Gluten-Free Grain-Free Hamburger Buns

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I think these are my best low-carb hamburger buns yet!  They are very neutral in flavor and will definitely not drown out the lovely flavor of your charcoal-grilled burgers like many low-carb breads will.   They are so sturdy not a single crumb or piece fell off my burger, despite the heat of the meat patty.   But they achieve this sturdiness NOT at the price of “moist”.  They are not the slightest bit  “dry” or difficult to swallow.  Tasted like I was eating a REAL and very SOFT hamburger bun!

For those familiar with my Gluten-Free Grain Free Focaccia Bread recipe, that’s what these are made with.

SPECIAL NOTE:  For bigger buns (shown above), make a double batch of batter (which doubles the carbs to 3.06 per larger bun).  

These buns are not suitable for Atkins Induction, but are acceptable once you get to Phase 2 OWL nuts and seeds level.  They are also suitable for Ketogenic diets and Primal folks if dairy is occasionally consumed.  These buns are not suitable for a Paleo lifestyle.

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½ c. almond flour

¼ c. golden flax meal

¼ c. plain whey protein

1 tsp. baking powder


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3 T. cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs

1½ c. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

1 T. water

1 tsp. dry yeast dissolved in 1 T. warm water (optional, for flavor only)

Poppy or Sesame seeds (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Soften cream cheese in medium mixing bowl in microwave.  Beat in the eggs, cream, water, vinegar, both cheeses and dissolved yeast (if using).  Measure and add in all the dry ingredients and stir well with a rubber spatula. Grease your metal molds well with oil.

I actually baked my buns in empty 13-oz cans (top and bottoms removed) that cooked chicken breast meat comes in.  Those cans are the perfect diameter and I have saved 8 of these over the past year so I would have them for this purpose.  They don’t appear to be lined, so I think it’s OK to bake in them.  After baking these, I located some mini cake pans that are just the right shape for making my hamburger buns in future.  A large round metal cookie cutter would work, too. Muffin-top pans would be OK I suppose, but will make smaller buns.  You can even free-hand shape them on a silicone or parchment lined cookie sheet.  But be warned, they will spread out as they cook and you may be unhappy with their final shape.

Using a ¼-cup measuring cup, scoop up ¼ c. batter and fill your molds, spreading the batter evenly with the back of a spoon.  Batter will be about ½” thick in the molds and there should be enough batter for 7 buns. Sprinkle on sesame or poppy seeds if desired.  Pop buns into a 350º oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until done to the touch in the center and lightly browned around the edges.  Cool a few minutes.  Slide knife around edges of buns to loosen and carefully remove them to a cooling rack or cutting board. When totally cool, slice them laterally and they are ready to use for your grilled burgers or other sandwiches.  Store any leftover in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.  Please note these buns boast some impressive nutritional stats below.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes seven buns you then slice laterally to create a “top” and “bottom” of your bun. Each 2-part hamburger bun contains: (doesn’t include sesame or poppy seeds if you use them)

197 cals., 16g  fat, 3.5g  carbs, 1.97g  fiber, 1.53g NET CARBS, 12.7g  protein, 288 mg sodium


59 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Grain-Free Hamburger Buns

  1. I have just discovered this recipe. I haven’t had much luck with LC bread, except for a cauliflower flat bread, which I love….but it’s not really giving me the bread- like texture. I have one question, there is super fine almond flour and there is the more coarse almond meal/flour. Which one did you use?

    1. Elaine, I use HoneyvilleGrain brand, which I order on-line. It is pretty fine and really produces nice baking results. I have made these buns numerous times and we really do like the texture and neutral flavor on this recipe. Hope you do, too. 🙂

  2. This recipe sounds wonderful. Is there something I can use as a binder other than the cheese? I’m thinking maybe some vital wheat gluten, but not sure how much I should use. Any ideas?
    Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Cheese is an essential binder in MOST low-carb breads. I don’t think I have a single (successful) recipe without it. So I’m sorry, but I have no suggestions. I don’t eat VWG or much wheat or derivatives at all anymore, so I have done little to no experimenting with it. Perhaps Google VWG Low Carb Breads and another blogger has gone down that road with some ideas that will help you with your experiments.

  3. HI,
    I noticed that some of your ‘ breads ‘ have oat fiber in them…. do you think I should use any in these buns, would it make any difference in them ??
    I’ve made these for years & I just love them, they work so well.

    1. I’ve found it improves most all breads and usually will add 1-2 T. But of course, it’s no longer a gluten-free recipe if you do that. I personally, have no gluten issues. Just be aware that’s why I offered one bread recipe without gluten. But I just love baking with a little oat fiber. I’m delighted to hear you like these buns. I bake up this batter in a variety of shapes and am pleased and very proud of this particular bread recipe. Makes such a great pizza crust, too. 🙂

  4. I’m not a flax fan….at all. Do you think substituting psyllium husks would work out in this recipe? Thanks!!

    1. I honestly have no idea as I’ve only baked with it one time ever. You’ll just have to try it out and see. I have no thoughts on how much. Sorry.

    1. You can try and see, but I suspect your results will be different. Up the other two flours 2 T. each and see what happens.

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