If only I had time to make homemade crackers, like Teri Gruss at About.com. Yum!

When I want a salty crunchy snack, I grab a box of crackers and munch away. Whether you eat them on-the-go as a portable snack and enjoy them paired with dips, cheeses, and meats as an appetizer, crackers are fun and versatile. Even better, there is a wide array of gluten-free cracker brands to be enjoyed, made out of a variety of ingredients, such as almonds, rice, potato starch, or corn starch.

So which are the best gluten-free cracker brands to reach for when you crave a salty snack?

Blue Diamond Growers Nut-Thins: These gluten-free crackers are made of almonds and rice and I can testify that they are addicting! They come in thin round wafers and a variety of flavors including Barbeque, Cheddar Cheese, and Country ranch. (My personal favorite are the Smokehouse flavored nut-thins). Nut-thins are also great for your waistline because 16 crackers contain only 130 calories.

Brown Rice Snaps: These crisp round gluten-free crackers come in several interesting flavors which include Black Sesame, Toasted Onion, Vegetable, and Cheddar. Brown Rice Snaps are made from organic brown rice and baked.

Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers: All four flavors of Crunchmaster’s multi-seed crackers are certified gluten-free. Tempting flavors include Original, Rosemary & Olive Oil, Roasted Garlic, and Toasted Onion. The crackers are made with brown rice flour and potato starch and have a hearty crunch thanks to a combination of sesame seeds, amaranth seeds, quinoa seeds, and flax seeds.

Mary’s Gone Crackers: These gluten-free crackers are made from organic ingredients and manufactured in a dedicated wheat-free, gluten-free, nut-free facility. The crackers come in an array of savory varieties including Black Pepper, Onion, Herb, Caraway, and Original Seed.

Mr. Krisper’s: These gluten-free baked rice crackers are thin and crunchy. Six fun flavors include Nacho, Sour Cream & Onion, White Cheddar & Herbs, Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil, Sea Salt & Pepper, and Barbeque.

There’s also the option of making your own crackers, which may take more time but can allow you to mix and match flavors. Gluten-free Goddess offers a gluten-free multi-grain cracker recipe on her blog for crisp and flaky multi-grain style crackers. Bob’s Red Mill offers a gluten-free cracker recipe to make savory crackers with garlic, oregano, and caraway flavoring. In addition, Terri Gruss of About.com offers this gluten-free cheese cracker recipe which adapts the Bob’s Red Mill recipe to include a cheddar cheese flavor.

Once you have your gluten-free crackers, you can pair them with almost anything to make appetizers, a party-tray, or snacks for your kid’s school lunch. You can use the grocery guide to find gluten-free brands of cheese, cheese spread, hummus, deli meats, pepperonis, guacamole, bean dip, olives, nut butters, relish, salsa, or anything else you could think of to top a cracker with.

If you’ve got a favorite gluten-free cracker brand, a standby gluten-free cracker recipe, please share! And let us know your favorite gluten-free cracker toppers!