How to Steam a Bun

Written by nicole schmoll
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How to Steam a Bun
Give your next cookout a makeover with steamed buns. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Hot dog and hamburger buns are the final topping to a delicious meal. If steamed appropriately, they will emerge from the process warm and soft; if steamed too long, they can quickly become mushy and sticky. While another method of preparing buns for meat is to toast them on a grill, steaming requires only a few simple steps and provides a completely different taste experience from that of toasting. Experiment with steaming at your next cookout.

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Things you need

  • Hamburger or hot dog buns
  • Double boiler
  • Water
  • Tongs
  • Paper towels
  • Spray bottle
  • Microwave
  • Aluminium foil

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    Use a Stovetop

  1. 1

    Pour 1/2-cup of water into a double boiler and place it on your hob. Turn the heat to high.

  2. 2

    Once the steam begins to rise from the water, place your buns on the inside of the double boiler. Cover it with a lid.

  3. 3

    Leave the buns in the boiler for 20 seconds and remove. They should feel soft and warm. Alternatively, if you don't have a double boiler, heat 1/2-cup water in a pot on your hob until steam rises from the pot rapidly. Hold the buns over the steam in a pair of tongs for 30 to 60 seconds, turning halfway through.

    Use a Grill

  1. 1

    Use a spray bottle to lightly mist the outside of the buns with water. If the buns are older, spray a fine mist on the inside of the buns as well.

  2. 2

    Wrap all the buns you're using in one sheet of aluminium foil and place the foil package on your grill.

  3. 3

    Flip the package over once during cooking. Keep them on the grill the same amount of time that you cook the hot dogs or hamburgers, or for about 3 to 5 minutes.

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