When you start following the gluten-free diet, it's frequently tough to find commercial gluten-free bread products you enjoy. The same goes for hamburger and hot dog buns. It's no longer easy to simply pick up a package of buns at the store for an impromptu cookout — instead, you need to plan ahead.
Fortunately, planning ahead is getting easier, and the products are improving rather dramatically. Three years ago, there were only one or two commercial gluten-free hamburger and hot dog buns on the market. Now, there are more than a dozen by eight different manufacturers.
Of course, most stores (even the largest supermarkets) aren't going to stock a huge selection of these. But once you find a favorite (it takes trial-and-error), you can order online in bulk and store them in the freezer.
Of course, now that you've got the buns, you'll need safe hamburgers and hot dogs to go in them. Here are the details on those:
Enjoy that cookout!
Ener-G makes four different types of hamburger buns and two different hot dog buns, including tapioca, brown rice, white rice and "Seattle-style" whole grain hamburger buns, plus tapioca and Seattle-style hot dog buns. All contain rice, tapioca and yeast, but are dairy-free, casein-free and nut-free.
Both the hamburger and hot dog buns come four to a package. Ener-G tests its products to make certain they contain less than 5 parts per million of gluten.
Katz Gluten-Free offers four-to-a-package hamburger buns and hot dog buns, which contain rice, tapioca, corn, arrowroot, potato and soy along with eggs and yeast. Both the hamburger and hot dog buns come four to a package.
All of Katz' products are produced in a dedicated gluten-free, dairy-free and tree nut-free facility, and are certified gluten-free by GFCO, which tests to 10 parts per million.
Kinnikinnick Foods makes both gluten-free hamburger and hot dog buns, both of which come four to a package. The dairy-free and soy-free buns are based on tapioca and white rice, and contain eggs, corn and yeast plus pea protein. Kinnikinnick operates a gluten-, dairy-, and nut-free facility.
In addition, Kinnikinnick has its products independently tested to make certain they contain fewer than 5 parts per million of gluten, and recently launched its own gluten-free logo to emphasize its dedication to creating gluten-free products with as little trace gluten in them as possible.
Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery produces multigrain hamburger and hot dog rolls, both of which contain eggs, corn and yeast in addition to rice, potato, sorghum, flax seed and millet. Each bag of either hamburger or hot dog rolls contains four rolls.
Rudi's products are certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), which tests to 10 parts per million of gluten.
Three Bakers, formerly known as The Grainless Baker, offers whole-grain gluten-free hamburger and hot dog buns. The buns, which come four to a package, are based on brown rice flour, corn starch and tapioca starch, and include eggs, potato flour and yeast. They contain no soy or dairy.
Three Bakers is certified through GFCO, and also conducts in-house testing to ensure that products fall below 5 parts per million in gluten content.
Udi's Gluten-Free offers three different cookout-ready buns: classic hamburger buns, classic hot dog buns, and whole-grain hamburger buns. All contain tapioca, brown rice, eggs, corn, yeast, potatoes and sugarcane, but are free of dairy and soy. The whole grain gluten-free hamburger buns also contain teff and flax seed.
The hamburger buns come four to a package, and the hot dog buns come six to a package. Udi's Gluten Free Foods are tested to 10ppm of gluten and are certified by GFCO. Udi's gluten-free hamburger and hot dog buns also are certified Kosher.
Whole Foods Gluten-Free Bakehouse (available in some areas) offers gluten-free hamburger buns as one of its extensive product list. Unfortunately, Whole Foods does not have an option to order its bakehouse products online.
The gluten-free hamburger buns and other Gluten-Free Bakehouse products are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility and are tested to ensure they contain fewer than 5 parts per million of gluten.