Apr 04

Whole Wheat Brioche Hamburger Buns

I’ve had a major crush on these buns for awhile now.

Whole Wheat Brioche Burger Buns (1 of 2)

It’s a Dakota bun from Great Harvest and every time I see one I wannntttt.  So I took a crack at making the buns myself…and then I googled Great Harvest and realized there is totally one within a 25 minute drive of my house.  Whoops.  I somehow convinced myself I didn’t have one near me.

I also convinced myself to over pluck my eyebrows.  So now I’m trying to let this one spot grow back in and it looks completely awkward.  Which is unfortunate because I just started a new rotation (that involves cookies) and people probably think my eyebrows always look this creative.  But I’m trying to keep my eyes on the end goal.  Which is hard, because you can’t really see your eyebrows with your eyes.  Well you kinda can, but it hurts your head because you have to go all cross eyed.

Whole Wheat Brioche Burger Buns (1 of 4)

So I’ve found a very effective way to introduce new foods to my husband.  All I have to do is pair them with greek yogurt.  For instance, I made us black bean burgers Wednesday night and before my husband could make his skeptical face I said, “I made a greek yogurt sauce to go on top!”

…and then it’s all like the best dinner ever.  Our obsession with 2% Fage Plain Greek Yogurt is out of control.  All I did for that sauce was mix up some greek yogurt + siracha + lemon juice…completely perfect.

In our house, greek yogurt is one of those things we can’t function without.  That, and bananas.

Whole Wheat Brioche Burger Buns (3 of 4)

So for this burger there was no greek yogurt.  Boo.  But there was guacamole.  I got a coupon from Cabot to get a sample of a Wholly Guacamole product.  Honestly, packaged guacamole used to creep me out.  But now I’m pro-packaged guacamole, it is so good.  I had it on this burger and then on a grilled cheese and then with quesadillas.

I paired the buns with a simple turkey burger.  Just 1/4 cup BBQ sauce + 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce + 1.25 lb lean ground turkey.  Made into patties and then grilled.

{Disclaimer: the pictured turkey burger patty was itty bitty…just to give you some perspective.  I hope your itty bitty definition and my itty bitty definition are the same.  Otherwise we’re completely screwed.}

Whole Wheat Brioche Burger Buns (4 of 4)

Whole Wheat Brioche Hamburger Buns
  1. 2 1/2 cup + 3-4 Tbsp whole wheat flour, divided
  2. 1/2 cup warm water (115-125F)
  3. 2 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  4. 3 tbsp honey
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 3 tbsp butter, softened
  7. 3 tbsp applesauce, unsweeteened
  8. Toppings: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, sea salt
  1. In a small bowl, combine warm water and honey. Sprinkle yeast over the top and allow to sit for ~5 minutes, or until bubbly. In the bowl of an electric mixer, use a dough hook to combine 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, yeast mixture, eggs, butter and applesauce. Place the mixer on lowest speed and 'knead' for 5-6 minutes. If dough is super sticky, add 1 tbsp whole wheat flour at a time until it is more manageable. Roll the dough into a loose ball and place back into your mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours. Evenly divide dough into 6 balls. Place your thumbs on top of the ball and your other 8 fingers on the bottom of the ball. Use your thumbs to stretch the top of the dough and pull it around to the bottom side. This will help make sure your buns come out smooth and puffy. Place the dough balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops of each brioche bun with a mix of sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and sea salt. Allow buns to rise for 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Buns are done when they sound hollow when thumped or reach an internal temperature of 190F.
Makes 6 buns
Whole Wheat Brioche Burger Buns (2 of 2)

12 comments on “Whole Wheat Brioche Hamburger Buns”

  1. Yassss I LOVE the Dakota bread from Great Harvest! We’re going to Charlottesville next week, so I plan on picking up one or five loaves ;) I am a huge fan of the bun form though— I must try this with some burgers this summer!!

  2. OMG. This makes me so happy. Every time I see those buns I want one too! The closest great harvest is an hour and a half from me…totally checked multiple times. We will definitely make these soon!

  3. YUM! If i wasn’t craving a burger already, I am now! It’s not even 8:00 am yet either. Never too early to start right!?

  4. Making my own bread/buns totally intimidates me!! One of these weekend afternoons I just need to suck it up and go for it.

  5. Okay so I’ve never heard of Great Harvest and now I feel silly. But these buns look amazing!!! You are clearly no yeast scaredy-cat, like how I used to be. Have you ever heard of Slow Dough? If you could re-create their pretzel buns that would be GREAT kthx.

    Also, that is so funny about your husband–I should try getting Erik to eat Fage!! He’s never been crazy about Greek yogurt (he likes the fake fruity stuff), but you guys are onto something–that 2% stuff is AMAZING.

  6. Wow! I´ will make this recipe this weekend, those brioches look fantastic! I love your blog-
    From Argentina

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  9. Yes. A million times yes. I am literally daydreaming about biting into one of these rolls/buns. Do I have to put a burger on them? I don’t want to. I just want to eat these by the truckload. That’s totally cool, right?

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