Udi's vs. Canyon Bakehouse: Hamburger Bun Showdown

June 11, 2011

The two best-rated gluten free hamburger buns on the market these days are produced by Udi's Gluten Free and Canyon Bakehouse. Having had the opportunity to try both buns, I wanted to provide a comparative review of these two fantastic products! 



Udi's Gluten Free - Nutritional Information

Filtered Water, Tapioca Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Sunflower Oil, Egg Whites, Resistant Corn Starch, Cane Starch, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Potato Flour, Evaporated Cane Juice, Tapioca Syrup, Yeast (Yeast, Potato Starch), Sugarcane Fiber, Salt, Gum (Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Guar Gum), Mold Inhibitor (Cultured Corn Syrup, Citric Acid), Xanthan Gum, Enzyme (Calcium Sulfate, Enzymes). Dairy, Nut, Wheat/Gluten and Soy Free. Contains: Eggs.

Canyon Bakehouse - Nutritional Information
Water, Brown Rice Flour, Tapioca Flour, Organic Agave syrup, Whole Grain Sorghum Flour, Xanthan Gum, Eggs, Cultured Corn Starch, Whole Grain Millet, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Yeast, Potato Flour, Sea Salt, Sesame Seeds, Natural Enzymes. Dairy, Nut, Wheat/Gluten and Soy Free.

Canyon Bakehouse Hamburger Buns
Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Hamburger Bun

The Review
While, in my opinion, Udi's makes the best commercially available gluten free sandwich bread, the texture of their hamburger buns is essentially the same as their sandwich bread. The buns are delicious, if a little bit dry (I tried them both steamed and grilled) and somewhat crumbly. The buns are puffy, which is nice, but they are somewhat dense and tend to become a bit soggy when there are condiments added to the mix and begin to break apart. On the other hand, while my experience with Canyon Bakehouse is more limited, I have been nothing but pleasantly surprised by their products (especially their cranberry crunch muffins - yum!) and their hamburger buns are no exception! With sesame seeds and a fluffy interior, the Bakehouse hamburger buns have a much more fluffy, bubbly texture than Udi's and hold up to healthy doses of ketchup and mustard without becoming soggy or crumbling to bits and pieces. Much more like a traditional soft, fluffy bun Canyon Bakehouse Buns are my pick for your summer cookouts!



mbmcneese's picture

They're both mighty fine. The fact that there are 2 decent choices out there still AMAZES me! GF products have improved so much these past few years.

J. Carter's picture

"Mighty fine"??? Sure, taste-wise. But are you not listening, yo? In our corporate environment, if they don't say they are GMO-FREE, they probably have GMO's in their product. If you don't think that's something to be concerned about, you may want to go and do some homework on this!! BEWARE.

J Carter's picture

There is no mention here about GMO's, but I have found several bits of evidence that Udi's DOES contain GMO's. I would imagine, if they don't tell you otherwise, that they do, especially if there is any corn involved.

Allegra's picture

That's what I'm thinking... I had Udi's muffins the other day and it listed "Non-GMO canola oil" as an ingredient but didn't say the corn starch was non GMO.

That's one thing that sucks about GF packaged foods- they almost ALWAYS have soy, corn and/or canola and if it's not organic or labeled Non GMO it probably is GMO. If it's not the taste or texture, it's the ingredients! I have just gotten used to not eating bread. Although, these Canyon Bakehouse buns look really good!

It's just not worth it though unless they can prove they don't use GMOs.

Samual's picture

I have tried them all and like the Katz hamburger buns better then either of those two.