Keto Hamburger Buns

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No more bunless burgers! Now you can enjoy a juicy hamburger with this fluffy gluten-free keto hamburger bun recipe.

triple decker burger topped with a keto hamburger bun

I know you have missing bread and a regular burger with a bun. I have been too.

There are only so many bunless burgers I can take. Luckily, I created this keto hamburger bun recipe for you and me. These buns are gluten free. They are not made out of a bunch of mozzarella cheese like a fathead dough hamburger bun. These keto buns rise and tastes delicious with a juicy burger smashed in the middle.

Plus, these low carb hamburger buns are easy to make. They only take a few minutes to mix the ingredients and about 12 minutes to bake.

Once you start to heat your grill, you can prep the hamburger bun batter. Once the burgers go on, you can put these keto burger buns in the oven. Both should be done around the same time and you can be enjoying a REAL hamburger for dinner.

Heads-up! If you are here looking for keto buns, I am sure you would be interested in my keto bread recipe or my keto rolls!


baked keto hamburger buns on a tray

Keto Hamburger Buns Recipe Video

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Keto Hamburger Buns Ingredients

Keto Hamburger Buns Directions

  • Keto Hamburger Buns
  • Gluten-free low carb hamburger bun substitutions

    I know, there are some different ingredients in this low carb burger bun recipe. Ingredients like protein powder, psyllium husk and flax meal aren’t your typical pantry ingredients, but I do keep these ingredients in my keto pantry because I do use these often in my keto baking.

    The combination of these ingredients helps to produce a light, fluffy bread-like  keto hamburger bun. I do have some alternate ingredients for you if you can’t tolerate or don’t have access to some of these ingredients.

    Instead of almond flour, you can try using sunflower seed flour. This is an great option if you are allergic to nuts or don’t like almond flour. Sunflower seed flour measures cup for cup with almond flour, so for this recipe, you will use 1 cup of sunflower seed flour.

    keto smash burger with all the fixings on a bun

    How many carbs in a hamburger bun?

    gluten free hamburger bun on a baking tray with sesame seeds on top

    You may be tempted to just use a regular hamburger bun with your burgers. Before you even take a nibble, consider this: a traditional non-keto hamburger bun has 28 grams of carbs per bun! So even eating a 1/4 of a bun will give you 7 carbs.

    Just say no to bread!

    It’s best to avoid the traditional buns and make yourself a keto bun instead. Luckily, this low carb bun recipe is easy to make so you won’t be missing out on the pre-burger activities.

    Store bought keto hamburger buns

    If you don’t want to make your own hamburger buns, there are some store bought keto buns you can buy.

    Franz buns

    The one brand that I have seen in the grocery store is by Franz. They make a keto hamburger bun with 1 gram net carb per bun. However, these low carb buns are not gluten-free. They do contain wheat gluten and a modified wheat protein which is gives them their fluffy, squishy texture. So, if gluten gives you inflammation or you are sensitive to it, I would avoid these buns.


    store bought smartbuns on the counter with some grilled burger patties

    Another keto approved hamburger bun is by SmartBuns.

    These buns are zero net carbs! And are gluten free!

    They are made out of a blend of corn and oat flour and flax meal. They do need to be frozen until used and can get dry but just slather on that mayo or keto ketchup and you won’t tell the difference.

    Other keto burger recipes

    Burgers are one of our family’s go-to keto dinner meals, especially during the summer. They are easy to make and everybody loves them. Here are some keto burger recipes you should try:

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Hamburger Buns

    Servings: 5

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 310
    Fat 23.8g
    Protein 20.3g
    Total Carbs 8.7g
    Net Carbs 3.4g

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    1. I made these buns today. Not sure what I did wrong but they did not rise very much and they are very dry. Any idea on what I could have done wrong?
      I’ve made the keto bread rolls and those turned out well.

      1. I’m not sure what happened. You can try throwing in a couple of ice cubes into your oven. The steam will help them rise and help add moisture. Maybe the dough was too wet. You can try add a touch more almond flour.

    2. I just left a comment on the keto hamburger buns. I went back and watched the video and the video calls for a half cup of melted butter, but the recipe on the website says a quarter cup of butter. Also in the video you say to add one and a quarter teaspoons of xanthan gum and that is what it looks like but in the corner of the video and reads a quarter teaspoon. Would the butter have made the rolls so dry and also not rise?

      1. For sure, the xanthan gum is 1 1/4 teaspoon. As for the butter, I’m sorry about the discrepancy. I have made these before using the recipe and written, so 1/4 cup of butter.

    3. Annie, I made these tonight and they came out perfectly, better than I hoped. I hadn’t had too many good experiences with any type of Keto breads or rolls and wasn’t sure what to expect but I was so excited at the end result. The texture and taste was so close to any wheat bun but even better as the crumb and mouthfeel were great. They had a nice rise and silky soft on the inside. We had them with sloppy joe’s and they held up as I hoped they would. Thank you, these will surely be my go-to buns!

      1. These are great! So quick and easy to throw together and they hold up well to a big, juicy burger! Finally a good keto burger bun … AMAZING!!! Thank you for this recipe.

    4. I sprinkled Everything Bagel seasoning on them. They just came out of the oven. Very good, rose nicely, eating one with butter. Recipe is a definite keeper. thanks for the recipe.

    5. Hi! Thanks for these! They’re pretty good! Much like the old “Farmer’s Bread” that I’ve missed.
      I had to make a few changes so I thought I’d share.
      I only have physillium husk power and based on a hunch, I only used one tablespoon.
      The batter seemed a bit dry to me to I added a splash of heavy cream and maybe half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. (I also know psyllium husk needs lots of liquid) And there was a little “leftover” butter in my measuring cup so I tossed that in too.
      Too many times I’ve ended up with gritty breads because there wasn’t enough liquid.
      I was also concerned about it baking nice and crisp on the outside but staying gummy in the middle so I cooked them on a lower rack on 325 for 10 minutes and then up to 400 for another 5 minutes. There is a tiny bit of goo in the middle when still warm (but with more butter lol no one noticed!) but I’m pretty sure when they cool down, there will be even less.
      I think I have a new fave bread recipe! Thanks again!

    6. I tried them yesterday, the dough was very wet, so I added a bit of the dry ingredients. ?The first minutes in the oven the dough did flatten and run to the sides, but then it actually rose a bit. Due to your pictures, I didnt expect much of a rise, so when they got nice color I took them out. The taste was very good, I had added a bit of italian spice to the mix which matched perfectly with the burgers. The only issue was that the bottom bit crumbled while eating, well – not the worst, but I guess it was just slightly dry. We will use this recipe again!! Thank you very much!

      1. I haven’t tried other types of protein powder in the recipe. I think it would still work but not completely sure. If you try one, let me know how it turned out.

    7. I made these today – 8 small for sliders rather than four large. They looked beautiful, but I toasted mine before eating my sloppy joe (to reheat it) and it was crumbly – the bottom broke into pieces when I picked it up. I’ll try them again with the ice cubes in the oven, and also try microwaving the ones left instead of toasting. Thanks!

    8. Do you have to use psyllium husk flakes or can you use psyllium husk powder ? I only have powder.

      1. I haven’t tried it with the powder. It might work but you should probably try less. Maybe 1 tablespoon?

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