Fancy Hamburger Buns (What’s On Your Plate?)

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What’s on Your Plate? is designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters.

Tell us about a recent meal. Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the groceries at great prices?

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What’s on My Plate?

Hamburgers are a great meal for my family because it incorporates so many things in one handheld package. I don’t really need to make side dishes, but I usually offer cut up veggies and apples since I know few of my children are really going to add the lettuce and tomato to their hamburgers.

And no, pickles aren’t a vegetable, but our kids think they are prerequisite to every burger meal.

This meal is also an easy fix since I started freezing the patties ahead of time. I mix up my own ground beef mix, form the patties and then freeze them. They cook very easily from frozen, making them a great spur of the moment meal.

What makes them “more” is serving them on homemade buns. I started baking my own hamburger rolls almost ten years ago — and I kind of got myself in trouble by doing so. No one wants to eat grocery store hamburger buns any more! I still buy them when I feel lazy, but no, they’re not as good as homemade.

This recipe is my go-to recipe for hot dog and hamburger buns. This week, however, I decided to follow a new kitchen tip from Tammy’s Recipes. And boy! Do I feel fancy! Tammy offers a fantastic video tutorial for shaping homemade kaiser buns.

I was stunned at how easy it was to make these. And they looked so much prettier than the standard hamburger bun.

It got me thinking how important presentation is to our frugal meals. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you spend on the meal, but if it’s made in love and served with just a little effort at beauty, well, then it’s a meal fit for a king.

What’s on YOUR Plate?

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Awesome buns! I’m going to check those out, thanks!

  2. Katie says:

    Oh, my! I am trying these for sure. I love the idea of making all my breads at home. How about some hot dog buns?

    • Katie says:

      Never mind, I just saw you already have hot dog buns. Thanks

  3. Emily says:

    Amen Sister. Tonight, our beans & ham over rice with home-made cornbread will be served on pretty dishes and with love. And that makes it all GOOD! You have a great site lady. Learn so much from you. Now if I could just be DEBT FREE too!

    • Jessica says:

      @Emily, Aww, thanks for your kind words. You will be. Just keep plugging away and serving beautiful rice and beans. 🙂

  4. Micha says:

    Great minds think alike Jessica. When I made sliders a few weeks ago I shaped my rolls the same way after seeing Tammy’s video. I posted my beef and bean enchiladas that got rave reviews thanks to your sauce suggestion and encouragement to try corn tortillas again.

  5. Great tip! Thanks for hosting this link up.

  6. Thanks for hosting this Jessica! It is my first time linking up here and I am sharing a recipe for our favorite homemade hummus. It is cheaper, healthier, and yummier 🙂 than the store-bought varieties!

    Thanks again!

  7. I linked up my Spiced Pear Cake I made for Easter 🙂

  8. I posted an old recipe that I did a while back-Braised Chicken Julia Child Style. Oh so yummy and good for you! Thanks for hosting the blog carnival-stop by and say hello!

  9. amanda says:

    i linked my smile cookies! i’m baking my way through a cook book and that’s what of the recipes i had to try. Not sure I love it but it’s an interesting cookie! Great for people who love raisins and chocolate!!

  10. Krissa says:

    Those buns look amazing!

  11. Kelley says:

    I make your recipe for homemade buns all.the.time. With summer coming buns will be in high demand problem is I don’t want to be in the house. Do you freeze the dough before forming or do you form the rolls then freeze to be baked at a later date?? I am thinking of making a ton while the weather is still damp, cool and dreary here in Buffalo. Thanks for all you do for so many readers!!!

    • Jessica says:

      @Kelley, I’ve had best success in freezing them already baked.

  12. Dana says:

    I just made a recipe similar to your hamburger buns. It was actually a baked doughnut filled with jam. The recipe called for lemon zest and a little sugar. They were good dusted with powdered sugar.

  13. Kelly says:

    After trying your bun recipe, I’ve been instructed by my 13 and 14 yr. old boys to never buy store buns again! 🙂 I’ve started experimenting with adding in whole wheat flour. Any suggestions? And what are your hotdog bun-shaping secrets? Mine have yet to come out as *pretty* as yours! But they still are devoured! Just goes to show that looks aren’t everything, lol!

    • Jessica says:

      I’m so sorry! Now you’re in trouble. LOL. Glad you liked them.

  14. With moving and switching jobs, we are definitely eating on a budget. this is a great resource!!

  15. These are the best sandwich rolls ever! Thanks so much for sharing it.

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