Gluten Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

Grill up those hamburgers (and hot dogs) this weekend because these gluten free hamburger (and hot dog) buns are the best you’ll ever have!

gluten free hamburger and hot dog buns

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One of my favorite things to eat on Memorial Day Weekend are hamburgers (or cheeseburgers). But for years I’ve eaten those in a lettuce wrap (which is actually quite good!) or on their own with a knife and fork. But sometimes you just want a bun, like everyone else, am I right?  I’ve tried so many store bought buns over the years and they’re either too hard or too bread-y.

I like a bun that I can squish down like a proper hamburger bun should.  Know what I mean? And these hamburger buns give just the right combination of squishiness and softness for the perfect hamburger buns!  

why you should make this recipe

We should only eat a burger wrapped in lettuce if we WANT to, not if we HAVE to! Not that there’s anything wrong with lettuce-wrapped burgers. They’re actually quite good. But sometimes we want that soft bread to envelope our burgers instead of crunchy lettuce.

This is the BEST recipe you’ll find on the internet for burger buns. They’re soft and squishy and they taste AMAZING! No one will know they’re gluten free.

It’s an easy recipe to make and the dough can be made a few days in advance.

Once baked, the rolls can be frozen for up to 3 months.

here’s what you’ll need to make these squishy buns

  • Kim’s gluten free bread flour blend — as always, I truly mean it when I say you won’t get the same results with another type of flour blend. You may get “okay” results, but nothing quite like this. I strongly suggest you make my flour blend because once you do, you won’t want breads made with any other.
  • Psyllium husks — for this recipe, psyllium husks are, in my opinion, a must. They offer such a great extensibility to these bread rolls. This is in addition to the xanthan gum in the bread flour blend.
  • Baking powder — in addition to the yeast in this recipe, baking powder is also used to give the gluten free dough an amazingly soft texture and lift.
  • Sugar — don’t be alarmed. There is a LOT of sugar in this entire recipe. BUT, please remember that sugar is not only for sweetness but also for tenderness. And this recipe makes a TON of dough, enough for 15 large buns. Maybe more depending on the size you make them!
gluten free hot dog buns

how to make gF hamburger buns

  1. Whisk all dry ingredients in large bowl until combined.
  2. Add wet ingredients and knead dough for 5 minutes on medium speed.
  3. Cover and proof until doubled in size.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
  5. Knead dough on well-floured surface until smooth.
  6. Portion out dough into 3-4 ounce pieces.
  7. Roll into smooth, round dough balls.
  8. Place about 2 inches apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
  9. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and proof until nearly doubled in size.
  10. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  11. Brush each hamburger bun with an egg wash. If desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds.  
  12. Bake rolls for 15-20 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
  13. Remove from the oven and brush the rolls with melted butter.
fully shaped and risen hamburger buns

But Wait! There’s a Whole Cup of Sugar in the Dough!! Are you serious?

First and foremost, my mission is to try to make gluten free recipes that are just as good (or better) than those things we remember eating before going gluten free. That rarely means healthier. This is not a blog for healthy gluten free recipes.

I know one cup of sugar sounds like a lot. But you have to remember we’re trying to make something the same texture that we remember it being back in our BC (before Celiac) days. I’ve found that sometimes it requires more drastic measures.

Take a look at the amount of yeast in this recipe. It’s more than double the amount that is usually in a bread recipe of any kind (regular OR gluten free). A cup of sugar does add a little sweetness to the dough, but more importantly it feeds the yeast. This is crucial in order to create the texture we really want–light, fluffy, soft–all those qualities of gluten-filled bread that we miss so much.

Also look at the amount of servings made from this one recipe. Using my 3-ounce starting point, we can make 15-16 gluten free hamburger (or hot dog) buns. In just ONE recipe!! That’s a whole lotta buns if you ask me! Are you gonna sit and eat all of those at once? Most likely you’ll have a bun with your burger or dog and then freeze the rest individually. They’ll be resting peacefully awaiting the next time you have a burger or dog.

I have tried numerous times to reduce the sugar in this dough and every single time the texture has been compromised. Sure, they might come out “okay” and we’ll have buns that are “decent.” I don’t know about you, but “decent” isn’t a word I want to describe something I’m eating. I want it to “heavenly” or “amazing” or “I can’t tell they’re gluten free.” My best test is to feed my gluten-eating family, especially my husband, with my gluten-free creations. If they pass the husband test and he can’t tell they’re gluten free, I know I’ve done well!

not a hamburger person? make hot dog buns instead!

Shaping hot dogs buns is just as easy. You can roll them into individual ropes, but I wanted a split top bun and I was lazy. So I found my method a little easier.

Begin by rolling out your dough into a rectangle that’s about 1/2-inch thick. Cut the dough into strips that are roughly equal in size. Lay them on their side (cut side up) on a baking sheet. Press down lightly to make an evenly sized roll that’s about one inch high. Do this with the rest of the rolls, spacing about 1/2 inch apart. These will end up touching when they’re fully risen and baked, but that’s what we want for nice, soft-sided rolls.

shaped and fully risen hot dog buns

more gluten free bread recipes to try

cheeseburger and hot dog on buns

Get your grill on this weekend and have that hamburger with a bun that squishes down just like we want. Or have a hot dog without needing a knife and fork. Or just eat one of each and call it a day!!

gluten free hamburger and hot dog buns

Gluten Free Hamburger Buns

Grill up those hamburgers this weekend because these gluten free hamburger buns are the best you'll ever have!!
4.37 from 99 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chilling and Proofing Time 7 hours
Course bread, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 15 buns



  • cups (495g) Kim's gluten free bread flour blend
  • 2 tbsp (10g) whole psyllium husks or 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp psyllium husk powder
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar*** (see notes)
  • tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp plus 1½ tsp (24g) instant yeast
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • cups (300 ml) whole milk (non-dairy milk can be substituted)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks or 169 g) butter, melted or very soft
  • 1 large egg for egg wash
  • 2-3 tbsp melted butter for brushing onto baked rolls


  • Blend the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer using a whisk or the paddle attachment. With the mixer running on low, slowly add the milk, followed by the eggs and the butter.
  • Turn the mixer up to medium and beat for about 5 minutes. The dough should be smooth and somewhat stretchy, but still pretty fluid and not at all like bread dough should be. More like a slightly thinned out cookie batter.
  • Remove the paddle attachment and scrape the dough together into a rough ball or mound using a bowl scraper or spatula. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm, draft-free area for about 2 hours, or until at least doubled or even tripled in volume. It should be fluffy and almost look like frosting.
  • Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, but preferably overnight.


  • Divide the dough into approximately 3-ounce sized portions and roll each portion into a tight ball (see my video for shaping Hawaiian rolls here).
  • Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart. Flatten each to about 1/2-inch thick so they'll rise up and not out. Cover loosely.


  • Roll dough out to a rectangle that's about ½-inch thick. Cut into strips with a bench scraper or sharp knife. Place each strip on its side (cut side up) on the baking sheet and press down lightly until they are about one-inch thick.


  • Cover the buns with plastic wrap loosely and allow to rise until about doubled in size, which can take anywhere from a half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the temperature of your proofing area. When buns are just about finished rising, preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Make an egg wash by whisking one egg with a splash of water. Brush this onto each roll. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
  • Bake rolls for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and they spring back when lightly touched.
  • Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter. Allow to cool before slicing and toasting or grilling for your hamburgers and/or hot dogs.


Buns can be kept in a ziptop bag at room temperature for 2-3 days.  Or they can be frozen, individually wrapped and then placed in a larger ziptop bag, for up to 3 months.  
To refresh rolls and soften (if not eating fresh), cut in half (or down the middle for split top hot dog buns) and place in a skillet with a little melted butter.  Cover the skillet and place over low heat and lightly toast.  Or steam wrapped in a damp paper towel in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.  Or wrap several buns in aluminum foil and place in a 350 degree F oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes.  
***If you hit that “jump to recipe” button and didn’t see in the post where I explained the use of a whole cup of sugar, please go back through the post and read that.  
Keyword Gluten Free, hamburger buns, hot dog buns
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116 thoughts on “Gluten Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns”

  • Kim, so excited to try the buns,(rising 2nd time now) . I was wondering if you have the nutritional values for the recipe? My daughter has celiac and diabetes. Bread has been one of the most missed foods, and store bought, well…Cant wait to try more!!!

  • The turned out great! I halved the recipe and got 7 buns, which was perfect since it’s only me eating them. I’m pretty sure I over-proofed them during the first rise, but they were still soft and fluffy! They were even easy to shape. Thanks Kim!

  • Hello….these are really delicious…they are still a bit dense. Is there a tip to make them lighter and less dense?….thank you….my daughter in law loves them

  • The recipe wa really good but it was to sweer for me ( could I reduce the sugar to 150g just to tone it down a little bit…) Thank you

    • Unfortunately, you won’t get the same texture for these particular rolls. However, you can try my potato rolls for a less sweet dough, or my pillowy soft dinner rolls. Go to the “breads” section on the main menu and you’ll find a few different options 😊

  • Nothing with a second rise has ever turned out for me. What am I doing wrong? First rise is beautiful. Second rise is non existent after 6+ hours. Followed recipe exactly, no substitutions. Great flavour but they’re so flat and not fluffy. Would love some help.

    • I’m sorry you’re having troubles with the second rise, Amy. Without being in your kitchen, I can only guess at what might be wrong. There could be a few things:

      1. Your proofing area is too cold. I find this to be the #1 reason why people can’t get gluten free dough to rise a second time. My tip for this is to either turn your oven on to a low temp (160-170 F) for just a few minutes, turn it off, and put your rolls in the turned off oven to proof, OR turn your clothes dryer on for a few minutes just to warm it up, turn it off, and put the rolls in the turned off dryer. Both work great!
      2. Your yeast is bad/old/dead.
      3. The rolls are underproofed.
      4. The rolls are overproofed.
      5. You didn’t use my gf bread flour blend or substituted something within it.

      I assure you that I’ve made this recipe more times than I can count and each time they rise perfectly, so once you can figure out which one of the above problems might be happening, you will be rewarded with the best hamburger buns ever 🥰

  • Other bread I’ve had to warm up before eating after taking it out of the freezer to make them soft but yours are so fresh after freezing I don’t have to. After trying a number of different recipes this will be my go to recipe. Yes they are sweet but who doesn’t love sweet things. Just proofing your sandwich loaf so hope that is as successful as the burger buns.. thanks so much for your amazing recipe.

  • Hi Kim, I just made the hamburger buns using your new multigrain flour blend. My son just told me I’d better hide them from him or they will all be gone! Absolutely Perfect!! So tasty I could do a dance! 💃👏👏👏 😀thanks again, Katie

  • Oh, my… These are amazing. I made them today. Honestly… I wasn’t sure how they would turn out, because I have to use active dry yeast (I’m borderline poor, and that’s what they have at Costco.) I can’t tell you how much I appreciate these recipes. Your bread flour blend has changed my life.

  • Hello,
    Do you have a recipe that used gluten free sourdough starter?
    I am really trying to make my husband (who is allergic to gluten and milk) happy preparing a brioche that will remind him of his childhood…
    thank you

    • I do have a recipe for gluten free sourdough starter, as well as a recipe for brioche. You can also attempt to make my brioche using the sourdough starter, but I haven’t tried it yet so I can’t say if it works properly or not. Go to the breads section of my blog and search throughout for all the bread recipes I’ve made. You’ll find tons of stuff that I think will satisfy your husband, and anything that has milk should be able to be substituted with a non-dairy milk 🙂

  • These are so YUMMY! Even my non-celiac kiddos love them! Your instructions are easy to follow and the hamburger buns came out perfect! My hot dog buns could use a little work in the shaping department. Thank you thank you for sharing your recipes!!

  • I gave this 5 stars because the taste and texture are amazing. I love that they have a Hawaiian roll flavor. However my dough never became firm enough to even knead out. It was incredibly sticky even after an overnite in the fridge. I had to use a damp spatula to get the dough from the bowl and then to shape them. And they are a little flat, not at all puffed up like a regular bun even tho the initial rise was good. I used almond milk and Country Crock dairy free olive oil spread. Could the DF substitute be the cause of the stickiness? I’m not giving up on this recipe but wanted to check with you for suggestions before trying again. Thanks!

    • Yes, it very well could be. Unfortunately, I haven’t tested any of my recipes with substitutes so I only give suggestions on what might work.

      You could try them again with the same substitutes, but knead in a little more flour during the shaping. You might also need to place them closer together on the baking sheet (or even in something like a 9 by 13-inch baking pan) which will allow them to rise alongside each other. Sometimes the substitutes really change the consistency of the dough and, ultimately, the success of the final rolls.

  • Hi, i love your recipes, i am wonder Is it possible to replace the sugar for honey? Have you tried it? If so, how much would be ?

  • Could this dough be baked into a loaf as well? Or would it not stand up to it? Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!!!❤️❤️❤️

  • Wow! These are amazing. A little sweet, but reminds me of Hawaiian rolls. The texture is dead on! Thank you soooo much for cracking this code!

  • Kim- the sugar makes these buns work. So good. I had to eat 2 without a burger🥴
    I just had to tell your followers don’t worry, it is worth it!!!
    I baked 6 your way, and 6 in a hamburger bun PAN. Your way makes them look more like real hamburger buns. The pan made them look like big muffins. Both are yummy!!!

  • Kim- with all your bread recipes which one would be the best dough for making individual bread BOWLS to fill with soup or chili?

      • Kim- I just wanted you to know that the sugar made this recipe soooooo good.
        I had to eat 2 buns just by themselves without burgers!
        I experimented with 6 buns on baking sheet like to say to do. And 6 buns in a hamburger bun PAN. The free firm ones look more like hamburger buns. The other look like muffins🥴 both are yummy and I just wanted to tell your followers to use the sugar 👏👏👏

  • I love the original recipe for your buns and could not imagine how they could be better. Wow! These aren’t a tiny bit better, but magnificently better!! Thank you for never resting on your laurels and continually improving on what seems to be the un-improvable.

  • Let me tell you, this recipe is such a blessing to us. My three year old daughter was diagnosed with Celiac last year, and it’s been hard to say the least, and I’m an experienced baker! We hadn’t had cheeseburgers for quite some time, and she LOVES cheeseburgers. Anyways, I followed your recipe to the letter, and oh my goodness. I could not believe this was gluten free. There is absolutely no difference between this recipe and a Hawaiian style bun. Thank you thank you thank you for doing what you do. I’m relearning to bake gluten free, and I just wanted to tell you just how much your recipe means to us. You are a blessing! We are going to be making your Hawaiian rolls for Thanksgiving tomorrow, the dough is rising as we speak!

  • Hi Kim!
    I’ve been using all your recipes for a while now, as my partner (also Kim!) recently got diagnosed as a coeliac.
    All of these work great, but I’ve noticed mine never rise as much as yours. Definitely keeping them warm enough when proofing, and the yeast is the one you recommended – instant dried yeast.
    Any tips on how to get them like yours?
    (The burger buns were a total hit, btw – even if they were a bit smaller than yours!).

  • How does this compare with your other recipe for hamburger bun recipe (your roll recipe) that uses the tangzhong? I really like the sandwich bread recipe and find the tangzhong makes a big difference. But I am curious about this recipe and the usage of a lot of sugar + more yeast. Which recipe do you believe turns out softer and more like “normal” buns? Does this recipe taste noticeably sweeter?

    • I personally don’t think it tastes much sweeter. It’s similar to a Hawaiian roll. Plus, most of the sugar is used as fuel for the large amount of yeast. I like these rolls better for hamburger buns, but everyone has their personal preferences.

  • Hi Kim, Thank you for this great recipe. Made these for our 45th HS reunion this weekend. Wow, they are amazing, so soft, light and fluffy. Will let you know what they think, you can’t even tell they’re GF. Quick question, have you ever used Monkfruit instead of sugar in this recipe? Lakanto makes one for banking that acts like sugar. I’ve used it in your banana bread and you can’t tell the sweetener isn’t sugar. Just curious if you’ve used in your baking before. Will experiment when making for just my husband and I next time. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and flour blends, they’re the best!

    • Hi, Shari! Thank you so much!!

      I haven’t tried Monkfruit, but I would be interested to see how it works. I’m hesitant, though, because sugar feeds the yeast, so without true sugar I don’t know how it would rise. I wish I knew more about Monkfruit and will have to do some research, and maybe grab a bag of it and try it next time I make these rolls. If I’m successful, I will of course share with everyone 😊

      • Hi Kim, thank you for getting back to me, I’m going to try a few recipes with the Monkfruit. It worked great in your banana bread recipe but I get what your saying. Lakanto have different formulas which makes theirs unique in that they say the one for baking acts like sugar. So I will let you know what I discover when trialing with a few of your recipes and flour blends. Thanks again, appreciate all your insight. Take care and have a blessed day.

  • I am a diehard fan of your flour and the bread I have made from it. I always have some in my freezer. Unfortunately, I just found out that I cannot eat rice at all anymore because I got arsenic poisoning from the rice I eat! I was horrified. Plus there are some unpleasant side effects. Hopefully they will diminish as I have completely eliminated all rice from my diet. Do you have any idea how I can change the recipe. I’m not guessing you do because that is your go to flour. Thank you so much.

    • Oh no, Alene! I’m so sorry!! I wish I knew something that might work instead of the rice flour, but I can’t think of anything except maybe cassava flour. I haven’t used it yet myself, but I’ve heard great things about it. I don’t know if it works mixed with other flours, but from what I’ve read so far it’s supposed to be similar to a 1:1 substitute.

      Good luck and please keep me posted if you try the cassava flour 😍

  • Love your recipes!!! Just wanted to send a quick note that the flour blend link in the recipe is currently going to the AP flour rather than the bread flour. I wasn’t paying attention the first time and used the wrong flour mix 🙂

  • Your instructions say to add the milk, eggs and then butter, which I did, but the video shows adding wet ingredients, so should I have whisked the eggs in the milk? I added the eggs unbeaten, will that make a difference? I currently have it in the fridge rising.

    • Nope, not at all. This dough is really forgiving and adding the eggs unbeaten won’t make a difference at all 🙂

      • They came out beautiful!! I am a bread maker and now that I have celiac disease, I have to re-teach myself everything. Thank you for your recipes, italian bread next!!

  • Could i form these into buns right after the mixing process, let them rise to 2x-3x, then bake? I just made the recipe according to instructions, chilling dough overnight. The risen dough before refrigeration looked perfectly big and airy. But then after refrigeration and rolling/flattening, they barely rose. So the baked buns were like hockey pucks. They tasted great though, just too flat and dense. Thank you!

    • I’m not sure how you would form them because the dough is so sticky. The dough always rises high for the initial rise and then falls after refrigeration, but if you shape them and then give them plenty of time to rise in a warm place, they will rise up again. Here’s what I do: I turn my oven on to the lowest temp it goes (mine is 170 F), then turn it off and place the rolls in the warm oven to rise. Sometimes it can take 2 hours or more, and if my house is super cold I will turn the oven back on (to that low temp) one more time before the rolls are at their proper rise level.

      I would try this first before attempting to shape them right after mixing 🙂

      • Thank you for replying! I will try warming the oven. This is the best tasting recipe I’ve tried so i really want to get the rise right!

    • Yep, you sure can! Wrap it well in plastic wrap and then in foil as an extra precaution. Freeze for no more than 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, still well wrapped.

  • WOW! These buns came out absolutely wonderful. I used your bread flour blend and weighed all the ingredients. The dough is pretty sticky but not nearly as bad as other GF doughs I’ve tried. I did over bake them by a few minutes because I got distracted, so they were just shy of “too done”, but they were still soft and lovely. They are definitely sweet so if you don’t want a sweeter roll obviously don’t use this recipe! But they strongly reminded me of the brioche-type buns I used to buy before we went GF, and they were a huge hit with the whole family. I made the whole batch of dough but decided I didn’t need so many rolls, so I made half into burger buns and used the rest of the dough to make cinnamon rolls using the cinnamon roll directions (which also came out AMAZING!). Next time I’ll definitely make the full batch of rolls. In fact, I’d say these are the first burger buns I’d be proud to serve to non-GF eaters. I’m already envisioning stashing some in the freezer for summer cookouts. Thank you for an amazing recipe!

      • I could use some troubleshooting help! I made the rolls twice and they came out perfect both times. Today I made them again and things went awry. First, in the oven they rose all misshapen and burst out in irregular ways. Not the end of the world but they definitely aren’t as pretty as the last two times! Then, they looked fine when they came out of the oven but they sunk as they cooled, so now they’re lumpy and wrinkly too, haha. It occurred to me maybe they weren’t quite done although they aren’t doughy inside, but I had taken them out because the bottoms were totally burning. None of this happened previously so I don’t know what I did differently this time. Any ideas?

        • Hmmm, that is a conundrum. So you didn’t change anything in the flour blend itself then, like using a different brand of a component? It’s possible they were either over proofed or under proofed.

          If you haven’t changed anything within the flour blend, I might just chalk it up to the proofing time and try again. I wish I could be more helpful!

          • Nope, I had mixed up a big batch of the flour blend so it was the same batch from last time, and I weighed everything. Rise time is a good guess. I thought I had proofed them the correct amount but maybe not. Thanks for your ideas!

  • Hello Kim! What a blessing you are to my family! We are all gluten free & dairy free and have never tasted breads as great as you have made possible here! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! Have you ever considered making some kind of bran/fiber muffin? I’m always trying to get fiber into the family diet and since they love your recipes so much, well….. I was just wondering. Thank you again! 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Joy!! I’m so glad you and your family enjoy the breads 🙂

      I know we can’t have bran so I hadn’t really thought about making something similar to a bran muffin. I’ll have to put it on my ever growing list of things to work on 🙂

  • I just found your web site, and I can’t wait to try your recipes. I was looking for a bread and hamburger bun that is soft. Thanks’ for sharing! God Bless you!

  • Just made this recipe. It made 6 hamburger buns and 7 hot dog buns + 3 donuts (stole from the hotdog buns)! I wanted to try the donuts and was willing to see if the psyllium husk had any ill effect. All turned out delicious. I had to put foil over the buns after 10 minutes in the oven. I put my cookie sheet on top of another for that first 10 minutes and then took it off for the rest of the time – so my bottoms didn’t burn like others have mentioned. At 15 minutes, the rolls still felt “heavy”. I used a thermometer and the rolls were at 195-197 degrees F. I decided to keep them in the oven for another 5 minutes and took them out of the oven when they were 200 degrees (Julia Child’s bread recipes suggest that temp), and they definitely felt lighter. I am so happy you shared about them feeling “light”. I noticed that after they were cooled, they were “squishier” than when I first brought them out. Very happy with the end results! Thank you for this recipe!! I believe your flour it is better than the American Test Kitchen GF flour recipe. My son will be having a special Christmas with all these baked GF options!
    My daughter who isn’t GF said, “no one will be disappointed if you serve THESE donuts!” regarding using this dough for donuts. Your oil temp instructions were spot on!

  • Thank you for your generosity sharing these recipes. My question is the rising process of the dough.
    It is cold in MN and I put the bowl in a warm spot to rise but I don’t feel I have been successful.
    Yesterday it took over 8 hours just for the dough to double.
    I have fresh yeast so I’m don’t think that is the problem. The finished product tastes great, I just can’t get them to rise like yours…
    Any ideas?
    Thank you for your kindness.

  • Hai kim. It was great inspiration.
    But I have a question. In GF bread flour there are some xanthan gum. And than in the recipe there is psyllium husk. Do we have to use both of them? Or we can skip the xanthan gum?
    Thank you for your kindness

    • Yes, you can. It’s such a minimal amount in the bread flour blend that it won’t make a huge difference, but in this recipe the psyllium husk powder is what is truly needed. The reason I leave the xanthan gum in the bread flour blend is because I make mine in large quantities and I didn’t want to have to make a special batch up just for this recipe.

  • These are absolutely THE best gluten free rolls I have ever eaten and better than any I have purchased at the store. They looked just like your pictures but I made the mistake of cooking two pans at once in my oven and switched them around half way through. They burned slightly on the bottom so I won’t do that again. Also think my oven’s lower burner has a problem. Otherwise, they tasted wonderful and similar to Hawaian rolls. Thanks for all the time I’m sure you took to develop such a great recipe!

  • We’ve had a weird week here in Oregon. High winds fueled wildfires which led to a county-wide evacuation orders and a lot of smoke. And I had guests who eat gluten free arriving. So my timing was off.

    I planned to make the dough a day in advance, chill overnight leaving the forming and proving of the dough for the next afternoon. Except I forgot to do it a day ahead, put the dough in the refrigerator instead of proving first, began the proving after two hours chilling, returned it the refrigerator for only three hours AND the recipe still worked.

    After forming, proving and baking, I had lovely, soft hamburger buns.

    • That’s wonderful, Patty! I’m so glad they still turned out!! This dough is pretty forgiving.

      My husband is currently in San Diego working and he said the air quality has been horrible there. I hope you are staying safe!

    • Yes, you can! But I always like to make the full dough recipe and then only use half the dough for these hamburger/hot dog buns and use the other half for something else (donuts, cinnamon rolls, etc).

  • These were fantastic! I love hamburgers and I haven’t liked any GF buns I’ve tried and while a lettuce wrap is fine. . .THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER!

    The only issue I had was the bottom cooked much faster than the top and almost burned. The 3 (I did all hamburger buns) that were on a different tray cooked faster and the bottoms were black. I was surprised when my golden brown ones on top were dark brown on the bottom. It is certainly the sugar, any thoughts on that? I used the middle rack and my oven is really true. I bake lots and lots of cakes and cookies and usually don’t have this issue.

    • Hmmm, I’m not sure. Mine never burn on the bottom. But if you’re having that issue, what I would say to do is put them on top of another baking sheet to insulate the bottoms. I think that will help.

      Thanks, Jerrific 🙂

  • Hi! First of all, let me thank you for your amazing recipes. My son and I have celiac disease and they have made our meal times amazing, your bread flour is a major game changer! Now on to my question, for the buns, is there any way to skip the chilling process? I have a hamburger bun and hotdog bun pan for them to shape in, but when we impromptu grill, it would be nice to have them in two hours if I need. Thank you 😊

    • Sure, you could skip the long chilling time. They’ll just be harder to shape. BUT, a new trick I learned (and I’ll put this in the post) is to freeze the dough for about 20 minutes, which will firm it up significantly to be able to shape it easier!

      Thanks so much for your kind words 🙂

  • Hi Kim,

    Thank you so much for all the gluten free recipes. I can’t thank you enough 😊 I tried your pizza crust recipe last week and it turned out delicious 😋 today I tried hawaain bun recipe and did some variation. I used a vegan ( chia ) egg since I do t eat eggs, they were super yummy , soft and fluffy just like the real ones 😍 it’s my go to blog for GF recipes. Virtual hugs 🤗

    • Awe, thanks so much Harmeet!!! I’m so glad you’re liking everything so far, and I’m going to put your chia egg substitution on the post. My daughter is vegan and I’m not knowledgeable enough about vegan baking, so I appreciate the feedback and can’t wait to try it myself 🙂

  • I’ve just made these burgers buns this evening to have them with home made bbq burgers, they are so delicious that my daughter had one before the actual burger and one afterward. Made the dough two days ago and kept it in the fridge.
    Now, your bread flour mix is a must in my pantry. Thank you so much for this recipe.
    I’m looking forward to try other recipes on your website.

  • Thank you so much for developing and posting this recipe. The buns are wonderful! I make the recipe, ate some, and froze the rest just like you said. When I take them out of the freezer, I thaw them for 30 seconds in the microwave and then pop them into my toaster. They turn out wonderful. A sandwich with Duke’s mayonnaise a home grown tomato, and a slice of fried bologna and I think I’ve gone to heaven. Thanks again!! I will definitely keep making these.

  • Been a serious gluten free baker for 3 years now and these hamburger buns are life changing! They smell and taste like a yeasted role. Only change I made was Ghee instead of butter. Truly amazing.

    • Hmmm. I’m not very techy, but I checked on 3 different devices in my house and could see it just fine so it might be something on your end. Maybe clear your cache???

  • Gayle again…I am not successfully finding the VIDEO where u showed how to form the hamburger and hot dog buns. Where did it go? I did not punch down my dough…YAY!!!

  • On the hot dog and hamburger bun recipe with 1 cup sugar and lots of rapid rise yeast…after the 2 hour rise do i punch the dough down b4 putting it in the fridge? That is common with yeast breads but you don’t say to do that. I’m putting it in without punching down til I hear back from you. Gayle

    • Hi, Gayle! No, this dough doesn’t get punched down. It’d stick right to your fist if you even tried. That’s part of the reason why I refrigerate it overnight and then “knead” it the next day. The kneading is similar to punching down the dough, but more so just to release air bubbles and make the dough smooth, definitely not for gluten development like regular bread.

  • Kim; unfortunately I’m dairy free and egg free. Have you tried with any substitutes? Flax eggs, Almond milk, coconut oil (for the butter)?

    • Hi, Dori! I haven’t tried any substitutions. I think it would work with a milk and dairy substitute, but I’m really not sure about the eggs. All I could suggest is to try it and see 🙂

    • I made this with flax eggs and oat milk (full fat) and it worked great! I was too excited to wait until the next day to bake (did not refrigerate over night) . So, I immediately made them into bun shapes, let them rise until doubled and baked them right away. They were awesome! Soft and delicious.

  • Kim, I have a tendency to make large burgers…Have you had any luck making larger burger buns?

    • I do too, Leslie! That’s why I purposely made these smaller. But yes, you can definitely make them larger. You’ll probably need to add a few more minutes to the baking time (I’d start with 5 more and then check them at that point). The best determination for when they’re done fully is when you pick one up and they feel light. If they feel heavy at all, put them back in the oven for a few more minutes. And if they’re getting too brown, you can always cover them loosely with foil.

  • Yum! These are so tasty. We were planning to grill burgers and dogs tonight, but the weather had other ideas, so we ate these as giant dinner rolls. I’m excited to try them with our delayed burger meal. 🙂 They’re definitely on the sweeter side but I think I’ll really like that. I like your other soft burger and dog buns, too!

    • Thanks so much, Bet! We’ve had some crazy weather here, too (way too much rain for my liking). I can’t wait for you to try them as a burger bun 🙂

  • Kim, these were fabulous! I made the error of putting the butter, too hot, first and must have killed some of the yeast, so it didn’t rise completely, but all was not lost, they were still super delicious, just not as big as planned. Next time I will completely follow directions.

  • I have to say that these were the best g/f rolls I’ve made. I made the hd buns a little smaller (2.5 oz) and the hb buns bigger (3oz). It allowed me to squeak out an extra hb bun, and the hd buns were about the same size as the store bought ones my family brought. My husband has celiacs he declared these the best g/f buns he’s had. They were even better toasted with butter this morning as a pork roll, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. Thanks for helping rock my bbq and thank you even more for helping my husband be able to enjoy hotdogs and hamburgers again.

    • Thanks so much, Danae!! I’m so glad your husband was able to enjoy hotdogs and hamburgers again 🙂

    • Yep, a whole cup of sugar! I know it sounds like a lot, but if you look at the amount of yeast in the recipe, a lot of that sugar is fuel for the yeast. I’ve tried and tried (and tried some more) to reduce the sugar, but as soon as I do that the texture of the bread is compromised. When you look at the recipe as a whole, it makes a lot of buns so you’re not really getting that much sugar per bun. These are something like Hawaiian sweet roll-style hamburger and hot dog buns.

    • Kim, you are absolutely fabulous!
      Your flour blends are by far the best all over the internet.
      Thank you so much for everything! I am your No. 1 follower!

    • This recipe took a little extra effort however, these buns are AMAZING! Absolutely, worth the time and extra love, so so good! Thank you for sharing!

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