Black Burger Bun


A black burger bun is a healthy food that can change the way you think about wholegrain. A black burger bun is a rare vegetable with a high concentration of chemical compounds. Eat black burger buns and enjoy your health. The health of your parents depends on it. They say an image is worth a thousand words, and that’s especially true when it comes to a delicious burger. If you agree then keep reading.

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Black Burger Buns Recipe

Sandwich Burger Black Buns Colored
Black burger bun with sesame seeds

I am not sure about you, but I have always been crazy about baking. I will bake anything, name it, and I will find the recipe or invent it, but you will see it on my table. These black burger buns surprised me with their color, so I simply had to try them and see their true color and taste.

When you first see a black burger bun it is impossible not to wonder what ingredient makes it so black. Although black color does not seem appetizing when used with food, this black brioche bun still brings water to your mouth. And not without a reason.

This bun is a perfect way to surprise your guests with a freshly baked meal that can be served with just about anything. The special ingredient that is used in this recipe to give it this dark black color adds to the surprise element when setting the table.

Other than this specific ingredient, you do not need anything else special to try out this fabulous recipe. Prepare your stand mixer, a mixing bowl, and a dough hook, and start adding the ingredients. In no time, you will have freshly baked black buns that everyone will ask you about.

What is a Black Burger Bun?

The black burger bun is a brioche burger bun that can be made in various sizes and served in many ways. The feature that makes it so special is its black color which is something you do not expect to see when you think of burger buns. However, being black makes it an attractive centerpiece on your dining table.

This burger bun is delicious besides its unappealing black color. Do not let it turn you down, they are as tasty as any other homemade burger bun. The color is the eye-catcher and it surely will not be missed at any gathering, no matter what food you want to serve with it.

What is a Black Burger Bun Made of?

These black hamburger buns are made of pretty much standard ingredients that you would use for baking. Prepare flour, yeast, some eggs, salt, and a bit of sugar, warm up the milk, and a slice of butter and you are ready to go. And of course, a special ingredient that everyone would be asking you for.

But, what is this mysterious ingredient that gives it this strange black color? The color originally comes from squid ink or cuttlefish ink that paints all other ingredients black. Even the white flour will turn black as this ink has a stable black color that will not fade during the baking process.

However, the black color can come from some other ingredients. You can use bamboo charcoal or coconut charcoal, more widely known as activated charcoal. This type of charcoal is safe for human use but it has some downsides that you need to be aware of as it may affect your digestion.

Black Bread Rolls
Black burger buns on a plank

What is The Taste of Squid Ink?

If you think squid ink will taste like something salty, reminding you of seafood you will be quite right as squid ink is salty and resembles fish food. However, when you add it to the dough, that taste will not be prevailing and it will not ruin the overall black burger bun’s taste.

Aside from burger buns, squid ink is famous for its combination with pasta. Squid ink pasta is a dish with an exotic look and exciting taste, making it a great addition to the dinner meal rotation. Serve the black burger with squid ink pasta for your family, and prepare to be showered with praises.

The one thing to remember when using the squid ink is to bring down the salt that you intend to use with the dough. This is important as you will get just enough saltiness from the squid ink that you should not use more than half of teaspoon of salt for this recipe.

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There are two ways to achieve the black color: Squid ink or activated charcoal.

Squid ink is often used in Mediterranean dishes, such as black pasta or black seafood paella. The taste of squid ink is slightly salty and fishy – as you would expect. However, when used in small amounts, you cannot detect a seafood taste.

Activated charcoal is a very fine flavorless powder. It’s made from charcoal that has been treated with oxygen. As a supplement, it is used to trap toxins and gases.

I decided on a charcoal burger bun because I already had some charcoal in my supplements box. However, both work equally well.


We all know that regular brioche burger buns are made with milk, yeast, and of course bread flour. Surely delicious, but wheat flour is not low carb!

I do have this recipe for Pull-Apart Bread Rolls which contains yeast and COULD be used to make black buns. However, I did not want to wait hours for the buns to rise in a warm place.

Therefore, I decided to use a version of my Vegan Keto Bread Loaf. It is not only low-carb and gluten-free but also does not contain eggs.

It turned out to be perfect for a fluffy black hamburger bun!

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Super fine almond flour – Regular almond flour or ground almonds are too coarse for this recipe. I used Bob’s Red Mill super fine natural almond flour for this recipe, which contains the skins and has a “wholemeal”, rustic taste. Blanched super fine almond flour will also work.
  • Flax meal – I like to re-grind this to make it as fine as possible.
  • Psyllium husk powder – This is what makes the buns fluffy in the absence of eggs. Again, I prefer to make my own by blending whole psyllium husks.
  • Baking powder – Check that it’s fresh.
  • Salt
  • Olive oil – This helps to make the dough elastic. Alternatively, use melted butter.
  • Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice – I’m adding this because it assists with the rise.
  • Warm water
  • Activated charcoal 


(This section contains step-by-step instructions and photos that show how to make this recipe. Find the recipe card with ingredient amounts and nutritional information at the bottom of the post.)

First, stir all dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl, breaking up any clumps.

Then, add all wet ingredients. Slowly pour in the water while you blend with a dough blade. The charcoal powder makes the mixture look quite… interesting!

Leave the dough to stand for 10 to 15 minutes to let the psyllium husk powder absorb all the water. A sticky dough will form.

Here’s my trick: I lightly oil my hands to shape the dough into 4 buns. This makes handling the dough so much easier!

Make sure you line your baking sheet with parchment paper so the buns don’t stick.

Sprinkle the buns with sesame seeds and bake in the oven for about 35 minutes until you can insert and remove a skewer without crumbs sticking.

As with all keto buns and bread, allow cooling before slicing. These buns are fragile when hot, but they firm up as they cool.


I filled the buns with homemade hamburger patties, sugar-free ketchup and keto mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato slices, and red onions.


I urge you not to experiment with this recipe until you have tried it once exactly as written.

Please follow all steps to ensure a good rise – the warm water, the extra fine flour, the home-milled flax, and the psyllium husk. Also, do check that your baking powder is fresh. It should fizz when you put it in water.

But of course, you can use black sesame seeds instead of white sesame as a topping!

As mentioned above, you can also replace the olive oil in the recipe with melted butter.

To make the tops shiny, add an egg wash before baking.

You could try using an egg in the recipe as well, which would help with a good rise. Be sure to separate the egg white from the egg yolk. Beat the egg whites until very stiff and fold them in last. Reduce the amount of water to 120ml / ½ cup.

Also, use 1 tsp of squid ink if you prefer trying this rather than activated charcoal.

And last but not least – you can make the rolls WITHOUT the charcoal. No hard feelings!

buns on a cooling rack, one is sliced open


We ate our black hamburger buns on the same day. However, they will stay fresh for up to 4 days at room temperature or wrapped in foil in the fridge.

Alternatively, freeze for up to 3 months.

Are Black Burger Buns Healthy?

Eating too many baked things can bring your weight up a bit, but if you replace the regular bread dough with whole wheat flour, you can still bring a healthy meal to your table. Besides, it is unlikely that you will serve this bun without anything, so you will not end up eating just the dough.

However, there is one danger to your health if you eat these buns. If you are allergic to seafood, then you should avoid eating these buns due to the squid ink. You can replace the squid ink with activated coconut or bamboo charcoal and get yourself vegan black buns.

Also, there is one curious side effect of these buns. You may notice that your poop turns black after eating these buns. However, you should not worry about this too much, only you must not scare yourself if you see it black. Just remember it is from eating these black burger buns.

Nutritious Facts:

If you think about what one serving of these buns brings to your table, then you should read the next lines. One middle-sized bun has around 150 kcal without anything added to it. This is not a lot, but you need to keep in mind what you serve with it so you do not go over the board with excess calories.

One bun also contains around 20 g of carbohydrates and 6 g of proteins which makes it a quite healthy addition to your main meal. With 8 g of fat and only 4 g of saturated fat, you can keep yourself on the healthy side with these appetizing black buns.

What To Eat With Black Burger Buns?

When you think of black burger buns you should remember that these are similar to regular buns, only in color. However, if you plan to serve it with salmon you will nail it with all those tastes. On the other hand, you can use anything you like and still have the perfect bun that goes with it.

Black burger buns can be served with all the sides you wish for traditional burgers. It can also be baked as a small canape that will make serving even more appealing. Options are endless, and it is only on you to choose how to serve them to your guests.

Black Burger Bun Storage

When baked, these delicious buns will not last a day, especially if you have people around to eat them. But, in case you have some of these left, you can keep them fresh for two or three days at most. After that, it would be best to freeze them.

If you wish to store these black burger buns for later use, you can do it easily by putting them in the fridge. Wrap each one individually to avoid them sticking to each other and losing moisture. Another thing to remember is to seal it in the vacuum bag to avoid buns crumbling when frozen.

And whenever you feel like eating burgers, worry not, you can reheat burgers in a few simple steps. There are also various kitchen appliances you can utilize to reheat burgers, ranging from conventional ovens to air fryers or microwaves.

Where To Buy Black Burger Buns?

If you think that this recipe is too complicated to try out at home, you can still taste them. Many bakeries and fast-food restaurants now offer black burger buns. Usually, they are served as a part of the whole meal, but you can also buy them empty and pair them with the frozen burgers at home.

When you choose to get empty buns to serve with the frozen patties at home, remember to opt for pre-made frozen burgers of high quality. This will ensure that your experience with the black burger buns is as perfect as possible.

Making the burger patties yourself is not a bad idea, either. With a few simple ingredients and aiding tools like a decent burger press, you’ll be able to make irresistible burger patties to treat your whole family.

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What I Most Like About Black Burger Buns?

This recipe is a perfect choice for party snacks as they can be made as small buns that can be served as appetizers. And their fantastic black color will attract all your guests. I have never had anyone leave the party without asking for the recipe for these amazing black burger buns.

And, the most important thing, these are simple to prepare and bake. Even if you have never tried to bake before. If you are not sure, just follow the recipe and measurements and there is no way that you can go wrong with these.

Do you like this black burger bun recipe? Have you tried it already? Share your thoughts with me and if you have photos of your brioche buns, feel free to share them, too.

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