Let’s say it out loud; store-bought hamburger buns are no good. Still, they are basically the only alternative. Few bakeries make artisanal burger buns, which means we have the perfect excuse to make our own.
Most importantly, baking your own bread allows you to cater to special diets. For example, if you’re staying clear from carbs for any reason, then you can make your burger buns with almond flour, which is what we’re doing today.
Making burger buns is easy, even alternative versions like the one below. You only need four ingredients. The fifth ingredient is patience because you want your dough to rise as much as possible to ensure fluffy buns that will make your hamburgers a true delight.
For today’s almond burger buns, we’ll need almond flour. The recipe below is designed to make just two buns, but adjust it to your needs; it’s easily scalable.
When it comes to almond flour, you want it extra fine, meaning as powdery as wheat flour. You’ll find almond meal in stores too, but it is coarser and won’t work to make bread, so go for finely ground almond flour.
We’ll also need baking powder, which is critical to give our buns some height. You can also use instant yeast for similar results. A few tablespoons of oil help with the buns’ mouthfeel and texture; it brings all the ingredients together. Last but not least, you’ll need one egg per bun; they add weight and consistency to the bread.
As for the technique, we’re going super creative, allowing the microwave oven to do all the work. Have you heard about mug cakes? Well, that’s the idea behind these burger buns. The microwave will cook the buns while a regular bowl will give them their shape.
Here’s a pro tip. Optionally add a few sesame seeds to the bottom of the bowl before pouring the dough to make your burger buns look more convincing.
Keep in mind not all microwave ovens are the same, so you might need to adjust your cooking time. The result should be an airy but slightly crumbly bun that you can serrate open to make hamburgers.
Just like that, with little effort, you’ve got yourself some pretty burger buns that are totally carb-free.
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and divide the mixture between two regular soup bowls.
Allow the dough to rise for at least half an hour at room temperature.
Microwave each for 90 seconds on high. Check they’re cooked through with a wood pick. Repeat if necessary.
Slice the buns and enjoy your keto, gluten-free burger buns.