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Healthy Buns For BBQs

Healthy BBQ: Not So Healthy Whole Wheat Buns

Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start of Summer, and for many of you that means a weekend of BBQs. Most people I know are all about the grillables and the sides: special recipes for homemade burgers, perfectly marinated chicken and ribs, veggie kabobs, and creamy potato salad. But when they hit the grocery store to pick up all the essentials, they don't pay much attention to their buns, and there's something you should know. The whole wheat buns you're buying may not be so healthy. Gasp! They might say "made with whole wheat," or they look brown, but that doesn't mean they don't contain enriched flour and corn syrup of the high fructose variety. Check out the surprising ingredients in these popular buns and rolls:

Don't fret. There are many healthy options out there to house your burgers and hot dogs, so


  • Arnold Select 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins: These "rolls" are much thinner than normal bulky buns and only 100 calories each. They're made with whole wheat flour and no high fructose corn syrup.
  • Barowsky's Organic Hot Dog Buns: Made with organic whole wheat flour, each bun contains 150 calories, one gram of fiber, and seven grams of protein.
  • Pepperidge Farm 100% Natural 100% whole wheat bread: Who said you have to have a real bun? Grill up some sliced bread instead. Each one of these slices contains 100 calories, three grams of fiber, and four grams of protein.
  • Go open-face with half a bun, or no bun at all and save 50 calories or more.
  • Go South Beach like In-N-Out Burger: Instead of worrying about which buns are healthy, wrap your hamburger in leaves of fresh, crispy lettuce. It's much lower in calories and carbs, so you can save room for your gram's famous macaroni salad.
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ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
i've always disliked white buns and i prefer to eat the filling of my burger/hotdog/sandwich etc with brown rice, beans or on its own; on the other hand, i understand why people want to retain the common white bun - they're indulging and want to retain a classic part of the meal, even if it's not that healthy.
Meowphotog Meowphotog 7 years
Trader Joe's has good whole wheat buns and using your favorite multigrain bread as a bun never caused a commotion, or at least it shouldn't.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I've bought the Whole Foods whole wheat buns before, but my husband doesn't go for the whole grain flavor with his hamburgers and sausages. So I buy the Martin's buns (hfcs-free) for him, and I skip the bread.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
I looooove Orowheat Sandwich thins!! I use them for every type of sandwich or burger.
kcmosinki kcmosinki 7 years
keenbbq, the government subsidizes corn, and lots of things are made out of corn derivatives; soda, bread, chicken nuggets etc, so it's cheaper. also, organic and healthier stuff in addition to not being subsidized, limits use of pesticides, growth chemicals which leads to a lower yield. high demand from us the consumers + low supply= higher prices...bummer. but think of it this way, if you eat whole foods now, you're saving thousands on medical bills from the effects of not eating well.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Thank you, Fit!! It drives me crazy how mainstream "health" foods are filled with such unnecessary, unhealthy ingredients. Why do people need HFCS or added sugar in their bread? Are we that dependent on sugar as a society that we have to have some form of added sweetener in everything we eat? I eat my veggie burgers on Ezekiel Sprouted Grain buns. No added sugar or HFCS, just whole grains, yeast, and salt:
MLH1 MLH1 8 years
luckily there is no such thing as organic HFCS. go for organic and you will not find it. Same goes for ketchup. only the organic ketchups don't have HFCS.
MissKris02 MissKris02 8 years
Crap! I usually eat the Pepperidge Farm buns with my turkey burgers.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I don't usually eat buns with my meat at grillouts because NO ONE brings whole grain buns and I hate the white squishy things that people call "buns". So I just eat my grilled food on a piece of lettuce, lol.
kia kia 9 years
You are mostly right. HFCS is my saving grace with buns since I am allergic to cane sugar. I think I am one of the few people that look for that ingredient.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I always read the labels, you cant go by the flashy front of the box or bag "100% whole wheat" doesnt mean that there isnt other ingredients! Just bought bread yesterday, EZEKIEL 4:6 bread no preservatives, all organic, sprouted grains and legumes, and it tastes good, look for it in the "health food" section in the refridgerated part.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I always read my labels.
Keenbbq Keenbbq 9 years
Many healthy foods tend to have less in them which in turn makes them healthier. This in turn make the food actually cheaper to make. My biggest question then is why oh why does it cost us more?????
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I wish high fructose corn syrup wasn't in so many food products and of course healthier things cost more.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
It kills me that they are promoting this stuff as healthy. And ignorant (I'm not being mean, I mean ignorant as in UNINFORMED) consumers buy them thinking they are doing something good. I mean, I only know all about HFCS being in breads b/c I am obsessed with avoiding it, but the random consumer doesn't.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I was in charge of buns and I brought Rudy's Organic Whole Wheat buns and I was literally attacked by the angry mob :mob:
erdiva528 erdiva528 9 years
whole food stores have some good whole wheat organic buns. yummers!!
lizs lizs 9 years
Alvarado Street Bakery makes a lot of really tasty breads, many with sprouted grains. They're available at health food stores and also in the "healthy" part of most "normal" grocery stores - they have to be kept refrigerated or frozen, so be sure to look in the right place. (My fiance's parents live in rural Illinois and I've seen this there within the past year, I believe at Jewel.) A quick google also came up with a few Pepperidge Farm breads that don't have it (some of the whole grain ones, so you'll have to read the label) and Nature's Own sugar-free whole wheat. I second the tortilla thing - whole wheat ones are pretty easy to find everywhere I've been.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
Whole Foods has a great selection. We have hotdogs semi-regularly (Hebrew National only) so it's not a once-in-a-while thing for me. My boyfriend hates whole wheat anything so I force him to eat it anyway.
totonlaura totonlaura 9 years
Yeah I wish that you would have posted some brands that are healthy!!!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
It's so frustrating to find hamburger & hot dog buns that are even remotely healthy. I live in a rural area so shopping choices are pretty limited. I usually buy whole wheat english muffins for my hamburgers and use whole wheat tortillas for hot dogs.
chameleon7 chameleon7 9 years
Just want to point out that Arnold is also goes by Oroweat, depending on where you live.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
This might be fine if you have a BBQ with a bunch of health and diet conscious people...but how often does that happen? When I buy the whole wheat kind, only I eat them...and I have to get the normal kind for everybody else. But Fit, do you have any suggestions on whole wheat buns that do not contain enriched flour or HFC? Not where to look, but perhaps you can give us some brands? Thanks!
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