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Revised Hamburger Buns {Grain, Yeast, & Xanthan Free}

**While I still like this recipe, I have a new Paleo hamburger bun recipe that I highly recommend and does not use psyllium husks. After extensively testing whole psyllium husks, I’ve found that breads that traditionally use yeast have a better texture using a different binder**
When I make hamburger buns I always make them grain free, but this week I also made them without yeast, guar gum, or xanthan gum! Instead of gums I used whole psyllium husks – a colon cleansing product that works wonders for gluten free bread.
I’ve experimented a lot with psyllium husks and I’ve found that it works great in breads but I would steer clear of it in cakes or other baked treats because it doesn’t allow the batter to rise very much. I’ve ended up with tiny little cupcakes each time I’ve used psyllium husks :)
Also when using psyllium husks you need to allow your bread to cool completely, because otherwise it will feel gummy. But that goes away once it’s completely cool and your bread will have the texture of a whole wheat product.
BTW- The picture above is The Pioneer Woman’s Sloppy Joe Recipe with all GF ingredients.

Revised Hamburger Buns {Grain, Yeast, & Xanthan Free}
Serves: 5
  • ¼ C Whole Psyllium Husks (NOT POWDERED, while powdered would work, it would call for a lot less and I do not have the measurements)
  • 1 C Water + ¼ C As Needed
  • 2¼ C Blanched Almond Flour, Honeyville Brand
  • 1 C Arrowroot Flour (tapioca *MAY* work)
  • 1¼ Tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Soda
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Preferred Oil + Extra For Brushing On Buns
  • ½ Tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix together the psyllium husks and 1 C water. Set aside to thicken.
  3. Whisk together the almond flour, arrowroot, salt, and baking soda.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until they are frothy and pale in color, a few minutes.
  5. Add the vinegar, olive oil, and honey to the eggs and beat until incorporated.
  6. Add the psyllium husk mixture and the flour to the eggs and beat until well combined, scraping down the bowl as necessary. If you're having trouble getting it all mixed together add up to ¼ C water. The batter will be very thick and sticky.
  7. Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil.
  8. Dip hands in arrowroot flour (you'll probably need to dip your hands in the arrowroot flour each time to prevent sticking) and roll batter into 5 equal-sized balls and place onto baking sheet. Slightly flatten the buns with the palms of your hands if needed.
  9. Brush the tops with about 1 tsp. olive oil on each bun and sprinkle on sesame seeds.
  10. Bake 12 - 15 minutes or until nicely browned.
  11. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack to properly set up.



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  1. Cassidy. You continue to impress me. Well Done or maybe in the cooking community Great Job is the better term.

  2. Thanks so much Sandy!!! Yeah, well done might not be the right term ha-ha :)

  3. what an amazing recipe! i love this!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Do you know if I could substitute ground flax seeds for the psyllium husks? These look great as we are all trying to eat paleo and have to cheat and have gluten free bread now and then!

  5. Anonymous-
    I have no idea if flax seeds would work or not, sorry :( If I get a chance to try it I’ll post an update! Let me know how they turn out if you try it!


  6. I try and steer clear from flax and soy due to the high estrogen contents… Mark Sisson says flax really isn’t his best bet either. But anywhoo, I am SUPER interested in this recipe!!! I don’t have the psyllium, but have in the past. I’m wondering if chia seeds would work also? Any Idea? Also has anyone else actually done this one yet?

  7. Anonymous-

    I just wanted to let you know that I’ve successfully subbed chia in place of psyllium in my sandwich bread recipe. I haven’t tried it yet for this recipe, but I’d imagine it would work… I don’t think there’s any soy in this recipe, we try to steer clear of soy too! Hope you like it and let me know what you think!!! Thanks!

  8. I’m curious, do all those ingredients really only make 5 hamburger buns???? :( Seems like so much for so little some how… I am just starting to learn about gluten free… but wow, only five really?

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