You could just pop a hamburger bun in the toaster or put it on the grill for your next veggie burger, hamburger or chicken sandwich. But taking a few extra steps transforms the bun from just a receptacle into an integral part of the sandwich. The best toasted buns are soft on the outside and crispy, but not dry, on the inside. When you're searching for perfection in a burger, a bit of butter and a few minutes under the broiler help put your burger over the top.
Things You'll Need
- Microwaveable bowl, optional
- Spreading knife
- Baking pan
Place the butter for your buns in a microwaveable bowl and soften it for about 10 seconds. Alternatively, take your butter out of the refrigerator for about 1 hour before you plan to toast the buns to allow it to soften so you can spread it easily.
Spread about 1 tablespoon of butter on the inside of each bun, dividing it between the top and bottom halves. Cover every inch of the bun, all the way to the edges, so that you will taste the rich crunch with every bite of your burger.
Place the buns with their cut-and-buttered sides up on a baking pan so dripping butter won't fall onto your oven. Place the pan on the second-highest rack to the broiler and turn the broiler on high.
Toast the buns for about 1 minute until they are golden brown and the butter is bubbling. Check the buns about every 5 or 10 seconds as they near doneness so you minimize the chance of their getting overdone and too dark.