Since I’m not much of a baker, Â I’ve never been attracted to the idea of spending hours creating hamburger buns from scratch when you can buy some pretty good buns at the grocery store. Â While looking at a food magazine recently, however, I was inspired by a beautiful photo of a juicy burger served on a shiny, golden, freshly baked bun. Â I decided to see if the reality of freshly baked buns could measure up to this appetizing vision. Â I used this recipe from Gourmet magazine to make homemade buns and bought some Sara Lee Soft & Smooth hamburger buns. Â Six members of my family helped me out with the tasting on this one and here’s what they thought:
Without exception everyone preferred the homemade buns overall. Â Some people found the homemade buns to be a little too thick for their taste, but still agreed that the overall appearance, texture, and flavor were superior. Â The store bought buns were referred to as “flavorless”, “dry”, and “chewy in texture”. Â The homemade buns were definitely more attractive with the golden brown tops resulting from an egg wash right before they were baked. Â Some people thought the homemade buns had “superior texture and taste” and were “more substantial” than store bought buns. Â As far as time and money goes, the store bought buns are certainly much easier since the homemade recipe takes about 4 hours in all. Â The homemade buns cost about half the price of store bought since the recipe makes 16 buns instead of the usual 8 buns in a store bought package making them an economical, but time consuming choice.
Bottom Line: Homemade buns are cheap to make and the result is both attractive and tasty, but they are extremely time consuming. Â Store bought buns are easy to use and still a good choice as far as taste goes, but are a bit more pricy than homemade and not quite as appetizing. Â Overall, homemade buns make sense for a special occasion or when you have a big crowd coming over for hamburgers (I would suggest making them the day before). Â However, if you’re just making hamburgers for a small group on a weeknight, the convenience of store bought buns is worth the little extra money.
|Homemade Hamburger Buns||Sara Lee Hamburger Buns|
|Cost: $0.60 (for 8 buns)||Cost: $1.60|
|Time: 4 hours||Time: None|