Gluten Free Potato Brioche Buns

The potato in these Gluten Free Potato Brioche Buns makes them so incredibly pillowy and light, you won’t believe they’re gluten free.

potato brioche buns dusted with potato starch on parchment

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I have been dying to attempt making gluten free potato buns for so long now, but they always slip my mind when I’m thinking of ideas for new posts. I finally began testing potato buns about a month ago and after just two tests, I finally got it and am SO glad I did. These are some seriously bouncy, pillowy, soft, fluffy, squishy buns. If I could think of other adjectives to describe these buns, I’d list them all. But I just want to get to telling y’all all about how to make ’em cuz they are that good, you’ll wanna make them immediately, just in time for Fourth of July weekend!

what you’ll find in this post

  1. ingredients for potato brioche buns
  2. how to make the buns
  3. potato rolls frequently asked questions
  4. what to serve these buns with
  5. more gluten free bun/roll recipes

here’s what you’ll need to make gluten free potato brioche buns

let’s get rolling

Good (actually great) rolls and breads are what we gluten free people live for, am I right? So let’s get to making them:

  1. Make dough. Combine all dry ingredients, including sugar, in bowl of a stand mixer. Add mashed potatoes, butter, egg, egg yolks, and milk. Mix on medium high speed for 5 minutes using the dough hook OR the beater blade.
  2. Bulk ferment. Cover dough and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in volume, 1-2 hours.
  3. Refrigerate. In order for this dough to be kneaded and shaped properly and with ease, you must refrigerate the dough for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
  4. Knead. Remove dough from fridge and knead it on a well-floured surface until smooth and all air bubbles have been knocked back.
  5. Shape. Divide into equal-sized pieces and shape into round rolls/buns.
  6. Proof. Allow buns to rise until nearly doubled in size.
  7. Bake. Bake buns at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.
proofed buns ready for the oven on parchment-lined baking sheet

gluten free potato buns FAQs

Can Any Gluten Free Flour Blend be Used?

Unfortunately, no. I developed my gf bread flour blend because none of the store bought ones I tried (and I tried every one) gave me the results I wanted. You will not get the same results if you use another blend.

Can I Use Potato Flakes?

No, unfortunately it won’t work the same as potato flakes are dehydrated and this will change the hydration of the dough.

How About Using My Leftover Mashed Potatoes From Dinner?

Only if they don’t have any added butter or milk, etc.

How Long Do Potato Rolls Last?

Because of the potato’s ability to retain more water, these rolls will stay soft for up to 4 days.

what should we serve these buns with?

Gluten free potato brioche buns are so versatile, you can serve them with just about anything. Here are a few suggestions:

more gluten free roll/bun options

cheeseburger on gluten free bun with lettuce

Give these Gluten Free Potato Rolls a try for your next cookout or dinner rolls. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the plush texture, as well as the flavor.

potato brioche buns dusted with potato starch on parchment

Gluten Free Potato Brioche Buns

The potato in these Gluten Free Potato Brioche Buns makes them so incredibly pillowy and light, you won't believe they're gluten free.
Print Recipe
Coursebread
CuisineAmerican
Keyword4th of july, cookout, Gluten Free, potato rolls
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Chilling and Proofing Time10 hours
Total Time11 hours 5 minutes
Servings12 3-oz buns
AuthorKim

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (420 g) Kim's gluten free bread flour blend
  • 2 medium potatoes (or enough to equal 200 g) peeled, cooked, mashed, and cooled
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp plus ¾ tsp (12 g) instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp whole psyllium husks, or 1½ tsp psyllium husks powder
  • 6 tbsp (85 g) butter, very soft
  • 1 cup (240 ml) whole milk
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 6 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp potato starch, for dusting OR 2 tbsp melted butter, for brushing after baking

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the gf bread flour blend, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, yeast, and psyllium husks. Whisk together. Add mashed potatoes, egg, egg yolks, butter, and milk and mix on low using the dough hook until combined. Increase the speed to medium or medium high and knead for 5 minutes.
  • Cover dough and allow to proof for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size. Refrigerate at least 6 hours, but preferably overnight.
  • On baking day, remove the dough from the fridge and knead on a well-floured surface until smooth. Divide into 3 oz (85 g) pieces and shape into rolls by folding sides up and into the middle and pinching them together, flipping over and rolling using a cupped hand on a non-floured surface until smooth.
  • Place rolls an inch or two apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet (closer together if you want them to be more pull-apart style). Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Place in a warm, draft-free area to rise for 25-30 minutes, or until nearly doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375° F. For floured potato buns, sprinkle risen buns with a little bit of potato starch, or you can leave buns unadorned for baking.
  • Bake rolls for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. They should feel very light when picked up. At this point, you can brush the buns with melted butter as an alternative to dusting with potato starch.
  • Let buns cool to warm or room temperature before serving.


15 thoughts on “Gluten Free Potato Brioche Buns”

  • Thank you so much for posting this recipe! When my 11yo son was diagnosed with celiac’s last November his first worry was, that he couldn’t eat my sweet potato dinner rolls anymore. Luckily I found your youtube videos the day after his diagnosis and so many of your recipes are now stapes at our home. In these last months, I didn’t dare writing to you, if you could maybe come up with a recipe for (sweet) potato rolls, but here you are saving my day again. Thank you!

  • I assume the butter is incorporated into the dough along with the other liquid ingredients before beating for 5 minutes? I couldn’t find the butter step in the youtube video or on this page.

  • the dough rose beautifully before baking but the finished product was a bit denser and harder than desired, not like the fluffy bread in the video. Not sure why, I did use an oven with a convection fan, but don’t think that would have affected it.

    • Did you substitute anything within the flour blend? That’s usually the culprit, especially if you don’t use a superfine white rice flour (Bob’s red mill isn’t superfine). Or they could have been over or under proofed or weren’t baked long enough. If you pick one up after baking and it seems heavy relative to its size, it’s not done baking yet.

      • I used super fine rice flour, and if anything I may have over baked, looking for that “light” feel but unfortunately it never reached that. I probably left them in for 5 minutes longer than the 15 minutes. I did use convection fan in the rear of the oven. They were cooked but not squishy soft

        • It’s possible the convection is what did it. If you’re using convection, I would lower the temperature to 325 F.

  • Hi,
    My mom’s mom’s mom’s pecan sticky bun recipe had a potato in it. I have tried your cinnamon roll recipe and it is delicious, but I wondered what you thought about using this recipe as the base for the rolls and then rolling them out and making them into sticky buns.
    Thank you!
    Sharon

  • These buns are sooo squishy!! Loved them. I ate one still warm and it was such a treat. They are rich and yeasty and taste exactly how you want homemade bread to taste. They are definitely on the sweeter side, but I used one for a breakfast sandwich this morning and it didn’t taste weird or too-sweet at all. The texture is squishy like I said and they hold together just like normal bread! Next-day buns are a tad drier (to be expected of course), but heating them up fixes that no prob. Thanks for the recipe, Kim!!

  • I have a question about your super soft dinner buns. I tried them this weekend, but I’m obviously doing something wrong. They never ever seemed to rise, and after refrigerating overnight I shaped them, but again, it was like working with hard cookie dough. They are not rising at all now. Any ideas of what I could be doing wrong??

    • Hmmm. Did you use my bread flour blend? Or substitute anything within the blend? That’s the first step to figuring out what went wrong.

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