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Where do you get your hamburger buns?

jaykayen Apr 27, 2009 07:49 PM

as close to Westwood as possible.

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    jencounter RE: jaykayen Apr 27, 2009 08:07 PM

    I like the brioche buns from Trader Joe's.

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      NYCnowLA RE: jaykayen Apr 27, 2009 08:15 PM

      the buns that are made daily from Bob's Market in Santa Monica on Ocean Park. They are sitting on top of the butcher counter.

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        Sam D. RE: jaykayen Apr 28, 2009 09:01 AM

        Smart & Final. A dozen 4-1/2 inch sesame seed buns costs $2.29. They are packaged under the name of S & F's house brand but I believe they are made by the Oroweat Bakery.

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          TonyC RE: Sam D. May 7, 2009 04:43 PM

          thanks for this tip. cost effective and very edible.

        2. Will Owen RE: jaykayen Apr 28, 2009 10:33 AM

          I dislike sweet bread around my burgers, generally speaking, and like buns that are tender to the bite but don't melt when wet. While brioche is acceptable to me, the best burger buns I've tried are Trader Joe's ciabatta rolls. Last year I grilled a bunch of their Steakburgers (which now seem to have disappeared, dammit!) and served them on those rolls to universal acclaim from all who tried them.

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            Dommy RE: Will Owen Apr 28, 2009 12:02 PM

            Second these rolls... They hold up WAY better than any store bought rolls we've tried...


            Although for the most part... P. makes our own



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              alliebear RE: Dommy Apr 28, 2009 04:35 PM

              The picture of the homemade buns looks great. I've never made buns before and I always just buy them from the store. I haven't bought any that stood out, but I'm loving this thread. I'll have to try some of these suggestions.

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              jaykayen RE: Will Owen Apr 28, 2009 02:37 PM

              Thanks, I'm with you. I like a crunchy exterior; the softness doesn't matter too much to me. I don't like sweet, either. TJ's ciabatta rolls it will be, then.

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                Will Owen RE: jaykayen May 7, 2009 10:51 AM

                Okay...I was looking through the breads at TJ's yesterday, and the bun-type rolls I was seeing were not ciabatta, but focaccia! So is my memory playing tricks on me, or did the rolls change? Both of these things may be equally possible...

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                  jaykayen RE: Will Owen May 7, 2009 02:25 PM

                  Will, I went to TJ's last week specifically for "ciabatta rolls," but I didn't see any, either. I went with the par-baked mini panini rolls, which are ciabatta-like in nature...

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                    Will Owen RE: jaykayen May 7, 2009 04:10 PM

                    Then I have to assume the focaccia rolls WERE the ones I got. Hey, it's all Italian...

            3. junglekitte RE: jaykayen Apr 28, 2009 04:47 PM

              Bristol Farms...hands down! They're fresh buns are really exceptional imo.

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                jrcheesesteak RE: junglekitte Apr 28, 2009 05:07 PM

                im with jaykayyen all the way...ive never read anything about using english muffins on the bun threads...its the only way to go if you like crunchy exteriors..to be specific, Thomas' extra large!!!

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                jackattack RE: jaykayen Apr 28, 2009 05:55 PM

                The potato buns at Vons/Pavilions.

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                  jillso RE: jackattack May 7, 2009 03:20 PM

                  Oroweat and Vons both make the big, whopper-size potato bun hamburger buns. The bottoms of those make the WORLD'S BEST FRENCH TOAST, so we use two tops on each burger sometimes!

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                    attran99 RE: jillso May 13, 2009 01:21 AM

                    Oddly enough, my hubby loves the orowheat country white buns for both hamburgers and hot dogs. Everything else, he says, is just ordinary. Personally, I don't care much for the bun so long as the burger and the toppings are superb...at times, I'd rather go low-carb and have it wrapped in lettuce.

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                    Gingergirl RE: jackattack May 12, 2009 05:11 PM

                    Also, if you want to build a bigger burger ;-D -- Vons/Pavillions also has delicious kaiser rolls which are great for any kind of sandwich. They are plain, or with poppy or sesame seeds. I think there are 6 to a bag for about $3.50. The rolls, as well as their "Farmstyle" bread, are the best-tasting supermarket label white sandwich breads I have found.

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                    luhkee RE: jaykayen Apr 28, 2009 06:06 PM

                    Easy to make tasty rolls, as Albertsons has a good refrigerated dough...though I forget the name. I like the bun at Baby Blues grilled with butter before building the burger. They get it from Ca' d' Oro on Pico, just east of Lincoln. Not sure if they have them in stock, or if it is a custom order though. Way delicious, and great texture without being to crunchy.

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                      JeetJet RE: jaykayen May 8, 2009 12:26 PM

                      Ralphs Supermarket - in the Ralphs fresh bakery there are bins with Hamburger size buns. You will need to cut them in half. Some have poppy seeds and others do not. Whenever we have a backyard burger BBQ we get lots of these buns because of several reasons. The texture is soft inside yet the crust is strong enough / sturdy enough to allow you to grasp your burger. In fact there might be a slight tug-and-chew of the thin crust. The inside is light and airy so you really are not overeating bread either. Finally, they are always fresh made. Sometimes the selection might be limited in the afternoon, so find out when they come out of the oven and be there soon after that.

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                        jaykayen RE: JeetJet May 12, 2009 04:19 PM

                        ah, yes, I sometimes forget about the fresh bakery!

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