Culver's Now Offering Gluten-Free Buns
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Mar 13 2015

Culver’s Now Offering Gluten-Free Buns

Culver’s is jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon by beginning to offer a gluten-free bun option. The new buns, made by Udi’s Gluten-Free, should be available in all Culver’s locations by the end of March. 

By offering the gluten-free buns, gluten-free customers will now be able to enjoy ButterBurgers and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches. The ButterBurgers and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches will come unassembled with a warmed, wrapped Udi’s Gluten-Free Bun to minimize the risk of cross-contamination. More about the new offerings:

 “Our mission is that each guest who chooses Culver’s leaves happy. When some of our guests shared that they were unable to enjoy our signature ButterBurger because of gluten allergies, we had a responsibility to respond,” says CEO and co-founder Craig Culver. “This option makes it possible for all guests to savor a delicious burger.”

I was excited when I first received the email with this news, but was curious about the fries. Would the fries be gluten-free (fried in a dedicated fryer)? I sent an email and received this response:

Hi Kimberly,

Thanks so much for reaching out. I would be happy to help with your questions! 
Prior to introducing the gluten free bun in Culver’s restaurants, a regional system wide training was held to educate managers/owners about the product and how to manage it. The gluten free bun is served to the guest in a sealed bag to avoid cross–contact from other gluten products in the restaurant. 

The Crinkle Cut Fries do not contain gluten, however there is a risk of cross-contact with gluten in the fryers. We recommend guests concerned about cross-contact avoid all items cooked in the fryer. Culver’s restaurants are not gluten-free environments and cross-contact with other food items that contain gluten is possible. We cannot ensure any of our menu items (except the gluten-free bun in the sealed package) are gluten-free.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. Thanks!

Katie Helscher, on behalf of Culver’s

So, while I was hopeful about the fries, I will be avoiding them. After browsing the Culver’s menu, I was pleased to see there are a number of other food items that don’t contain gluten, including green beans, cole slaw, George’s Chili, salads and many of their shakes, concrete mixers and desserts. 

As always, when dining out gluten-free, do your due diligence and make sure the staff understands your needs. There are very few restaurants that are 100% gluten-free, so cross-contamination is always a risk. If you don’t feel comfortable with what you are hearing from the staff, perhaps it is best to dine elsewhere. 

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

Comments

  1. Richard Husar says:

    I am interested in where you buy your hamburger buns, they are very good. I would to buy them for my personal use.

  2. Audrey says:

    I have been ill 3 different times after eating your grilled chicken on Udi’s gluten free bun. I become ill within 10 minutes of eating it. I use Udi’s buns at home. Is there something sprayed on the chicken that may have wheat, rye or barley? I do not get ill from the hamburgers.

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