Homemade hamburger buns are easier to make than you might think and they're incredibly delicious! Totally worth the small bit of extra effort to make them at home.
1 cup warm water
1 packet (0.25 oz) active dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
3½ cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for kneading as necessary
1½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg, whisked
1 teaspoon kosher salt for topping, if desired
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a hook attachment, combine the water, yeast and sugar. Stir until well combined. Stir in 1 cup of the flour until well combined. Add in the remaining flour and salt, along with the egg and butter.
Knead using the hook attachment of the mixer for 5 to 6 minutes. Dough should be smooth and elastic but not sticky. Add an additional tablespoon or two of flour if necessary.
Place dough in a greased bowl, covered, in a draft-free place (I like to put it in a slightly warmed up oven) for an hour or until doubled in size.
Once dough has risen, punch down and knead a couple times. Divide dough into 8 portions shape into discs about ½ inch thick. Place rolls on a parchment-lined baking sheet a couple inches apart. Dust tops of rolls with flour. Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and place in a draft-free location for another hour or until doubled in size.
Heat oven to 375F. Brush tops of rolls with the whisked egg. Sprinkle with salt. Bake 12 to 16 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool completely. Cut rolls in half and fill as desired.
Recipe by Espresso and Cream at http://espressoandcream.com/2014/05/homemade-hamburger-buns.html