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How to Make Delicious Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns…No, Really!

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

If you eat gluten-free, or one of your friends or family members does, then hopefully you already know about my gluten-free bread that doesn’t suck. Even after 3 years, this recipe is still one of the most consistently popular gluten-free recipes on my blog, and it’s also still my family’s very favorite for gluten-free bread to eat! But even though we can always make delicious GF bread at home, there are a lot of other bread-type products out there that we end up buying from the grocery store, like hamburger buns and hot dog buns.

But recently, a thought struck me… what if I could make delicious gluten-free hamburger and hot dog buns at home, too? I snagged this hot dog bun pan online and got planning! Not wanting to re-invent the wheel, I decided I would stick with the exact same recipe I use to make our favorite gluten-free bread. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? ;-)

If you need a refresher, here’s the recipe for the dough:

Gluten-Free Dough That Doesn’t Suck (for Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns)

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns


  • 1 1/3 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 1/3 cups tapioca flour/starch
  • 1 1/3 cups cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp potato flour
  • 1 Tbsp xanthan gum
  • 1 Tbsp gluten-free egg replacer
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 package (2¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast (not INSTANT dry yeast)
  • 2 cups warm water

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

Add the yeast to the 2 cups of warm water and stir until mixed. Set this aside to activate while you mix the rest of the ingredients.

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

Mix the flours, xanthum gum, gluten-free egg replacer, salt, and powdered milk together in a medium-size bowl and set aside.

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

Put eggs, butter, vinegar, and honey in the bowl of your mixer. With the paddle attachment, mix together for about 30 seconds. The butter will be chunky, that’s OK.

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

Add half the dry ingredients to the wet mixture in the mixer. Mix just until blended, and then add the remaining dry ingredients and mix for another 30 seconds, until blended.

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the warm water and yeast mixture, then turn the mixer to medium-high speed and beat for 4 minutes. After the 4 minutes your bread dough should resemble thick cake batter.

Now your dough is ready to become delicious hamburger and hot dog buns!

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

Spray your hot dog bun pan with cooking spray, and spoon your dough evenly into the slots on the pan, filling the pan about 2/3 full. Set the pan in a warm place and allow the dough to rise for about an hour, or until the dough has risen to the top of the tray.

Bake your hot dog buns in a 350 oven for 30-40 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the buns. If the toothpick comes out clean, they’re ready!

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

To make hamburger buns, simply gather a bit of the dough in your hands and form it into a round bun shape.

Place them on a greased baking pan, put the pan in a warm place, and let the buns rise for an hour or so.

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

After the rising process, sprinkle the tops of the buns with sesame seeds, and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

It’s crucial to let your hamburger or hot dog buns cool COMPLETELY before cutting them. They tend to fall apart if handled while still warm! So this is a great project to do the day before, if you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or cookout.

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

These buns turned out SO delicious! My son is hooked, and I don’t know that we’ll ever be able to go back to the store-bought GF buns! Give them a try, and let me know what you think! :-)

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

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    • You can leave out the gluten-free egg replacer! It is there for the texture, but isn’t necessary for the finished product. Adding an extra egg will make the batter too runny! :-)

  • This is such a nice thing! Thank you. We have one family member who needs this kind of bread. It would be so nice for us to be able to provide a choice for her so that she feels that her illness is something we all want to help deal with. One of us could always be sure to whip this up for her. We all work together to make sure everyone has something that is special just for them… whether it is a my chocolate cake for Sally, or grandma’s potato salad for Uncle Ed It doesn’t sound any harder to make than either of those!.
    I think I will make some next time we all get together and send the extras home with her!
    Also, if I wanted to make some to have on hand when she comes to a family gathering, how long can they be stored? Can they be frozen? If so, how ling do you think they would be good?
    Again, thanks!

  • This is a foolproof GF recipe as I worked for a year at finding a great and yummy bread… you can replace some of the brown rice flour with almond meal and/or corn meal. say 1/4 of each to make a bit heartier bread, and the powdered milk can be replaced with powdered buttermilk for more richness {just omit the vinegar if you use this substitution, and the pbm is quite pricey}…always obey the room temp. rule!!
    I make mine in a basic bread maker and its amazing

  • I loved your original bread recipe and silly me, never thought to try it for buns. we are having a cookout this week and I am definitely making these. Thanks Jillee! Celiac sucks but our bread doesn’t have to!

  • Any idea if they freeze well?? A family member has celiac disease. She lives alone. The buns (or the breads) would go bad before she would be able to eat it all. I have the flours on my grocery list!!

  • This is great. When I was doing the g free diet I made my own bread using a similar recipe. We do have people in our family who are g free . We usually just use the gluten free bread for them with hot dogs and hamburgers. I was glad to find out about the molds for the buns.

  • I love making my own items. I had seen the hotdog pan at Bed,Bath and Beyond. Going to order it now. They also had a hamburger pan but seeing how you made yours means I can save that money for a rainy day.
    Very excited to stop buying bags of hotdog and hamburger buns.

    • Jill’s buns look like those expensive artisan breads that I pay too much for at the fresh market. The handcrafted look is more appealing to me than the sober bought. But well scrubbed tuna cans would make great burger bun pans ( not so great for hot dog pans!) since they have a slight edge like store bought buns. And they are free!
      Geez, up cycling tuna cans could be a whole post in itself!

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