garlic, cheddar + parmesan rolls

by Amy on 30 April 2012

today, i’m participating in a fun monthly blogger event — the secret recipe club. how does it work? every participating blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. on reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. fun, huh?

this month, i was assigned kudos kitchen by renee, a wonderful blog full of amazing recipes + adorable crafts. after looking through tons of her delicious recipes, i was especially intrigued by her homemade garlic + cheese burger rolls. i love making my own bread (as evidenced by these baguettes, pitas, + tortillas), + we’ve been grilling lots of burgers now that the weather is warmer, so i knew that this was the recipe to try.

i had never made rolls/buns before, but renee’s recipe + instructions were so easy to follow that making these was a cinch! they came together easily + quickly, + i was so impressed with the results. i worried mine would be lumpy + lopsided, but they turned out looking beautiful! flavor-wise, the garlic + cheese notes come through beautifully, + the flavors work perfectly with a juicy grilled hamburger. the texture also turned out great – they are soft, while still being substantial enough to hold up to a good-sized burger. i also love their versatility – while i made them to serve with burgers, they’d be fab for any ol’ sandwich, or even just warm, served with butter.

another month participating with the secret recipe club, another huge success! thank you renee for this fabulous recipe – i don’t think i’ll ever buy burger rolls again – your homemade version is so much tastier, so gorgeous + so easy to make!

garlic, cheddar, + parmesan rolls

makes 10 rolls, adapted from kudos kitchen by renee


2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1/4 cup water
1 cup milk
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup grated cheese – i used a 1/2 cheddar + 1/2 parmesan, but you can use whatever type you like
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 egg, lightly beaten – for the egg wash
sesame seeds for garnish (if desired)


combine water + milk in a microwave-safe container + heat until just warm to the touch – for me, this only took about 30 seconds in the microwave.

in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine all ingredients (including water + milk) except the egg wash + sesame seeds, + mix on the lowest speed for one minute. dough should form a shaggy bowl. allow to rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes. then, mix on a medium-low speed with the dough hook for 4-5 minutes, until the dough is soft + smooth + no longer sticky. if sticky, add a bit of additional flour to reach the desired consistency.

place dough in a well oiled bowl (turning once to oil the top), cover + rest for an hour in a warm spot, until the dough has doubled in size.

after dough has doubled, punch down + divide into 10 equal portions. roll each portion into a ball + slightly flatten to make your desired bun shape. place buns on a parchment- or silpat-lined baking sheet. brush tops of buns with egg wash + sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

place the baking sheet in a warm, draft-free spot + allow the buns to proof uncovered for another 45 minutes. they should be roughly doubled in size again. while they are rising, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

bake buns for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, until they are golden brown + cooked through. allow to cool completely before slicing for burgers or sandwiches, or just eat ’em warm as is with butter!

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1 cassie April 30, 2012 at 11:28 am

I love homemade buns. Actually, I love homemade breads of any kind…much preferred over store-bought. these sound like perfection!

2 Asiya April 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

Great pic for SRC! These rolls look amazing!

3 Kathryn April 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

That’s such a great combination of flavours, I don’t think I’d even need a burger to stick in them!

4 Double Dipped Life April 30, 2012 at 11:41 am

These look fabulous!

5 Kirstin April 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

YUMMY! I love all those things so I am pinning this.

6 Ally Garner April 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Bread baking has always intimidated me. My Mom makes these amazing homemade yeast rolls that people fawn over and I’ve never been able to duplicate it. But that doesn’t stop me from trying :) And these look so much easier to make. And my husband would LOVE these cheesy garlic rolls! They looks delicious & so perfect Amy – you are so talented. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

7 amy April 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

aww, you are too sweet, ally! bread-baking used to intimidate me, too, but i’ve learned that most bread recipes are way easier than they first appear. this one is particularly easy – you’ll definitely have to try it + let me know how they turn out!

8 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life April 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Those really are the prettiest hamburger rolls I have seen!!!! And the three flavors too…yum!!!! They look fabulous!!!

9 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl April 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

You are killing me! These look sooooooooooo amazing! Homemade hamburger buns are actually on my “to-try-to-make” list for the summer (grilled burgers are my fave), but this recipe looks better than any other I’ve found. Great job–they turned out perfectly!

10 amy April 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

you’ve gotta try ’em, ashley – they’re super easy + the results are just fantastic. they are just screaming for a freshly-grilled burger, some cheese + a little bacon, in my humble opinion. =)

11 Megan April 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

These sound amazing!! :) (P.S. I had your blog for SRC — decided to make your fabulous Nutella Thumbprint Cookies!)

12 Jackie @ Domestic Fits April 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Those look SO amazing! I’ve been meaning to make some homemade burger buns, you’ve just inspired me :)

13 Renee April 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Yum amy! I’m adding this to my bread recipe collection. Thanks for sharing!

14 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious April 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Wow, do those look good! I am on my way to the kitchen to throw this dough in the breadmaker right now!

15 Erin @ Texanerin Baking April 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm

We’ve stopped buying hamburger buns because they taste like nothing. Seriously. They taste like nothing at all! These look like they’re full of flavor. I’ve made lots of homemade buns before but I don’t think I ever got mine as perfect looking as yours. Nice job. :)

16 Choc Chip Uru April 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm

These rolls look wonderfully soft and fluffy – and full of flavour too 😀

Choc Chip Uru

17 Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama April 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm

These look sooo good, I’m not huge into bread baking but these have my name all over them!
I didn’t know you were in group d as well…. or I did and then I forgot. I want your blog as an assignment! So many yummy things to choose from!!

18 kristen @ notsodomesticated April 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I love using fresh rolls for hamburgers, rather than just plain old buns from the bread aisle. And these look absolutely delicious! Your pictures are always so pretty!

19 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee April 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Best hamburger buns I’ve seen so far. Definitely would have a lot more flavor than a basic bun. They look fabulous!

20 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

omg I want these! How perfect to feed my need for carbs ha 😉

21 angela@spinachtiger April 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Amy, As soon as I saw these rolls, I was impressed. Never have made rolls before and these look perfect. I’ve joined that recipe thing, but still waiting to hear. Sounds fun.

22 amy April 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm

thank you so much, angela! i hope you’ll be able to join the club soon – i know there’s a waiting list for it, but hopefully it goes fast. it’s been such fun for me to participate in!

23 wendy (the weekend gourmet) April 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm

These are as gorgeous as anything I’ve seen in a bakery…great job! Hope you’re back tanned and rested from your little vacation!! I’m having a contest with Spices Inc. on my blog…I hope you come by between now and Friday to enter…it’s really fun!!

24 danielle April 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I have been making buns a lot lately but I never thoght of this variation. Next time I will be adding garlic and cheese to mine too!

25 Jen @ Juanita's Cocina April 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Your bread is BEAUTIFUL!

And I had to stop by and say, “Happy Anniversary!” My one year is coming up in about a month!

26 Renee - Kudos Kitchen April 30, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Hi Amy! Your buns look fantastic! (Excuse me if that sounds too personal. LOL)
I’m thrilled that you chose this recipe of mine because it’s one of my favorites. I too, love yeast breads. They’re my favorite thing to make in my Kudos Kitchen. I must say, you did me proud. Yours look so much better than mine! I’m thrilled you liked my recipe and will be making them again. Kudos to you, and nice to ‘meet’ you through SRC.

27 amy April 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

bahaha, i appreciate your compliment on my buns! =) thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe on your blog – i don’t think i’ll ever be buying already-made buns ever again! great to connect with you through the SRC!

28 Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen April 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm

These sound awesome Amy! I’ve never made rolls before either, but you are right, these sound so easy!

29 Jess April 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Mmmmm these would go perfect with some burgers!!!! Happy Monday!

30 avril April 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Beautiful rolls. Just beautiful! And I am sure they are super d’lish too :-)

31 Baker Street April 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm

There’s nothing better than making your own bread. Your rolls look absolutely fantastic Amy! :)

32 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm

This was your first time making rolls? I am impressed! They look absolutely perfect!

33 Ruchi April 30, 2012 at 11:19 pm

these looks melt in your mouth delicious…


34 Jessica @ Cajunlicious May 1, 2012 at 8:57 am

amy I want a dozen of these, they look amazing and such great flavor combos!

35 CJ at Food Stories May 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

I’ve never made hamburger buns from scratch but these look so professional. Kudos!

36 kristy lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty May 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

also BBQing a lot lately. to be fair, I BBQ all Winter as well. the smell of BBQ just makes my little heart happy :) so do your buns….is that creepy? 😉

37 easyfoodsmith May 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm

The rolls have a delicious flavour and they have come our perfect. The look great!

38 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm

So many great flavors in one little roll. These sounds great for dinner!

39 bakingaddict May 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I am always in awe of those that bake their own bread. This looks like perfection! I can just imagine the taste and the smell… :) Great pick for SRC!

40 Baking Serendipity May 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Homemade bread is one thing I can never turn down. I love the cheddar in these….they would make perfect hamburger buns!

41 Rikki May 1, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I love making bread too! And I’ve never made rolls/buns before either but this is convincing me to get on that! I bet these taste incredible with the garlic and cheddar. I love how you garnished them with sesame seeds [:

42 ea-The Spicy RD May 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Awesome job on the rolls Amy! They look so good, I want to reach out and grab one off my computer screen right now :-)

43 April @ Angel's Homestead May 2, 2012 at 7:30 am

I love homemade bread, and always make ours instead of buying it at the store. I’ve never added cheese to my hamburger buns though, but it sounds delicious. I will definitely be trying it out soon.

44 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 2, 2012 at 8:09 am

These look so good!

45 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

I have got to try homemade rolls! These look sensational, Amy. So perfectly risen and golden brown. Great recipe!

46 kara May 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

Ooooh, These look yummy. I think I am going to work on a gluten free version of these. Beautiful. Have a great day Amy!

47 May 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Great choice–you can’t go wrong with a combo of garlic, cheddar and Parmesan!

48 Mai Nguyen May 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I’m afraid to work with yeast, but I want to make use of my dough hook one day!! These look great. (: Perfect to me.

49 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite May 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

these are so beautiful! I don’t think I’ve ever worked with yeast…yet :)

love all of these flavors!

50 Jeanette May 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Your rolls came out beautifully – they look so nice and light!

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