Easy Gluten-Free Hot Dog Buns

Published on Sep 22, 2020

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 20 + minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Serves: 6
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Homemade Gluten-Free Hot Dog Buns made easy! These buns are soft, delicious, and perfect for hot dogs and sausages. Or make them into buns for your favorite burgers, an excellent recipe for barbecue season. This gluten-free dough is versatile and can be shaped into rolls or buns of any shape or size.

wiener inside a gluten-free hot dog bun

Why are homemade gluten-free hot dog buns better than store-bought?

I don’t know about you, but I have tested several store-bought gluten-free buns, and they are either too dry and crumble with the first bite or too dense and heavy.

And often, store-bought hot dog buns have added preservatives to increase shelf life. Unfortunately, this gives them an unpleasant aftertaste, making them not that tasty.

hot dog in a gluten free hot dog bun

Uses for gluten free hot dog bun recipe?

I am not keen on hot dogs unless they are organic and made with chicken or turkey. Fresh, delicious homemade burgers on a barbecue โ€” absolutely ๐Ÿ™‚ Or, I love filling the buns with delicious meat stews such as Barbacoa beef or spicy Dominican beef stew. YUM!

This gluten-free dough recipe is excellent because it can be used for hot dog buns and burgers or rolls. In addition, they make great sub sandwiches with various fillings.

And yes, they toast well, so you can make delicious garlic bread, especially if you have a day or two old leftover buns. They make the best gluten free garlic bread!


half eaten hot dog in a bun


recipe details for soft and delicious homemade gluten-free hot dog buns

First, this is a yeast dough. So, you need to proof the yeast with warm water and a sweetener. I used maple syrup because I will not use refined sugar if I don’t have to. You can also use honey or agave if you like, or sugar if that is all you have on hand.

Once the yeast is proofed, add the wet ingredients. I used a splash of olive oil, apple cider vinegar and eggs. The combination of these three ingredients is what will keep the hot dog buns light and soft.

I kept the recipe simple for the flours and used only two flours โ€”  white rice flour and arrowroot flour. To make sure that the gluten-free buns stay light, I also added baking soda. The dry ingredients are added to the wet mixture and using the mixer’s paddle, everything is mixed briefly until smooth.

shaping the dough for hot dogs

You will find that the dough is relatively sticky. So you need to use some oil to handle and shape the dough into rolls. I usually weigh the dough so that the buns are equal in size. But you can eye it if you don’t have a kitchen scale.

Once you shape the dough into logs, place them about 1/4 inch apart in the baking pan. When the buns rise, they should be touching. This allows them to raise in height instead of width and keeps the buns soft.

They are like pull-apart rolls. Or you can use a hot dog pan. I highly recommend getting one. It makes everything so much easier.

Now that the buns are ready for baking, brush them with melted butter. The butter keeps them extra soft and buttery and gives them a nice light brown color. Once the hot dog buns are finished baking, brush them again with the melted butter, and they are ready to be enjoyed.

When I made these hot dog buns, I formed the dough into six small logs, which took only about 15 minutes to bake. However, you can make them into four larger rolls for sausages or subs or buns for hamburgers.

But you will have to allow a little extra time for baking, about 2 – 4 minutes, depending on your oven.


gluten free buns

Can you freeze baked gluten free hot dog buns?

Yes, you can freeze the gluten-free hot dog buns. Bake the buns until they start to turn golden. Allow them to cool and freeze in an air-tight container or freezer bag.

When you are ready to serve them, thaw the buns in the fridge first. Then bake in a preheated oven fat 375 F for about 10 – 12 minutes until the buns are golden brown. 

I hope you enjoy these easy homemade gluten-free hot dog buns. They are soft and delicious, and if you follow the step by step instructions, they will be perfect every time ๐Ÿ™‚

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx


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Has anyone tried this using a yeast substitute? I do not use yeast.


yes you can Fozee.


Can I use tapioca starch instead of arrarowt?


we will check into this, the batter should be sticky but not like a pancake batter. The liquid/flour ratio is correct as posted.


Can you check your liquid/flour ratio? I made this, and when the recipe called to "turn out the dough ball", I had a bowl of floury liquid, like a very thin pancake batter. I had to add substantially more flour to bring its consistency to a "sticky dough".

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