We Found the Best Frozen Dinner Rolls You Can Buy

Frozen dinner rolls are an easy way to fill out your dinnertime menu. We put five options to the test to see which you should be passing around the table.

Whether it’s a big holiday meal or just a weeknight meat loaf supper, it’s nice to have an extra side on the table, especially when that side is a basket full of freshly baked rolls.

But let’s be real: making bread from scratch while you’re also putting together Easter dinner (or just trying to whip up a weeknight dinner) isn’t always in the cards. Frozen dinner rolls, however, are a different story. Pop a few in the oven and you’re on your way to a dinner complete with a breadbasket—bonus points if you pair it with some flavored butter.

What We Were Looking for in Frozen Dinner Rolls

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The question is, though, what frozen rolls are actually worth browning and serving on your dinner table? Just because these buns aren’t made from scratch doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor and texture.

That’s why the Taste of Home Test Kitchen snagged five popular frozen rolls, popped them in the oven and let me test them with a handful of carb-loving colleagues. Here are the different rolls that we tried: Pepperidge Farm Stone-Baked Artisan French Rolls, Rhodes French Dinner Rolls, Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls, Sister Schubert’s Dinner Yeast Rolls, Udi’s Classic French Dinner Rolls (these are gluten-free).

While these rolls differ a bit—some are considered French bread, some plain yeast rolls—what we all wanted in a good bun was the same: homemade flavor, good texture and ready for buttering or soaking up that last bit of beef stew.

(A Very Close) Runner-Up: Pepperidge Farm Stone-Baked Artisan French Rolls

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Score: 9.2/10

Out of the five options we tested, two types of rolls really rose to the top. Pepperidge Farms’ French rolls were one of our absolute favorites (they came in a fraction of a point below our top pick).

These rolls were so tasty. They were crusty on the outside, like a good French bread should be, and were aerated and a bit chewy on the inside—perfect for serving with one of these soup recipes.

We also loved the appearance. Each roll looked just a bit different than the next, so they didn’t have that mass-produced feel that you can get with a lot of store-bought goods. In fact, they looked so perfectly rustic we bet you could present them as homemade—or at least something you picked up at the local bakery—if you really wanted.

These rolls were a bit pricey for just eight buns (at least in comparison to our first-place winner), but we think they’re just the thing to have in your freezer. They’ll come in handy for entertaining or dressing up a weeknight supper.

And while we’re talking about Pepperidge Farm, check out our favorite Pepperidge Farm cookies.

$3.49 for a package of eight.

Best in Show: Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls

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Score: 9.5/10

Rhodes frozen rolls, the brand you think of when you think frozen rolls, won this taste test. This shouldn’t have been much of a surprise, though—Rhodes also took the top spot in our cinnamon roll taste test.

At first blush, we thought that these frozen dinner rolls looked a little, well, basic. Compared to some of the fancier-looking rolls, we were unsure that they’d meet our standards. But rest assured, these Rhodes rolls were everything we were looking for in a good bun and more. These rolls were super light and soft with the perfect crust on the outside. The flavor was yeasty, slightly sweet and ready for all the butter and honey we slathered on top.

We found ourselves going in for an extra roll or two of this batch and discussing how we’d prepare them at home. The consensus was that these rolls would be perfect alongside a cozy stew or anything served with gravy. Simply, as one tester wrote on her score sheet, “the perfect little bun: soft, buttery and fluffy.”

$3.99 for a package of 36.

The Bottom Line

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You may think that a simple dinner roll might not differ from brand to brand, but this test proved us wrong! Pepperidge Farm and Rhodes (the classic rather than the French roll option) were the best of the bunch by a mile. The others just fell short for us carb-cravers. They were too sweet or too soft or, in the case of Udi’s, just not satisfying to us.

The good news is that both Rhodes and Pepperidge Farm rolls are easy to find—you can snag them at your local Walmart, Target or major grocery chain. That means a quick basket of dinner rolls—be they for major entertaining or just weeknights—is never far away.

Looking for something to pair with rolls? Try the best frozen meatballs you can find in stores.

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This blind taste test was performed by our staff and was not part of a sponsorship. All opinions shared are our own and have not been influenced by advertisers.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.