Best Keto Yeast Burger Buns you can bake! We decided to turn this challenge into an exclamation! The goal of creating low carb burger buns that are soft, strong, bread-like, and yet chewy to the taste is definitely a challenge. We have tried so many different types of Keto substitute baked goods. There is a lot to like with each of them. Some are quick-and-easy recipes, like our quick-and-easy English Muffin, or our quick-and-easy Microwave Taco Shells.
Some require a bit more work and center on almond flour or coconut flour, either alone or in combination. Our Keto Almond Flour Tortillas have been a real hit with our readers. We make them all the time. Our Cheesy Garlic Bread and Cheddar Bay Biscuits are cheese based alternatives to the bread quandary. And, let’s not forget the Chaffle! We have a whole Chaffle Recipe Category for these tasty gems.
Joanie has spent a lot of time in our kitchen experimenting with different wheat-flour substitutes. We have a pantry full of them. A number of things have become clear. It is difficult to obtain that wheat-flour style rise without yeast. Another fact that became clear – gluten is important for a chewy texture. Joanie searched her cupboard for these components – gluten, yeast, and a flour substitute. She tried almond flour, coconut flour, and chia seeds for fiber, but the combination she used for these keto buns works the best.
Let’s address the “elephant in the room” right away. Yes, there is honey in her recipe! The yeast needs some type of sugar to feed on, to “bloom,” and that will produce the desired rise. However, using natural organic honey, and only 2 teaspoons will not dramatically increase the carb count. Joanie likes honey as it will have more health benefits than the refined sugars. She also uses Allulose in the recipe to keep the carbs down. It is a plant-based sugar that provides sweetness without the carbs. It doesn’t crystallize and it leaves no after taste. We use Allulose a lot. In fact, it is a key sugar substitute in our simple-syrup recipe for cocktails. You will need more Allulose than sugar, since it is not a one-to-one substitute. You can substitute Monk Fruit in a lesser amount (see recipe).
As I noted above, Joanie tried a number of flour alternatives for this recipe. Our vegetarian friends suggested Lupin Flour. Lupin flour is gluten free, so to achieve a chewy bun Joanie added vital gluten. For a while, we used to always turn to Psyllium Husk for fiber. It does have an impact on digestion, though, so for this recipe Joanie chose the fiber obtained from Oat Fiber. Like Lupin it reacts well in many recipes as a wheat-flour substitute, but will absorb more moisture. We use this same combination for making pizza crust. Lupin is also a good thickener for making a roux for gravy and in soups.
Lupin is much finer than almond or coconut flour. We have used it as the dredge for our Chicken and Mushrooms in a Garlic Wine Sauce recipe. We have been using Lupin flour for 3 years. It is almost like enriched wheat flour. Sometimes it is referred to as a “miracle flour” since it is vegetable based and low in carbs. You can find our recipe ingredients and order them by clicking the Amazon Product Ads below.
For this recipe to work, two tips are of utmost importance. First, following the directions is extremely important. If the temperature is too high you will kill the yeast. Maybe our Arizona water is hotter then we think, but if the temperature is above 110, it kills the yeast. We microwave the water and test the temperature with a thermometer. Second, following the prescribed times is needed for success. This will require patience, since the recipe calls for resting and proofing time. Follow the instructions closely and stick to the script! Once you have mastered the technique and your buns are perfect, you can experiment.
Our final tip is to use your stand mixer and its dough hook. For years we have turned to our dough hook for making any dough that requires kneading. It is the perfect tool for making dough for bread. If you do not own a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, now is the time to complete your kitchen. They last forever! Lastly, we suggest being patient once your buns are cooling. You will be tempted to cut them open, but wait at least 15 minutes until they cool.
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Best Keto Yeast Burger Buns are so light and chewy, just like old-fashioned wheat-based burger buns. They contain yeast and are perfect for sandwiches or that grilled burger! Top them with Everything but the bagel seasoning before baking and enjoy that garlic flavor in every bite! In fact, we have also used a tablespoon of this seasoning in the dry ingredients for even more taste.
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Can I use Xanthan gum instead of Vital wheat gluten? Any wheat or gluten is a no-no in this house.
Wow, this is a major change, so I would venture a lot of challenges. I spent a lot of time in my kitchen getting the blend that would produce a low-carb bun. But, I have not tried the substitution you mentioned. Some folks do substitute Xanthan Gum but in a smaller portion. Replacing the vital wheat gluten with 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon would be the right amount, but the result would not be the same. A lot of experimenting here . . . Joanie.
Hi! Thanks for this wonderful recipe. Could I used erythritol instead of allulose or monk fruit?
Not a problem. Just a touch of sweetness. Thanks for the question . . . Joanie.
A WORD OF CAUTION! Looks like a great recipe and cant wait to make it! However you say it is peanut free in the description. Lupin flour is in the same family as peanuts and could effect anyone alergic to peanuts!! You need to make that correction. My nephew who has a serious alergy would probably be going to the hospital if he ate one of these.
Thank you for the caution flag. I dropped the peanut-free label so we do not see anyone run a risk. Lupin is actually a bean, not a peanut; however, I do see where due to a specific protein that can be found in both, there could be an increased risk for someone who has a peanut allergy. I do hope you will try my recipe. Thanks, again . . . Joanie.
My buns turned out great very bready, and had a nice chew. But for me the garlic was way over whelming! I will definitely cut it back to 1tsp the next time I make these. Other then that, the best keto bread recipe I have ever made. Defanitly a keeper.
Thank you so much for the kind comment. This is one I worked on a lot and we enjoy often. If you follow my recipes you will know I use a lot of garlic. But, in this case, it can be omitted for your taste. Again, thanks . . . Joanie.
Hi . Thank you for such a wonderful recipe. I wanted to know does the double proofing method work on breads as well.?
Yes, it should work well. Thanks for the comment . . . Joanie.
Love this recipe, am getting pretty good at it. Any guidance for making hotdog buns? I think the final kneed and shape is important with burger bun shape, not sure how to do for hot dog.
You are correct! The final step is important in forming the buns. Hot dog version is on my list. You could also try forming into a silicone bun pan. Here is a link -> Hot Dog Bun. These are also on my list to purchase, they seem like they would work well. Good luck and let me know if you come up with a quick tip or try the pan. Thanks for the comment . . . Joanie.
Is it icing Sugar or granulated sugar
Neither, I use honey to feed the yeast and then allulose (granulated) in the dough. You can substitute monk fruit for the allulose. I hope you enjoy my recipe . . . Joanie.
Can I used active dry yeast
Yes, you can. Just make sure it is active. I hope you enjoy the burger buns . . . Joanie.
I have had good luck with this recipe, thanks! You mention using this dough for pizza, do you have instructions for that? Pre cooked or not, time and temp, etc?
We often divide the dough into two and use half to form a regular pizza crust. We then top with our favorite sauces and toppings and bake at 425 degrees until crust has risen and toppings are cooked – cheese is gooey (about 15 minutes). Just like a regular pizza. Experiment and let us know. So pleased you enjoyed my burger bun post . . . Joanie.
Hello, can I use the knead function on my brasf machine as I don’t have a stand mixer. If so, how long would I knead in the machine and what order would I put the ingredients in? Thanks!
I have never made my yeast buns in a bread machine. So, no guarantees here. I would follow the same ordering of the ingredients. I have actually made my recipe by kneading the dough by hand, but it does take a bit longer for the gluten to form and it is a lot more work. I would say the kneading is done when you can pull on the dough and it stretches easily. Give the bread machine a try, that is what baking is all about and please let me know how it works . . . Joanie.
I kinda thought software might be the issue. The Lupina lupin flour package you link to in Amazon also says 30 gm per 1/4 cup so that 94 gm figure should probably also be 120 gm. The oat fiber weight of 60 gm isn’t far off from my at-home weight of 57 gm. Since I bake strictly by weight, I’ve done a ton of test measuring and recorded the results for future reference. Here’s a curious one: table sugar, granulated erythritol (Anthony’s), and tagatose (Sensato), all weigh 208 gm per cup, but allulose (Hoosier Hill and Wholesome brands) weighs 176 gm per cup.
Welcome to the crazy world of measurement conversions. And, let’s not begin talking about proofing time, temperature and altitude variations. I do hope you have a good result with my bun recipe. We make them all the time and love them. Thanks for your comments . . . Joanie.
Hi – Could you please tell me how you measure your flour ingredients when you make these buns – by volume or by weight? The reason I ask is that when I touch on the METRIC button, it says 1 cup vital wheat gluten weighs 150 gm. I’ve never encountered VWG that weighs that much. I use it at 30 gm per quarter cup (120 gm per cup) because that’s what the packaging on all the major brands I’ve used say and it’s also what I get when I weigh it myself. I use the scoop with a spoon into the measuring cup and level with a knife method. 30 gm is a large difference in baking and will probably make or break this recipe. So I’d really like to know what you do in real practice. Thanks for your help – I really don’t want to make these until I know what I’m supposed to do. And thanks for your lovely web site and recipes.
Go by your 120g per cup calculation. I do agree it would make a difference. Conversions have been an on-going debate for food bloggers since we rely on purchased conversion software when all we use in our kitchens would be US standard. Here is a link to a well written article on how conversions do depend on the ingredient -> conversions. Thank you for the question and nice comment about our site . . . Joanie.
Hi! Try making these with only 3/4 cup wheat gluten. They are amazingly light and fluffy and easier to digest. Best buns ever!
I have experimented a lot when making this recipe. I usually try to use a lot of “fathead dough” for recipes, but like many, kept working at perfecting a yeast bun that mirrors wheat buns without the carbs. Lupin works well, but with yeast, it does need the gluten. The impact of gluten depends on a lot of things, the water, the time, and the kneading. And, even the kitchen temperature. The secret to success in the kitchen is adaptation. I will try at bit less with my next batch. Too much gluten can make the buns tough and not as much crumb-like. Too little and they can collapse. Baking is truly an art. Thanks for the comment . . . Joanie.
Hi. I don’t have access to lupin flour. Can I use flaxseed meal as a substitute
Usually substitutions are very easy; however, with baking breads and rolls, it is much more problematic. I haven’t experimented with flaxseed meal. I usually think of it as a thickening agent. I did experiment with almond and coconut flours in making rolls. The result is much better with lupin flour. The closest would be blanched almond flour. No guarantees. You can order lupin flour on our site (through Amazon). Good luck. Thanks for the question . . . Joanie.