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Opinion on best burger bun?

Looking at having a serious Blumenthal granulated burger feast soon and wondering if anyone would chime in on their favourite bun solution. Egg/brioche/potato/pretzel bun? Somewhere local off the rack or a great recipe? Had a heavenly hotdog at Le Gros Jambon this weekend on an in-house roll and want to reach that level of bunnery. Thanks in advance!

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  1. I really like the burger buns at Boulangerie Guillaume. I am not exactly sure how to classify them though! But they held up well and really complemented the burger!

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    1. It depends on what type of burger you're planning on making - I'm not quite certain I understand what "a serious Blumenthal granulated burger feast" is exactly. The bun for a pub style burger is not going to work on a casse croute style burger. And similarly a casse croute style bun isn't going to work for fancy pants type of burger.

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      1. re: EaterBob

        i bet he want's to try heston bluementhal burger recipe shown in his show in search of perfection, where you line up the strands of beef in the patty

        1. re: westaust

          Thanks. And I would suggest that instead of lining up the strands of pre-salted ground sirloin or doing anything in that recipe that he read up on J. Kenji López-Alt's burger lab.

          On flipping

          On making old fashioned burgers

          On when to salt your meat

          General tips

          On grinding

          On cheese

          On the cuts of meat

          And then to the question at hand, for a brioche bun Guillaume is very good, but I'd also suggest trying Mamie Clafoutis.

        1. there's a good selection of rolls at cantor's and montreal kosher, both side by side in wilderton shopping center in cote des neiges

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          1. re: BarackHObama

            Personnally, I like to use Arhoma's onion buns for my burgers.

          2. Check out this site and make your own hamburger buns. Haven't tried it yet (we intend to) but the reviews are great.

            1. I always liked burgers on a good Kaiser roll, but it seems that decent Kaiser rolls have all but disappeared.
              Brioche rolls are my current favorite...second choice would be a good Portuguese roll that has been buttered and toasted on a grill.
              The standard everyday "white bread" or "potato bread" hamburger rolls are something I avoid. No love at all for them.

              1. Thanks for the leads everyone. Kenji's a great resource at SE. Have been poring over the posts and might just have to do a lab of my own at home. Was planning on using the Heston-inspired recipe in the new Mission Street Food book (which is great). Much appreciated!

                1. Pain Dore has large and slider size Hamburger rolls I find quite good.

                  1. This one is used at Rotisserie Serrano on St. Viateur and Esplanade.

                    They sell it at the grocery store called 'Latina' which is located just a few doors over at the corner of St. Viateur and Esplanade. They are in a small clear bin near the checkout counter / front entrance.

                    It is a nice bun,

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                      1. re: benila

                        That looks like a standard Portuguese roll. Is there anything special about it?

                      2. Yesterday I was at Wal-Mart Decarie near the Namur metro station. They had a rack of bread products by POM


                        The hamburger buns looked and smelled a lot like Martin's Potato Rolls - which are the buns they use at shake shack in new york. the bun is a classic, soft bun. The shack burger is great, high quality meat on this very ordinary bun. Martin's potato rolls are nice, but they don't sell them in Canada. These POM buns at wal-mart are very potentially similar, just classic soft buns.

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                        1. re: benila

                          I like those Pom buns. They are classic no-frills buns and they taste good. They are also in pretty much every supermarket and depanneur in the province. No need to go to Wal-Mart.

                        2. Get the owner at Picks to give you some of his buns.
                          Ask the Antep Kebab owner to bake you some of his bread.

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                          1. re: marblebag

                            No need to ask at Antep Kebab. They sell their bread, now. But it's way too big for a burger.