There are some occasions.  Some extenuating circumstances.  In which I squeal when I take things out of the oven.


Some may tell you that these squeals are actually pterodactyl-like.  They may even classify them as shrieks.

They are lying.  Don’t listen to them.

They are actually cute.  And endearing.  They will make you love me.

Yup.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


I try to only squeal for the really good stuff though.  So that Sophie, Adam, and Anu (the newest addition to the Eats Well With Others household!) will know when to come running.

I wouldn’t want to the be the girl who squealed wolf, after all.


When these pretzel rolls came out of the oven.  They were so cute.  So perfect in every way.

That I almost didn’t squeal.

I almost tried to cover my tracks.  I almost Lysol-ed the entire kitchen.  I almost practiced my shocked and appalled voice.  (Who?  Baking?  Me?  I would NEVER.)

Then Pavlov got the best of me.

I couldn’t help myself.  I squealed.  And simultaneously, every door in my apartment opened.  In poured Adam, Sophie, Anu, Anu’s parents who were in for the day, and my friend Alex who lives a few floors away but has somehow trained his hearing to be able to discern my squeals amidst the roar of the construction that begins at 8AM every day.  Outside my window.  Including Saturdays.  Nothing is sacred.

Except for these rolls.  I have placed them on a pedestal.  Built a shrine.

It’s right next to the shrine I built for brie-stuffed turkey burgers.  Which have also managed to blow my mind this week.

And to think the neighbors have only dropped by a handful of times to inquire about the flying reptiles that they insist I’m harboring over here.  I figure as long as I keep that number less than the number of fingers and toes I have.  They won’t hate me.  Much.

Worst case scenario, I’ll shove a roll in their mouth.  That should teach em.
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I also just want to say, before the recipes, that last night I had an awesome dinner with Sophia of Burp and Slurp, Mari of Namaste Mari, and their friends, Alda and Gigi, respectively.  Spending time with these girls never fails to make me happy.  Good times.

Homemade Pretzel Rolls
Makes 8, adapted from She Simmers

6 fl. oz lukewarm water
10 g active dry yeast
4 fl. oz lukewarm milk (I used almond milk)
80 g brown sugar
4 g salt
24 g butter, melted
480 g bread flour, plus more if necessary
6 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
toppings, such as sesame seeds, salt, poppy seeds, dried onions, cinnamon sugar

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or mixing bowl, combine 4 oz. lukewarm water, yeast, and a pinch of sugar.  Mix together and let sit until foaming.

2. Add the rest of the water, the milk, brown sugar, and butter.  Mix with the dough hook if you are using a stand mixer or with a spoon if you are not.  Slowly add in the flour and mix or knead until you get a smooth, non-sticky dough.  Add more flour if necessary, one tbsp at a time.  I added about 1/4 cup more of flour.  This should take 6-8 minutes with a stand mixer and 12-15 if kneading by hand.

3. Form the dough into a large ball, cover with a damp towel and let rest for fifteen minutes.

4. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces and form each into a ball.  Let them sit on baking pans lined with parchment paper, covered with a damp cloth, to rise for a half hour.  Once the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

5. Put 6 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil.  Once it is boiling, add in the baking soda.  It will foam.  You will think it is going to explode.  Be calm.

6. Gently lift each piece of dough, trying to preserve it’s shape and drop it into the boiling water, pretty side down.  Boil for 20 seconds on each side, then remove with a slotted spoon and put it back on the parchment paper.  With a sharp knife or dough slasher, cut crosses on the top of each roll, going about a quarter inch deep.  Sprinkle the top of the buns with the toppings of your choice.  I chose sesame seeds but next time I would go with some pretzel salt.  Although Adam is voting for cinnamon sugar.  Burgers and cinnamon sugar pretzel rolls?  I think not.

7. Place the pan in the middle of the oven.  Bake for 20-30 minutes (mine took 20 minutes), or until the buns develop a dark caramel color on the outside.

8. Let cool on a cooling rack before eating.

Turkey Burgers Filled with Brie and Granny Smith Apples
Serves 4, adapted from Bobby Flay 

1 1/4 lb ground turkey
4 (1/2-inch) cubes of brie
salt and pepper
1 large granny smith apple, cored and finely sliced

1. Shape the turkey into 4 round patties.  Make a small indentation in the center of each.  Stuff a brie cube into it and then cover it with the rest of the meat.  Season both sides with salt and pepper.

2. On a preheated grill, George Foreman, or preheated pan on your stove, cook the burgers until they are white all the way through.

3. Split whatever bread you are using.  Place some apple slices on the bottom of it.  Flay has you grill the apple slices but reviewers said they thought it was better with crunch.  So I listened.  Place a burger on top.  Add arugula on top of that  if you don’t forget, like some of us do.  Top with the other half of your roll.  Enjoy.

Burger Rating: 4/4 stars.  Although I would say this burger is kind of cheating the system.  It is stuffed with brie.  Did I mention that?  Enough said.

I am submitting this to Souper Sundays over at Kahakai Kitchen, this month’s Burger Club over at Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice, this week’s BSI hosted over at Debbi Does Dinner, Two For Tuesdays, and Yeastspotting!


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120 Responses to Brie and Granny Smith Turkey Burgers on Homemade Pretzel Rolls

  1. Simply Life says:

    Oh I would definitely squeal if I made that – looks great!

  2. The pretzel looks exactly like the one from the bakery here in Germany!

  3. Yes – squealing would ensue if I made those. They look amazing….and those burgers…..yum!

  4. Lea Ann says:

    Beautiful rolls Joanne. Love that idea for the burger, turkey and apples….yum

  5. Little Inbox says:

    This is my type of comfort food. Looks so yummy!

  6. newlywed says:

    Sometimes, I fantasize that I can pull the food right off of my laptop screen and take a bit. As in, I really want those pretzel rolls now! Guess I will have to work for them.

  7. Shannon says:

    ooh, glad you got to meet up with those ladies! and these pretzel rolls? i’d squeel, too 🙂

  8. oooh, pretzel rolls! they look so cute!

    xo Alison

  9. Kim says:

    My day is now planned. MUST MAKE PRETZEL ROLLS!! I shriek too sometimes and I would totally flip over these rolls. I love it! AND, a burger stuffed with brie…..you are a total temptress this morning:)

  10. Bob says:

    Those rolls are gorgeous! The burgers look awesome too, stuffed with cheese is always a good time. Personally I’m a fan of squealing girls… but lets not go there. Heh.

  11. OK, you’re funny. Consider me a follower! In other news, these burgers/buns look deadly. Anything that oozes brie gets 10,000 points.

  12. Those do look squeal-worthy! I recently made soft pretzels and when those were done I was super psyched at how awesome they came out. Way easier than I thought they’d be!

  13. elra says:

    Good grace, you’re back on track? Baking, and not just the ordinary baking stuff, but this? Wow … impressive Joanne. Brie and apple = perfect combination. Have you ever tried this cheese “fromage d’Affinois”?, if you like brie. then you will love this one.

  14. Ashlee says:

    I love love love pretzel rolls! When I made them once I had the same reaction! I couldn’t stop looking at them… lol!

  15. Swathi says:

    Beautiful Pretzel rolls. I need to make them. Looks delicious.

  16. girlichef says:

    Okay, now I’m squealing!! PRETZEL ROLLS! I may have a secret crush on you, Joanne. And so will my pretzel-bread-loving son once I make these. They sound frickin’ fabulous. Thanks for sharing them with Two for Tuesdays, too!!! =)

  17. Ameena says:

    Pretzel rolls, which I have never had by the way, look very squeal-worthy. I will let you know when I am in NYC so you can make me a delicious batch and we can test out your theory. 🙂

    I am a bit too presumptuous, aren’t I?

  18. Pretzel rolls looks beautiful…

  19. Amy says:

    I have Beagles. When they get a scent of a mouse or rabbit, there is a howl and sound that comes out of them that is indescribable – the neighbors swear it sounds like I’m beating a baby. This, of course, has nothing to do with food and surely doesn’t compare to those awesome rolls, but it’s possible you and my dogs knew each other in a past life. Your shriek is probably also similar to my reaction when I make pie.

  20. So many things to love here. Pretzel rolls? Turkey burgers with brie? I may squeal myself. I definitely am saving the recipes. Thanks!

  21. These pretzel rolls look totally pro!! Wow!!! Would love to eat a few for breakfast, lunch and dinner; I am sure the taste is infinitely superior to the commercial stuff!

  22. Pam says:

    This is my kind of food! Pretzel rolls, love them an must try making them. And there’s nothing like a good squeal for a girl! Way to go!

  23. Monet says:

    Oh my heavens! I love pretzels and I am going to be making these rolls as soon as I can. And brie and apples? Just delicious. What a wonderful post!

  24. Pam says:

    Wow!! I would have squealed too… they are beautiful! The burger with the apples, pretzel roll, and the brie – PERFECT!!

  25. Alisa says:

    Oh my goodness, those are SO squeal-worthy! Those are so going on my list to bake and they won’t get lost in the mix, I hope.

    BTW, do you have a email subscription set-up? The new google reader is really bugging me and I’m trying to migrate off of it, but don’t want to miss your posts! If you have one, please email me and let me know! (alisa – at – godairyfree.org). Thanks!

  26. I know I would squeal too! I love pretzel rolls but have never tried making them myself. Not for long! The turkey burgers sound fantastic with them too.

    So glad you can bake again!

  27. I would too! Your rolls look gorgeous!

  28. Mo Diva says:

    i never hate your recipes… but today i feel like marrying this post. I love the combination of apples, brie and pretzels on a turkey burger. woman you are are freakin genius. tell you what, freeze a batch of these rolls and hook a sista up… lol.

  29. Claudia says:

    Yes, the pretzel rolls are a thing of beauty. Worship at will – but I’d eat them. Now brie-stuffed burger – I mean – does it get any better than that? I wouldn’t worry about the neighbors. Just feed them! Great blog!

  30. You’ve got to be kidding me! I squeal, shriek and jump up and down just at the thought of turkey, brie and apples all together. Your pretzel buns do look perfect and a shrine is what they deserve…the whole ensemble deserves a shrine! Oh, the things we missed while you were without an oven.

  31. You really can’t go wrong with adding brie to a sandwich. And I bet it’s awesome on this burger. I’ll have to try this one sans turkey because it just sounds terrific!

  32. I can see why the need for the shrine to those pretzel rolls!! They look awesome!! The burgers look fantastic too! LOVE the apple with them, I never would have thought of that.

  33. Christy says:

    Definitely squeal worthy!!! Thanks for linking to Two for Tuesdays!

  34. You are my hero!! Those rolls look wonderful.

  35. These are adorable and totally warrant a pterodactyl-like scream!

  36. Pretzel rolls are amazing. I MUST replicate this meal exactly because I’m pretty sure my husband will fall in love with me all over again. Sounds unbelievable… definitely squeal worthy 😉
    Oh and if you haven’t already, check out my giveaway! 😀

  37. Wow! pretzel rolls sound like the best thing since sliced… rolls! Thanks for sharing another delicious sounding recipe!

  38. Andreas says:

    Impressive pretzel rolls.

  39. Elizabeth says:

    Well there’s nothing like a good pretzel, so I imagine eating a burger off of one would be just that much better! I might have to make these for the burgers I was going to make on Friday! Yummy!

  40. Sexual harrassment aside…your buns look great! The color is so pronounced, and the cross down the middle is right on. Yum. This would be good just on its own.

  41. MaryMoh says:

    Fun reading your post…haha. Joanne, I would love to hear your squeal. Maybe I need it every now and then to send shock waves through my brain cells…..need more creativity here 😀

  42. RamblingTart says:

    Love, love, LOVE those gorgeous rolls, Joanne! I would’ve squealed too! And danced. 🙂

  43. Peef says:

    We have a couple of places around town that are starting to serve burgers on pretzel rolls and I think they are so delicious. Yours look amazing. Will be sure to give this a go for the next burger night.

  44. Katerina says:

    They trully look perfect and tasty. I like the idea of combining burgers with apple. It is very unusual.

  45. grace says:

    the LEAST this creation merits is a squeal. frankly, i think it deserves a jig and hoot and a holler–well done, joanne! 🙂

  46. Sippity Sup says:

    You don’t squeal at Med School do you?? GREG

  47. Kathryn says:

    That burger looks amazing! You should enter it into the Recipe4Living Juiciest Burger Contest here: http://www.recipe4living.com/articles/the_juiciest_burger_recipe_contest.htm

  48. these rolls look amazing-well done! i would have squealed too 🙂

  49. Katy says:

    ZOMG. I would have been happy with apple, brie and turkey burger, but pretzel rolls? Amazing.

  50. Tasha says:

    Brie-filled turkey burgers sound amazing. And your pretzel rolls are beautiful! Definitely squeal worthy!

  51. These pretzel rolls are completely squeal worthy!!! I’m wondering whether I can make them tonight… they look SO amazing.

  52. Oh and I love that they only need to rise for a total of 45 minutes! Awesome and doable on a weeknight.

  53. Wonderful pretzel rolls. Great job. Love the combo at work with the turkey burger.

  54. Jo, These look simply BREATHTAKING and I too would have squealed like a Moluccan Cockatoo! 😉 Thanks for sharing on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! 🙂 Alex@amoderatelife

  55. We could have a squealing club. Invite us, all over, and show us the rolls, and we will squeal and all your neighbors will come in, even the one that lives floors down and the workers, outside will actually stop and come up, to find out, what is happening.

    SQUEAL! They are worth it if pictures speak to us.

  56. teresa says:

    i would be squealing too with pretzel rolls like these! they look SO good, i bet the flavor is awesome! excellent job! i hope you’ve been having a nice summer joanne!

  57. Eliana says:

    Can I come over for dinner tomorrow to have one of these burgers? They look insanely delicious.

  58. wow! homemade pretzel rolls! brie, turkey…i am just not a big fan of apples (too bad for me, i heard they’re really good for health etc ^_*)

  59. Julie says:

    what do you think would happen if you put the apple IN the burger…

    do you think that would work?!

  60. Biren says:

    Those pretzel rolls sure look gorgeous…perfect with those turkey burgers!

  61. Kelsey says:

    you made those pretzel rolls!!!! omg i thought u went to some fancy bakery and picked them up!! AMAZING AMAZING! this is one heck of a turkey burger girl!


  62. Nessie says:

    I happy clap. I also like to think that it’s more endearing than nutty professor-esque (hercules! hercules!). Your pretzel buns look perfect and I think you were totally justified in squealing. Embrace the Squeal, I say. Own the Squeal 🙂 btw brie + apple + turkey = omg want to eat now.

  63. Kerstin says:

    Homemade pretzel buns?!?! Sold – they sound spectacular!

  64. I will always put up with a squeal, no matter how pterodactyl-like, as long as it is released in the name of good eats! Thank you for linking up with Two for Tuesday.

  65. sophia says:

    YES!! I was waiting for this post…and you overdid yourself, Joanne…by pairing it with BRIE-stuffed turkey burgers! And with a sweet twist as well!! You amazing, fantastic, freaking smart girl! If you ever have your own cooking show, I’ll be your biggest fan!!!

  66. Debinhawaii says:

    Loving those pretzel rolls/buns! The burgers are a great combo of ingredients. I make a turkey burger with grated apple in it and stuffed with blue cheese but I love the idea of the brie. Yum! 😉

  67. Shirley says:

    Those rolls are outstanding!

  68. I am squealing with delight at having found your delicious blog! The whole sandwich looks to be an amazing bite. Then I scrolled down and saw the cookies. I love a well-balanced meal!


  69. Lori says:

    Ha, ha! I am seriously a baking squealer too. I also realize I do it now when I get a food photo to turn out well. These rolls look so great. I need to surprise my husband with them because he is a huge fan. I like the almond milk sub. I’ll have to try that. Then to top them off with brie and apple with meat. Wonderful!

  70. polwig says:

    I bet Anu’s parents are glad you are her roomate, maybe you can charge them her meal plan 🙂

  71. You know the way to my heart! All it takes is a burger and a homemade bun! How insanely delicious with that brie stuffing. And your rolls are beautiful works of art. I’m going to start listening for squeals so I can get in on the action too!

  72. Dawn says:

    I can not say I’ve ever made my own pretzel buns or buns of any kind for that matter but if these elicit a squeal then I shall reconsider. Especially when you add turkey, brie and apples.

  73. theUngourmet says:

    The pterodactyl squeal cracked me up! I really wish I could hear this for myself. Love the buns and the brie and apple combo for you burgers. Yum!

  74. Mary says:

    What a perfect burger. I’d squeal as well, so carry on. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  75. Did you make a mistake? Is it REALLY 1/2 c. baking soda???!!!

    Scrolling quickly the dozens of comments above, I can’t help wondering: Why am I the only one questioning this?

  76. Joanne says:

    tamater sammich – It is actually 1/2 cup of baking soda. The baking soda doesn’t go into the dough, just into the cooking water. It helps it to give it that outer texture that is very particular to soft pretzels.

  77. I totally forgot to say thank you for making these for Burger Club! And another look at them isn’t hurting any either…

  78. Velva says:

    The homemade pretzel rolls look awesome. I would squeal with delight. I like the idea that you matched up your pretzel roll with a turkey burger-nice.

  79. Catherine says:

    This looks absolutely mouthwatering Joanne!
    I especially love the addition of the apple!

  80. Jessie says:

    Ok, you’ve GOT to demonstrate the pterodactyl-like squeal when we meet someday. I’m not lettin’ that one go, no sirree!

    Brie and green apple are the best combo evah! And homemade pretzel rolls? I’m going to get Peter to make those for me ASAP!

  81. Muneeba says:

    You know I come a-runnin everytime you bake … we’ll scream together, shall we??
    Your buns are darling. Just darling! And you’ve brie in your burger – sneaky and deliciously evil.

  82. wow amazing man you can cook

  83. Those look awesome! I haven’t gotten around to making my own hamburger rolls yet, but I eat a lot of burgers, so I’m gonna get to this recipe asap. Thanks for sharing! – Gary

  84. Just came from Lazaro’s. Your 10 rules are hilarious! I love it! The chickpea looks amazing with exotic flavor. Not to mention this amazing turkey burger and homemade pretzel rolls!

  85. Raina says:

    Wow! I have never heard of pretzel rolls, but I know I would love them and that amazing burger. Your roomates are so lucky.

  86. Found you via your guest post on Lazaro’s blog. Love the range of the recipes you’ve got going on here, as well as your writing style! Both the pretzel rolls and the brie-stuffed turkey burgers sound like recipes I want to try!


  87. tigerfish says:

    Must be a fun girls-time-out! 😀 …
    You always whip things up with the most unexpected ingredients together and you make it seem so effortless 🙂

  88. Faith says:

    OMG, who are you?! That is pretty freaking amazing. I can’t believe you made pretzel rolls! (They look phenomenal, Joanne!) You are really a multi-talented girl!

  89. Cathy says:

    Those are gorgeous! “Cooking magazine-like”! I’m so impressed!

  90. Carolyn Jung says:

    If those pretzel buns came in a bag, I’d empty it in one sitting. What a great twist on the usual salty, crunchy treat.

  91. Martha (MM) says:

    These sure look yummy, I would squeal too! Of course I’ll bookmark for the next time a baking mood falls upon me. I’m so glad you have your oven back 🙂

  92. Lori says:

    These look absolutely fabulous! I would squeel too!

  93. How do you find the time Joanne.

  94. It’s a good thing all of your commenters weren’t in the kitchen with you when you took these out of the oven. There would have been such a riot of squealing that your neighbors would have called 911. Seriously, they look amazing and the texture is so wonderful. Yum.

  95. Kristen says:

    I seriously wonder why I have never heard of pretzel rolls. They sound and look fantastic. I am voting for cinnamon and sugar on top, too. Fill them with sauteed apples and a slice of brie and skip the burger.

  96. Mimi says:

    You sound just like Giada. Admit it!! Admit it, admit it admit it!!! lol!!!!!

    OMG, those rolls look delicious, that burger… delicious!!! I’ll have to make these this week.

  97. Chef Dennis says:

    those pretzel rolls look amazing, I can understand why you were squealing with delite…..and we already love you, so squeal away!

  98. Natalie says:

    ahh i can’t get over those rolls…well the whole sandwich really! I LOVE pretzel rolls and just need to take the time to make them!

    great burger-can’t wait to pick up some brie and make! 🙂

  99. Cynthia says:

    Wow those burgers sound awesome! I love the amazing filling! You are so incredibly creative and talented!

  100. Stella says:

    Ooh, that pretzel bread looks stellar! My Cauldron Boy would worship me if I made this (smile)…

  101. I don’t eat turkey myself but these look great and I love both the brie and apple combo and the idea of pretzel buns.

  102. Elizabeth says:

    Those look amazing and I would kill for one of those pretzel rolls right now!

  103. Brie plus green apple plus turkey burger plus pretzel roll = le sigh. Amazing combo. I had a bacon, brie, and apple omelet at a cafe a few weeks ago and it was to die for. I love cooking with real filling stuff. Always tastes co much better.

    I sent you an email!

  104. Lisa says:

    I just saw your recipe on BSI and went crazy! These look SO good and I know they would be a hit in my house. Hubby loves pretzel bread and the burgers are so interesting. Thanks for the recipe!

  105. Beverly says:

    I couldn’t wait . . . I making these right now. Question, what is the 4g of salt used for? I couldn’t seem to find it in the recipe. Thanks.


  106. Kathleen says:

    Joanne, These look LOVELY! I can’t wait to try. I just had a disaster (my fault, I am sure) with Brioche hamburger buns, but these look even better! Thanks so much for posting and best wishes for your PHD!

  107. bella roz says:

    now that’s a gorgeous burger . . . and good for you too! double whammy! thanks for posting this. Roz at La Bella Vita

  108. Taylor says:

    I love every. single. part. of this burger! YUM!! And good for you for making your own rolls…thats impressive! Sounds like they were well worth it.

  109. Squealing after baking these beautiful bretzels is NORMAL! But what about feeling like biting these bretzels on my computer screen ?

  110. Jessica B. says:

    Baking bread usually scares me, but my love of pretzel rolls (and your rave review) gave me the confidence to try these today. I am so glad that I did. They were simple (as far as bread baking goes) and fabulous. I may not have squealed when I saw them, but I did when I tasted them. Thank you!

  111. Joanne says:

    Jessica B – I’m so glad you tried them and liked them! I used to be super scared of bread baking as well, but now I’ve realized the worst that can happen is that it doesn’t rise. And when that happens…I turn it into pizza.

  112. Jo jo, coming back to get the recipe for the pretzel rolls and making them today. I have to make a bittman recipe so I am making his stuffed beef burgers instead of your turkey burgers, but I will give you a link to the rolls for sure because they are so good. I wont put up the recipe, only a link to you. 🙂 HUGS!!!! Alex

  113. Joanne, Here is the link to the post where I mention you a LOT! lol http://amoderatelife.com/?p=465
    p.s. when i made the recipe, you mention salt and then in the directions you do not. I added in the salt at the same time as I mixed together the liquid, sugar and melted butter, you might want to make that correction in the recipe because these were amazing and I hope more folks will visit to get the recipe from you! 🙂 thanks so much jo jo!
    HUGS! Alex

  114. Tiffanee says:

    Those rolls look amazing.

  115. FoodEpix says:

    These look so delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at foodepix.com.

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