What do you think about when you hear the word hamburger? Sliced dill pickles, melted cheese, juicy tomato, crunchy onions, crispy lettuce, savory ketchup and the soft, light buns with toasted sesame seeds sprinkles over the top. Well let me just tell you…I’m addicted to bread. Like eat it for every meal addicted, whether it’s in roll form, sliced form, or soaked in butter form.
Well, I hope that you are not in the same boat as I am. Yes, that’s right…I’m a vegetarian. And you know what that means.
No hamburger for me.
That’s okay though, because I found this pretty amazing recipe for black bean burgers that is by far the closest vegetarian recipe that I’ve found that actually tastes like a burger. Black bean burgers have sort of a Mexican flare to them, but all in all, they’re 100% delicious!
Now, the recipe I am giving is of the one’s that my family thought was better even than hamburger buns that you can get from the bakery. This dough is very sticky, but that stickiness makes the buns less dense and finger-licking good! And no, I’m not talking about the dough that stuck to your fingers because, all in all, that’s just a little on the nasty side of things. but that’s just my opinion. Another opinion/fact (which means it’s true!): They’re just…
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup butter
- 4½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (or just over 4 cups whole wheat flour)
- 2½ tsp. yeast
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 1½ tsp. salt
- 1 large egg, beaten
- Warm the milk, water, and butter in the microwave to the temp. of a warm bath (NOT hot). Stir until butter melts completely.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix in the milk mixture, then add the egg. Dough should be only slightly sticky. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic (8-10 minutes).
- Divide the dough into 12 balls, and place them on a large, greased baking sheet. Lightly press down on the top of each ball of dough, so that the top is more flat than rounded. They will puff up more during rising and baking. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
- Cover with a dishtowel, and let rise 30-40 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown on top. Serve as desired, and store for 3-5 days on the counter, or 4-6 months in the freezer.