Stir to combine. Finally, add the flour and salt and mix it into a nice soft ball of dough.

2. Knead the dough for 5 minutes until it’s smooth and stretchy, then immediately cut it into 12 balls WITHOUT letting the entire dough rise. Place the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with cling wrap or a tea towel and let rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.

3. Bake at 425F for 8-10 minutes until they start to get golden on top and smell delicious. Cool for a few minutes, then slice in half to fill with your burger and toppings.

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings: 3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness:  3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 1 = eat rarely
  • TOTAL: 16/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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