The Kaiser roll, also called a Vienna roll, is available in different textures. Some are hard, while others are not. This version is hard, but you can easily soften them by following the suggestion listed. Use these extremely hearty rolls for sandwiches and burgers and load on the fixings.
These rolls are hearty and definitely closer to kaiser rolls than a hamburger buns.
My intention was to create a gluten free hamburger buns recipe that was useful as a sandwich roll, as well. I started out by creating a new bread recipe and cooked them in 6 individual ramekins. They worked out perfectly because my ramekins are extremely shallow, only 1″ high and about the same size as Hawaiian sweet rolls, 5-inch round. The buns shrunk up to 4 1/2″ once baked, which was even better. All this talk about sweet rolls has me creating a new recipe as I type. However, this gluten free hamburger buns recipe was delicious! Enjoy!
UPDATE – June 27, 2013: See Kay’s comment below on her dairy-free and egg-free version.
UPDATE 2015 – I no longer use this recipe for hamburger buns, only for Kaiser rolls. Now, I use my Gluten Free Slider Buns Recipe. They’re much softer and closest to hamburger buns than I’ve ever had in a gluten free version.
Prep: 25 minutes
Inactive: 30 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Gluten Free Hamburger Buns
Use as a hamburger bun or a sandwich roll. Make them any size you desire. This gluten free recipe is definitely worth the effort!
- 1 cup water, warmed to 110°F
- 1 Tablespoons agave syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
- 1 large egg white, at room temperature
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup oil of your choice (olive, grape seed, etc.)
- 3/4 cup sorghum flour
- 1 cup +1 1/2 Tablespoons potato starch
- 1/2 cup tapioca starch/flour
- 1/3 cup white rice flour
- 1 Tablespoon non-fat dry milk powder (or Gluten Free Rice Milk Powder, for dairy-free
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum*
- 1/2 teaspoon guar gum
- 1/3 teaspoon sea salt
- Sesame seeds and 1 beaten egg white (optional)
- Oil or spray oil (I use olive oil spray) the bottom of six 5" ramekins (or whatever size width you are using) and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 170°F.
- Add agave and yeast to warm water, stir and set aside until foamy, at least 5 minutes, or longer, when needed.
- In a separate bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.
- In the bowl of your mixer beat egg white until soft peaks form.
- Add the one egg, oil, vinegar, and yeast mixture to the egg white and blend well on low speed, (No. 2 of Cuisinart mixer, if you have one).
- All at once, add the dry ingredients to wet and mix on high speed (No. 10) for 3 minutes.
- Add 1/3 heaping cup to each ramekin dish and even out the tops out with your fingers or a rubber spatula dipped in filtered water several times, until smooth. My ramekins are 1" high and 5" round and were filled about 3/4 up to the top; large, I know. If using sesame seeds, brush top of dough with beaten egg white, sprinkle sesame seeds on top and press the seeds into the top of dough.
- Place all 6 ramekins on a cookie sheet; turn oven off; and place them all in the oven to until they rise about 1/2" or more above the rim, 30 minutes.
- Remove the buns from the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Place buns back in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- As soon as the come out of the oven place them in a ziplock bag to allow them to steam, to soften the outside crust or leave out for a bit for the steam to naturally soften it as it cools. You can baste the whole thing with butter as soon as it comes out of the oven, however, this would make it greasy to the touch. Believe me I tried it. It never fully soaks in. You could try basting it with butter while still in the baking cycle, when it's almost done, but I'd rather skip those extra calories.
- Slice with a serrated knife and serve.
*To make your own molds/rings, fold sheets of aluminum foil 4-5 times, creating strips. Form each strip into a ring. Tape the outside of the ring with masking tape. The homemade version is a bit more difficult as they move around a lot when you're trying to fill them.
*You can also use English Muffin Tins or a mini cake pan, or even mini springform pans for molds. It will make more, though.
For corn-free diets, use corn-free xanthan gum (found online) or substitute the xanthan gum for additional guar gum.
Coating these with butter will create a greasiness to the outside of the roll, therefore, steaming is your best option.
I bet these turn out much lighter when using rice flour instead of sorghum.
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