Super delicious, melt in your mouth, hamburger rolls

The origins of the buttered roll, or as we call it hamburger rolls or dinner rolls,  are cloaked in mystery, or perhaps mere lack of curiosity. The first such rolls would have arrived in New York in the 1870s, along with Louis Fleischmann’s Vienna Model Bakery, which brought commercial yeasted bread to the city. The buttered roll apparently became popular with German Jews (and later, Eastern European Jews) as a filling, inexpensive dairy meal, in accordance with kosher law.

When the 20th century brought us the commuter breakfast, the buttered roll was ready to take its place on office coffee carts and at takeout windows. Either way, we are eternally grateful for the innovative baker that made the first buttered roll. Hamburgers would certainly not have tasted as good without them!

Super delicious, melt in your mouth, hamburger rolls
Yields 12
Perfect dinner rolls, also known as hamburger rolls!
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Prep Time
3 hr
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
Prep Time
3 hr
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
  1. 325 grams of water, luke warm. (37c)
  2. 62,5 grams of eggs
  3. 16 grams of instant yeast
  4. 370 grams white bread flour
  5. 317 grams cake flour
  6. 75 grams of caster sugar
  7. 9 grams of salt
  8. 50 grams of soft butter
  9. Egg wash (one beaten egg and a tablespoon of milk)
  10. For the topping, sesame seeds or sea salt and pepper
  1. Add water, eggs and yeast, flour. Then add sugar and salt and softened butter.
  2. Mix with the mixer at slow speed for a minute and then speed it up to medium for 6-10 minutes until dough is smooth.
  3. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl
  4. Fold the down around the sides to get the dough nice and smooth.
  5. Cover with cling film
  6. Rest the dough in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Divide the dough into 12 pieces at 100 grams each. Weigh them.
  8. Make your hand into a claw shape and roll the dough in your hand to form a round shape.
  9. Place the round rolls on a baking mat or baking paper on a baking tray.
  10. Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees celsius
  11. Cover with a tea towel until they are double in size. They will start to merge into each other. That’s good.
  12. Gently brush them with egg wash
  13. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the top of the buns, or salt and pepper.
  14. Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes until they are golden brown.
  15. Cover them with a tea towel and let them rest until they are completely cooled down.
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