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101 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes

Updated on April 13, 2012

Unique grilled cheese sandwich recipes

In its basic form, grilled cheese is simply a piece of cheese between two pieces of bread and grilled in a skillet. But there are dozens of variations of this incredible sandwich. It can include tomatoes, lettuce, bacon, roasted peppers, mushrooms, apples, avocados, onions, pickles and more!

Here is a collection of some of the best and most unique grilled cheese sandwich recipes around!

Asparagus and Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette
Asparagus and Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette

The Grilled Cheese Academy

The Wisconsin Cheese Academy has some fabulous recipes. It is not a cooking school but a site to promote Wisconsin cheese.There are many things great about this site including that you can search sandwiches by cheese type.

Unique Recipes:

Asparagus & Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette

The Bloody Mary

Caprese Grilled Cheese

Breakfast Grilled Cheese

The Western

Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Apple Recipe - From Cook This Not That! by David Ziczenko and Matt Goulding


1 Tbsp butter

8 Slices whole-grain bread

1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

6 oz shreded sharp Cheddar cheese

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and sliced.

8 strips cooked bacon


Heat the the butter in a large skillet or nonstick sauté pan over low heat. Slather 4 slices of bread with the mustard, then divide the cheese, apples and bacon among them. Top with the other bread slices and add to the hot pan. Cook until deep brown and crunchy about 10 to 12 minutes total.

Women's Health Grown Up Grilled Cheese Recipes

Women's Heatlh Magazines 5 grilled cheese sanwiches to make your mouth water!

Broke and Fabulous Grilled Cheese

This simple grilled cheese variation uses grated cheese and sourdough or rye bread for a special twist. Find more essential recipes from this book for women who never learned to cook.

1 tbsp butter, softened.

4 slices sourdough, rye or other bread

1 cup grated cheddar

1. Spread butter on 1 side of each slice of bread, making sure it reaches all the way to the edges. Mound unbuttered sides of 2 of the slices and 1/2 cup grated cheese each. Set remaining slices on the cheese, butter sides up, and press together.

2. Heat large cast-iron skillet over moderate heat. Cook sandwiches until undersides are browned, about 3 minutes. Turn over and cook until second side is browned and cheese is melted, about 3 minutes longer. Cut in 2 and serve.

Tyler Florence Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

I have become a Pinterest addict. In doing so, I have come across a number of great recipes. This recipe from Tyler Florence is amazing.

4 slices thick-cut sourdough bread (you can use rye also)

1 ball (1 pound) fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch slices

2 plum tomatoes, cut into thick slices

1 cup fresh basil pesto, recipe follows

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Extra-virgin olive oil

Basil pesto (You can skip this step and used jarred pesto. My favorite is Giada sold at Target stores.)

1/2 cup pine nuts

2 cups fresh basil leaves

1 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves

1/2 cup Parmesan or Romano

2 garlic cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

To make pesto:


Toast pine nuts in a skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Combine pesto ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined but still rough-textured. If you have a panini press, turn it on to warm up; otherwise, set a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Assemble sandwich by smearing insides of bread slices with pesto. Arrange a layer of sliced tomato and season with a few turns of fresh pepper. Layer the mozzarella slices over the top and then place another piece of bread on top to make the sandwich. Drizzle olive oil over skillet's surface and place sandwiches on the hot skillet or panini press. If using a skillet, place another heavy skillet over the top to form a "press". Turn after 2 to 3 minutes and replace weight. The sandwich is ready when golden brown and mozzarella has melted around the edges.

Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich

from Two Peas and Their Pod

Ok, so this recipe sends my taste buds into salivation mode. The mix of crusty white bread, cheddar cheese and guacamole sounds almost too good to be true! Here is the full recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5-7 minutes

The guacamole takes this grilled cheese sandwich to a whole new level of goodness.


To make the guacamole:

2 ripe avocados

1/2 small onion, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 small jalapeño, stems and seeds removed, minced

2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped

1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

A dash of freshly grated black pepper

1 Roma tomato, chopped

4 slices crusty white bread

4 slices Cheddar cheese

Butter, for buttering bread


1. To make the guacamole-cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avacado from the peel, put in a large bowl. Using a fork, mash the avocado. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined. Add the chopped tomato and stir.

2. Heat a pan or griddle to medium-high heat. Spread desired amount of guacamole on both slices of bread then top with cheese. Butter outer slices of bread and grill on one side for about 2 minutes or until golden and crispy. Flip the sandwich and grill until golden brown. Make the other sandwich the same way and serve warm.

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Grilled Cheese - My personal favorite!

2 Slices of bread

2 Jarred roasted red bell peppers

2 slices provolone cheese

3 tbsp butter

Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Assemble sandwiches with roasted red bell peppers in between cheese slices and bread. Butter outside of bread and place butter side down and heat on each side for a few minutes until golden brown.

Grilled Cheese and Watermelon Sandwich

Unique grilled cheese!

The cheese called Halloumi has a higher melting point than regular cheese and is typically found in specialty stores.

1 watermelon cut into 16 pieces, each about the shape of a slice of bread

Kosher salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

8 ounces of arugula leaves

2 pounds Halloumi cheese, cut into 8 slices, each about the size of a slice of bread

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Heat charcoal or gas grill to 350 to 450 degrees, using coals or gas burners under only half of the grill area, or heat grill pan over stove.Cut watermelon into 16 slices and season with salt and pepper. Divide the arugula leaves among half the watermelon slices and set aside.Slice cheese and set aside.Lightly brush both sides of the cheese with olive oil and put them on a cookie sheet. Place the oiled cheese slices on the grill, using care to avoid direct heat. Grill for about 10 minutes, turning frequently until golden brown.Assemble the grilled cheese sandwiches by placing a grilled slice of cheese on top of a watermelon slice; top with arugula. Top with a second watermelon slice. Cut sandwich in half. Serve.

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Grilled Cheese Recipes by the Food Network

The Food Network is host to fabulous chefs like Tyler Florence, Emeril, Paula Deen ad Rachael Ray. As always, their recipes for grilled cheese do not disappoint!

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Cast iron skillets are the best way to grill cheese. While non-stick works well, cast iron skillets are recommended by experts for better tasting grilled cheese sandwiches.

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    • Claudia Mathews profile image

      Claudia Mathews 3 years ago

      Some of those are just too crazy for me, but Im sure my son would get a kick out of trying some of these recipes. Great Hub.

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      SamiPearl 4 years ago

      Grilled cheese and watermelon sounds so bizarre I just have to try it!

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      Yummy grilled cheese

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      CornellMarCom LM 5 years ago

      good lens. Some of these recipes sound great. Thanks.

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      FamilyBeachVaca 5 years ago

      my favorite is sharp cheddar on real rye bread, the kind used in deli sandwiches. The bread toasts up crisp with no sogginess and the cheddar gives a nice bite with the stringiness of mozzarella

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Yummy. This all sounds really good. Thanks for sharing. I added you to my featured lens list on my grilled cheese lens.

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      GaryFrank 5 years ago

      Whoa, cheese and watermelon? That sounds outrageous, gotta give that one a try :)

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      Mottley420 6 years ago

      I love grilled cheese, awesome lens.. made me very hungry. A great place to show off your sandwiches would be pinterest. Could you please check out my pinterest lens?

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      shandigp 6 years ago

      that Tyler Florence recipe sounds great! We might be having adult grilled cheese for dinner tonight. :)

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      Edutopia 6 years ago

      Great lens. Grilled cheese really is a recipe that is as fancy as you make it. From humble beginnings with white bread and American cheese all the way to gourmet bread and exotic cheeses with even more exotic condiments.

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      MintySea 6 years ago

      yummy :-) I want a grilled cheese now with tomato soup

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      Mandy 6 years ago from Montana

      Oh man..I have made grilled cheese so many ways! Love your lens. I am so hungry now...

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      Paul Turner 7 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Great lens. I Lensrolled it to my grilled cheese page.

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      fluffyclouds 7 years ago

      I think I'll be making a grilled cheese for dinner tonight!

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      mannasugar 7 years ago

      Why be boring when you can take a simple recipe to the next level...

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      Gotta have grilled cheese with BACON! A bowl of warm soup on the side doesn't hurt either, especially on a snowy day.

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      malloryjane 7 years ago

      Mmm, my mouth is watering! I've done apple and some others before... but never watermelon! Will be something to try next summer..

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      I think i must try the one with cheese and watermelon, have never had that combination before!

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      I think i must try the one with cheese and watermelon, have never had that combination before!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Some really interesting combinations here. I am not so sure about watermelon.

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      I certainly never thought of anything beyond just bread and cheese before I headed in here to take a peek. Yum on the watermelon idea and I am here to tell you those roasted bell peppers you have on here are to-die-for, I eat em' straight out of the jar!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      nothing like a grilled cheese sandwich. :)