Buns in the Oven

No, not this kind of bun in the oven:
[source] Eventually, sure...but not now! Now, I'm talking about THIS kind of bun:
wheat bun
I found whole wheat flour on sale the other day, so rather than buying hamburger buns for my planned burger night, I opted instead to go the "hippie" route and just make them myself! Since my mom raised me in a house where making things like bread were fairly commonplace, bread baking isn't nearly as daunting a task as some might think! I have to admit (sorry Mom!) I did use my KitchenAid mixer with a dough hook to do the first kneading! Hey, Adam had some stuff for me to proofread, so it kneaded while I read... it's multitasking! The recipe is super simple, and adapted from this Wheat Yeast Roll recipe from Allrecipes.com: Whole Wheat and Flax Rolls Ingredients * 2 packets dry yeast * 1/3 c. warm water (no more than 110 degrees) * 1 c. milk * 3 Tbsp. white sugar * 1 tsp. salt * 2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour * 1/2 c. white flour (unbleached if possible) * 1/4 c. ground flaxseeds * 1 Tbsp. butter or oil Directions Add the warm water to the bowl of your mixer (or a large mixing bowl). Sprinkle the yeast over, and allow to bloom for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a pan just until it bubbles (or in the microwave for about 1 minute). Stir in salt, sugar, and butter. Mix well until butter melts, then allow the mixture to cool. Add this mixture to the yeast and water and stir well. Add the flour and knead well until dough is smooth, about 8 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl and cover. Allow to rise until doubled, about an hour. Punch down the dough, then divide into 8-12 small balls, depending on how large you want them. Allow to rise again for about 40 minutes.
wheat rolls proofing
Pre-heat the oven to 375* while the dough proofs. Bake the rolls 10-12 minutes until golden brown, and serve warm.
wheat rolls baked
What did I serve on my rolls? Well, I had planned on a burger night this week, and originally planned on either beef or bison. But, plans change when a super-sized can of black beans are found in the cupboard! I have finally mastered the art of the black bean burger... this is QUITE an accomplishment! I've made dozens of batches of them, and while good, they haven't been perfect, but I've got it now!
black bean burgers
Perfect Black Bean Burgers Ingredients * 32 oz. can black beans (or two smaller cans) * 1 small onion, coarsely chopped * 1 tsp. garlic powder * 1/2 c. rolled oats * 1 egg Directions Drain and thoroughly rinse the black beans and place in a food processor with the onion. Pulse until thoroughly mashed, then add the garlic powder, egg, and oats and then process until an even texture. Pre-heat oven to 375* and heat a skillet or griddle on the stovetop. Divide the bean mixture into 4 patties, and brown on both sides on the stovetop, then transfer to the oven for about 20 minutes until evenly cooked. Serve with desired toppings.
What were my desired toppings? Lucky for me, the lovely Brita at Mezzetta sent me some samples of their wonderful products (for free, not getting paid for this review, ok FTC?) and I needed to use some of them today! I placed my black bean burger on a homemade bun, topped it first with some Mezzetta roasted red peppers, then some low-fat Italian cheese, and then Mezzetta pesto. Um, yeah, this was amazing.
Italian black bean burger
Italian black bean burger
The pesto, while salty, seriously rivaled any that I've had out, and sweet roasted red peppers are among my favorite foods. Thank you for making my boring burgers into a delectable meal, Mezzetta! I also had some Low & Slow sweet potatoes on the side. I used to make my sweet potatoes like this waaaay back when, and thanks to Ashley, I remembered the amazing method. I was sad when they were gone.
sweet potatoes
It's a "Top" night tonight, with both Top Model and Top Chef Masters, so I'm parking and watching... have a wonderful evening, and a beautiful Thursday!
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22 Responses to Buns in the Oven

  1. That’s my kind of burger! YUM!
    .-= Marisa (Loser for Life)´s last blog ..Out Of Time =-.

  2. ashleigh says:

    Yummy! I love black bean burgers, those look so good. How awesome that you made your own rolls?

  3. WHOAAAAA! those look outta control.
    now i’m really wishing i could have come over 😀
    have a great night, friend <3
    .-= gina (fitnessista)´s last blog ..Show Me Your Smoothie =-.

  4. Ashley says:

    Burgs look amazing…great photos!!! Perfect white balance 🙂 The low + slow cubes are my new favorite. I’m about to make some millet black bean burgs from the Clean Food cookbook..weee Thanks for the link shout out!!
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..vegan goodness =-.

  5. Holy delicious!!! That burger looks amazing and I am so impressed with the bun’s!!! How about when my best friend told her hubby she was pregnant, she stuck a hamburger bun in the over. Then she woke him up the next morning and said she thought there was a mouse in the oven and he needed to check it out…lol. She had a bun in the oven!!
    .-= Jessica @ How Sweet It Is´s last blog ..Coconut Cream Blondies. =-.

  6. quix says:

    I really need to try some homemade veggie or black bean burgers – those look easy! And amazingly tasty. 🙂
    .-= quix´s last blog ..Beating the Horse =-.

  7. I am officially peeved.

    No, not at you 🙂 At myself! I so wish I could have enjoyed this goodness with you. Your pictures truly have me salivating. I’m a sucker for a good bun in the oven…haha!

    Those black bean burgers look so hearty – who needs meat?

    Mmm…next time?!
    .-= Jenn (eating bender)´s last blog ..Power Monday? Power Toast! {Guest Bender: The Chic Life} =-.

  8. I am so impressed that you made everything homemade! It looks truly delicious. I’ve only tried making black bean burgers once or twice and they were somewhat disasterous. I’ll definitely use your recipe next time for perfect ones 🙂
    .-= Lara (Thinspired)´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  9. 😮 !!! I am making those rolls! They look PERFECT! Almost identical to pricey Ezekiel sprouted grain rolls. Can’t wait to try. *steals recipes and runs away* 😆

    Now that burger… WOW! I thought they were beef 😯 They came out perfectly, too! You’re on a roll — lol, no pun intended. 😀 YUM

    .-= Jenn (j3nn.net)´s last blog ..Zoom Zoom Zoom =-.

  10. coco says:

    great job on making these buns, they look fantastic!!!
    .-= coco´s last blog ..Having fun~ 🙂 =-.

  11. Lauren says:

    Scrumptious looking buns girl!!!

    Hope you’re having an awesome week!
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Second Chances =-.

  12. brandi says:

    uh, yum! That burger looks amazing! I want to make my own buns soon, too. And these look great!

    so do those sweet potatoes.
    .-= brandi´s last blog ..Wake up with Hummus =-.

  13. It’s 9 AM and now I’m craving a burger! Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been wanting to try to make black bean burgers since i have cans and cans of it!
    .-= Jessica @ Healthy Obsessions´s last blog ..If you want to keep it in your wardrobe, put a belt on it! =-.

  14. mina says:

    This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try this recipe
    .-= mina´s last blog ..ferryman’s =-.

  15. Melleah says:

    Those burgers look amazing! I’m so going to try that recipe for whole wheat buns!

  16. Katie says:

    Yum yum yum! Homemade bread makes burgers SO much more satisfying. I haven’t made a savory bread in a while, thanks for reminding me! Thanks also for the sardine + iced coffee tips… I’ll be trying both!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Indian Food Wednesday =-.

  17. Lauren says:

    Fantastic meal! And those homemade wheat rolls… wow!
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Lightened Tartar Sauce =-.

  18. laura says:

    hey now easy on the hippie references I bake all my own bread…oh I’m a hippie-well then carry on!
    .-= laura´s last blog ..SOS Food Bloggers Bake Sale& Vintage Giveaway Post =-.

  19. April Harris says:

    Those bread rolls look amazing (as do the burgers made with them!) Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  20. laura says:

    YEAH for linking up to Just Another Meatless Monday!
    .-= laura´s last blog ..SOS Food Bloggers Bake Sale Report and Thank You =-.

  21. WOW am I glad I hopped over here from Meatless Mondays! I go 3 recipes in one post! FANTASTIC! Everything looks great and the pictures are perfect!
    .-= Orange Crush Kitchen´s last blog ..Yummy Bread Salad =-.

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