Grilled Bread – This herby, garlicky bread with gorgeous charred grill marks is as tasty as it is pretty. If you’re a bread lover and thinking about how to zest it up, this recipe is effortless for the perfect side or appetizer for any meal.👌
If you have yet to try grilled bread, you’re missing out! Because it’s the perfect way to make a toasty loaf of garlic bread without heating up your kitchen. Did I mention it tastes absolutely heavenly? 😇
Plus, it’s insanely easy to make. If you’ve got a loaf of bread around, just whip up some garlic butter and fire up the grill to have this killer side ready in less than 10 minutes. Seriously, this bread is one more proof that grilling is the best!
What Kind of Bread Makes Great Grilled Bread?
Any sturdy bread is ideal for grilling because you want it to hold up on the grill. French bread, baguettes, Italian bread, and a whole wheat boule deliver what you want. Hey, you can even use whole-grain sandwich bread in a pinch for ramped-up sandwiches.
- Bread – Grab your favorite loaf, and get ready to taste an elevated version of this classic side.
- Butter – Besides providing a beautiful golden color and buttery flavor, it’s a fabulous base for seasonings.
- Garlic – Aromatic, delicious, and what recipe isn’t better with a healthy dose of garlic? 😆
- Herbs – Fresh herbs for the win here, my friend. Break out the thyme, rosemary, parsley, and basil (or harvest it from your herb garden 💚), and mince them!
- Parmesan Cheese – Add some freshly grated parm to the garlic butter for a cheesy touch. It gets nice and melty on the grill. It’s optional but highly recommended.
How to Make Grilled Bread
Make the Garlic Butter
- Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
- Mix the softened butter, minced garlic, herbs, and cheese well in a small bowl. Add a dash of salt if you’d like. (Photo 1)
Prep and Grill the Bread
- Slice – Cut the bread into thick slices, about ½-1 inch thick.
- Spread some garlic butter on both sides of each slice. (Photo 3)
- Grill – Place the bread directly on the grill grates and cook for a minute or two per side or until grill marks appear. (Photo 4)
- Flip the bread and cook it for another minute or two until it’s crispy or grilled to your liking.
- Serve – Remove bread from the grill and serve warm with additional garlic butter.
- Simplify! Use plain butter or olive oil instead of garlic butter. It’s still super delicious.
- Bruschetta. This garlic bread makes an amazing appetizer, especially if you offer your guests a few fancy toppings. Try serving it with bruschetta, feta, honey, or ricotta mixed with pesto. Yum! 😋
- Pesto. Top this deliciousness with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil for another great appetizer.
- Grilled BLT. Take your sandwiches up a notch with grilled bread. Why use the toaster when you can grill it? 😍
Tips and Tricks
- Don’t walk away from the grill when cooking the bread. It’s ready in no time – just a minute or two per side.
- Forgot to let the butter warm up? No worries! Just fill a glass container with hot water, dump out the water, and place the container over the cold butter on your countertop. It will soften up in just a few minutes. 😅
- If you’re grilling thicker slices of bread, use indirect heat to prevent the bread from burning. Just put the bread on the top shelf of the grill right after the grill marks appear.
This bread is best fresh off the grill. However, you can whip up your garlic butter the day before you grill to save time. 👌
Serving and Storage Instructions
Serve grilled bread immediately. It tastes the best fresh! If you have leftovers, they’ll stay good for three days in a ziplock bag or airtight container at room temperature. If you want to eat warmed leftovers, try reheating slices in a toaster oven or pop them on the grill again for a minute or two.
Yes, but do so with caution since charcoal grills are prone to hot spots. Avoid putting the slices above the hotter areas. Place them around the edges of your grill for the best results.
Not in this case. We just want to get a nice grill grate char, heat the bread, and melt the garlic butter. You won’t need to close the lid for that. Plus, since these cook quickly, an open lid lets you keep your eye on them to avoid burning.
I recommend medium-high heat. That’s somewhere between 375-450℉/190-232℃.
What Goes With Grilled Bread
Grilled garlic bread also goes amazing with Italian dishes and pasta. Try serving it with creamy shrimp pasta.
More Tasty Sides for Your Grill or Smoker
Fire up the grill! There’s plenty to throw on it, and I know you will absolutely adore this recipe. Let me know how it turns out when you try it. I can’t wait to hear from you.😄
- 1 loaf bread, (sturdy bread like French, baguette or Italian)
- ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons (10g) fresh herbs, minced (thyme, rosemary, parsley, basil)
- ¼ cup (28g) parmesan cheese, freshly grated (optional)
- Salt to taste
- Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
- In a small bowl, mix the softened butter, minced garlic, herbs, and cheese until well combined. Add salt if desired. This can be done a day ahead. (You can use plain butter or olive oil instead.)
- Cut the bread into thick slices, about ½-1 inch thick.
- Brush each slice of bread with garlic butter on both sides.
- Place the bread directly on the grill grates and cook for 1-2 minutes per side or until grill marks form. Don't walk away from the grill because it cooks quickly. Flip and cook for another minute or until the bread is crispy or grilled to your liking.
- Remove bread from the grill and serve warm with additional garlic butter.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Don’t walk away from the grill when cooking the bread. It’s ready in no time – just a minute or two per side – and you don’t want to burn it.
- Forgot to take the butter out of the fridge? No worries! Just fill a glass container with hot water, dump out the water, and place the container over the cold butter on your countertop. It will soften up in just a few minutes.
- If you’re grilling thicker slices of bread, use indirect heat to prevent the bread from burning. This can be done by placing the bread on the top shelf of the grill right after the grill marks appear.
- Please remember that the nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used in the recipe.