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If you think great-tasting, easy-to-make, gluten free hamburger buns are impossible, prepare to be surprised! You can make them any size or shape you want, really. From Kaiser Roll size to sliders — when you make ‘em yourself, you can make ‘em just the way you want! Gluten free … and delicious.
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. This hot dog bun pan is also a great investment if your family really loves their dogs!
This recipe also makes an amazing Gluten Free Beer Bread. Use gluten free beer, of course, (consult my tasting notes to find one!) and enjoy this favorite twist on traditional sandwich bread. The effervescence of the beer helps give this bread beautiful lift, and creates a light, airy structure that is truly wonderful.
If you are making buns instead, I give you two options below: one from scratch — a light and airy bun; the other from my bread mix — a more whole grain, moist and hearty bun. Choose whichever suits your fancy!Print
Hearty Whole Grain Buns
Light & Airy Hamburger Buns
Prepare English Muffin rings or “bun pans” by oiling lightly with olive oil or canola oil spray. Place the rings on a parchment-lined baking sheet and set aside. Or, if you have a hamburger bun pan, oil the pan 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 (flour, salt, milk powder and sugar). With mixer on low speed, slowly pour the dry ingredients into the liquids to combine. Continue beating while slowly pouring in the ale/sparkling water to mix. When incorporated, add the yeast. Beat until the batter is smooth, then increase mixing speed and beat for 4 minutes.
Spoon batter into oiled rings or pans, filling no more than half-way up. Smooth the tops with a 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 and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
Cover with oiled wax paper 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 will collapse when cooling.
When the rolls have risen, bake at 375º F (static) or 350º F (convection) for approximately 20 minutes. The internal temperature of the rolls should be approximately 205 – 210º F. 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 or dog!
Makes 8-10 buns.
Whole Grain Hamburger Buns from gfJules™ Bread Mix
Bring wet ingredients to room temperature, then combine in a large mixing bowl. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients of the bread mix and stir to integrate well. Add the yeast packet and continue to beat for several minutes (may stir by hand or use a stand mixer with a flat paddle attachment – this dough is too thick to use an electric hand mixer). The dough should be well-mixed.
Scoop into oiled bun pans or English Muffin rings (or form buns by hand if baking with yogurt) on parchment-lined baking sheet. Do not fill rings or pans more than 2/3 full. Smooth tops with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle with seeds or other toppings, if desired.
Rise for 30 minutes, then turn oven on to 350º F (static) or 325º F (convection) and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centers of the buns comes out clean.
Allow to cool before slicing as buns.
Makes 8-10 buns.
Beer Bread Option: You may simply bake this dough as a loaf in a bread machine by adding the liquids first, then the dry ingredients on top. Set on gluten-free setting or only one rise and no punch-down. To bake in the oven, let the loaf rise in a covered bread pan for 30 minutes to one hour. Bake at 375º F (static) or 350º F (convection) for approximately 35 minutes. Check to be sure the loaf has reached 205-210°F before removing from the bread machine or oven. Makes a lovely beer bread!