Gluten Free 60% Whole Grain Hamburger Buns Recipe (Or Bread)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

I didn't actually do the math but these buns taste like the bread we used to comprise on. Healthy enough for Mom but still fluffy enough for the family to enjoy. This recipe was, as all successful multigrain bread recipes I've read have been, inspired by Heather Butt and Donna Washburn of 125 Best Gluten-Free Recipes. I freeze them as soon as they are cool and when I pull them out they are as good as new. If you are baking gluten free and haven't bought muffin top pans yet, I have to say, besides my mixer, they have been my best gluten free investment. This recipe makes one 4 1/2 by 9 loaf and one bun if you prefer bread and doubles very well if you want bread and buns. Since I started using this recipe my gluten eating husband doesn't buy bread anymore.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 cup almonds or 14 cup walnuts, ground
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 12 cup teff, ground
  • 23 cup starch, tapioca, corn, potato or 23 cup arrowroot
  • 13 cup gluten-free oats, ground
  • 14 cup flax seed, ground
  • 12 ounce chia seeds, ground (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 12 teaspoons guar gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 34 cup water, 115 degrees
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 14 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ounce chia seeds, ground (two tablespoons)
  • 12 cup water, room temperature


  1. Place the 1/2 cup of room temperature water in a cup and mix in the ounce of ground chia. Stir well and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (including the 1/2 ounce of ground chia) and mix well.
  3. In a mixer with a regular paddle attachment, combine liquids, including the wet chia mixture and beat until well blended.
  4. With mixer on lowest setting, add dry ingredients a cup at a time. Stop machine and scrape bottom and sides. Turn up mixer to medium-high and let run for 4 minutes.
  5. Spoon into greased muffin top pans with large ice cream scoop. Level with a spoon warmed in hot water and let rise for 30 to 45 minutes or until almost double in size.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes for buns or 45 minutes to an hour for bread. Inside temperature should be between 210 and 212.


Most Helpful

Finally a burger bun which doesn't fall apart when I try to bite it! When they stuck in the oven, my DH told me they smelled so delicious that he wanted to eat one strait from the oven - and he's not gluten free! I took them to the local burger shop and to the market in the Netherlands where I use to eat soused herring in a bun - first time I could do that since I'm on a gluten free diet because all the store bought "buns" already crumble apart when you slice them. I had to do some substitutions - had no gluten free oats, teff and chia seeds, so I tried brown millet for the teff, half lupine meal and half soy flour for the oats and Psyllium seed husks for the chia. This turned out very good with only one problem: All the non-gluten-free people want them, too... Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Mia in Germany September 11, 2008

I just made these buns and it made lots. The recipe seemed healthier than most recipes that have, in my opinion, too much starch. I used the potato starch but when I get some organic tapioca starch I'll try that but loved the teff and chia and they tasted and looked great. I'm trying to exercise some self control and not eat too many. Mixing up was easy and even though my hand mixer (no paddle) got a little tired it still turned out good and didn't take too long to mix up or rise. Will definitely make this recipe again and again. Very creative!

punkycat April 10, 2013

These were good but not the best. My family can't digest lots of gums so I had to reduce it by half and maybe that is why they came out more like biscuits but they were soft and taste. I also reduced the water by 1/4 cup. I hate the wet gluey texture of some gluten free recipes and this did not have that. I had to sub sorghum because I did not have teff and I used white bean flour for the oatmeal (can't have it). I didn't have honey so I subed 2 Tablespoons of sugar. The don't know if it was my addition of bean and sorghum flour but the batter smelled horrible before baking but no bad smell after baking. So don't let that stop you.

3RiversCook December 19, 2012

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