Making gluten free hamburger buns or hot dog buns might seem like a Herculean task, but I promise you that it’s easy! I can’t wait for you to try this recipe — you’ll never go back to store-bought or frozen gluten free buns again. There’s just no reason to settle when it’s this simple to make amazing gluten free buns.
I love this gluten free hamburger buns recipe because it’s so easy and reliable. Imagine having fluffy and light gluten free hamburger buns anytime you wanted them! No more hockey puck frozen buns for you, my friend. Promise me you’ll leave those sad days behind!
If I asked you to close your eyes and picture the perfect hamburger or hot dog buns, I bet you’d imagine light and fluffy bread with air pockets throughout, a smell of yeasty goodness filling the kitchen and a little touch of crust on the top.
If that’s pretty much your perfect hamburger or hot dog bun, then you’re going to love this gluten free recipe!
I use these little English Muffin rings for my buns, but you could use a bun pan made for this purpose, mason jar rings, or just shape rings out of aluminum foil. A hot dog bun pan is also a great investment if your family really loves their dogs!
*For more information on bun pan options and how to use them to make buns, hop to my blog post all about tricks for making the best gluten free hamburger buns!*
Just look at the rise on these yummy buns!
Once you have the pans you need, you’ll need the best recipe, right? Well you know I’ve got you covered!
It all starts with my light and smooth award winning gfJules Flour. You can’t make light and fluffy buns with gritty or heavy gluten free flours; this isn’t alchemy — it’s baking! So use my gfJules Flour for the results pictured here, or your bread may wind up dense, dry and crumby, and who wants that?
Some of the other ingredients I’ve suggested for this recipe include naturally gluten free beer (the bubbles are excellent for making airy breads but feel free to just use your favorite milk instead). I really like the hoppy aroma of gluten-free beer in recipes like this, and the color is gorgeous in bread.
If you’re interested in trying gluten-free beer as a baking ingredient for recipes like this one, check my Gluten Free Beer Tasting Notes to find another option or simply use milk, gingerale or just use sparkling water. The flavor of the bread will change depending on the ingredient you use, so have fun experimenting!
Other surprise ingredients include mashed potato flakes (sometimes called instant mashed potatoes or boxed mashed potatoes) or coconut milk powder (or of course you can just use regular milk powder). You can even use … are you ready for this!!? Instant vanilla pudding powder!! Crazy, right? But it works and you can find it in any grocery store — the instant mashed potatoes are in any grocery store, too, actually. You just have to decide if you want your bread to be on the sweeter side, like a Hawaiian Bread, since the vanilla pudding powder will definitely add some sweetness.
Seriously! They all work really well in this recipe, and if you ever have a hard time finding random ingredients for a gluten free recipe, you’ll appreciate that mashed potato flakes are super easy to find at any grocery store. Just buy the plain ones without extra flavoring (make sure they’re gluten free and dairy free if you need that too). Combined with my soft, grit-free gfJules Flour, you’ll have the best buns on the block!
One other option in the spirit of easy gluten free buns, if you’ve got my gfJules Gluten Free Bread Mix on hand, all you need to add is your choice of liquids — no other dry ingredients necessary! Hop to my recipe for gluten free hamburger buns using my gfJules Bread Mix!
If you need your buns to be egg-free (vegan), that’s totally ok. Check out my article on recommended egg substitutes for more ideas, but I like using flaxseed meal and water in place of eggs in this recipe.
If you’re making this recipe dairy-free and without eggs, when you get to the part about brushing the tops before baking, choose a vegan or dairy-free milk or just use oil. If you can use eggs, a mixture of 1 egg and a tablespoon of water makes a lovely golden sheen on top of the buns and helps any toppings stick.
Brushing the tops of the buns with egg wash, oil or milk makes a huge difference in the final color of this bread. Golden brown is what you’re going for, but don’t over-bake them waiting for them to brown. A convection setting can also help with color, but either way, these buns only take 8-10 minutes to bake.
Look how airy these buns are! Light as a feather!
Another fun way to make these buns is to make them as sliders. Check out how cute these little guys can be on an appetizer tray — bite sized burgers are the best!
I made these with Hilary’s Eat Well* gluten free and vegan veggie bites. They are the perfect size for homemade gluten free hamburger buns when you make them in mini muffin pans.
If you’d like to see how I made buns of every size, check out this video below of me showing how to make them.
Make them big for large burgers or small for sliders – you choose!
Or yes, you can even make them into gluten free hot dog buns!
However you make them though, these gluten free hamburger or hot dog buns will make every burger (or dog) better!
- 10 oz. milk OR sparkling water OR gluten-free beer OR club soda OR gingerale – room temperature
- 3 large eggs brought to room temperature (or egg substitute )
- 3 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbs. honey or agave nectar
- 2 3/4 cups (371 gr.) gfJules™ All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
- 1/4 cup dry milk powder/non-dairy milk powder OR coconut milk powder OR plain mashed potato flakes (16 gr.) OR GF instant vanilla pudding powder**
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 Tbs. granulated cane sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp. rapid rise or bread machine yeast
- extra olive oil or egg wash or milk (dairy or soy, coconut or hemp work well) for brushing on rolls
- sesame seeds, poppy seeds or other topping of choice (optional)
Prepare English Muffin rings, mason jar lids or bun pans by oiling lightly. Place the rings on a parchment-lined baking sheet and set aside. Or, if you have a hamburger bun pan, oil the pan well and set it aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, apple cider vinegar and honey.
In another large bowl, whisk all dry ingredients except yeast (gfJules Flour, salt, milk powder/potato flakes and sugar). With mixer on low speed, slowly pour the dry ingredients into the liquids to combine.
Continue beating while slowly pouring in the milk or sparkling water (or other beverage) to mix. Once incorporated, add the yeast. Beat until the batter is smooth, then increase mixing speed and beat for 3-4 minutes.
Spoon batter into oiled rings or pans, filling no more than half-way up. Smooth the tops with a wet rubber spatula. Don’t make the buns too large at this stage, unless you’re looking for kaiser rolls!
Brush all buns lightly with olive oil, egg wash or milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
Cover with oiled wax paper or parchment and let rise in a warm, moist place for 30 minutes (an oven preheated to 200 F, then turned off, with a bowl of water in the oven to add moisture, is a good option). Do not let the rolls rise more than double their size, or they will rise too much to support themselves and may collapse when cooling.
When the rolls have risen, bake at 375º F (static) or 350º F (convection) for approximately 10-12 minutes (for mini buns, start checking at 7 minutes). The internal temperature of the rolls should be approximately 205 – 210º F and a toothpick inserted into the centers should come out dry with only crumbs attached. The rolls should have risen above the tops of the pans, and will be golden brown with a nice crust.
Remove to cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then gently remove from the pans and serve with your favorite burger!
** with any of the milk powder substitutes offered, make sure they are gluten free. Measure out 1/4 cup by spooning into a cup measure and leveling off. The vanilla pudding powder can be found in any grocery store. Jello brand is an option most can find but it will make the buns taste sweeter, like Hawaiian Bread. Mashed potato flakes/instant mashed potatoes can also be found in any grocery store, but opt for plain unless you like the flavors, and be sure they're gluten free!
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Amount Per Serving Calories 390Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 99mgSodium 506mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 2gSugar 18gProtein 10g
Please keep in mind that nutrition information provided is per serving, which may vary. While we have taken care to provide you with the most accurate nutritional values possible, please note that this information may differ significantly depending on the exact ingredients and brands that you choose to use to make this recipe. Additionally, where options are given for ingredients, the resulting calculation may include all ingredient options instead of only one per line, skewing the totals significantly.
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