Friday, July 18, 2008

b is for...

burgers and buns.... Most weekends, we try and have a burger night. We use our bbq throughout the week, but there is just something about barbecuing hamburgers that says the weekend is here. I think this little tradition comes from my parents, who used to bbq hamburgers for us on Saturday nights. This has also spawned my distaste for most burgers that are not barbecued. I honestly do not remember the last time I ordered a hamburger at a restaurant. Seriously, I sat down and tried to think about this and nothing came to mind. This is not because I dont like burgers, I do. Its just that I can only eat homemade, barbecued hamburgers. So we have begun this small, summer weekend ritual in our own home. Sometimes we share with family and friends, sometimes its the two of us. But everytime has been super tasty. I love to try different combinations of ingredients with my burgers, keeping juiciness the top priority. Tonight I used dried onion soup mix and lots of steak sauce. They were perfect.

But my true feat tonight were the homemade hamburger buns. Peter suggested this today in an email. I think his mom made homemade buns for him when he was younger a few times, so I thought I would give it a try. And work was a little slow, so I had plenty of time to research recipes and read reviews online. I settled on
this one. I thought it looked easy enough for hamburger bun novices, and I was right. I scaled the recipe way down and they still turned out great. They just kind of melted in our mouths, and yet were hearty enough to handle the juicy burger. Best part...I didnt have to go to the store and buy 8 buns, only to use 2 and have the rest go moldy.

So, the moral of the story is ....If you find yourself wanting hamburgers and do not want to run to the store to buy buns, make your own!

Here are some pictures of the yummy goodness, my apologies for the bad lighting, it was late and I was too hungry to care--Yes, the buns look a little deformed but they cut perfectly and tasted great. Come on people, it was my first try!

Happy weekend!


Jill said...

I'm so glad we're friends. :)

CeCe said...

AH! I love it!!!

I'm glad you ladies understand the fun of trying "fancy" new things... We invited Mark's parents over for dinner to have swedish pancakes the other night, and when he came home there was a whole table set up with my Emma dishes, a new table runner, and my fancy goblets. AND cloth napkins. It is just TOO fun going the extra mile to make things tastier or more special! :)

Katie said...

I never would have thought to try that, but glad you've opened my eyes. Homemade buns it will be for us next time!

Toni said...

Thanks ladies! It was really easy, you should all try it. If you choose to use the same recipe I did, the only changes I made were to scale down the recipe and I used a Kitchen Aid mixer with a dough hook to mix everything. I also added some garlic powder and onion powder, and I think sesame or poppy seeds would be fabulous on top.