Best Keto Buns – Crusty Outside and Soft Interior!
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Delicious low-carb keto buns with a crusty exterior and a soft, bready inside!
Need a hearty, bready bun that fits in with your keto diet?
Don’t get me wrong, I love lettuce and cabbage wraps as a keto-friendly serving option, but sometimes I miss my burger buns. That’s why I’m sharing how you can make keto buns with a crusty outside and a soft interior for hamburgers, sandwiches, or just to eat on their own!
Better yet, you can dress this bun up any way you want, like with Sloppy Joes! 🤤
These keto buns can even be frozen in a bigger batch as a time-saving option. I recommend slicing them in half prior to freezing so it’s easier to take them out of the freezer and toast when you’re ready to enjoy a delicious sandwich without carb-heavy bread!
Hip tips when you’re ready to tackle our keto buns recipe:
- Making keto bread requires the ingredients to be at room temperature. To help with the rise of the buns, make sure the eggs have had enough time to warm up to room temperature.
- Make sure your baking powder is fresh! If you’re using baking powder and your recipe isn’t rising as it should, your baking powder might not be active.
- We’re usually big fans of shredding our own blocks of cheese, but pre-packaged shredded cheese will work better for this recipe due to the excess moisture from fresh mozzarella, so we highly suggest buying pre-shredded.
- Love extra seasoning on your buns? Try out our Everything but Bagel Seasoning on top to really give it a punch of flavor!
- These are freezer-friendly buns: Make a batch (or double) and let the keto buns cool completely. Slice in half (if planning to use them as a sandwich in the future) and store them in a freezer-friendly bag.
yield: 4 SERVINGS
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 20 MINUTES
total time: 30 MINUTES
A delicious low-carb bun with a crusty exterior and a soft, bready inside, perfect for burgers and sandwiches.
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 oz. cream cheese
- 3 eggs, room temperature (1 of the eggs for an egg wash)
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
In a large microwavable bowl, add shredded mozzarella cheese (don't shred your own mozzarella because it will have more moisture) and cream cheese. Melt in 20-second intervals and stir. This should take around 40 seconds, but may take longer depending on your microwave settings.
Once you have stirred cheese together, add 2 room-temperature eggs, almond flour, baking powder, salt, and Italian seasoning. Stir to incorporate all ingredients together.
Divide into 4 sections and form hamburger-sized buns on the baking sheet. Wetting your hands slightly will help prevent sticking when shaping. Sprinkle extra Italian seasoning on top if desired.
Make egg wash by adding a whole egg with a dash of water. You could also use two egg whites instead of one full yolk. Set aside.
Bake buns for 20 minutes. Halfway through baking, brush egg wash over the buns to get a nice golden texture. Once baked, remove from oven and let cool completely before slicing open. Enjoy!
Yield: 4 buns, Serving Size: 1 bun
Amount Per Serving: 506 Calories | 41.3g Fat | 12.6g Total Carbs | 5g Fiber | 2.7g Sugar | 26.4g Protein | 7.6g Net Carbs
It’s sandwich time!
The options are endless with keto buns! Try out our keto-friendly veggie burger, chicken salad, stuffed burgers, or even a slice of our bacon jalapeño cheeseburger casserole to fill the slices of these buns.
You can also use them as dipping bread for hearty keto chili or tomato basil soup!
My Hip sidekick Chelsey tried this recipe and here’s what she had to say:
“These keto buns are delicious! We’ve become huge fans of the keto buns and the sweet rolls (both use mostly the same ingredients), and they are so easy to make. It doesn’t take much time to make them, and they go great with a variety of sandwiches or even burgers.
My husband, who doesn’t follow a keto diet, not only loves them for sandwiches, he loves to eat them just plain! As with so many of the recipes on Hip2Keto these could be customized by using different types of seasonings or toppings depending on what you’re using them for.”
Want more keto bread options? Try out these delicious buttery keto breadsticks!
Yes! I’m going to try and make these soon. Thanks! 😃
Awesome Rick! Please let us know how you enjoyed them❤
I am making the buns today
Hi Marge! Awesome. Let us know how they come out!
The buns were really great! My son loved them.
Yay! SO glad to hear that, Cindy! Thanks for the feedback!
Just had these for lunch (sloppy joes) and they were the best keto bun we’ve tried to date. They didn’t soak up the liquid from the meat. Thank you!
Hi there! Thanks for your feedback! So glad you enjoyed this recipe❤
Making these tomorrow, can hardly wait.
Hi Cindy! Awesome! Let us know how they came out❤
Sorry to hear that, Bob. Thanks for letting us know what you thought of these! You could drop the amount of salt down to 1/2 teaspoon. Hope this helps!
a splash of apple cider vinegar also seems to cut “too salty’
I made these and instead of the italian seasoning & salt I used same amount of them but used everything bagel (not on top but mixed in) the only issue I had they didnt rise enough but all of my ingredients were not room temp will do that next time. But besides that they are DELICIOUS, even my daughter said they are the best yet. I heat it up on the toaster oven…yum! Thank you for this recipe.
You’re welcome, Donna D! I’m so happy they were a hit! 🙌 Thank YOU for the feedback!
I made these buns. They are delicious but they spread out so they were thin. My eggs were room temperature so not sure what to do, any suggestions?
Oh darn! Sorry to hear about that, Sharon. Be sure to use fresh baking powder. We mention that in the hip tips above. Hoping that suggestion might help!
Followed directions and they were so runny after I molded them they spread out on pan and look like pancakes. What happened.
This is a sticky dough and won’t be runny. Did you add the full 1 1/2 cup almond flour?
Wow, these are beautiful and delicious! Thanks for the recipe !
You are welcome, Amanda!
I made these and they turned out very dense and moist on the inside. Is that how they are supposed to be, or are they supposed to be more like the texture of regular bread/buns? They smell great and have great flavor, I’m just wondering if I’m doing something wrong. Thank you!
Hi there! These keto buns will be a little more dense than regular bread with a soft inside and crusty outside. The inside would not be near as soft as regular bread though. Hope this helps❤
These buns are delicious! I’m on the Keto diet and love having sandwiches and hamburgers on a bun! My husband is not on Keto, but loves them. I reluctantly share! 😂 I do divide the dough into 5 buns. Thank you for such a great recipe!
You are welcome, Carol! We are glad that you like them so much!
THANK YOU!! Game changer for me and these are delish! New to keto and easing in…my stomach is already so much happier!!🥳🥳🥳 Now 90 pounds to go….I GOT THIS! ❤❤❤❤ And thanks for everything (Your coupon site helped by me my first house as a single person!! Woo!)
Hi there! Awwww we love to hear this❤ I am so glad that you loved this recipe! You got this❤❤ Congrats on the house too!
Can I use a silcone baking mat instead of parchment paper?
YES! That’s what I do!
Have you ever tried making a loaf with this bread? Only buns? Would like to make a grilled cheese sandwich with this!
We have a better bread you can make over here. It works really well for grilled cheese sandwiches.
They look amazing. I also used the bagel sesame for the topping also. Wish I could have posted a picture of them.
Yummy idea, Jan! Thanks for the feedback. Happy to hear how great they turned out!
Can I store them on the counter for use tomorrow or do they need to be in the fridge?
Overnight, I can leave mine covered on the counter. But I wouldn’t go longer than that as they can go bad fast. You can freeze them as well.
These look delicious; but I have a nut allergy, so almond flour is out of the question for me. Could you substitute another?
Hi Lisa! You can find all of the best Keto flour alternatives and how to use them over here –> https://hip2keto.com/tips/gluten-free-keto-flours-recipes/
Hope that helps!
Lisa, did you find somethings which work for you instead of the almond flour? I’d love to hear your experiences (trails, failures, success stories) with substitutions.
I just made these. They were excellent. I had flattened them to what I thought would fit the burger, but then as they baked they flattened more, so next time I will just leave them alone and think that will do the trick. Lol. Thank you for this recipe. Husband thought it was really good as well, so it’s definitely a keeper. 🙂
Hi Michelle! Yes they tend to do their own thing in the oven & usually come out burger sized🍔 So glad you enjoyed it!
These turned out great. Followed the well detailed instructions and instead of italian seasoning used a salt free vegetable seasoning. The dough came together well and the finished product is fantastic. Thank you so much for the recipe. These will be a staple in our home.
Yay! That’s wonderful to hear, Teresa K! Happy you can add these to your regular menu! 🙌 Thanks a bunch for taking a moment to comment!
Thank you for this recipe. I’ve been making these rolls for my husband for about a year. My husband likes me to put Everything but the bagel seasoning on top of the rolls. These are great for him!!
That sounds delicious! You’re most welcome, Ellen! Glad your husband has been enjoying them!
Absolutely the worst! I will never bake this again.
I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. Did you have trouble cooking them?
Does anyone know how many net carbs per bun there are? I’m tracking my net carbs and calories right now with my keto diet.
Yes, each bun has 5g net carbs!
Just under 500 calories for a bun. That would make a sandwich in the neighborhood of 700 or800 calories. Even on Keto calories matter.
Hi Pam! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us! We sure appreciate the feedback. We talk a little bit about calories over here – https://hip2keto.com/tips/ask-nutritionist-diet-soda-diabetes-limiting-calories/
Hope this is helpful!
Just made these and taste delicious and look exactly like your photos! Thank you.
You’re SO very welcome, Vicki! Awesome to hear how great they turned out for you!
Would like to try garlic instead of Italian seasoning. With cheddar on top. Any suggestions?
That sounds yummy too! You could sprinkle on top before baking. It may change the nutritional values. Let us know how it turns out if you decide to try it!
Made these tonight and loved them- used EBTB seasoning on the tops! They were huge so I will try making 8 buns next time. My husband is a very picky, non-keto eater and he liked these. A win in my book! Will make these part of my weekly rotation 😬
I love that you added the seasoning! It’s one of my faves! Thanks for trying and so glad your husband liked it as well!
I made these tonight for tomorrow’s dinner. I read an earlier post that it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. I’m hoping that’s still true.
Hi there! You can leave them covered on the counter for a few hours, however they will need to be refrigerated or frozen if you need them to keep a bit longer. Hope that helps!
Hi! Im pretty new to low carb/keto lifestyle. Im trying out new recipes to replace old carb filled choices and not really hard core keto or anything. When I look at the nutrition information, I see that these buns have 497 calories! That seems like a lot. Are we kind of switching out carbs for calories? I am new to the lifestyle so maybe I don’t get the way it works yet, but it seems like a lot of calories for 1 hamburger bun.
Hi Sharon! Great question! We have some information on counting calories over here –> https://hip2keto.com/tips/ask-nutritionist-diet-soda-diabetes-limiting-calories/
These tips may be helpful too! – https://hip2keto.com/how-to-start-keto-diet/