Garlic Bread is slightly different in how gluten free bread reacts than how it works for toast. Instead of using a toaster, we use a baking sheet in the oven with the toppings already on it.
The best gluten free bread in our tests for making Garlic Bread was Against The Grain Fresh Rosemary Baguette. The best gluten free sliced bread in our test for Garlic Bread was Udi’s Multigrain Bread. These came out ahead of all the others in taste, texture, and how they held up.
I’ve made quite a bit of gluten free garlic bread over the years, but I wanted to make a side-by-side comparison with different brands and types of bread to see if we could find the absolute best option.
The Best Gluten Free Bread For Garlic Bread Ranked
Garlic bread is one of the most important tests we did because it probably has the highest use vs. many of the different tests we did.
If you are interested in how they performed in the other tests, start with this article on the best gluten free bread overall.
To write the below list, we compared the flavor of the bread and topping, the texture of the bread brand, and how well it toasted in the oven—noting whether it dried out if the garlic topping made it too moist, or anything else.
Here is how we ranked the brands of bread for Garlic Bread:
- Against The Grain Fresh Rosemary Baguttes
- Udi’s Multigrain
- Canyon Bakehouse Hawaiian
- Rudi’s Gluten Free Bread
- Schar Artisan Bread
- Franz Gluten Free Bread
- Kroger’s 7 Grain Gluten Free Bread
- Sam’s Choice Gluten Free Bread
- Simple Truth Puff Bunz
I made a garlic butter mixture that I spread on all of the slices of bread. This mixture was liquid, and I used a brush to get it on all the pieces evenly. That way, there was no issue with some of the brands of bread ripping while spreading it.
Then I toasted it in the oven for about 15 minutes at 325 F. We tested them all when it came out.
How Simple Truth Puff Bunz Works For Garlic Bread
Simple Truth Puff Bunz
Rating: 1 star
Rank: 9 out of 9
I was hoping this one might work, especially since it had toasted up well in other tests, even if it hadn’t held the crispness. But Puff Bunz knows how to disappoint.
I created a melted garlic butter and used a pastry brush to apply it to the slice of “bread” before baking it in the oven to toast it.
If you want to eat scrambled eggs with garlic butter, I suggest you scramble some eggs and not use “bread” that has other things added only to taste like dry scrambled eggs. Don’t use this as garlic bread.
How Sam’s Choice Gluten Free Bread Works For Garlic Bread
Sam’s Choice Gluten Free Bread
Rating: 2 stars
Rank: 8 out of 9
Most of the options in this test turned out pretty well. The garlic butter I made was a prominent taste involved. The bread may have become secondary because I love some intense garlic flavor, but that means that if the bread is to shine, it needs to have a pleasant taste to go with it, and the texture of the bread comes to the forefront.
I made a mix of melted garlic butter and applied it to a slice with a pastry brush. Then I toasted it in the oven for about 15 minutes.
Sam’s Choice Gluten Free bread doesn’t have a strong flavor, it doesn’t have a particularly great texture, and it just disappeared and lacked when compared to other options.
How Kroger’s 7 Grain Gluten Free Bread Works For Garlic Bread
Kroger 7 Grain Gluten Free Bread
Rating: 3 stars
Rank: 7 out of 9
Kroger’s Gluten Free bread struggled in a number of the tests due to the intense flavor. And that is why it has landed at seven on this list.
I made a mix of melted garlic butter and applied it to one side of the slice with a pastry brush. I toasted it in the oven for about 15 minutes.
With how strong of a flavor the garlic butter had, it is astounding that the taste of the bread overwhelmed the garlic. Somehow the flavors mixed in an unpleasant way that brought the sour in the sourdough forward. But the texture was pretty good.
How Franz Gluten Free Bread Works For Garlic Bread
Franz Gluten Free Bread
Rating: 3 stars
Rank: 6 out of 9
Franz Gluten Free bread, for me, has always been the basic bread that is always available. If any bread isn’t as good as Franz’s, it’s not worth it in my experience. My opinion may be different for other people depending on what is available in your area or preferences.
I made melted garlic butter and applied it to one side of a bread slice with a pastry brush. Then I toasted it in the oven for about 15 minutes.
I have made garlic bread with this brand of bread before, and it turned out as expected. It was decent and worked well. It did end up down at number 6 because some others shone in this test.
How Schar Artisan Bread Works For Garlic Bread
Schar Artisan Bread
Rating: 3 stars
Rank: 5 out of 9
Schar Artisan Bread came out well in our test. We used the darker of the two types, and after I toasted it with the garlic bread, it worked well together, even though it got pretty dark in the oven.
I made a melted garlic butter mixture and used a pastry brush to apply it to one side of the bread. I toasted it in the oven for about 15 minutes.
The taste of the bread worked well, the texture was ok, but it wasn’t exceptional like some of the others.
If you have this bread, it will make a decent garlic toast.
How Rudi’s Gluten Free Works For Garlic Bread
Rudi’s Gluten Free Bread
Rating: 3 stars
Rank: 4 out of 9
Rudi’s Gluten Free bread wasn’t one I anticipated making the top of this list. When I added liquid, the bread got soggy in some other tests, and the texture suffered. But in this one, it did well.
I made a melted butter mixture and applied it to one side of the bread with a pastry brush. Then I toasted it in the oven for about 15 minutes.
The side of the bread without the butter mixture applied to it got highly crispy. The thin bread and how well the bread absorbed the butter mixture made for the top option of our 3-star ratings.
A negative is that if you plan to use this bread in other applications, you may consider another option because it turned out quite poorly across the spectrum.
How Canyon Bakehouse Hawaiian Bread Works For Garlic Bread
Canyon Bakehouse Hawaiian Bread
Rating: 4 stars
Rank: 3 out of 9
Now we get to the 4-star options, and we can start raving about how the results turned out. The stipulation with this particular bread is that if you do not like bread with a sweeter flavor for garlic bread, this might not be for you.
I made a melted garlic butter mixture and then applied it to one side of the bread slice with a pastry brush. I toasted it in the oven for about 15 minutes.
The bread slices are tiny compared to the typical size of the Canyon Bakehouse bread slices, but the flavor makes up for it.
The slightly sweet Hawaiian bread flavor worked well with the garlic butter, in my opinion. However, my husband thought it was a little odd. So this one might fall higher or lower on your scale depending on your taste.
What we both agreed on was the texture. It would have made a higher spot on the list if we judged it on texture alone, potentially tied for first.
How Udi’s Multigrain Bread Works For Garlic Bread
Udi’s Multigrain Bread
Rating: 4 stars
Rank: 2 out of 9
Udi’s Multigrain Bread uses apples as one of the main ingredients. The apple makes for a slightly sticky bread when it is raw, and it becomes pleasantly caramelized when toasted. However, it does tend to get dark when toasted. The caramelization made it particularly well-suited for garlic bread.
I made a melted garlic butter mixture and applied it to one side of the bread with a pastry brush. I toasted it in the oven for about 15 minutes.
The garlic flavor mixed very well with the whole grain in the bread, and the apple was subtle and added complexity, but not sweetness like the Hawaiian bread did.
When it came out, I was afraid that the bread was too dark and had burned. But I was pleasantly surprised. The outside toasted just perfectly but not burned, and the inside was soft and held the butter mixture well. And the garlic flavor shone through.
How Against The Grain Fresh Rosemary Baguette Works For Garlic Bread
Against The Grain Fresh Rosemary Baguette
Rating: 5 stars
Rank: 1 out of 9
I have to admit to a bias towards this one for this test. Out of all the tests done, this is the one I expected it to shine in. And it did in its own right.
I took half of a baguette and cut it “hot dog style” so it laid open. I made a melted garlic butter mixture and applied it to the bread with a pastry brush. I toasted it for about 15 minutes.
This bread won on taste as well as texture.
One of the main components of this bread is mozzarella cheese, and due to this, it can turn out quite chewy, or if served at room temperature, it can be quite hard. Luckily for this recipe, it is served hot and does well with a slightly chewy texture.
The fresh rosemary flavor also played very nicely with the garlic butter and elevated the taste; it didn’t compete.
I gave this one 5 stars because everything worked so nicely together, and I couldn’t think of something to improve it.