There are few times of the year when rolls shine more than during the holidays! Today’s post from my Bountiful Bread Basket series—the series that shares the best gluten-free bread recipes on the web—is a much-needed update to the original post that shared the best gluten-free biscuits and best gluten-free rolls for celebrating with your families.
It was an amazing collection but admittedly more than a little cumbersome to navigate. Today I’m breaking that collection into two parts, with today’s post being dedicated to the best gluten-free roll recipes. (Here are the best gluten-free biscuit recipes.)
I hope you will be as pleased with these recipes as I am. Honestly, any of these rolls would be perfect for your holiday table or any time that we wish to simply celebrate our everyday love of truly wonderful gluten-free bread!
We’re talking about basic dinner rolls and popovers (some of you call them Yorkshire puddings) but also really special recipes such as gluten-free Parker House rolls, Pull-Apart Rolls, homemade Texas Roadhouse Rolls, classic Cloverleaf Rolls, Hawaiian Rolls, and more.
As always, I’ve labeled the recipes to show if in addition to being gluten free, they’re grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. You can quickly see which ingredients you don’t need for each recipe—such as eggs, dairy, and/or yeast—which is important for those of us with additional food restrictions but also helpful when preparing your shopping list.
Many of us are happy to get our “bread fix” with rolls and biscuits. We all know that hey’re usually easier and faster to get on the table than a homemade loaf of bread.
That’s important to all of us when preparing a meal, especially after long school or work days. And, for some of us, rolls (and biscuits) are even more appealing than loaves of bread. After all, I call my popovers “better than sliced bread,” and I firmly believe that. Looking at all the other delicious contributions here, I suspect they merit that same praise!
By the way, if you’re looking for another type of specialty rolls, gluten-free Hamburger, Hot Dog, and Sandwich Roll recipes, you’ll want to check out this roundup post.
The Best Gluten-Free Rolls (Recipes That Will Work for Everyone’s Needs)
~ “Better Than Sliced Bread” Popovers from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, yeast free, vegetarian, with dairy-free options
These popovers are crusty rolls with soft, airy insides. They look like they require a lot of hard work, but they’re actually super easy to make. Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone.
Reader reviews: “I made these for dinner last night and put butter and honey on them. Yumm, yumm!” and “I am happy to report that the batch I just baked came out moist and light. I just loaded one up with some cherry jam for morning tea – delish!” and “These are amazing. PERFECT texture. I have to make them with dairy-free milk and it still works fine.”~ Buttery Old-Fashioned Dinner Rolls (Parker House Style) from My Gluten-Free Cucina ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Leslie said: “These rolls have the soft, buttery texture of old-fashioned pull-apart dinner rolls and you would never guess that they are gluten free. I loved them so much that I decided to make them a part of my holiday bread basket.”
~ Cloverleaf Rolls from Life After Wheat ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
Reader review: “My family is thrilled with these tasty and easy-to-make GF rolls. My granddaughters enjoy helping me roll them into balls and put them in the pan.” and “I have made these. Delish.”
~ Dinner Rolls from Art of Gluten-Free Baking ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
Reader reviews: “It’s been said a million times over but I made these exactly as written and they were the talk of my dinner party. They didn’t rise for me before going into the oven but popped up really well in the oven.” and “Thank you so much! I have been searching for a dinner roll recipe! Everyone gobbled them up! My 5-year-old ate 3 of them in one sitting!! This recipe will be used again and again.”
~ Dinner Rolls Three Ways—Plain, Garlic and Rosemary, and Onion from Allergy-Free Alaska ~ gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, vegetarian
Megan said she been searching for “warm rolls… fluffy rolls… the kind of rolls that are a little bit of soft heaven when you take a bite” ever since she went gluten free. Finally, her “searching and recipe testing was complete” when she created this recipe. She summarized these biscuits with one word, “Perfection.”
Reader reviews: “Thanks for the awesome recipe. It worked perfectly for me!” and “these are so yummy! I can’t tell you how happy I am to have a roll I can eat….I had a french dip last night I haven’t had that tasted good in 3 years! I made them plain and can’t wait to add the garlic!” and “These are delicious….I have tried so many recipes without success, these great and so easy to make.”~ Easy Dinner Rolls from Fearless Dining ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
Reader reviews: “I made them in the oven and they were fantastic!”
Reader reviews: “Once again a most wonderful recipe from our “mama”! The rolls were absolutely delicious – my family was so excited!!!” and “These are fabulous rolls. Such a lovely recipe. Will be a staple in my household from now on.”
Naomi of Better Batter says, “These sweet and tender potato rolls are easy enough to make everyday and special enough to serve to company. Serve them to your gluteny friends – they’ll never know they’re gluten free.” One reader said: “These were really good! They disappeared instantly. I loved that the recipe made a hearty two dozen cloverleaf rolls. They were soft and delicious. Another winning recipe!”
Reader reviews: “These were so very, very good. My daughter and her classmates devoured them.” and “These were really good! We enjoyed them with our Italian Wedding Soup and Beef Stew. They disappeared instantly.”
~ Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls from Gluten-Free Goddess ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, with egg-free and vegan option
Karina says these rolls are “Just right.” They were “tender and lovely warm from the oven. Not gummy. Not heavy. Not too grainy.”
~ Farmhouse Rolls from Better Batter ~ gluten free, rice free, gum free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, vegan options
~ Gluten-Free Rolls from Life After Wheat ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
Reader reviews: “Made with King Arthur’s measure for measure, and with coconut cream. All the kids loved them. Thanks!!! Been looking for a biscuit recipe for quite a while.” and “It’s 10:00 pm and I just took these out of the oven!! Ohhhhhh, are they ever good! I used Jules gf flour, the best as far as I’m concerned. I’m just thrilled that they turned out so good. Thank you for a great recipe!”
~ Gluten-Free Vegan Pull-Apart Rolls from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
Reader reviews: “This was amazing! I was surprised how well it turned out. I was a little skeptical about it with the batter consistency. It was difficult to get it into blobs for the rolls. Mine weren’t quite as pretty as yours, but I couldn’t believe how much like real bread they were. My family loved them. It was like Christmas!” and “This was soooo good!! For some reason, the batter was a bit runny for me—not stiff enough to hold as rolls. So I made it into a loaf and it was really amazing. My family, who usually don’t love gf items, ate almost all of it!”~ Hawaiian Rolls from Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free options
One reader said: “These rolls turned out great and taste just like the Texas Roadhouse rolls.”
Naomi of Better Batter says that while this recipe produces very nice Italian sandwich rolls, of the kind you’d use to make traditional hoagies (grinders, sub sandwiches), it also can be used to make a dozen smaller dinner rolls. These rolls have a crisp, chewy crust and soft interior.
Reader review: “I made these rolls yesterday and put them in a muffin top pan…..they were amazing….better than any other bread recipe I have made and better than any rolls I have bought. They were so easy to make. 5-star recipe for taste and ease of making.”~ Keto Dinner Rolls from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, vegetarian, paleo, primal, keto
~ Light and Fluffy Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian (a reader commented that she made this recipe successfully with commercial egg replacer)
Reader reviews: “WOW! I LOVED these rolls! They are fairly similar in procedure to my mother-in-law’s amazing regular white flour dinner rolls. These were CRAZY easy to make!” and “My daughter who has celiac absolutely loves these rolls!!!!!!! I made them for Thanksgiving and they turned out great. I love them too!!!! Thank you!! These are delicious light and fluffy just like you said and we used just a hand mixer. We have made them a few times since and will be making them a lot in the future.” and “I just want to thank you again for this amazing recipe! It’s my go to recipe when I want to bless gluten free dinner guests. I was able to serve these to a dear friend last night that is moving away. She was thrilled to have a roll that doesn’t taste gluten free!” and “These rolls taste AMAZING and they are the fluffiest, least grainy gluten free baked good I’ve ever had!!!”
~ Miracle Multi-Grain Rolls (or Mini Bread Loaf) from Allergy-Free Alaska ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
From Megan: “Amazingly, I think this recipe tastes very similar to wheat bread. It is one of my favorite recipes so far and I think you guys deserve to have it. Everyone on a restricted diet deserves to eat tasty bread!”
Reader reviews: “What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing this one. I made buns and my kids loved them.” and “Out of the oven and into the mouth. Can’t wait for it to cool. It is so incredibly good I can hardly stand it!”~ Overnight Rolls from Free Range Cookies(which sadly is no longer active) via The Wayback Machine ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan (You can also use this recipe to make Hamburger Rolls or Sandwich Rolls. See all the gluten-free options here.)
Linda says: “You have to plan ahead for this one. But so worth it. Chewy like a sourdough and easy to work with, this bread can be made into rolls or buns. It’d also make a fantastic pizza crust.
An overnight stay in the fridge enhances the texture and flavor of the bread by allowing the yeast time to do its thing. Relaxing in the fridge is also good for the flours. Who doesn’t love chilling, right? So be sure to read all the instructions before you begin. Otherwise, you might do something silly, like preheat the oven or who knows what?”
Naomi of Better Batter says, “These rolls lend themselves particularly well to freezing and reheating. Serve them with soup or a meat dish and listen to the compliments. These rolls are a snap to make, but you’ve got to plan to make them ahead of time.”
Reader reviews: “I made these rolls for Thanksgiving and they were/are amazing. Such a simple recipe and the flavor and texture were spot on.” and “I made these Wednesday and then froze overnight for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. I tasted one fresh out of the oven and was so happy with the taste! Even more than happy! And then at dinner yesterday, I advised everyone that they were gluten free and asked them to please try one. Of course, there were regular dinner rolls there too! But the people that tried them said they were very good and even had more than one! My brother is a dinner roll freak and he loved them!”~ Perfect Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls from Sarah at Sarah Bakes Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Sarah shares that “These are the lightest, fluffiest rolls I have ever had. I was almost in disbelief when I took the first bite. Her final conclusion: “Perfect gluten-free rolls. They do exist!”
Reader reviews: “Whoa! These rolls are fluffy and delicious.” and “My family loved these the first time around! But I don’t have any yogurt at home today. (We happened to have some almond yogurt last time, which nobody liked on its own, and it worked great in these rolls).” and “I just made these for dinner and they are delicious! I’ve had two failed GF bread attempts, so I was not very optimistic, but these turned out perfectly!”
~ Popovers from Life After Wheat ~ gluten free, sugar free, yeast free, vegetarian
Reader review: “I LOVE these!”
~ Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls from GF Jules ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, egg-free, vegan options
Reader reviews: “These are literally one of my favorite things on the planet!!! And they are incredibly easy to make! I serve them and no one knows they are gluten (and dairy) free!! The first time you make them, it is helpful to follow Jules on her video while she makes them! So so easy and fool proof (if you use GF Jules flour).” and “If you need to buy your way into Heaven, slip St. Peter one of these.”
~ Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls from My Gluten-Free Kitchen ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with egg-free and dairy-free options
Michelle gives you lots of tips on how to make these gorgeous yeast rolls successfully.
Reader reviews: “I just wanted to say Thank you for the recipe my children Loved these And they will be our go to dinner rolls from here on out!!” and “I used Carol Fenster’s blend, and normal yeast, with good results!! Haven’t tried it as written so can’t compare better/worse than original, but we ate them all up!” and “I used a different blend for this and it came out great!” and “I made them today and did not have a stand mixer. I used the my food processor with the dough blade and they turned out very well.”
~ Soft Dinner Rolls from Everyday Gluten-Free Gourmet ~ gluten free, vegetarian
~ The Softest Gluten-Free Rolls Ever from Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Reader review: “I made this with Better Batter flour because I didn’t have all of the others on hand and the results were amazing! Froze and reheated perfectly! No one knew they were gluten free!” and “Tried these yesterday for my bday party (my first party after the pandemic started!) and they were DIVINE. Everyone at the party is non gf and they didn’t even notice the buns were gf. So thankful.”
~ “Wholemeal” Mixed Seeded Rolls (shared from Wayback Machine web archive as this site is no longer active) from The Gluten and Dairy-Free Bakehouse ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Kylie says, “These rolls have a lovely homemade rustic appearance and a ‘wholemeal’ nutty flavour. They are moist, sturdy, without being crumbly, and have lovely soft texture.”~ Whole-Grain Dinner Rolls from Tasty Yummies ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Beth of Tasty Yummies says: “These beautiful whole-grain rolls are the perfect answer!! They are delicate and fluffy with the perfect crumb. They have the right kind of chew, and they are “wheaty,” rich and buttery. The aroma in my kitchen as these dinner rolls baked was unreal and the taste was equally as impressive.”
Reader review: “I just finished baking these and oh my lord they are so unbelievably good.”~ Yeast-Free Dinner Rolls from GF Jules ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, yeast free, vegetarian, vegan
Reader reviews: “Perfect!! Thank you!!” and “I made these last year and even the gluten eating family members liked them. I plan to do them again for the holidays.”
~ Yeast-Free Flatbread, Pizza Crust, Dinner Rolls, or Hamburger Buns from Allergy-Free Alaska ~ gluten free, egg free, yeast free, with dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegan options
This “one-size-fits-all” type bread recipe from Megan fits not only this Bountiful Bread Basket category but a few more that we’ll be covering later. So consider this recipe a sort of preview! Megan says that these rolls/bread, etc. are “moist, soft, and spongy… like real bread should be!” Her readers love this recipe, too.~ Paleo Almond Flour Dinner Rolls from The Gluten-Free Traveler ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, yeast free, paleo, primal, vegetarianReader reviews: “I finally made these a couple of weeks ago and they were delicious!” ~ Paleo Dinner Rolls from Paleo Spirit ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, yeast free, paleo/primal, vegetarian
Lea created this recipe to help her son feel more like all the other kids and they made him so happy! Having a delicious gluten-free bread to eat can do that for both children and adults. Lea even gives you a flatter ciabatta version that is also a winner!
Reader reviews: “Made these tonight. Didn’t have Tapioca flour, so subbed arrowroot. They were awesome!” and “I made these tonight! I followed the recipe exactly and they were mighty tasty! I’ve been missing bread since I went Paleo and these rolls fixed that right up! YUM!What an amazing roundup! You might want to grab your favorite beverage while you ponder all these possibilities for the best gluten-free roll recipes and ultimately decide on which recipe to bake first!
Don’t forget to check out this whole series to date. You can click over to each part individually by following the links below or you can go to the Bountiful Bread Basket listing here.
Originally published September 16, 2013; updated December 18, 2022.