Keto Burgers Buns (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free)

Following a low-carb diet but craving a juicy hamburger? You could dish up a grilled meat patty with melted cheese and bacon wrapped in a salad leaf…OR…you could make these keto burger buns! Made with mozzarella, almond meal, and egg, these are surprisingly fluffy and bread-like at around 8 grams of net carbs per bun.  This easy hamburger bun recipe is from The Frugal Keto Cookbook by Emily Pierce (read more about the book below).

You can use these keto buns for hamburgers, bacon and egg rolls, mayo chicken sandwich for lunch, dinner roll with your soup and so on. These guys have cheese, so not paleo! Enjoy the recipe and make sure to leave a comment and a rating below.

Keto burger buns recipe
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Let’s preface this recipe by saying that the best advice to anyone starting a Ketogenic diet is to begin by simply skipping the bun. Ordering a burger without the bun is a great start. After a while though, you might begin to miss buns. This recipe will yield a delicious, toastable keto burger bun.

Maybe it’s the feeling of biting into the bread, or simply the act of holding a burger again, but these buns will make you feel like you’re missing nothing! Bonus: making your own keto bread substitutions is delicious and frugal, too! 


Ways To Use Keto Burger Buns

  • Grill a few simple beef hamburger patties with crispy bacon and melted cheese on top (or go dairy-free).
  • Try my lamb, olive and feta burger patties for something a little different.
  • Enjoy as a keto-friendly breakfast or brunch of cream cheese, smoked salmon and avocado bun roll.
  • Make a delicious low-carb chicken mayo sandwich for lunch.
  • Keto bacon & egg roll. Enough said!
  • Or try this low-carb chilli lime chicken burger (also in Emily’s cookbook by the way).
Keto Chicken Burgers With Low-Carb Buns
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Keto Burgers Buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Emily Pierce
Servings: 4 buns
Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
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Calories: 506kcal
Learn how to make low-carb burger buns to enjoy as keto hamburgers, breakfast buns, lunch sandwiches or dinner rolls. These are gluten-free and grain-free too. From The Frugal Keto Cookbook by Emily Pierce.


  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (336 g)
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 cups almond flour or meal (156 g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C, or gas mark 4) and place a rack in the middle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the mozzarella cheese to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir the cheese. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue to repeat short bursts in the microwave until the cheese is completely melted. Crack the egg into the bowl and stir the egg and the cheese together with a wooden spoon.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour and baking powder. Mix well. Add the dry mixture to the cheese mixture. Stir to combine. Once you have mixed as well as you can with a wooden spoon, knead with your hands until the dough is completely uniform.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal sections and roll each section into a ball. Place the buns on the baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Allow the buns to cool fully before removing them from the baking sheet.


Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 648mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 627IU | Calcium: 577mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: Bread, Low-Carb, Keto, Grain-Free, Burgers
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Reprinted with permission from The Frugal Keto Cookbook by Emily Pierce, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Lisa Monahan


About The Frugal Keto Cookbook

The Frugal Keto Cookbook by Emily Pierce
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This low-carb collection features 75 ketogenic recipes that don’t skimp on flavour while naturally saving you money. It will disprove the notion that eating low-carb in addition to eating REAL, nourishing foods is exorbitantly expensive.

Moreover, these recipes highlight a huge variety of flavours and cravings so you won’t get bored. There is a massive range of your favourite bread-based recipes and baked goods done without the flour or sugar, so you can make fun pastries, bread loaves, and desserts, helping you to master baking without traditional flour.

With eight awesome sections to pull recipes from, the cleverly organised index includes categories such as Use-It-Or-Lose-It Leftover Land, Beat-the-Bake-Shop Breads & Rolls, Budget-Friendly Breakfast & Brunch, and Dough-Stretching Desserts.


What Sets This Cookbook Apart

The Frugal Keto Cookbook helps you to master a few genuine skills – being able to work magic from your pantry, transforming budget items with new cooking methods, and reducing food waste to ensure you don’t waste money.

Being resourceful is easily one of the most essential keys to success in sticking with keto for the long haul whether you’re losing weight, addressing major health concerns, or simply feel good eating low-carb.

Here are some standout recipes you might want to try:

  • Butter and white chicken chilli 
  • Pancetta-wrapped chicken breasts
  • Superbowl stuffed mushroom caps
  • Cookout faux-tato salad
  • Hearty bacon mac & cheese
  • Steakhouse wedge salad
  • Pizza shop garlic knots
  • Easter brunch blintzes
  • Salted caramel cookies
  • Philly cheesesteak skillet

You can find The Frugal Keto Cookbook on Amazon here and in other stores. More info here.


About The Author

Emily Pierce is the founder of Keto Copy, a popular cooking blog, and co-host of the podcast The Keto Happy Hour. She lives in Michigan and has lost more than 120 pounds since she began following the diet. Emily is an expert recipe curator on a tight budget and knows how to stock a pantry, reduce waste, and plan ahead in order to stretch your dollar further while following the low-carb way.

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  1. Hi, Thank you for sharing this recipe!
    Do you think it would work with Cheddar cheese as well?

    1. Yes, I think it should work and might have a slighter stronger, sharper cheese flavour (which is not a bad thing 😉 )

  2. Help! What did I do wrong? I couldn’t get pre grated mozzarella so I bought a lump of it and grated it myself. I gave it several 30 second bursts in the microwave and it started to separate out all this milky liquid, leaving the cheese part in a solid lump. The more I zapped it the harder the cheese lump became so in the end I had to abandon it. Any idea what I could be doing wrong?

  3. Loved the shape and size of these buns, but they came about a bit dense on the inside, not light and fluffy.

    Any idea as to what I did wrong?


    1. I think the texture of low-carb and keto baking is never going to be the same as the regular fluffy buns. They are best eaten super fresh out of the oven as they do get firmer as they cool down. Adding more baking powder might also help them rise a bit more.

  4. Can this recipe be made without almond flour? is there an alternative? I am allergic to peanuts and almonds

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