Black Bean Burgers on Homemade Hamburger Rolls: Try Again

by simplylife on July 19, 2012

I believe you have to try something several times before you can really say whether or not you like it.

Take spin class for example.  The first time I went, it was hard.  The second time, it was hard and humbling.  But, I continued to go and soon was much more comfortable, confident and really started to enjoy myself!

Or traveling alone.  While there’s a certain sense of adventure and excitement I feel each time I explore a foreign place alone, if I would have stopped after my first experiences filled with lost luggage, canceled flights, make-shift airport beds and literally being “lost in translation,” I would never have accumulated some of my most influential and positive memories.

The same goes for bread.  The first times I tried cooking bread from scratch, it resembled rocks more than loaves.  I never knew if the water was warm enough, if I had kneaded the dough long enough or how to tell when the inside was fully cooked. But after plenty of practice, frustration, failed attempts and more practice, I finally started to get more comfortable with the process.

While I’m still no expert, I can definitely tell the different between the texture, taste and cooking time of working with different ingredients.  While I love making a hearty whole wheat and/or seeded bread, there is nothing that beats the soft, fluffy texture of baking with bread flour.

Tell me you’ll at least try making these once?  After that, I know you’ll be hooked. 🙂

Oh yeah, and the black bean burgers are from The Daily Garnish.  These are my absolute favorite veggie burgers.  Here’s my own tip to keep your hands clean and the burgers an even size: use an ice cream scooper to place on the baking sheet and gently flatten with a fork.

I know many of you may be intimidated by using yeast, but I promise, that with a little bit of practice you will soon be feeling comfortable and amazed at the difference a loaf of warm homemade bread can have!


Hamburger Rolls

by Simply Life

Adapted from The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Making

Keywords: bake bread entree side vegetarian vegan

Ingredients (10-12)

  • 5 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/3 cup warm water
  • 3/4 tbs. salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp. yeast


1. Combine bread flour and water and mix on low speed until blended. Set aside and let sit for 15 minutes.

2. Add the salt and yeast and mix on low speed for 5 minutes. Place in bowl lightly covered in oil (dough may be sticky, feel free to dust with additional flour but this is okay). Cover and set aside for 20 minutes. Uncover and punch-down dough. Cover and set aside 20 minutes. Uncover and punch-down dough again. Cover and set aside a third time for 20 minutes.

3. Finally, uncover and pinch-down dough. Cover and set aside for 2 hours (I let it sit for about 4 hours and it came out great).

4. About an hour before baking time, preheat oven to 450 degrees with baking stone in oven. Dust top of dough. shape into a ball and divide into 10-12 equal rolls, depending on desired size, placing on a lightly floured surface or baking mat.

5. Place on preheated baking stone, dusted in cornmeal. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until outside is golden brown. Serve and enjoy!

Powered by Recipage

~What have you been uncomfortable to try but glad you stuck with?

Blog Widget by LinkWithin
  • Sam

    Spin class and baking bread are definitely at the top of my list! Although, I haven’t done either in a while. It’s too hot to bake bread and the gym’s spin schedule and my schedule don’t mesh very well lately. Honestly though, exercise in general–I used to be so self-conscious going to the gym. Now it’s one of the best parts of my day.

    Those rolls look amazing.

  • decocinasytacones

    Oh I´ve never seen this hamburguers in my life….they look yummy!!
    Buns look wonderful

  • Colleen

    Your pictures of the black bean burgers and hamburger rolls are beautiful! I’m so impressed you made your own rolls.

  • Yummychunklet

    I keep meaning to try my hand at making my own hamburger rolls. Yours look delicious!

    • Simply Life


  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    These look great!! Yeast always intimidates me, but I want to try making my own bread one day!

    • Simply Life

      You DEFINITELY should!!!

  • Jolene (

    There was a class I took last year that made me extremely uncomfortable because the assignments were WAY out of my comfort zone and I had no idea how the teacher was going to mark. I needed a super high mark and was worried this “wishy washy” class would not be the best bet. I stuck with it and never grew more in any class than in that one.

    • Simply Life

      Oh this sounds like a wonderful experience! I’d love to hear more!

  • Kari

    Your pictures have convinced me already! These look so fresh and fluffy – and the whole meal sounds fantastic with the burger patties.

  • meri

    I know it would be worth the mistakes to make my own bread, unfortunately I don’t digest a lot of wheat based breads very well. I don’t have celiac disease i don’t think but try to avoid a lot of bread. it looks like you know what you’re doing though!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    These rolls look fantastic! I’ve yet to get into making homemade yeast bread very often, but I’ve been wanting to make my own rolls for a while. Inspiration!

  • Joanne

    Baking bread definitely takes lots of practice to get right, but once you do, the sense of accomplishment is like no other! What a delicious meal!

  • Marissa

    I’m so impressed – those rolls, those burgers! You are one talented cook…

  • Colleen

    I considered making homemade hamburger buns last weekend actually, but then I wasn’t sure it would be worth it. I can tell from your pictures that it most definitely is worth it! They look amazing…

    • Simply Life

      Yes! I would HIGHLY recommend it!!!

  • RebeccaSubbiah RD

    awesome bread is still hard for me 🙂 he he

  • Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    The rolls looks fantastic! Yummmm!

  • Joy

    The bread looks great. I have yet to try homemade burger buns.

  • Cookie Sleuth

    I gave a new yeast flatbread recipe a try last weekend, and it was fabulous! I’m going to try again this weekend and hope to conquer my fear! 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Good! I hope it goes well!!

  • Bom

    I think I will pass on attempting bread and stick to the vegetable patty first. It looks yummy and hopefully my kids will like it. Our veggie burgers right now are store bought so not so healthy even if they are vegetable based.

    • Simply Life

      If they already like veggie burgers then I bet they will loove these!

  • Emily

    I love your perseverance. I actually had to try homemade veggie burgers a number of times before really getting it down. I bet Emily’s recipe does not disappoint!

  • San Diego Plumber

    The first time I made my own barbecue sauce, I kept on adding spices, tomato sauce and even soda and anything I find in the kitchen that would make it good. I think soda tenderizes meat too right? That’s when I got stuck but glad I got through. What about for the black bean burger, can we get the recipe?

  • Mom

    Your bread looks amazing as usual. I’m so glad you realized that the first time you try something shouldn’t be a decision maker. I hope others are inspired!!!

Previous post:

Next post: