With grilling season in full force and July 4th almost here, it’s time to update Part 5 of of my Bountiful Bread Basket series, the Best Gluten-Free Hamburger Roll Recipes and Hot Dog Roll Recipes. And remember that Hamburger Roll recipes also do double duty as sandwich rolls!
You may think that labeling these recipes the “best” is a bit presumptive. I think you’ll change your mind once you read the rave reviews of these recipes! Be forewarned though … if you’re enjoying these rolls in a mixed setting (i.e., with gluten-free and gluten-full fare both being served) you may just have to fight people off from taking your homemade gluten-free roll instead of simply grabbing a gluten-full one out of a package.
No kidding! Find the recipe here that works for you and get grilling!
Note: Recipes are labeled as far as their degree of “free-ness” based on information provided. For example, I don’t normally label recipes “nut free,” as I don’t have expertise on the products that are truly nut free, but if the recipe creator originally labeled their recipe as nut free, I’ve included that info. But you may find that there are actually many more nut-free recipes here than I’ve indicated by my descriptions.
All recipes are gluten free, of course, but I used the bloggers’ recipe titles and some include “gluten free” in the name and some do not. But always read ingredients and product labels and do your own verification to ensure products are “free” to your own personal level of need.
Best Gluten-Free Hamburger Roll Recipes, Plus Hot Dog Roll and Sandwich Roll Recipes
~ Focaccia Rolls from The Gluten & Dairy Free Bakehouse ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian
Kylie shares her son’s endorsement of these rolls as well as her description:
“Ethan loves these rolls! They’re sturdy without being crumbly and are soft and moist. The sprinkling of sea salt and Italian herbs on top gives a great burst of flavour too. As Ethan is always hungry (like every teenage boy), I’ve made them a decent size so that he can fit as many fillings as he likes in there!”~ Gluten-Free Buns from Faithfully Gluten Free ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, with refined sugar-free option
These “whole wheat-like” buns were born out of Jeanine’s sudden desire to eat a Sloppy Joe on a bun. She said that being able to top her bun with the “messy, beefy mixture” was “grand”! She uses deep dish mini pot pie pans. By the way, Jeanine is also the author of the excellent resource/cookbook The Everything Guide to Living Gluten Free.
- “WOW! These are awesome. I only made a single recipe as you never know about GF recipes, but I will double it in the future. They refrigerate and freeze well. Toasted or not, you can’t lose.”
- “Oh joy, oh joy, oh joy these were GOOD!!! My husband who was at work while I baked them, couldn’t believe that they were: A. gluten free B. this good C. homemade”
~ Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns from Angela’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
Angela says of her recipe (shown as hot dog buns): “You can shape them any way you would like, of course, so they are perfect for gluten free hamburgers, BLT’s or chicken sandwiches.”
~ Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns and Hot Dog Buns from Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake ~ gluten free, vegetarian
~ Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns from Gluten-Free Gobsmacked ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Kate says: “These are great buns and are still tender the next couple days. They are firm enough to split and toast on the grill too. Now that’s what I call a BUN!” She uses muffin rings to make her buns. But as she notes, cleaned and washed tuna cans with the top and bottom lids removed also work great. Just be very careful with those cut edges!
~ Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns from Life After Wheat ~ gluten free, with dairy-free options
Celeste states that she’s sharing a “gluten free hamburger bun that is soft, fluffy, and won’t fall apart. It’s also incredibly easy to make and I’ll walk you through every step with pictures.”
~ Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns from Skinny GF Chef ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with refined sugar-free option
Ali says: “Life is so much better when you have gluten-free hamburger buns and these come out great every time!”
- “In 6 years of being gluten free, I have never made a bun that I could take out the next day, eat it without warming it up, and have it taste just as fresh as the day before. This is a fantastic recipe that I will be sharing with many people. THANK YOU!”
- “Thank you Ali for this amazing recipe. I have been eating GF for 4 months now and I have tried many different bread and biscuit recipes and none of them have even come close to resembling regular bread. I decided to try your recipe for our hamburgers tonight and the buns came out perfect and tasted even better than regular store bought buns. You have restored my faith that I can still enjoy bread and eat GF. I can’t thank you enough. I will be making these buns regularly.”
~ Gluten-Free Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns from Faithfully Gluten Free ~ gluten free, refined sugar free, vegetarian
~ Hamburger Buns from Allergy Free Alaska ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian
Megan says: “These buns are best when used the day you make them, but they are still good the following day too. The day after baking they are still soft, not rock hard like some gluten free bread recipes.” She makes her own molds by forming aluminum foil around small bowls that she has on hand. One of her readers had success letting the buns rise in the muffin tin and then dumping them out onto a greased cookie sheet before baking.
- “These are the best buns I have ever made in the last 6 years my husband has had Celiac. I have tried lots of gluten free breads and this is the best ever. My husband said they were excellent. Thank you so much. This is a real keeper.”
- “Phenomenal! My boyfriend who is not gluten free (by choice anyway, he still eats my cooking) loved them too.”
~ Hamburger Buns from Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Linda says: “This bread is easy to bake, it tastes good, and it is moist.” She uses English Muffin rings plus homemade aluminum foil rings because she always makes more buns than she has rings. Check out Linda’s ebook, How to Be Gluten Free: 10 Steps to a Gluten-Free Life. Whether you’re new to gluten-free living or a veteran, it offers terrific guidance.
- “I made these yesterday after work and they turned out delicious.”
- “I have made these 4 times now and am making them again today. This has become our daily bread. These are good for everything I have found. We have enjoyed them for burgers, sandwiches, and even toasted at breakfast with some jam. It is just a really good bread in general.”
~ Hamburger Buns from Art of Gluten-Free Baking ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Jeanne says you can use a hamburger bun pan (which is not always called a hamburger bun pan), a large muffin top pan, or English muffin rings. Jeanne is also the author of the acclaimed cookbooks Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays and Gluten-Free Wish List. It’s really great for using all year long. Why relegate such delicious treats to the holidays only?
- “I’ve never made bread…Ever. This was the first time and they came out perfect! Soft, tasty and like regular bread. Now I feel like I’m not missing out…Yay! The only thing I did differently was using Jules gluten free flour.”
- “I made the burger buns today and they were amazing.”
~ Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns from GF Jules ~ gluten free, with dairy-free, vegan options
Jules says: “If you think great-tasting, easy-to-make, gluten-free hamburger and hot dog buns are impossible, prepare to be surprised! You can make them any size or shape you want, really. From Kaiser Roll size to sliders — when you make ‘em yourself, you can make ‘em just the way you want!” The key ingredient is gluten-free ale or non-alcoholic sparkling water, ginger ale, or club soda. One reader used hard cider. Jules’ latest book is Free for All Cooking and she also was responsible for the Gluten-Free Baking chapter of renowned celiac expert Dr. Alessio Fasano’s book, Gluten Freedom.
- “I tried the light and airy buns today. There were 4 gluten-free people here and they loved them and thought the name was appropriate. So much better than the dense commercial buns.”
- “Jules, this recipe is great using Woodchuck Hard Cider (which is gluten free) instead of the beer/ginger ale! You should have smelled my kitchen while these baked. I went with the flax seed alternative over egg again.”
~ Hamburger Potato Rolls from No Gluten, No Problem ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Pete and Kelli say: “We landed on a recipe that yields a moist roll with great crumb, and that doesn’t fall apart as you eat it. And in our opinion it’s the perfect amount of bread to hold your burger—we hate when a bun is so big that you feel like you’re chewing on a bakery and can’t find the burger and fixin’s buried in there somewhere.” They used a hamburger bun pan. See reader reviews for an alternative to using a pan—i.e., the “canning ring hack.” By the way, you’ll want to check out Pete and Kelli’s latest cookbook, Gluten-Free Family Favorites: The 75 Go-To Recipes You Need to Feed Kids and Adults All Day, Every Day!
- “This is my 2nd batch of these, we really like them. We use them for sandwiches. I didn’t have a pan to cook them in so did some googling and found a post where a lady took wide mouth canning jar rings and laid them on a baking sheet with parchment paper spray with cooking spray and put the dough in the rings … they turn out perfect.”
- “I made these the other day and was very impressed! You are spot on about them being the perfect amount of bread. I was a bit skeptical when I saw the picture–they seemed thin–but I was proved wrong. Love how they hold up with some messier sandwiches. Also, I liked how they defrosted and tasted after the first day. Another winner! I also used the canning ring hack. Worked perfectly.”
~ Hot Dog Rolls from Life After Wheat ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
Celeste says that she tweaked her “hamburger bun recipe slightly to make a light and fluffy hot dog bun that holds together through the last bite.”
~ Light & Fluffy Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls (or Hamburger Buns) from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Lynn says she uses this same recipe for Hamburger Buns. For hamburger buns, you scoop out a larger amount of dough, of course, and you might have to bake them slightly longer than directed. Note that Lynn is also the author of The Gluten-Free Baking Mix Cookbook, which many have found to be a great gluten-free cookbook.
- “OMGOSH!!! Thank YOU!!! I made these last night for the family and it was a BIG hit! I have had a craving for fluffy bread for the past year since going gluten free from intolerance, and these are Amazing! I didn’t think it was possible to have a Light and Fluffy, bread recipe!”
- “I made these today and they are Amazing! I’ve searched for a roll recipe for my Celiac son for the holidays … these are perfect! I think I might sub olive oil and add a little rosemary for a different flavor for Thanksgiving. Thank you so much!”
~ Sandwich Rolls from Fork and Beans ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
Cara used her Sandwich Rolls to make vegan meatball subs. “Today just feels like the perfect time to reconnect with something that I love so very much as a means to soothe and comfort me. And meatball sub sandwiches can be quite the comfort food…” Be sure to check out Cara’s cookbook, Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking: Delicious, Gluten-, Egg- and Dairy-Free Treats and Sweets.
- “They turned out great.”
- “Spectacular … these are AMAZING.”
~ Skinny Hamburger Buns from Go Dairy Free ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian
Reader review: “I’ve made this recipe at least 10 times. I double it and it makes 6 buns. The real difference is using Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning instead of just plain sesame seeds, it adds a saltiness and garlic kick. I love this recipe because I like the fact that the buns are thinner but also more dense, so they hold together well … I take tall Mason jars and put all the dry ingredients (excluding yeast, obviously) in them so I don’t have to measure that part out every time. I have free formed them and they’re fine, but I also found 5-ounce ramekins (set of six) on Amazon, they’re perfect for these buns and other dishes.”
~ Soft Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns from Petite Allergy Treats ~ gluten free, with dairy-free, vegan option
Laura says: “I can’t tell you just how good these are. They are soft and springy. They don’t fall apart with slicing. They don’t disintegrate into a pile of crumbs in your mouth. These will even last up to a week, without drying out!”
Best Grain-Free Hamburger Rolls Recipes, Plus Hot Dog Roll and Sandwich Roll Recipes
~ Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Quejo) Rolls from Gluten Free Gobsmacked ~ gluten free, grain free, vegetarian
You can use Kate’s recipe—the original Chebe, if you will—to make rolls of any size (and even pizza crust). She shared: “I made a batch of these cheesy biscuits for my parents who had never had them before. As the bread baked, I laid out the leftover Jalapeno Popper Dip, some ham and turkey slices, some sprouts and spinach, some cucumber slices etc. Basically whatever would make for great sandwich fixings.”
Reader review: “WOOHOO! This is a very good, quick, easy and scrumptious bread! We used our hamburger/muffin molds and they worked great as hamburger buns. They held up well to a burger and had a great flavor. Thanks for this recipe!”
~ Brazilian UN-Cheese Rolls from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegan
This one is actually my own gfe recipe. The ingredients will surprise you and the results will surprise you even more—in a good way! These are really wonderful soft rolls that make terrific hamburger buns and sandwich rolls. Check out the reader reviews. Oh, and my friend Sunny from And Love It, Too! even made Paleo Roasted Red Pepper Hummus just so she could make a paleo version of this recipe—love that!
- “These are so good Shirley!! Ethan was well impressed….he said they were absolutely delicious!! I made my own red pepper hummus and used a tablespoon instead of 2 teaspoons of coconut flour. I also used your tip about using a ice cream scoop to put the batter on the tray.” and “They freeze wonderfully!! Just thaw and freshen them up in the oven and they turn out like they’ve just been baked!! So now I can make up lots of rolls and freeze them in zip-lock bags for whenever we fancy them. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe Shirley!! “
- “They were incredible! I couldn’t believe they were vegan as they taste so cheesy! I’m a hummus nut, and the hummus gives the biscuits a moist tenderness that is hard to achieve in gluten-free baking.”
~ Cheese Bread Hamburger Rolls from Celiac Family ~ gluten free, grain free, vegetarian
This recipe is Heather’s version of Gluten Free Gobsmacked’s Brazilian Cheese Bread Rolls. Heather says: “They smelled fabulous and tasted just as good. My husband ate one of the rolls as they were cooling down on racks. He said he was just going to have a taste, but it was so good had to finish it off. The very airy texture of them worked well as hamburger buns. They don’t rise or expand much during baking, so make them the size and shape you want them before baking. We used two rolls for each hamburger. We also found that they stayed fresh on the counter (in a sealed container) for a couple days. To eat them with dinner later that week, we just popped them into the toaster oven to warm them up.”
Reader review: “They were soft and not crumbly. Held together for the entire burger and did not get wet and fall apart from the juices of the burger. Even my very critical non celiac family enjoyed their burgers and never gave second thought to what crazy roll they were eating their burger on (as they usually would). I just love how quick it is to whip these up. I literally did it while the burgers were frying and fries were baking. Then I popped them in second half of the cook time for the fries. I love the idea of serving homemade rolls with my meals, it makes me feel good. I believe I will keep this recipe forever with burgers.”
~ Grain-Free Crusty Rolls from Against All Grain ~ gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, primal, with dairy-free, paleo option
Danielle says these rolls are denser than typical sandwich or hamburger rolls, but they are very versatile and even make a great base for Eggs Benedict. Danielle is also the author of the New York Times and Amazon bestsellers Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great, Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime, and Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion (which is her newest cookbook).
- “I tried these tonight. They are fabulous and versatile.”
- “Thank you for this recipe. Super tasty.”
~ Grain-Free Hamburger Buns from Against All Grain ~ gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, primal, vegetarian, with dairy-free, paleo option
Danielle says: “These are strong and hold up to the biggest, messy burger you can concoct. They are still a little dense and not as fluffy as a standard gluten bun, but I’m pretty positive that there’s no way to achieve that with grain-free flours and without the use of yeast.”
- “Just made these tonight. They were absolutely delicious! I have been grain free for a while now and the taste of these buns were out of this world! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
- “I made these tonight. We had our first intentionally grain-free meal with a grain-free bread replacement. Holy crap, they are amazing. These buns singlehandedly convinced my husband and I to try Paleo. We are so excited to be able to eat foods we normally eat -like chicken sandwiches- while still maintaining a Paleo lifestyle. Wow!!! 5 stars and 4 thumbs up!”
~ Hamburger Buns from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free
Cassidy says: “My husband said these tasted just like “regular” hamburger buns, and I have to agree. These have a good crumb, good texture, and are just plain good.”
- “I made these hamburger buns today and they are AWESOME!”
- “I have made these rolls several times and I absolutely LOVE them!”
~ Nut-Free Hamburger Sesame Buns from The Paleo Mom ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo/primal
Sarah says she decided to try her hand at grain-free, nut-free buns when her mother-in-law visiting and the results were “so yummy that my husband asked if I can make him these buns every time we eat hamburgers. The answer was yes because they are quite easy to make! This recipe makes two buns.” Sarah is the author of a series of resource books on paleo living, starting with The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body, which is a comprehensive, highly-rated book that draws upon her scientific background and her own personal health story.
Reader review: “Made these last night and can confidently say they are the BEST paleo buns I’ve ever made/tasted. I swapped the cream of tartar and apple cider vinegar out for 1 3/4 tsp lemon juice… and also used coconut oil instead of palm shortening. They were crisp on the outside, soft on the inside and my non-paleo partner couldn’t believe how AMAZING they tasted! Thank you.”
~ Paleo Hamburger Buns from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, yeast free, gum free, psyllium free, vegetarian
Cassidy says: “Not only are they quick and easy to make, but they are sturdy, hold up well, don’t fall apart when you slice them or turn into a big pile of crumbs when you eat them, and aren’t gummy like some GF breads—they have the taste and texture of traditional buns!”
~ Paleo Hamburger Buns from A Girl Worth Saving ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, paleo, primal
- “These are great! You’re right they don’t fall apart like a lot of other recipes. I usually use those other ones for things that I would normally make corn bread with because it’s great for those dishes. However, something like a burger or pulled pork sandwich (had last night) calls for something to hold the sandwich together and these did the trick! I actually don’t own a pan for this and just used parchment paper on a baking sheet and spooned enough for a bun onto the sheet for each spot and they baked right up!”
- “These hamburger buns are FANTASTIC. Thank you for this recipe. I purchased the pan and followed the recipe as written and I had the best burger/bun in 3 years, since becoming gluten sensitive. I am making them on a regular basis. This bun has a pleasant taste and doesn’t crumple like other gluten free buns that I’ve purchased.”
~ Paleo Hot Dog Rolls from Predominantly Paleo ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, nut free, refined sugar free, yeast free, gum free, vegetarian
Jennifer starts with her Sweet Potato Buns recipe (see below) and adjusts the shape and baking time. She also uses this handy taco rack to help her rolls hold their hot dog shape. Check out all of Jennifer’s great cookbooks here, including her latest, The Paleo Kids Cookbook: Transition Your Family to Delicious Grain-Free and Gluten-Free Food for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating.
~ SCD Hamburger Buns from Gluten-Free Happy Tummy ~ gluten free, grain free, sugar free, paleo, primal, SCD, with dairy-free, vegan option
Caralyn said: “Oh my gosh I literally just ate the best meal of my life. Hands down, this is the best thing I’ve ever made. I know that is quite the statement. And I’m not taking it lightly. Yes. Tonight….I invented something….An SCD HAMBURGER BUN!!! Yes, you read that correctly, darlings. A GRAIN-FREE HAMBURGER BUN!! How, you ask?…………WITH CAULIFLOWER!! But don’t run away!! Wait! I promise, you CANNOT taste the cauliflower AT ALL! (And trust me, I have acutely discerning taste buds.)” Caralyn’s bun looks mighty tasty and as you can see, no burger is required. Caralyn used a portobello mushroom and some fixings to create her rave-worthy burger.
~ Sweet Potato Buns from Predominantly Paleo ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, paleo, primal, vegetarian
Jennifer says: “This bun is a little crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. It holds together well for sandwiches, burgers, or for eating straight out of the oven.”
- “I have made these twice now and they are absolutely delicious! Thank you so much.”
- “Recently convinced my husband to join me in our no sugar, no gluten, no soy diet. He was definitely missing bread. Made these with our turkey burgers and he LOVED them. Thanks for sharing!!”
~ Sandwich Rolls from The Spunky Coconut ~ gluten free, grain free, casein free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian
Kelly says: “I can hardly find the words to express my excitement over this recipe! It began as a garlic bread, then became saffron buns, and is now making my mouth so happy as a sandwich roll, although it doesn’t actually need fillings to be thoroughly enjoyed.” Be sure to check out Kelly’s cookbooks in addition to this recipe. First, there’s her new cookbook, Easy Paleo Meals: 150 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Family Favorites. Another paleo cookbook of hers that I love—for obvious reasons!—is The Paleo Chocolate Lovers’ Cookbook: 80 Gluten-Free Treats for Breakfast and Dessert. There’s also her Dairy-Free Ice Cream: 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar book. If you’ve given up ice cream because you don’t eat dairy, this IS the book for you!
- “I made this today with your veggie burger recipe (earlier post)…amazing! Yum! Yum!”
- “I just found your site and this is the first recipe I have tried. It rocks!!! They just came out of the oven and my 12 month old and I thought they were just to die for!!”
- “I must say, this was the second recipe from the Spunky Coconut that I’ve tried, and I’m suitably impressed. These tasted delicious–I didn’t have applesauce so used sour cream instead and it worked fine.”
Okay, that’s it for this epic roundup! Be sure to check out all the other parts of the Bountiful Bread Basket series via the links below if you’re looking for other bread recipes. And please know that this series is ongoing. Every day amazing gluten-free bread recipes are being created by awesome bloggers/authors and shared online and I intend to feature as many as possible here on gfe! You can see all the recipes here on my gluten-free bread page or you can follow the individual links below.
Part 5: This post (Top 30+ Best Gluten-Free Hamburger, Hot Dog, and Sandwich Roll Recipes)
Originally published June 23, 2014; updated June 27, 2020.