Soggy hamburger buns are no fun and can cause them to fall apart in your hands.
To stop hamburger buns from getting soggy you can toast the buns first, pop some lettuce on the base of the bun, allow the meat to rest and to make a cheese barrier.
This article will explore the top 7 ways to stop hamburger buns from getting too soggy. Use these at home to keep your hamburgers in one piece.
Top 7 ways to prevent soggy hamburger buns
Here are the best ways to stop your hamburger buns from getting soggy.
1. Toast the Buns
Lightly toasting the buns will enable those buns to absorb more of the liquids from the fats and juices found in the burger itself.
It stiffens the bun and makes it easier for those liquids to seep into the bun while keeping the bun a little harder and therefore much sturdier until you finish eating your burger. It can simply handle the juices better once it’s toasted.
Check out this great video on easy ways to toast your burger buns.
2. Put Some Lettuce on the Bun First
It’s normal for people to put their burger on the hamburger bun first, but that can make the bun very soggy very quickly.
Instead, put a large, thick piece of lettuce on your bun first. This way, the lettuce stops a lot of the juices from the meat seeping through the bun. It’s like an extra layer of protection against sogginess!
3. Put Mayo on the Bun First
Like lettuce, mayo can act as a barrier between the bun and the meat, and since it’s a little thick, it can stop a lot of the juices from spreading to the bun.
4. Let the Meat Rest First
Before you take the meat off the grill or the stove, press it with a spatula to get a lot of the juices out, then place it on a wire rack with paper towels underneath the rack so that even more of the juices can flow out.
The more fat and juice gets out of the meat before it goes on your bun, the less the likelihood that it will make your buns soggy.
5. Put Other Condiments on the Bun First
Mayo isn’t the only condiment you can put on the bun to prevent the juices from seeping through.
You can also use condiments such as mustard or ketchup. While they aren’t as thick as mayo, they can still be used as a barrier between the bun and the meat so that less of the juice and liquids seeps into the bun in the end.
6. Put Cheese on the Bun First
Cheese can be a great barrier that prevents a lot of the juices from seeping into the bun, and it’s even thicker than mayo.
If cheeseburgers are what you like, just put a slice or two of any type of cheese you want straight on the bun before you place the meat and the other ingredients on top to stop the bun from getting soggy.
7. Use the Right Type of Bun
While it’s tempting to use other types of hamburger buns besides buns made specifically for this purpose, it’s best not to.
Some bread is just too thin for holding hamburger patties and condiments. It will overwhelm the bun and make it get soggy almost immediately.
I like to use toasted brioche buns but you can also use damper buns, sweet buns or milk buns for your burger.
How to Crisp Up Hamburger Buns
The best way to make hamburger buns crispy is to toast them or cook them, which you can do in several ways.
The easiest way is to place them in the toaster. Start with setting your toaster for 1 minute to avoid burning the buns. Burger buns don’t have to be toasted all the way dark for the buns to be crispy.
You can also put them in an air fryer by setting the temperature at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cooking them for 3-4 minutes.
You can toast burger buns on the grill as you’re cooking other foods, in which case they’ll only need a few minutes to finish. You can also toast them in the oven by placing the buns directly on the rack and cooking them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes.
You can also toast hamburger buns on the stove. To do this, simply spray a pan with some baking spray and place the buns in the pan. Place the buns straight in the pan and cook them at medium heat for just a few minutes.
If you choose this method, keep an eye on the buns because they can start to burn quickly.
How to Keep Hamburger Buns Fresh for a Week
Hamburger buns tend to get stale quickly, but there are things you can do to make them last a little longer.
The chemical process that makes any type of bread go stale is sped up in the refrigerator, so wrapping the buns in plastic and keeping them in the fridge is never a good idea.
Studies have proven that hamburger buns only last about two days whether you keep them on your countertop at room temperature or you place them in the fridge.
Instead, if you’re not planning to eat the hamburger buns within two days, put them in the freezer until you need them again. Simply take them out the day that you need them and let them defrost fully before eating them.
How to Thaw Hamburger Buns Without Making Them Soggy
The best way to thaw hamburger buns without them getting soggy is to take them directly from the freezer to the microwave and cook them for 20-30 seconds.
If you prefer to thaw the buns using an oven, place them on a baking pan and cook them for about 5 minutes in a 350-degree Fahrenheit oven. In both cases, do not overcook them or it can affect both the taste and the texture of the buns.
How to Freshen Frozen Hamburger Buns
Keeping frozen hamburger buns fresh involves two things: knowing how to thaw them out properly and knowing how to freeze them properly beforehand.
To freeze hamburger buns, wrap each one in plastic wrap tightly, then put all of the buns in a freezer bag before placing them in the freezer.
If you love hamburgers but hate soggy hamburger buns, you now know that there are things you can do about it. Freezing and thawing out the buns properly is the first step. Knowing what to put on the hamburger first and toasting the buns are two of the best ways to keep hamburger buns nice and dry.
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