I don't like going to the store for hamburger buns. I don't know why, but it always seems like such an ordeal to buy hamburger buns. They seem so expensive for what they are - even the generic store brands seem kind of, well, high. And then when we put sloppy joe filling on them, they fall apart.
So I started searching for recipes. But most homemade bread recipes take four hours to make, which again seems a little too much effort for hamburger buns, and what if I want them on the spur of the moment?
Well, I found this recipe, and it fills the bill. It's quick and easy and takes less than 45 minutes to make. I tested it with my sloppy joe recipe, and the buns didn't disintegrate!
40-Minute Hamburger Buns
2 T active dry yeast
1 c warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
1/3 c vegetable oil
1/4 c sugar
1 large egg
2 t salt
3 to 4 c bread flour
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar, mix, and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt, and enough flour to form a soft dough.
On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide into 8 pieces, shape each into a ball, and place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheets. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Bake until golden brown, about 14-15 minutes.
Spray tops with non-stick spray or brush with vegetable oil or melted butter right out of the oven, then remove from pans to a wire rack to cool.