16 great roll recipes for Thanksgiving (2024)

Turkey and stuffing aside, a basket of warm, soft, and buttery bread is always the sleeper hit of Thanksgiving. Rolls go with every side dish (especially gravy) and are an essential part of leftovers — because what’s the day after Thanksgiving without a sandwich? You can’t go wrong with any homemade bread, but if you need inspiration, here are our 16 best roll recipes. Brush up on your shaping skills before big day, and watch our video on how to shape dinner rolls while you're at it.

Photography by Rick Holbrook; Food Styling by Kaitlin Wayne

1) Cacio e Pepe Clover Rolls

Pecorino and black pepper are key to cheesy, piquant cacio e pepe pasta, and they’re also what transform these unique dinner rolls from good to irresistible.The cheese and pepper are mixed into the dough, and once baked, the rolls get an additional coating of shredded cheese and freshly ground black pepper. (These also bake up beautifully with our Gluten-Free Bread Flour.)

Get the recipe: Cacio e Pepe Clover Rolls (or Gluten-Free Cacio e Pepe Clover Rolls)

Shop the recipe: Muffin Pan

Photography and food styling by Liz Neily

2) Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

It’s no surprise that the plush, feathery crumb of a milk bread loaf translates well to dinner roll form. Tangzhong makes this bread super-soft and increases its shelf life. In other words, you can bake these several days ahead of Thanksgiving and, after a brief reheating in the oven, they’ll taste just as fresh as the day they were made.

Get the recipe: Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

Shop the recipe: Baker’s Special Dry Milk

Photography by John Sherman; food styling by Liz Neily

3) Big Batch Quick Dinner Rolls

It’s all in the title: two dozen rolls, ready in just over an hour and a half.Yes, you canhave it all. A whopping 2 1/2 tablespoons of yeast fast-forwards the proofing and rising stages, so these are an excellent candidate for last-minute baking.

Get the recipe: Big Batch Quick Dinner Rolls

Shop the recipe: SAF Red Instant Yeast

Photography and food styling by Tieghan Gerard

4) Parker House Rolls

Perhaps the most iconic dinner roll out there, the Parker House Roll has been beloved since its invention over 150 years ago. These are pillowy-soft thanks to potato flour and ultra-buttery from the melted butter bath they get after baking.

Get the recipe: Parker House Rolls

Shop the recipe: Potato Flour

Photography and food styling by Liz Neily

5) Amish Dinner Rolls

You can bet this recipe will be a hit at your Thanksgiving — there are nearly 500 five-star reviews to back that up. Mashed potatoes keep these buttery, golden rolls moist, which also means you can make them several days ahead of your Thanksgiving feast and reheat to serve.

Get the recipe: Amish Dinner Rolls

Shop the recipe: 9" x 13" pan

John Sherman

6) Hawaiian Buns

King’s Hawaiian rolls have made their way from the Big Island to most grocery stores on the mainland, but they’re even better when made from scratch. Pineapple juice gives these rolls a hint of tropical sweetness, and baking them in a 9" x 13" pan recreates the tear-and-share experience of storebought.

Get the recipe: Hawaiian Buns

Shop the recipe: Potato Flour

Photography and food styling by Liz Neily

7) Crusty European-Style Hard Rolls

Plan accordingly, since these rolls require an overnight starter and several rests, but they’re well worth it. The key to their crispy, crackly top crust is a final rest in the refrigerator after shaping and proofing, plus an egg wash before baking. And beneath that irresistibly shiny crust, these rolls are delightfully light and airy.(For an even crispier crust, you can add steam to your oven with a preheated cast iron skillet.)

Get the recipe: Crusty European-Style Hard Rolls

Shop the recipe: All-Purpose Flour

Photography by Rick Holbrook; Food Styling by Kaitlin Wayne

8) Pretzel Buns

If you want the salty, malty flavors of baked pretzels in your breadbasket but don’t want to work hard for it, turn to these pretzel buns. Instead of twisting and shaping, you simply need to roll the dough into balls and add a decorative crosscut on top. A sprinkle of coarse pretzel salt is the finishing touch.

Get the recipe: Pretzel Buns

Shop the recipe: Baker’s Special Dry Milk

Photography and food styling by Liz Neily

9) Sourdough Dinner Rolls

Break out your starter for these ultra-buttery rolls. This recipe calls for commercial yeast to do most of the heavy lifting —rather than being a natural leavener, starter provides tangy flavor and chewiness. The dinner rolls are baked in two 8" pans, ensuring a perfect pull-apart texture.

Get the recipe: Sourdough Dinner Rolls

Shop the recipe: Sourdough Starter

Photography and food styling by Liz Neily

10) Dark & Soft Restaurant Dinner Rolls

A familiar sight at steakhouses, these slightly sweet rolls (the secret is honey and molasses) are even better when recreated at home. A smidge of cocoa gives them their signature color, but it’s not enough cocoa to impart any chocolatey flavor — these are the perfect foil to a savory spread of food.

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Shop the recipe: White Whole Wheat Flour

Liz Neily

11) Onion Buns

The simple addition of dried onion improves uponthe humble bun. Onion takes two forms in this recipe: Onion powder is mixed directly into the dough, while a filling of dried onion is spiraled throughout.

Get the recipe: Onion Buns

Shop the recipe: Rolling Mat

Photography by Rick Holbrook; Food Styling by Kaitlin Wayne

12) Chewy Sourdough Rolls

Instead of soft and squishy, these dinner rolls are chewy and hearty. They absolutely belong on your Thanksgiving (and leftovers!) table, and if you need convincing, this reviewer who made leftover smoked turkey and mayonnaise sandwiches on these rolls may sway you: “I can only say this of that sandwich, ‘I laughed, I cried, it moved me.’”

Get the recipe: Chewy Sourdough Rolls

Shop the recipe: Everything Bagel Topping

Mark Weinberg

13) Golden Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

If pumpkin pie is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert, these beautiful knotted rolls deserve a spot on your dinner table. These rolls, like pumpkin pie, feature both pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie spice, for a savory take on a favorite seasonal flavor.

Get the recipe: Golden Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Shop the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Spice

Photography by Rick Holbrook; Food Styling by Kaitlin Wayne

14) Herb & Onion Rolls

Herbes de Provence and dried onion will fill your kitchen — and these rolls — with a lovely aroma. This dough is incredibly versatile, so you can shape them as classic dinner rolls, clover leaf rolls, or bake them in a muffin pan for extra height.

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Shop the recipe: Herbes de Provence

John Sherman

15) Sweet Potato Rolls

These rolls can be adapted to whatever you have on hand: Puréed sweet potato, yams, squash, pumpkin, or mashed potato will all give these rolls a wonderful soft texture. Make these for Thanksgiving, or make them the day after Thanksgiving using some of your mashed leftovers.

Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Rolls

Shop the recipe: All-Purpose Flour

Photography and food styling by Liz Neily

16) Sour Cream & Chive Potato Bread or Rolls

Sour cream and chives are a classic pairing with baked potatoes, but they truly shine in these potato rolls. The recipe yields two dozen dinner rolls, which practically guarantees you’ll have enough for days to come. Squirrel some away for sandwiches!

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Shop the recipe: 9" x 13" pan

Cover photo and food styling (Japanese Milk Bread Rolls) by Liz Neily.

Ready to get a start on Thanksgiving prep? Make sure you’re familiar with these4 Tips for Failproof Pie Dough.

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