With this Keto Hamburger Buns recipe you can say goodbye to always eating your burger on a bed of lettuce, and get back to having something that resembles a normal burger once again!
Did you ever imagine that being on a low carb diet you would be able to eat a keto bun with your hamburger patty and all of its toppings? How about a low carb bun also cradling the bacon, lettuce, and tomato in a BLT?
That’s why I am so happy to share this delicious keto hamburger bun recipe with you as it allows you to do all those things and more.
These keto hamburger buns are a winner, without dairy, gluten, or sugar, which make them good for people on many different diet plans. I was surprised by how quick and easy it was to make them.
We only had to make the buns a few times before perfecting them and they turned out to be a big hit. They are firm but soft, and slightly crumbly like good bread and they taste really good.
Hamburger buns vary in ingredients which means that some are going to be healthier than others. Some are made from white processed flour, like your traditional hamburger buns which really do not have any nutritional value.
Then there are others that are a bit more healthy with whole grains and a little fiber. Some have seeds that have nutritional value such as sesame seeds.
Even though they have some good nutritional value, if you can’t eat gluten even those “healthy ones” are not so healthy. If you can’t eat carbs because of diet or health reasons then once again you need to steer clear from the “healthy ones.”
Can I Eat Hamburger Rolls on a Keto Diet?
Yes, you can eat hamburger rolls on a keto diet as long as the ingredients are keto-approved. Bread and rolls normally have a large number of carbs in them which will not work if you are on a low carb diet. Just one roll can push you over your day’s allowance of carbs.
That’s why we are so happy to share with you our version of a keto hamburger bun because they are only 2.5 NET Carbs each.
How Many Carbs in Hamburger Buns?
On average, there are about 19 NET Carbs in each traditional hamburger bun, add some ketchup with carbs, and eat some french fries with more carbs and your meal is way over the top.
Instead, you can eat our keto hamburger buns with only 2.5 NET Carbs each which gets you off to a good start.
What Ingredients are in Keto Hamburger Buns?
Almond Flour – A finely ground flour made from 100% almonds, which is low in carbs.
Flaxseed Meal – This has a mild, nutty flavor that is high in omega 3 fatty acids. When added to water it can replace an egg which is helpful for people on diets that don’t allow them to eat eggs.
Xanthan Gum – This is a thickening agent and also used to stabilize in recipes to prevent ingredients from separating.
Salt -It helps to season and preserve foods
Baking Powder – Used for helping the rolls to rise.
Baking Soda – Also used to help the keto buns to rise.
Eggs – They provide structure to what you are baking.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Adds a slightly sweet touch to the rolls.
Monk Fruit – This adds a slight sweetness to the rolls but is optional and can be left out or minimized.
Avocado Oil – A great, healthy oil. In this keto bun recipe, there is 1 Tbsp in the rolls and another Tbsp brush on top.
Sesame Seeds – Very nutritious and flavorful on top of the rolls.
Best Flour to Use
When making low carb hamburger buns I find that the best flour to use is almond flour. It is the most commonly used flour for low carb baking, except for people that have a nut allergy, who will then use another flour which is usually coconut flour.
Both types of flour are not interchangeable which means that the recipe for each would be different.
Our favorite brand of almond flour is Kirkland’s which is sold at Costco. It is a great price for a large 3 lb bag and is ground super fine which is the best for making foods such as our low carb hamburger buns. For ¼ cup, it is 170 calories, and 3 net carbs, so an all-around good choice.
Some recipes for keto hamburger buns say that you can use a small amount of low carb/zero carb sweetener in the dough because let’s face it, some store-bought bread has a little sugar in them to make the flavor more appealing to the average person.
However, most of the best bakery-style bread doesn’t have any added sugar in them because it is not necessary to make bread delicious.
The same is true of our low carb buns. You don’t need to add any sweetener to them.
However, if you feel that you want the almond flour buns to be a bit sweeter, then my suggestion would be to add only 1 tablespoon of granulated Monk fruit which has zero net carbs.
When it comes to bread, just like your favorite bagels, you can eat it plain or flavor the tops with your favorite spices or seeds.
When we make our easy keto burger buns we put some sesameseeds on top which are my favorite but there are so many other choices.
Since I have had diabetes, I have been on a low carb diet. I don’t miss bread as much as my husband does though and he loves sandwiches. Once I learned how to make keto hamburger buns he has found many uses for them besides the obvious choice, big juicy hamburgers.
You can also use them for cold cut sandwiches, breakfast egg, and sausage or bacon sandwiches, tuna salad sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, BLT…etc.
How to Make Low Carb Hamburger Buns
We will show you step by step how easy it is to make low carb hamburger buns. It only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch and then bake them.
STEP 1: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
STEP 2: In a medium size bowl mix together all the dry ingredients with a whisk. Blend well.
STEP 3: In a larger bowl whisk together eggs, vinegar and oil.
STEP 4: Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix together well. The dough will be wet and possibly sticky but that is normal.
STEP 5: Spoon the dough out onto the cookie sheet into 5 equal sized portions. Lightly press them down in the middle with your hand so that they are round and flat. But just a little because you are not making pancakes!!
STEP 6: Brush the tops with avocado oil and then sprinkle with sesame seeds.
STEP 7: Bake the buns for about 15-20 minutes until the tops are golden brown.
How to Make Egg Wash
The reason to make an egg wash on the tops of your keto hamburger buns is so that they will brown up to be a golden color. It will also give the top of your rolls a shiny look.
It is simple to do. Just mix 1 egg yolk with 1 Tbsp of water and brush over the tops of the rolls. Then sprinkle with sesame seeds or any other topping of your choice.
FAQs & Best Tips
Now we will answer some of the questions that may be running through your mind, and share some helpful hints so that you can make the best keto hamburger buns.
We use the avocado oil to brush on the top of the rolls before baking them but you can easily use olive oil or even butter if you would prefer.
If you prefer to use a silicone mat on top of your cookie sheet instead of parchment paper, that is perfectly acceptable.
To give your keto hamburger buns more flavor add some garlic powder, onion powder or your favorite spice. By adding garlic to the dough and brush butter on top it reminds me of garlic bread.
Allow the keto buns to cool off before trying to eat them because they will be more delicate when they are hot right out of the oven.
Do these Taste Like Real Hamburger Buns?
Real hamburger buns are kind of bland in taste. It’s what you put inside of it that has more flavor than the roll.
We have made several different low carb recipes for hamburger buns and this one is my favorite. I feel that the flavor of this recipe is really good and similar to a normal bun.
How Do You Make Hamburger Buns Taste Better?
I think hamburger rolls taste better when you add sesame seeds to the tops. Everything bagel seasoning is very good too because it has so many yummy flavors.
You can also add some garlic powder or onion powder to the batter to change it from plain dough to flavored dough which makes it taste so good.
How to Make these Buns Softer?
This keto bun recipe is soft on the inside. By taking the rolls out of the oven a few minutes earlier they will be softer when they cool off, as opposed to baking them longer which will make them crispier on the outside.
Buns are Not Rising Properly
One of the main reasons that your low carb buns are not rising properly is because the baking powder or baking soda are expired. That happened to us one time and we made the same recipe 3 times and couldn’t figure out why our keto pumpkin bread was not rising.
Sure enough, the baking powder had expired months earlier. Believe me, we never made that mistake again and I always check the date on the bottom of the can.
Can You Put These Buns in a Toaster?
These hamburger buns can definitely be crisped up in a toaster or toaster oven. They taste good when you toast them and put some butter on them.
My husband does that every time that I make them, especially for a bacon and egg sandwich for breakfast.
How to Keep Burger Buns from Falling Apart?
Try the reverse burger building technique, it works. Instead of putting the burger right on top of the bottom half of the keto bun, start with the lettuce first which won’t make the roll soggy. Then add the slice of onion, then the tomato, and then the burger with the cheese on top of that.
If you are adding bacon then that goes on top of the cheese. That way the hot, greasy burger won’t be sitting right on top of the almond flour bun and in turn, it will help the roll to stay together.
What Can I Use if I Don’t Have Burger Buns?
If you don’t have any low carb burger buns, then keto dinner rolls (fathead buns), and low carb tortillas will all work.
My favorite substitute is to use large lettuce leaves which is what we used to use before I knew that there was such a thing as low carb buns.
Other Diets This Recipe is Good For
Gluten-free – These are a nice treat for people that can not eat gluten. Good tasting almond flour buns for your hamburgers without any gluten!
Sugar-free – Store-bought bread usually contains sugar as one ingredient. Our keto rolls do not.
Dairy-free – For those who can’t eat dairy, there is none in these almond flour buns.
Paleo – Paleo hamburger buns are an approved choice for paleo dieters.
Vegetarian – Also no meat products in these rolls.
How to Store
The best way to store your low carb burger buns is always to put them into an airtight plastic container. You can leave them on your counter if you like but only for a day or two.
After that put them in the refrigerator to expand their life span, because in the refrigerator they will last another 5 or 6 days.
How to Reheat
It is really easy to reheat your low carb hamburger buns, and there are several ways that will work.
Heat it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
Cut them in half and heat them in the toaster oven.
Cut them in half and heat them on a non-stick frying pan with a little butter until warm.
Can You Freeze Keto Hamburger Buns?
Bread is always something that will freeze well when there are any leftover portions as long as you wrap them up so that they do not become freezer burned. I have 2 successful ways of freezing the keto burger buns.
One way is to place them in a Ziploc freezer bag and then a 2nd freezer bag for double protection.
Or you can put them in an airtight plastic container and then into a Ziploc freezer bag, also for double protection.
Tools to Use
Mixing Bowls – 2 bowls, one for the wet ingredients and one for the dry ones.
Cookie Sheet – For baking the keto buns on.
Parchment paper – Use this on top of your cookie sheet to make the almond flour hamburger buns on top so that they won’t stick to the tray.
Pastry Brush – For spreading the oil over the gluten-free buns.
Where to Buy Keto Hamburger Buns?
Since there are so many people who are watching their carbs nowadays, there is more opportunity to buy keto products in the stores or online.
Here are a few ideas for you of where you can buy keto buns:
Trader Joe’s Market
Other Similar Low Carb Recipes
Here are a few of our other easy and delicious bread recipes that you may also like to make.
Finally a recipe for Keto Low Carb Hamburger buns that is quick and easy to make and at the same time delicious to eat. The rolls do not have any dairy, gluten, or sugar in them so they are compatible for all of our readers who have an allergy to or can’t eat certain foods. They are firm but soft inside and slightly crumbly and taste really good for your egg sandwich for breakfast, BLT for lunch, or a chicken sandwich for dinner.
2 ¼ cups Almond Flour
¼ cup Flaxseed Meal
1 tsp Xanthan Gum
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
½ Tbsp Monk Fruit
1 Tbsp Avocado Oil
1 Tbsp Avocado Oil
1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
The first step to make the keto bun recipe, is to preheat the oven to 350 degrees and then line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
Get out 2 bowls. The first one is for all of the dry ingredients and the second one is for the wet ingredients.
Mix all of the dry ingredients well with a whisk. Now mix the eggs, vinegar and oil together. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and blend well. The dough will be wet.
Now spoon out the dough into 5 equal portions onto the cookie sheet. Press lightly with the palm of your hand to flatten them slightly but don’t press down too much.
Brush the tops of the keto buns with oil and then sprinkle the sesame seeds on top of the bun.
Bake your almond flour buns for 15-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool.
2.5 NET CARBS PER HAMBURGER ROLL
Make sure that your baking powder and baking soda have a current date on them because if they have expired then your rolls will not rise.
If you do not have any parchment paper at home, then feel free to line your cookie sheet with a silicone mat for baking.
If you want your rolls to be thinner and more flat in the middle, simply flatten them slightly with your hand before baking them. If you want them rounded then just let them bake the way that you place the dough on the tray.
We like to brush the avocado oil on the top of the keto burger buns which will help the seeds to stick better. Other options are using Olive Oil and an egg wash.
If you want to replace the xanthan gum with psyllium husk powder you will end up with a slightly denser, whole wheat type of keto bun.
Reheat: The keto rolls can be heated up in the microwave for 30 seconds or in a toaster oven, or even heated in a nonstick pan on the stove.
Store: The best way to store your keto buns is in an airtight container and in the refrigerator they will last about a week.
Freeze: It’s easy to freeze the low carb buns by placing them in a ziploc bag, and then in a 2nd bag for added protection and placed in the freezer.