How to Make Easy Gluten Free Buns

It’s that time of year when BBQs and picnics are sprouting up every weekend and hardly a day goes by without firing up the grill. It’s time to make easy gluten free buns (hamburger or hot dog buns, that is!).

Whether you like traditional burgers or dogs, veggie burgers or just enjoy a good bun for a sandwich, there’s nothing like a real, soft and yummy bun. Most of us have suffered through one too many frozen gluten free buns that frustratingly crumbles into a dry heap, leaving an unappetizing mess where a hand-held burger ought to be.

gluten free crabcake on gluten free bun
Fresh gluten free hamburger buns make any meal better!

Don’t settle for that kind of sad sandwich state of affairs ever again! Empower yourself with one of my easy gluten free hamburger bun recipes and grab one of the many easy kitchen hacks for making bun rings.

Bake your way to your happy place with these tips and recipes.

gluten free hamburger and hot dog buns
For the hot dog bun pan pictured here, click the photo.

How to Shape the Gluten Free Buns

hot dog bun pan
Hot dog bun pans make fantastic homemade buns.
kitchen hacks to make homemade gluten free hamburger buns

To make gluten free buns, you have several options*:

bun pan
Bun pans shape the buns nicely, but you’ll need to purchase more than one pan.

✤ Hamburger bun or Hot Dog bun pans (this is the silicone hot dog pan pictured above) made for this very purpose!


✤ English Muffin rings make great, thick buns of uniform size.

Gluten free hamburger buns made in English Muffin rings.


mason jar bands
Mason jar bands make great bun rings; choose the size band for the bun size you want.

✤ Mason Jar rings make slider buns (regular size bands) or larger ones (wide mouth bands), depending on the ring size you choose.

✤ Shape rings or hot dog forms out of aluminum foil for one-time use.

✤ Bake with yogurt in place of liquids like gluten free beer, soda water, gingerale, milk or water in your recipe, and the dough should be thick enough to shape by hand and bake directly on parchment-lined baking sheets. This method even makes giant sized rolls!

Recipes for Gluten Free Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns

Use one of my easy recipes below:

♦ gfJules Bread Mix

♦ Light & Fluffy White Buns Recipe

♦ Whole Grain Buns Recipe

How to Use Rings to Make Buns

If using individual rings, like English Muffin rings, Mason jar rings or hand-shaped foil rings, oil the rings and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet, as below.

rings on pan


Fill the rings 2/3-3/4 full, as below, and lightly brush the tops with oil then sprinkle with any toppings like sesame seeds or sea salt.

rings filled 2


After rising 20-30 minutes, brush with oil again or an egg wash made from one whole egg plus 1 tablespoon water, as below.

buns in rings risen


Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean and the tops of the buns are lightly browned, as below.

gluten free buns in rings baked


No matter which method you choose, embrace the bun! Homemade gluten free buns can be so good, everyone at the picnic will want one, so don’t settle for anything less!

Now that you know how easy it is to make hamburger or hot dog buns this soft, light and pretty, doesn’t it make you want to fire up the grill?

gluten free hamburger buns grilled
Fresh out of the oven or toasted on a grill, these gluten free hamburger buns will make any BBQ better!


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Easy Gluten Free Bun Recipes by gfJules