Review and *Giveaway*: Kinnikinnick Hot Dog & Hamburger Buns

It’s officially July and officially the summer and officially the hottest.

This means it’s the perfect time for grilling. The perfect time for gluten-free beers on your patios. And of course, the perfect time for finding out about great gluten-free hotdog and hamburger buns.

I recently reviewed the Kinnikinnick soft breads – the white and multigrain bread varieties. Kinnikinnick had sent me a sample pack of their newest soft breads to try out (thanks Kinnikinnick!) – so here’s my review of the other two products – the hotdog and hamburger buns.

The hotdog buns were the most interesting. I made the mistake of trying to tackle the hotdog bun grilling when they were still a little frozen. Mistake! Because they were so fragile still, and less malleable, I couldn’t get it to bend without breaking apart on the grill pan. One of the two I was able to keep connected in the process. Regardless, putting them on the grill (pan) made them nice, warm and crispy-grilled for the hotdogs. Although they were actually chicken dogs – putting pepper on them really completed the whole meal.

You can see that on the bun still left standing, I didn’t open it all the way – making it a hard hotdog to take in all at once! Then again, I haven’t had a hotdog with a real bun on it for years – perhaps I have forgotten how a real one was supposed to function? Although these were great tasting buns – really great tasting – I would definitely wait to defrost it before grilling it.

The hamburgers went much smoother. I defrosted them and they were easy to grill (or put them in a toaster like I did – taking the lazy way out ha).

I used it for veggie burgers, since I’m not a beef girl. These are great buns to have at home for grilling and making hamburgers. I wish some restaurants that try so hard to make their own GF buns would just use these! They’re crispy when grilled – not doughy like some I’ve had before.

I really liked these products! I’m not a huge hotdog fan, so the chances of me re-buying a bag of these are unlikely, but if I ever need them I’d definitely not be opposed to it. The hamburger buns were great. I’m so used to eating veggie burgers without buns that I could take or leave buns. However, I know that it’s something a lot of newly celiac (or veteran celiac) miss. Buy these buns! Both retails for around $4.59 a package. Each package has 4 products inside.

Hotdog buns

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Hamburger buns

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Kinnikinnick is offering the winner a package of Kinnikinnick Soft Bread. This includes 1 white loaf, 1 multigrain loaf (as seen in my previous review), and 1 hot dog bun package and 1 hamburger bun package.


1 winner, picked randomly (via based on valid entries. 


Each person can be entered into our contest TWO times ONLY – once through the website and once through Facebook. 

  • WEBSITE LOVERS: 1 entry (limit 1 per person) on Comment on THIS post and tell us about a UNIQUE sandwich, burger, or hotdog that you would love to make. Make sure that you input your email address in the form so we can contact you if you’re the winner!
  • FACEBOOK FRIENDS: 1 additional entry (limit 1 additional entry per person) by liking NOT A FAN ALREADY? Become a fan of Celiac and the Beast on Facebook, then come back here and post an additional comment on THIS post that you became our friend. YOU LIKE US ALREADY? If you’ve already “liked” us on Facebook prior to this contest, post an ADDITIONAL comment on this post (separate from your first one) and tell me about the best burger you’ve ever had!


Monday July 23rd 2012 – 5pm PST. Winners will be announced ASAP afterwards!


Comments: 30

  1. dana romeo July 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm Reply

    Sweet Italian sausage with broccoli rabe sharp provolone and roasted peppers

  2. Lisa July 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm Reply

    My favorite burger that I have been craving is the homemade version of Red Robins Bonzai( pineapple and teryaki sauce) . I have found a couple teryaki sauces that are GF!

    • Erica July 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm Reply

      Never been to Red Robin, but that sounds good. San-J has GREAT sauces that are gluten-free!

  3. Amanda bumgarner July 9, 2012 at 6:03 am Reply

    I have celiac disease and would love to try these!

    • Erica July 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm Reply

      Congrats, Amanda, you’re the winner!

      • Amanda bumgarner July 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm Reply

        Yayy!! I am so thankful & excited!! You made my night. :):)

  4. ruth July 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm Reply

    I’d liked to make a grilled chicken sandwich topped with peaches and ricotta cheese.

    • Erica July 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm Reply

      OMG that sounds so good!

  5. Jill Peterson July 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm Reply

    I was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease and it has been a slow journey to revamping my eating habits. I am interested in any information I can get to help me out with my journey.

  6. Diana G July 10, 2012 at 7:21 am Reply

    I’d make a black bean quinoa burger to put on the buns. I’d top it with some guacamole and veggies. yum yum. thanks.

  7. theglutenfreecocina July 10, 2012 at 7:27 am Reply

    i’d love to try out a sloppy joe using Kinnikinnick buns- sounds kind of old school and awesome. p.s. the Kinnikinnick gluten free graham crackers are really delicious and perfect for summertime s’mores.

  8. Georgiana July 10, 2012 at 8:37 am Reply

    I would make a grilled chicken avocado swiss tomato spinach pesto panini! A perfect healthy gluten-free creation and I would love to try Kinnikinnick bread with this for my gluten-free lifestyle! Thanks for the great review and giveaway too! 🙂

  9. Ray July 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm Reply

    A gluten-free mushroom swiss grass-fed beef burger with lettuce and tomato! Hot off the grill Yum! Thanks!

  10. Renata July 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm Reply

    A thanksgiving sandwich – turkey, avocado, cranberries, and mashed sweet potatoes as a spread inside all on Kinnikinnick bread! Delicious!

    • Erica July 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm Reply

      Would you make all those ingredients just for a sandwich? Oh my gosh, invite me over! 🙂

  11. Renata July 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm Reply

    Facebook fan too! Thanks so much and enjoyed the great review!

  12. Krista L. Ventresco July 11, 2012 at 9:13 am Reply

    I am so anxious to try Kinnikinnick’s new buns. We have a healthfood store that carries some of their products, but I haven’t seen their buns or soft white bread. I am heading there today after reading so many positive reviews! If they don’t have them I will ask that they start. Thanks!!

  13. Lita Collins July 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm Reply

    hmm, portobella and swiss cheese burger

  14. Jerilyn Sigler July 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm Reply

    Bbq-bacon-cheese burgers 🙂 w/sweet onions sauteed to the point where they start to caramelize. Mmmmmmmmmm yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  15. Amy Judd July 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm Reply

    I would love to scramble eggs and put them with sausage and cheese on a warm hamburger bun. Yum!!

  16. Amy Judd July 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm Reply

    I “liked” you on facebook already.

  17. Meghan July 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm Reply

    I would love to try a black bean burger with avocado and tomato and spinach leaves!

  18. Meghan July 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm Reply

    I am already a Facebook fan and the best burger I have ever had is one in my hometown..just a simple cheeseburger but with chili, tomato, mayo, must, and ketchup on a grilled bun!

  19. Janet July 14, 2012 at 1:13 am Reply

    I would love to have a sausage, peppers and onions on the bun-I know it isn’t a hotdog-haven’t had a hotdog forever! But if I did-a nice chili dog with cheese would be great!

  20. Janet July 14, 2012 at 1:15 am Reply

    I would love a hamburger with all the trimmings-lettuce, onion, and tomato fresh from the garden! Yummm…..

    Thanks for the chance to win these great products. Haven’t had them so I am excited to try these products!

  21. Karen Brady July 14, 2012 at 2:29 am Reply

    Since I am also a vegetarian, I like to make my own homemade veggie burgers quinoa and chickpeas. Then I top it off with homemade tzatziki.

  22. Valerie Stitt July 14, 2012 at 5:38 am Reply

    Really enjoy your hamburger buns!!! prefer my hotdogs bunless

  23. Heather July 14, 2012 at 10:29 am Reply

    I think I would love to put on these buns a nice homemade Greek-style lamb burger that had been seasoned with oregano, mint, lemon juice, and that had then been topped with feta cheese. That just sounds so good right now!

  24. Megan S. July 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm Reply

    A big hunk of hamburger meat with pineapple and a gluten free bun

  25. erica August 7, 2012 at 10:12 am Reply

    add honey to a kinnikinnick hotdog bun, toast it, add a banana and hersheys chocalote syrup. yum yum

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