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Burger Buns

What you need: 

1/4 cup warm water
3 tablespoons yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups nondairy milk (I use soy)
2 teaspoons salt
5-6 cups flour, as needed

What you do: 

If you have a bread machine... combine everything in the correct order and make the dough. Otherwise,
1. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Let sit 10 minutes. Add sugar, oil, and milk to yeast mixture. Mix well. Add salt and gradually add the flour until the dough is thick enough to knead, but not too stiff.
2. Knead for 8-10 minutes, until dough reaches and elastic consistency. Let rise 15 minutes. Separate dough into 12 balls. (If you want smaller buns, make about 20). Knead/form each ball well, and place on a baking sheet about 1 1/2" apart.
3. Cover with a damp dish cloth and place in a warm spot. (An oven that was heated but has cooled quite a bit works well). Let rise 20-30 minutes, or until the edges of the buns are about 1/4'' apart. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until brown on the top. Best served warm; store in a plastic bag to keep in the moisture if keeping overnight.

Preparation Time: 
1 1/2 hours, Cooking time: 15 - 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
15 - 20 minutes
Recipe Category: 


I've been using this recipe a few times per month--it's really versatile and easy! I've also had great success with freezing the uncooked buns after the first rise (just arrange on a plate in the freezer and transfer frozen buns to a plastic baggie to store). When I want to bake them, I put the frozen buns on a cooking pan in the fridge to defrost, remove to a warm place in the kitchen, and let rise for an hour or so before baking. This is great for planning ahead to have fresh baked rolls anytime!


In retrospect--- three tablespoons is just to much yeast, I think it was a typo. 3 teaspoons would be sufficient.


I made these using all six cups of spelt flour-- they turned out great! I also added a tablespoon of the sugar to the yeast mixture for it to feed on and it did seem sort of like a paste... that's what you get from having 1/4 cup of liquid added to 4 tablespoons of solid stuff. Good recipe. It was easy and I will make it again.


ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! I bet it would make good bread, but these buns are great as is! I foresee a lot more veggie burgers in my future...


Did you use nutrirional yeast? This recipe calls for active dry yeast, it is different. It will end up being foamy and take up more space than when you combine the water and yeast. I usually put a bit of molasses or brown rice syrup to help the yeast grow. If indeed you did use the proper yeast, perhaps it has expired, then it won`t be effective in rising the bread. Keep in mind that humidity and how high above sea level will affect the moistness of baked goods. Good luck next time!


is it right that the yeast mixture at the beginning is supposed to be more like a paste?
My buns came out great tasting, but slightly cakey -- is this right?


On a whim, I made a loaf of bread with this recipe, changing only the yeast to quick-rise yeast and halving it to 1 1/2 tbsp. It makes ones of the best, heartiest loaves of bread I have ever tasted, not to mention a very large loaf! The texture is fantastic  :D


Really enjoyed this recipe. Love homemade bread, and cheaper too to make lots of buns and keep them in the freezer!

Used 1 cup soy milk, 1 1/4 cups water, 3 cups stone ground whole wheat flour, 2 cups white whole wheat flour, and two packets of yeast. Cooked about 10-15 min. Made 20 buns, but next time do slightly less and make them thicker, as they were slightly flat for splitting.

Not too dense of a bread like 100% whole wheat bread and good with the two packets (~3-4 Tb) of yeast. Could add rosemary for extra flavor. Enjoyed these throughout the week, with To-furkey, Bean Burgers, Sloppy Joe's, and as a roll with olive oil.


I made these with a combo of whole wheat and whole spelt flour, with hemp milk (subbed for the soy), and some ground flax.    They turned out pretty well and were super easy.  I just threw it all in the bread machine and let rise in the oven.  Thanks as sometimes it is hard to fine vegan ones!


Oh My GOD. These are sooo good :D. I made them because I didn't have any Ezekiel buns...I cut the recipe in half, but I'm kicking myself for doing that, they are that good. I used whole wheat flour, quick-rise yeast, and applesauce for the oil and molasses for the sugar. Soooo good. I served the black bean burger recipe from here on them...Thank you!!!!



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