Summertime calls for juicy burgers enjoyed on delicious buns! These gluten-free brioche burger buns are the perfect option! Made with Caputo Fioreglut gluten-free flour, these homemade hamburger buns boast a light and fluffy texture that perfectly complements your favorite grilled meats.
Why This Recipe?
The perfect compliment to any good gluten-free burger is an equally good bun! When it comes to gluten-free burger buns, sometimes that's hard to come by! Sure you can choose between those dense store-bought options with overpowering flavors or use lettuce wraps, but maybe you just want to make the best gluten-free hamburger buns right at home! If so, consider making this easy recipe!
Once you've made your buns, be sure to check out all of my tips for the best gluten-free burgers!
If you've ever tried Caputo Fioreglut gluten-free flour, you know the difference it can make in gluten-free yeast bread recipes, this one is no exception. The combination of Caputo Fioreglut, potato flour, and psyllium husk creates a light and fluffy texture reminiscent of traditional buns. Granulated sugar adds a subtle sweetness and aids in browning, while the melted butter and eggs provide richness and flavor.
If you enjoy this homemade gluten-free hamburger buns recipe, don't miss out on my other gluten-free bread recipes. I have recipes for gluten-free dinner rolls, gluten-free Hawaiian rolls, gluten-free cinnamon rolls, and gluten-free pizza dough, all made with Caputo Fioreglut!
Brioche Dough Ingredients and Substitutions
- Caputo Fioreglut Gluten-free Flour: For the best results, I do not recommend any other flour blend for this recipe, the results with other flour blends are no where near as fluffy and tender. If you use a different flour blend, the result will be much more dense.
- Please Note: This flour contains gluten-free wheat starch, so it is not recommended for those with a wheat allergy. This product is considered gluten-free and safe for those with Celiac disease or on a gluten-free diet.
- If you cannot find or use Caputo Fioreglut, then Cup4Cup would be my next suggestion, but be advised it will not yeild quite the same results.
- Potato Flour: For this recipe, you'll need potato flour, not potato starch. In a pinch, you can grind plain mashed potato flakes into a powder if you have a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix.
- To omit this ingredient, substitute with an equal amount of the gluten-free flour blend.
- Instant Yeast: Also known as RapidRise or Bread Machine yeast. These types of yeast can all be mixed directly into the flour and do not need to be dissolved first.
- If you only have regular, active dry yeast, dissolve it for 5 minutes in the warm milk. Then mix it in with the rest of the ingredients.
- Milk and Butter: For a dairy-free option, substitute vegan butter, such as Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks and a dairy-free milk, such as almond milk.
- Eggs: Eggs are critical in this recipe. If you must be egg-free, I recommend searching for a recipe that has been developed to be specifically egg free as I have not tested egg free substitutes at this time.
- Sugar: Sugar adds tenderness and helps with browning, so it cannot be omitted without changing the final result.
- Psyllium Husk: Whole psyllium husk helps with the structure and workability of this gluten-free bread. Do not omit this ingredient, the results will not be the same.
- Note: This recipe calls for whole husk, if you only have psyllium husk powder, you'll want to use slightly less by weight than what is called for in the recipe, use about 3 grams.
See recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
If you don't like or are allergic to sesame seeds, feel free to vary the toppings on these buns or simply leave them plain. Some other toppings to try:
- Everything bagel seasoning
- Dried minced onion
- Poppy seeds
- Flaky sea salt
Gluten-Free Yeast Bread Essentials
In order to make this recipe or any of my other yeast bread recipes, these tools are extremely helpful and well worth the investment!
- A sturdy mixer is necessary to properly mix the dough. This dough is thick and batter-like so a hand mixer is not powerful enough. Mixing by hand is also going to be difficult.
- You need a good quality digital instant read thermometer to check the temperature of your liquids. This is very important for proper yeast activation.
- A digital kitchen scale is imperative for accurately measuring the ingredients. A lot of gluten-free recipes call for weight measurements, so you'll get plenty of use out of it! Look for one that can measure down to 0.01g, this is especially important for measuring small amounts of ingredients, like the yeast and psyllium husk.
How to Make the Dough
Making this dough is quite simple. The most important part is ensuring your liquid ingredients are the proper temperature.
- Place the dry ingredients in a stand mixer bowl and whisk to combine.
- Warm the milk to 120-130°F. Then whisk in the melted butter and eggs. Check the temperature again with a digital thermometer to ensure the temperature is still within the 120-130°F range. If not, heat for a few seconds at a time until the range is reached.
- Gradually blend the milk mixture into the dry ingredients on low speed.
- Increase to medium speed and continue to blend for two minutes, or until the dough is thick and smooth.
How to Shape the Buns
This step is arguably the most difficult but it's really not hard. Keep in mind that this dough is not traditional, it is a soft and sticky dough. You need to be gentle when rolling the dough into a ball and work with greased hands or it will be a sticky mess.
- To shape the rolls, use a bench scraper or knife to roughly divide the dough into four equal portions. You can be extra and weigh them if you want them to be perfectly even in size, each dough ball will be approximately 115 grams.
- Grease your hands liberally. I spray mine with cooking spray. Grab a ball of dough and gently roll it into a ball. If the dough is sticking to your hands, you need to grease them more.
- Place the ball of dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press the top down just a bit to flatten it into a thick disc shape.
- Repeat with the other balls of dough, spacing them about 1-inch apart.
- Cover the pan with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. I prefer plastic wrap because I am always afraid the towel will stick. Let the dough rise in a warm spot for about an hour.
- Once the dough has risen, preheat the oven.
- Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds or your desired toppings. You can also leave them plain with just the egg wash.
- Bake according to the recipe card below.
Store these buns at room temperature in an airtight container for 1-2 days. If you need to store them for longer, place them in an airtight container and freeze them for up to 3 months. They can last longer even if they don't get freezer burn.
Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave.
Top Recipe Tips
- Yes, the dough is sticky! Liberally grease your hands and be gentle when rolling the balls of dough.
- Check your yeast! Is it the right kind? The package should say instant yeast, rapid rise yeast, or bread machine yeast. Also, check the age. If it's more than 6 months old or expired, you need to buy new yeast.
- If you see you have active dry yeast, that is ok but you need to dissolve the yeast in the milk first, before mixing it with the dry ingredients. In this case the milk should be 110-120°F, sprinkle the yeast on top of the milk, and let it set for 5 minutes. If you don't see bubbles, you need new yeast.
- Keep an eye on bake times. All ovens vary slightly, so keep an eye on your buns and pull them out when they are a deep golden brown.
I think so. I haven't tested it fully yet, but I think it could work. I will update this post or make a new one when I do.
Traditional brioche bread contains gluten. Brioche bread is made with wheat flour, which is a gluten-containing grain. If you have a gluten intolerance or follow a gluten-free diet, it is important to look for gluten-free alternatives made with gluten-free flours.
Traditional brioche buns are not gluten-free. Brioche buns are typically made with wheat flour, which contains gluten. If you have a gluten intolerance or follow a gluten-free diet, it's important to look for specific recipes or products that are labeled as gluten-free to ensure they do not contain wheat or gluten-containing ingredients.
The taste and texture of gluten-free brioche will differ from traditional brioche due to the use of gluten-free flours and the lack of gluten. However, with the right combination of gluten-free ingredients and techniques found in this recipe, it is possible to create a delicious and satisfying gluten-free brioche that comes close to the flavor of the original.
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Gluten-Free Brioche Burger Buns
- 140 g Caputo Fioreglut gluten-free flour
- 30 g granulated sugar
- 24 g potato flour, or equal amount Fioreglut
- 4 g whole psyllium husk
- 9 g instant yeast, RapidRise or bread machine yeast
- 6 g salt
- 126 g milk
- 85 g butter, melted
- 1 large egg, room temperature, plus one egg for egg wash
- 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
- sesame seeds
- In the stand mixer bowl, combine gluten-free flour, sugar, potato flour, psyllium husk, instant yeast, and salt with the paddle attachment.
- Warm milk in a microwave-safe measuring cup until it reaches 120-130°F. Add melted butter, egg, and egg yolk, whisking to combine. Double-check the temperature and warm again, if necessary.
- While the mixer is on low speed, gradually pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Increase to medium speed and blend for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally, until smooth.
- Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Divide the dough into four equal portions. With greased hands, shape each portion into a round ball and place them on the baking sheet, gently flattening the tops. Leave about 1 inch of space between each bun.
- Cover the buns with plastic wrap and let them rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a small bowl, whisk an egg. Brush the tops of the buns with the egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
- Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the buns are golden brown and reach an internal temperature of at least 205°F.
- Allow the buns to cool completely before slicing horizontally for burgers or sandwiches.
- It is highly encouraged to use the weight measurements for this recipe. If you must measure by volume, click the US/Cups button at the top of the recipe card.
- The dough is sticky: Grease your hands generously and handle the dough gently when rolling into balls.
- Check your yeast: Ensure you use instant yeast, rapid rise yeast, or bread machine yeast. Check the expiration date; if it's more than 6 months old or expired, replace it.
- Active dry yeast: If using active dry yeast, dissolve it in warm milk (110-120°F) before adding it to the dry ingredients. Let it sit for 5 minutes until bubbles form. If no bubbles appear, get new yeast.
- Monitor bake times: Ovens vary, so watch the buns closely and remove them when they are a deep golden brown.