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Homemade slider buns with Himalayan salt, black and white sesame seeds

(Everything) Slider Buns


These buns are the perfect accompaniment to any and all burgers. With all the same flavors of your favorite everything bagels. What’s more, they are easy to make and delicious to eat just by themselves with butter (of course). We can’t forget about the butter. Make them full-sized for the perfect hamburgers or into mini buns for party sliders. I don’t really care what size you make them or what you make them for, just make them! Make them right now! Print the recipe and relish in the magic that is fresh homemade bread.

yield: 12 large burger buns or 24 small slider buns

  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, diced
  • 4½ teaspoons (2 packets) active dry yeast
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • ¼ cup, plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 egg yolks, whisked with a splash of water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated onion
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic

1. In a small pot, combine the milk and diced butter. Heat over low heat until the butter has melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool down slightly. It should be warm but not too hot, between 105° to 115°F.  Sprinkle in the yeast and stir to dissolve. Allow to rest in a warm place for about 1o minutes, until foamy and frothy. I like to place the bowl in an oven that is turned off. Note: If the yeast doesn’t foam or froth, toss the mixture and start again.

2. In a large mixing bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer) stir together the flour, sugar and salt for a few seconds, until combined. Add the milk/yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon (or dough hook, if using mixer) until the dough is somewhat smooth and elastic, about 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and continue to knead by hand until the it is soft and completely smooth and elastic, another 3 to 5 minutes. (If you are using a stand mixer, just knead the dough on high for 3 to 5 minutes until it pulls away from the sides and is soft and smooth). Shape the dough into a ball and return to the mixing bowl that has been oiled. Turn it over to coat both sides and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Place a damp kitchen towel over the bowl and allow to rest in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

3. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 9 inch square and cut into 24 even pieces (if making large buns, cut into 12 even pieces). Roll the dough pieces one by one into a tight ball, between your palms or on a surface. Place the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them out evenly to allow room for spreading and baking. Cover the baking sheets tightly with plastic wrap and cover with a damp kitchen towel once more. Place in a warm spot and allow to rest for about 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.

4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush the rolls with the egg wash (egg yolks whisked with a splash of water) and sprinkle each, liberally, with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, salt, granulated onion and garlic. Bake for about 14 to 16 minutes or until golden brown and shiny or until their internal temperature reaches 190°F. Transfer the buns to a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Cut in half and use as burger buns or serve as dinner rolls. Can be stored in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature for up to 1 week. Enjoy!