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Sep 29, 2010 12:05 PM

I Have Found the Perfect Bun for Burgers


In the past I have raved about the Nancy Silverton burger blend created and sold by Huntington Meats in the Farmer's Market at 3rd and Fairfax. It is nearly impossible to make a bad burger out of this perfectly ground combination of different cuts of beef laced with just the right amount of fat.

And wouldn't you know, I also stumbled upon the Perfect Bun for Burgers in the Farmer's Market too, made by Thee's Bakery.

The bun is a critical part of any burger. I love brioche buns but find them too bready for burgers, and usually too small to hold a good-sized patty. The standard white, mass produced burger buns are too soft and disintegrate. And a whole wheat bun for a burger? No way.

Enter Thee's Bakery's Perfect Burger Bun. It is a simple white bun, baked that day, and sturdy and large enough to stand up to a large patty. If I ran a burger joint these would be the only buns I would ever use, along with the aforementioned burger blend.

Oh, each bun is .75 cents each. Expensive, but worth it.

Huntington Meats
6333 W 3rd St # 350, Los Angeles, CA

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    1. .75 cents each is expensive for the "...Perfect Burger Bun..."?

      1. Last summer, we found ourselves in Belgrade, Montana (just west of Bozeman), and had the burger of our lives at the Mint Bar-Cafe, which we found thanks to Chowhound. The burger is served on an English muffin. When we looked skeptical, the waitress assured us that the muffins are made there and offer the perfect ratio of bun to meat, which was absolutely true, and the texture was perfect.

        We wanted to try this at home, but first need to find a way to make an English muffin that's the right size, most rings are too small for a burger. The quest will continue once the weather cools off.

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        1. re: judybird

          An English muffin sounds very interesting. I may have to try it. But I just finished the Summer of the Burger and can't look at another one for a while. Thanks for the tip!

          1. re: judybird

            Thomas' makes as sandwich muffin - 4 to a package - that is larger than the standard muffin, however not all stores carry it.

            1. re: pizzafreak

              I wonder if they stopped making that sandwich size because the store (major market chain) that did carry them no longer does.

              1. re: mucho gordo

                Thomas' still does make sandwich sized english muffins but it does say this on it's web site "
                Sorry! This Thomas' product has not been recently delivered in your area. We are constantly striving to expand the market for this fine product and perhaps at some future time it may be available in your area.


            2. re: judybird

              I also had an amazing burger in Montana. Except mine was at the Moose Club in Missoula.

            3. I agree, it's the perfect burger bun. I "found" it too ... on this board! For the record, this bun has been mentioned on and off for years on this board if you search it for hamburger bun threads.

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              1. re: QualityMart

                I bought these buns about two years ago, when I was going to a cook out. I did not like these buns at all. They were too chewy and just didn't work well with 1/4 lb patties.

                I do like whole wheat buns for burgers, I would prefer any whole wheat bun, instead of these buns.

              2. I made the most ultimate burgers using the burger mix from Mc Call's butcher in Los Feliz. But the best buns for the ultimate burgers were the house made English muffins from La Grand Orange in pasadena on Raymond avenue.

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                1. re: bigtums

                  I thought La Grand Orange was very good, though I did not have a burger. Maybe next time, always looking for an excuse to go to La Grand Orange.

                  La Grand Orange
                  2000 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                  1. re: reality check

                    I haven't had their burger. I've had their short rib tacos which were realty good. But they're English muffins are so good. I don't know if they use them for their burgers, I know they are my go to hamburger buns. Their huevos ranchero is good too.

                    1. re: bigtums

                      I was meeting with the Pasadena mayor over drinks at LGO a couple of years ago, and they brought him over a sack of the muffins to go. I thought it was odd at the time, but perhaps not.

                    2. re: reality check

                      I have had an LGO burger, and the bun was a disaster. Dissolved before I got halfway through the burger! Had the meat been truly flavorful I might have been in a more forgiving mood, but it wasn't really. I had to eat the remains with my fork.

                    3. re: bigtums

                      Those English Muffins at LGO are absolutely amazing. I have to concur with this post, though you could put anything on those muffins and they'd be awesome. The restaurant itself isn't anything really special (though they have great kids plates), but i like going there just so i can pick up a sack of muffins to go.