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May 20, 2009 08:58 AM

Mini burger rolls?

I must say that the average burger roll in Montreal, at least in my experience, has been pretty miserable and sometimes destroys a possibly very-good patty.

But i was thinking of grilling this weekend and making mini-burgers -- you know, the undersized stacked ones, maybe with some exotic tiny ingredients that shape up to be a bite-sized snack rather than a behemoth.

But short of making the buns myself, and not relying on such humdrum fare from, say, my local Metro, can anyone suggest where I could get some very good mini rolls that would be perfect for, say, a miniature stacked duckburger?

Thanks in advance! I'm in CDN and obviously don't want to have to go to Vaudreuil . . .

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  1. Laste weekend I noticed that the Au Pain Doré outlet on CDN now has a small freezer filled with various *petits pains*. While they aren't your traditional burger buns, they might do in a pinch.

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    1. re: carswell

      Yeah, I've availed myself of their frozen pizza dough (not bad!) I guess I'm looking for something that isn't sickly sweet and overly pasty, as these things seem to be (think airplane dinner rolls). But it's right there, so I'll go take a look.

      I'm sure you know what I'm saying -- they can't be crusty on the outside and they need to be able to withstand a minute or so on the grill.

      I was thinking: Asian mini-duck burgers (I'd grind the duck myself and add maybe garlic, shallots, a little sesame oil, a little soy sauce, mirin and cilantro, then serve it on mini rolls with grilled red onion, lettuce and tomato with maybe a hoisin-BBQ sauce) . . . dunno whether it would work but it would be a shame to have sub-par bread.

      Thanks, Carswell! I have a spare room, you can move in now.

      1. re: carswell


        I found the rolls you mentioned. They're called "Golden Rolls" and they come in a frozen bag at Pain Doré. If they haven't been frozen too long, they'll be perfect. Ideal!

        Brigitte confirmed that the challas would probably be too sweet for burgers (though that could be a good thing under certain circumstances). But I had never heard of Fressers . . . good tip!

        Will keep you updated. Must get duck breast at Boucherie de Paris. Exo Fruit charges $12 for a small one. Maybe mix in turkey/chicken? Problems, problems.

        1. re: carswell

          Au Pain Doré make "salad rolls" that are not oval as those usually are, but flattish and bun shaped. The salesperson told me their "hamburger buns" were just the same dough and shape, but larger. These are a pain brioché dough, so a bit sweet, so it depends on your taste. Would be nice a bit grilled IMO.

          I'd definitely use them to make tiny burgers.

          At Jean-Talon market they sell them fresh and frozen. Probably the same on CDN.

          1. re: lagatta

            A few restaurants get a mini burger ciabata from Pain Dore.

            1. re: bigfellow

              I wonder if they could offer those retail. Their "hamburger" and "salad" buns have a nice texture for burgers, but I do find them a bit too sweet, although I know a pain brioché dough requires a bit of sugar by definition. I like to make little bison or venison burgers, and don't want too much in the way of distractions, but not supermarket crap full of chemicals either.

              1. re: lagatta

                If I'm not mistaken, they sell bags of them frozen at Pain Dore, you just have to heat them for a few minutes in an oven before serving.

                1. re: cherylmtl

                  cheryl, do you mean the mini-ciabattas? At my Pain doré (JTM), they sell the salad and hamburger buns both fresh and frozen but I haven't seen mini-ciabattas, just regular ciabattas that are much larger, like half a flattened baguette. I'll ask the next time I go.

                  1. re: lagatta

                    The ciabattas are about 5" long. They also sell mini rustique buns, which are much smaller.

        2. How about mini challah rolls available at many Jewish bakeries? If you are in CDN you could try Fressers on Decarie.

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          1. re: eat2much

            I second that suggestion! Love Fressers - their stuff is always very fresh and mini-challah rolls are delicious. I think they also may have mini potato knishes you could get to go with the burgers... not to mention many other goodies!

            1. re: eat2much

              My girlfriend is Israeli, so maybe she'll know the best places. Ther are certainly a lot of kosher places around CDN. But aren't those almost sweet?

              1. re: tonbo0422

                Okay, my girlfriend is an old Decarie haunter so she'll surely know Fresser's.

                Whouda thunk -- a mini-challa duck burger. Now THAT's gotta be a first. But a grilled knish . . . let me cogitate on that a while.

                1. re: tonbo0422

                  I made a party for my husband and used the mini-challah's from fressers for my mini-burgers..everyone raved!
                  They run out of stuff like that quickly.. so I recommend calling in the order and then they will reserve them for you in the morning. They may also make other mini-buns on special order so I'd call and find out.. enjoy!

                    1. re: lagatta

                      I ended up making the duck burgers, but they weren't the micro ones I really wanted (like, about two inches wide). They were more like eighth-pounders. You can see the results at

            2. anybody know if there is a place in the south shore? (brossard to be more precise). Tried to look for some over the weekend but no luck

              1. I worked for a catering company and believe it or not, we made our own biscuits and used them as a bun for mini burgers. they were a HUGE hit and held up very well. They were more crumbly than soft and fluffy though.
                Highly recommend this.