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BrokeAss Gourmet

Sweet Potato Buns

  • Prep Time 1:30
  • Cook Time 0:20
  • Estimated Cost $4.50

It’s burger season and I, for one, am tired of boring old hamburger buns, with their squishy white centers and chemical aftertaste, so I decided to do something about it. These buns are like a chewy brioche. The addition of sweet potato gives them added fiber and a sweet, nutty flavor. Sprinkle rosemary and sea salt or sesame seeds over the egg wash if you want to get really fancy.


  • 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cubed $0.50
  • 3 1/2 cups flour, plus more for rolling Pantry
  • 1 packet dry active yeast $1.50
  • 3 tsp sugar or honey Pantry
  • 1/2 tsp salt Pantry
  • 1/2 cup milk $1 for a pint
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten, plus one more for egg wash $1.50 for 6 eggs


  1. Lightly dust 2 baking sheets with flour. Set aside.
  2. Bring a small pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add sweet potato and cook for 10-12 minutes or until sweet potato is very soft. Rinse and drain. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine yeast, 1/2 cup warm water and sugar or honey. Mix gently and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  4. In a food processor, combine cooked sweet potato, yeast mixture, flour, salt, milk and 2 eggs. Knead using machine for 1-2 minutes or until dough is very elastic. Add more flour if necessary to achieve a smooth dough.
  5. Form the dough into a ball and dust with flour. Transfer to a clean mixing bowl, cover with a clean dish towel and place in a warm spot (like an oven that has been turned on briefly and then turned off) for 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
  6. Once dough has risen , punch it down and knead by hand on a floured surface 10-12 times. divide into 2 logs and cut each log into 6 pieces. Form pieces into balls and place onto prepared baking sheets, making sure each ball has plenty of space around it. Leave in a warm space for 30 minutes and up to an hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  8. To make the egg wash, beat the egg with 4 tbsp lukewarm water. Use a pastry brush to brush over the buns.
  9. Bake the buns for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot with butter or let cool and slice in half for sandwiches or burgers.

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cheesemonkeysf, on Jul 7, 04:22 PM, wrote:

These sound wonderful! I need to devise a bread-machine-based, dough-making version of this for those of us who have to squeeze our cooking in between the cracks in our schedules. Easy enough to do, and I can post it if you would like.

Great idea — well-done!

njudah, on Jul 7, 04:27 PM, wrote:

wow these sound great! I never would have thought to use sweet potatoes. I like the potato rolls at arizmendi but you really can’t keep them around for more than a few days unless you freeze them. potato rolls are great for everything!

Kristen Holmes, on Oct 27, 04:50 PM, wrote:

Gabi, open a restaurant for goodness sake!! A food truck, catering, something!! I am pretty sure you are not too far from my ‘hood, so I would definitely make the drive to eat your yummy creations!

Cameron, on Dec 31, 04:13 AM, wrote:

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