How to Steam a Bun

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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

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 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.

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

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.

Things You'll Need

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