3 Tricks for Hamburger Buns

Hamburger buns made with prior fermentation have softer loaf, cleaner cut, better keeping quality, improved flavor and aroma, a more resilient crumb and an improved sheen.

Summer may feel far, far away, but it’s never to early to start thinking about how to do a better job baking the essentials—like hamburger buns. Especially when they are still popular year around!

What’s the secret to a perfect hamburger bun?

Here are a few places to get started:

Fermentation: Hamburger buns made with prior fermentation have softer loaf, cleaner cut, better keeping quality, improved flavor and aroma, a more resilient crumb and an improved sheen. Water and flour brews are most common.

Flour: buns require a strong flour to obtain dough with good viscoelastic characteristics, gas retention and a final product with a good volume and a uniform crumb.

Shelf life: If buns are not used within three days of production, calcium propionate or natural mold inhibitors can be used. In addition, shelf-life extension can be achieved through enzymes.

And remember: Track your kill step, with a kill step calculator specifically for hamburger buns.

2019-04-01T07:52:27-07:00

About the Author:

Lin Carson, PhD
Dr. Lin Carson’s love affair with baking started over 25 years ago when she earned her BSc degree in Food Science & Technology at the Ohio State University. She went on to earn her MSc then PhD from the Department of Grain Science at Kansas State University. Seeing that technical information was not freely shared in the baking industry, Dr. Lin decided to launch BAKERpedia to cover this gap. Today, as the world’s only FREE and comprehensive online technical resource for the commercial baking industry, BAKERpedia is used by over half a million commercial bakers, ingredient sellers, equipment suppliers and baking entrepreneurs annually. You can catch Dr. Lin regularly on the BAKED In Science podcast solving baking problems. For more information on Dr. Lin, subscribe to her "Ask Dr. Lin" YouTube Channel, or follow her on LinkedIn.

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