Spiced Mini Burgers with Homemade Buns

I’m not sure about you, but I reckon homemade burgers are the best. I have read about burger connoisseurs that have mastered the secret to the perfect burger, of course I’d love to try one of their creations. But until then, I don’t mind making my own. 

I think the basics of a sensational burger are good mince, the right meat to condiment ratio and how you layer that thing up. I’m not a fan of soggy lettuce, so if I get what would be a fantastic burger and the lettuce is all hot and wilted, I lose interest pretty fast. Putting the lettuce below the patty just won’t work. The cheese also needs to be melted, and the onion caramelised or at the very least fried a little. In this burger I used red onion and I kept it raw as I love raw red onion. However if I was to add brown onion I would definitely fry it first.


January 16, 2014 - 8:44 am

Vanessa - Ok, well I’m hungry now :)

January 17, 2014 - 5:09 am

Tessa : Down that Little Lane - I assume you use beef but would you pork work as well with these ingredients? I am not a fan of beef unless as a steak :)

January 17, 2014 - 8:41 am

Peggy Saas - Time to make some hamburgers Vanessa. That’s the problem with perusing food blogs huh, all the food makes ya hungry!

January 17, 2014 - 8:45 am

Peggy Saas - I did use beef here but would also use lamb mince. I don’t eat pork so I can’t say, but I can imagine these flavours would work with a different type of meat. I interchange lamb and beef in curries with the same ingredients, so yeah, go for it Tessa.

January 22, 2014 - 1:18 pm

angelica | table twenty eight - It’s been FAR to long since I’ve made a batch of homemade burgers… As soon as it’s cool enough to turn my oven on again (it’s a sauna-like 38 degrees today), I really want to give your lovely burger bun recipe a go!

January 29, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Peggy Saas - Go for it Angelica, so easy and so delightful! I was pleasantly surprised at how well they turned out. And yes, wait for the temp to turn down, nothing worse than cranking the oven on a hot day!

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Homemade Mini Burger Buns

I come from a family of bread lovers. I eat it daily, and over the years I have become somewhat fussy given how much bread we eat. Lately I have been thinking that I should really start making my own bread given the lack of fresh bread options at the supermarket these days, or rather an abundance of options but none that really please the diehard bread lover.

One thing I especially wanted to try making myself was burger buns. I am not keen on the squishy burger and hotdog buns available at the supermarket, and I am not really partial to making an extra trip to the bakery every few days. I have been thinking lately about our eating habits and have decided this year I am going to spend more time making whatever I can from scratch. I don’t own a thermomix, in fact I don’t even have a mixer that can knead dough, so a lot of what I do will be by hand, and mostly definitely made with a whole lotta love.


January 5, 2014 - 10:16 am

angelica | table twenty eight - Those burgers looks fabulous – I’ve wanted a really good burger bun recipe for a while, so will have to give this a go…

January 5, 2014 - 11:34 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Angelica. I was surprised at how well they turned out, plus how easy they were to make!

January 6, 2014 - 9:04 am

Linda - These are so awesome. Hope you can link these to What’d You Do This Weekend tomorrow.

Wishes for tasty dishes,

January 8, 2014 - 2:12 am

Emilie@TheCleverCarrot - I couldn’t agree with you more! We come from a family of bread lovers as well, and that’s what motivated me to take up bread baking at home. Such a rewarding experience and so much better than store bought! Your recipe and photos are lovely :)

January 9, 2014 - 1:49 am

Stephanie - These really are the cutest buns ever! Homemade bread is such a wonderful comfort. Can’t wait to try and make these for myself!

January 15, 2014 - 8:04 pm

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See the World.

If you’ve been coming here awhile you may know that I took a huge leap. A leap into the unknown, into the creative world, into a space I had only previously dreamed about. After working full time for over two decades (23 years to be exact), I said goodbye to full time employment, and hello to a creative existence that had been itching to break free.

It hasn’t been easy. There have been many many meltdowns, a lot of anxiety (mostly unwarranted), moments of staring at myself in the mirror and wondering “WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING?” and a lot of leaning on likeminded creatives for support. Despite all that, I wouldn’t change a thing. You see I had spent many years dreaming, but until I took that leap I knew I wasn’t going to move forward. 


January 1, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Kelly Exeter - Ah – what a wonderful wonderful post. It’s been so wonderful observing your journey this year Pegs. And 2014 – well I can’t even imagine where that is going to take you!!

January 2, 2014 - 4:54 am

Teresa - Congratulations Peggy, I couldn’t think of a more deserving person to realise their dreams xox

January 2, 2014 - 7:02 am

Jo - Hello Peggy,
Thanks for this wonderful post, for speaking your truth, and for your willingness to be vulnerable with your reader community by sharing so deeply. It really is sheer madness isn’t it, all of this rushing about, driving frantically to get to and from work, to earn money for…..what exactly?? An impressive house? Multiple electronic gadgets for each kid?? It’s time for us all to get back to basics in our lives, reduce our consumption, live more frugally, grow some of our own food, eat simple meals cooked at home, and connect with our friends and family. Thanks for being an inspiration for others who seek to get off the treadmill, as I do.
Warmest regards,

January 2, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Cindy - I particularly love your photography and the Finnish flair. Always lovely and a delight to receive to my inbox.

January 2, 2014 - 7:59 pm

Sandy | Hungry Again? - This is fantastic. Congratulations on everything! Your style of photos are easily one of my favourites, hoping to see many more! :)

January 4, 2014 - 10:46 am

Your One and Only Loving Mother - I’m so very proud of you for taking that leap. I know that you would have struggled with the thought of doing it for long time, but you did it. See it wasn’t hard after all. You have come a long way in such a short period of time. Now you have come to realize how wonderful this world of creativity really is. Your work in photography is second to none. Your writing is mesmerizing and your food just out of this world. Heaven only knows where this all leads you but if I can take guess, it’ll be greater heights for you. xxoo
I’m so privilege to be your mother xxoo

January 5, 2014 - 11:35 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Kelly. It has been lovely having you in my corner cheering me on. You have been an integral part of me continuing on doing what I am doing, giving me a gentle nudge when I need it. Thanks lovely. x

January 5, 2014 - 11:35 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Teresa, you’re too kind. xo

January 5, 2014 - 11:38 pm

Peggy Saas - Seriously Jo, it is madness. When did life get so hectic? I realised I don’t strive to impress with bigger or better possessions, and they don’t really bring me joy, so all that rushing around to earn an extra few dollars didn’t really do it for me. I absolutely agree that it is time to get back to basics, you said it perfectly. Everything you mention, is exactly what I strive for now.
Good luck Jo, if you want it bad enough I know you will get it.

January 5, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Cindy, it’s lovely to know someone reads those inbox deliveries. :)

January 5, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Sandy. I’ll be sure to post more photos, just for you. :)

January 5, 2014 - 11:45 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Mum. Even though I think you may be a tad bias, I still appreciate the very kind words. It wasn’t an easy jump but I am rapt that I did it. I can see I have come a long way, and although I have a very long way to go, I feel at home on my new path. I’m the lucky one to have you as my mother! xo