By Jolene Ketzenberger
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to the summertime cook-out season, and plenty of folks will be kicking off summer by firing up the grill. In fact a recent survey by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association showed that 80 percent of all U.S. households own some sort of grill, and yes, Memorial Day ranks as one of the most popular grilling holidays – just behind the Fourth of July and just ahead of Labor Day.
As for what we’ll all be grilling on Memorial Day, burgers typically top the list (followed closely by steak and hot dogs, of course). And for all those juicy burgers coming off the grill, you need a bun that can take the heat. These quick hamburger burger buns bake up beautifully, with a sturdy bottom that stands up to whatever you can pile on, but with an interior texture that’s surprisingly light.
They’re also quick and easy to make – no yeast and no rising time. Now, admittedly, the dough is sticky, and things can get a little messy when you scoop it out and plop it on the baking sheet. But just keep a bowl of water handy and wet your fingers before you scoop and shape the dough to make it easier to handle.
This recipe easily yields 6 to 8 large buns; you can also make them smaller if you’re serving sliders.
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons Clabber Girl baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup buttermilk
Sesame seeds, optional
Cook’s note: The dough is sticky, so do keep a bowl of water handy to wet your hands before scooping out the dough for each bun and smoothing out the tops.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda.
Add buttermilk and eggs and beat on low speed 30 seconds until combined, then beat 1 minute on high speed.
Dough will be sticky and will have the appearance of frosting.
With wet hands, scoop out 6 to 8 even portions of dough and place them on prepared baking sheet, mounding the dough slightly into a bun shape.
Re-wet fingers and smooth the tops and sides of each bun. If desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Allow to cool. Slice buns lengthwise.
Serve with burgers, chicken, fish, veggies or whatever you like!