46 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes

Turkey reuben sandwich recipe

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

While grilled cheese usually is only thought to be something we eat during lunch, the truth is that this sandwich can be eaten at any time of the day—even breakfast. This list of recipes will show you how to take the classic grilled cheese recipe up a notch or make something else entirely.

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    Steak 'N Shake's Frisco Melt Copycat Sandwich

    Steak 'n Shake's Fresco Melt Copycat Sandwich Recipe
    Grilled Cheese Social

    If you've ever thought about making Steak 'n Shake's Frisco Melt, then this recipe is for you. Our quick and easy version tastes just like the original and is totally doable at home. Want to kick it up a notch? Try adding caramelized onions, bacon, or an egg.

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    Chicken Alfredo Grilled Cheese

    Chicken Alfredo Grilled Cheese

    Grilled Cheese Social / Wisconsin Cheese Talk

    Loaded with nutty Wisconsin parmesan, creamy Wisconsin fontina, and rich real dairy butter, this chicken Alfredo grilled cheese is the definition of indulgence.

    Pro tip: Make sure to wait a minute and let the grilled cheese sandwich rest before slicing and digging in. This will not only give the cheese time to thicken up, but it will also help everything stay together while making the flavors of the sandwich more robust and concentrated.

    Chicken Alfredo Grilled Cheese from Wisconsin Cheese Talk

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    Avocado and Medium Boiled Egg Grilled Cheese

    Avocado and Egg Grilled Cheese With Sriracha
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    Since breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day—why not make one dish that has everything you need to get your day started?

    This savory breakfast grilled cheese pairs nutty gouda with creamy avocado, a perfectly cooked medium boiled egg, and some spicy Sriracha all grilled between two buttery slices of wholegrain bread. And best of all—this breakfast sandwich is perfect to eat on the run.

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    Grilled Macaroni and Cheese Sandwich

    grilled macaroni and cheese sandwich with braised short ribs
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    This grilled macaroni and cheese sandwich is filled with tender braised short ribs and umami-rich steak sauce.

    We used Velveeta macaroni and cheese because it was all we had on hand, but you should totally use some of the good stuff. We recommend using one of our other mac 'n' cheese recipes because she has about a million of them and they all look amazing. 

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    Donut Grilled Cheese

    Donut Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Maple Glaze

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    We have to admit that we never planned this donut grilled cheese recipe out. We basically woke up, realized it was National Donut Day via Instagram, sprinted to Dunkin' Donuts to claim our free donut, went back to our place of work, and made this recipe all spur-of-the-moment like.

    To be honest, though, this sort of delicacy is pretty perfect for any occasion. The combination of the light and airy donut against the sweet maple glaze, the smokey bacon, and the buttery muenster cheese make this sandwich totally irresistible. Don't take our word though—follow the recipe and try it yourself.

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    Breakfast Grilled Cheese

    Breakfast Grilled Cheese With Scrambled Eggs, Arugula Pesto, and Goat Cheese
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    Arugula pesto, made with fresh walnuts, parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil, salt, and fresh baby arugula leaves, is the star of this savory breakfast grilled cheese.

    When this tasty pesto is paired with creamy scrambled eggs, some tangy goat cheese, and two slices of crispy buttered whole wheat bread—the flavors combine to create one explosively flavorful sandwich. 

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    Grilled Cheese With Mayo

    Grilled cheese sandwich made with mayonnaise instead of butter

     The Spruce / Pete Scherer

    This sandwich doesn't use a bit of butter, instead, mayonnaise takes its place in this grilled cheese with mayo recipe. It produces a crisp grilled cheese that’s unlikely to become excessively oily or burned because mayo has a higher smoke point than butter.

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    Zucchini Grilled Cheese

    Zucchini grilled cheese sandwich on a cutting board

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    This zucchini grilled cheese sandwich is a gluten-free or keto-lover's dream come true because it's made without bread. A baked zucchini paste takes its place and then gets topped with mozzarella cheese and broiled for a thoroughly satisfying cheesy delight.

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    Taylor Pork Roll Grilled Cheese

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    The Taylor Pork Roll is a classic New Jersey breakfast staple that sort of resembles Canadian Bacon mixed with Salami. Mostly comprised of ham, this product comes fully cooked, but when pan-fried the porky richness is amplified, and the caramelized meat takes on a delicious savory flavor. And when covered in melted cheese—well as you could imagine, it gets even better. Add some tater tots and you've got an insane breakfast grilled cheese. 

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    Blistered Blueberry Grilled Cheese

    Blistered Blueberry Grilled Cheese with Mascarpone and Brie
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    Sweet and tart blistered blueberries and earthy basil cut through the rich creaminess of the mascarpone and brie while the bagel acts as a unique encasing for this delicious dessert grilled cheese.  

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    Pork Roll, Egg and Bagel Grilled Cheese

    Pork Roll, Egg + Bagel Grilled Cheese
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    This bagel grilled cheese features everything that is beautiful in the world: farm fresh eggs, artisanal cheese, trendy NYC bagels, locally made hot sauce, and responsibly made breakfast meat. Basically, this is a grilled cheese in a metaphorical leather jacket.

    Pork Roll, Egg and Bagel Grilled Cheese from Grilled Cheese Social

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    Campfire Bacon Cheddar Grilled Cheese

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    Make your next camping trip even more special by grilling up some tasty bacon and cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches.

    All you need are sandwich ingredients, a cast iron pan (or a waffle iron), and a fire. It's even better if you have some sort of mesh lid, like a grease splatter screen or a large sifter, so that it will help keep the ash off of your food. 

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    Caprese Grilled Cheese

    fresh tomato, fried basil and fresh mozzarella on homemade sourdough bread - it's caprese grilled cheese!

     Pete Scherer

    Caprese is a very popular Italian dish made with fresh sliced tomato, creamy mozzarella, basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.

    And it just so happens that caprese is even more delicious when it's grilled between two light and airy pieces of ciabatta bread in this caprese grilled cheese.

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    Funfetti Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Funfetti Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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    Remember making Funfetti cake as a little kid and licking the bowl until your tummy hurt? Well, now you can eat the cake mixture all you want without fear of getting sick from the raw egg contamination. Make this Funfetti grilled cheese and eat the whole dang thing.

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    Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese
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    This fried chicken and waffle grilled cheese sandwich is the perfect salty and sweet combination.

    When we think of popular modern soul food breakfasts, chicken and waffles are probably one of the first menu items to comes to mind. This isn't surprising since it's basically the best combination that's ever existed but when you pair this modern American classic with another classic—the grilled cheese sandwich—then you've got a combo that can't lose. 

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    Brie, Fig Jam, and Poundcake Grilled Cheese

    Brie, Fig Jam, and Poundcake Grilled Cheese With Rosemary Butter
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    We have to admit that when we dreamt up a poundcake grilled cheese with fig jam and rosemary butter, we thought that was pure genius.

    The buttery, sweet bread crisps up so beautifully and when paired with sweet and earthy fig jam, and creamy brie, well the combo gets even more delicious. We've served this sandwich for breakfast with a side of bacon, for dessert with powdered sugar on top, and pretty much any time that we've had poundcake around. 

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    Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Garlic bread grilled cheese and marinara sauce.
    Diana Rattray

    If you've ever had garlic bread with mozzarella cheese then you know how delicious this sandwich can be. Slices of bread are spread with a delicious garlic-parsley butter, toasted until golden, and then sandwiched around shredded cheese and cooked until melted. Serve with marinara or pizza sauce for dipping.

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    Grilled Macaroni and Cheese Sandwich

    Grilled Macaroni and Cheese Sandwich
    Grilled Cheese Social

    If you love cheese being melted on just about anything, we've combined our loves to create one special meal—a grilled macaroni and cheese sandwich.

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    Creamy Gouda Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese

    Creamy Gouda Mac + Cheese
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    This creamy Wisco gouda grilled cheese is served with a side of hot honey, and it’s to die for.

    Creamy Gouda Mac + Cheese Grilled Cheese from Grilled Cheese Social

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    Stuffing-Waffle Grilled Cheese

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    Reusing Thanksgiving leftovers in this stuffing waffle grilled cheese is probably the best decision you can possibly make this holiday season. 

    We're all familiar with everyone's least favorite leftover from Thanksgiving—soggy stuffing—the major dilemma being that by the time you're ready to eat it during the-late-night-leftovers-feast, the crispy goodness of your previous meal has sogged over, becoming a sloppy pile of mush. But wait, don't throw it out just yet. 

    Reutilize those leftovers and put that slop into a waffle press and get ready to make the best thing that’s ever been created. Add some muenster cheese, some cranberry jelly, and a big ole heaping pile of mashed potatoes and grill it for a few minutes until boom. Edible magic happens. 

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    Scrambled Egg and Tomato Grilled Cheese

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    Breakfast on the go is easy with this creamy and rich scrambled egg and tomato grilled cheese.

    Alpine-style Alpha Tolman Cheese by The Cellars at Jasper Hill melts beautifully alongside scrambled eggs and fresh slices of salted tomatoes. Hearty Texas toast helps keep everything glued together, and the Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce adds an extra zing of flavor and helps awaken the taste buds early in the morning. This sandwich definitely will make your breakfast more exciting.

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    Meatball Smash Grilled Cheese

    Meatball Smash Grilled Cheese
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    You've probably had about 10 meatball subs in your life but have you ever tried a meatball grilled cheese?

    Imagine this: Creamy asiago that's blended with rosemary and olive oil, clings to savory meatballs between to crispy buttery slices of bread. Add a side of marinara and get ready to dip the night away. Sounds pretty good, right? Right. 

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    Spicy Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese

    Jalapeno Mac n Cheese Grilled Cheese
    Grilled Cheese Social

    Did someone say spicy jalapeño mac and cheese grilled cheese? That's right. And with this quick and easy recipe, feel free to use any leftover mac and cheese you have on hand or follow the recipe for our take on it. 

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    Kale, Mushroom and Beet Grilled Cheese

    Kale, Mushroom + Beet Grilled Cheese
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    Beet-infused goat cheese sounds fancy but it's actually super easy. And when you add sautéed kale and three kinds of mushrooms, this veg-loaded grilled cheese becomes even more colorful and flavorful. 

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    Butternut Squash Grilled Cheese

    Butternut Squash Grilled Cheese with Gouda + Bacon
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    Sautéed butternut squash, crispy bacon, and melted gouda come together between two buttery toasted slices of lard bread to create a sweet and savory grilled cheese sandwich that highlights the beautiful flavors of fall. The bread this sandwich calls for is made with lard, so the fat content is much higher than regular store-bought bread. 

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    Burrata and Balsamic Glazed Strawberry Grilled Cheese

    Grilled Balsamic Strawberries, Burrata + Mint Pistou Grilled Cheese
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    Fresh-grilled balsamic glazed strawberries, creamy burrata, and a bright mint pistou make this sweet and fresh sandwich perfect for summer.

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    Paneer Grilled Cheese

    Paneer Grilled Cheese with Pickled Vegetable + Curry
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    Quick pickled slaw, made with carrots, cucumber, onion, mint and cilantro, paneer cheese, and yellow curry sauce get grilled between to crispy pieces of naan bread to make one Indian-inspired grilled cheese that is crisp and fresh. 

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    Roasted Corn Grilled Cheese

    Roasted Corn Grilled Cheese with Pickled Jalapenos
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    Buttery roasted corn, spicy jalapeños, and rich Manchego cheese come together in this zesty grilled cheese. 

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    Green Bean Casserole Grilled Cheese

    Green Bean Casserole Grilled Cheese
    Grilled Cheese Social

    This green bean casserole takes all the goodness from the classic dish and transforms it into a holdable green bean casserole grilled cheese sandwich. Camembert not only adds a richness to the sandwich, but it also mocks the gravy aspect of the dish. And by adding the french onion dip seasoning to the top, you get even more of that awesome retro-ness. 

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    Roasted Artichoke Grilled Cheese

    Roasted Artichoke Grilled Cheese
    Grilled Cheese Social

    This roasted artichoke grilled cheese is unique and impressive. 

    We always think about marinated artichoke hearts but have you ever tried your hand at roasting them? Not only does this bring out their natural sweetness, but when oven-roasted, the artichoke's texture completely transforms into a more crunchy and caramelized version of its soggy self.

    In this sandwich, we combine the crispy and golden roasted artichoke hearts with creamy and rich Mecox cheddar between two slices of sourdough and a hefty drizzle of hot pepper-infused olive oil. This sandwich may sound simple, but the flavors are totally complex and exciting.

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    Bacon Jam and Ricotta Grilled Cheese

    Ricotta, Parmesan, Bacon Jam + Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese
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    There's nothing quite like bacon jam. Let's be real—this is the edible form of crack. It's sweet and salty goodness comes from slowly rendering bacon and then cooking it down with brown sugar, caramelized onions, and red wine vinegar until a thick and chunky jam develops. Add some fresh ricotta, nutty parmesan, and crispy Brussels sprouts and you've got one serious bacon jam and ricotta sandwich on your hands.

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    Grilled Cheese Sandwich With Sausage and Kale

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    This grilled cheese sandwich with sausage and kale was inspired by one of our favorite warm soups and is a satisfying meal by itself.

    It combines spicy sausage, citrusy kale, savory caramelized onions, and slightly tart Wisconsin Kasseri cheese, which melts perfectly. We recommend serving it alongside a jammy Cabernet Sauvignon to help balance the saltiness of the sandwich.

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    Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese

    Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese
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    Grabbing a slice of pineapple and ham pizza is nothing out of the ordinary, but what about transforming that dish into a flavorful grilled cheese filled with sweet vibrant chunks of fresh pineapple, spicy rings of pickled jalapeños, milky strands of melted mozzarella and an umami-esque tomato sauce.

    All these ingredients melodically combine to help pack this Hawaiian pizza style grilled cheese full of flavor. Want more protein? Add some ham or pepperoni—either way, this sandwich is to die for.

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    Comte Grilled Cheese

    Comte Grilled Cheese with Ham and Pineapple
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    This comte grilled cheese with rosemary ham, pineapple, and smoked sea salt uses one of our favorite cheeses.

    Not only does it melt perfectly, but its got a sweet and nutty bite that lends well to just about everything. When it's melted down with sweet and tart fresh pineapple and savory rosemary-infused ham, the flavors of this cheese intensify and become even better. 

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    Nutella and Strawberry Grilled Cheese

    French Toast Grilled Cheese with Strawberries + Nutella
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    This challah bread french toast sandwich is stuffed with creamy mascarpone cheese, delicious hazelnut Nutella, and fresh ripened strawberries and definitely needs to be made for a special someone's breakfast in bed. 

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    Grilled Cheese With Smoked Polish Oscypek Cheese

    Grilled Cheese with Smoked Polish Oscypek Cheese + Strawberry Jam
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    This grilled cheese with smoked Polish oscypek cheese and strawberry jam uses a particular cheese is called Oscypek. 

    It’s a delicious smoked cheese made of salted sheep’s milk from the Tatra Mountains region of Poland. We discovered this seductive brine-soaked, 14-day-smoked bundle of goodness last year when we visited Kraków, Poland.

    This sandwich has been known to make hardened men cry. It’s warmed up on a grill and then drizzled with some hot strawberry jelly. It tastes as if the sheep that birthed this smoky-salty treat was milked by the gloved hands of an angel. A real one, straight outta the cheesiest heaven. 

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    Ricotta, Stewed Sweet Potatoes, and Hot Honey Grilled Cheese

    Smoked Ricotta, Stewed Sweet Potatoes + Hot Honey Grilled Cheese
    Grilled Cheese Social

    This ricotta, stewed sweet potatoes, and hot honey grilled cheese has smoked ricotta, fragrant stewed sweet potatoes, and sweet and spicy hot honey and is packed with flavor. We recommend using Salvatore Brooklyn's smoked ricotta because it is the best thing that's ever been invented, ever.

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    White Pizza Grilled Cheese

    White Pizza Grilled Cheese with Bacon + Spinach
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    Sure, we all know that pizza is pretty much every human's favorite food ever but what happens when you combine that Italian deliciousness with an American classic? A super insane white pizza grilled cheese—that's what.

    Crispy bacon, fruity taleggio cheese, light and airy ricotta, fresh spinach and fragrant basil get grilled between two olive oil and red pepper flake infused slices of focaccia. This crispy creamy sandwich is truly something that will change the way you think about pizza and grilled cheese forever. Swap out ingredients to make it your own—but don't back out on the taleggio—it makes the sandwich irresistible.

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    Grilled Cheese With Truffled Taleggio

    Grilled Cheese with Truffled Taleggio and Squash Blossoms
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    Imagine this: Beautiful squash blossoms drizzled with honey and topped with candied pumpkin seeds layered between a toasted pretzel bun full of fluffy fresh ricotta, melted sharp cheddar, and truffled taleggio cheese. This insane truffled grilled cheese sounds pretty amazing, right?

    Oh, and if you can't find squash blossoms, or have never heard of them, check out your local farmers market during summer months to find these beautiful and delicate flowers that are perfect for all sorts of recipes. 

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    Wisconsin Cheddar Grilled Cheese

    Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese with Pickled Jalapenos

    Grilled Cheese Social

    This ultimate Wisconsin Cheddar grilled cheese sandwich is loaded with Wisconsin's best aged sharp cheddar, sweet and savory homemade bacon jam, and spicy pickled jalapenos. It's rich, creamy, crunchy, meaty, cheesy, sweet, and spicy and basically encapsulates every delicious flavor between two hearty slices of buttery Texas toast. 

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    Sweet and Savory Wisconsin Cheese Grilled Cheese

    Fig grilled cheese

    Jamie Grill / Getty Images

    This bomb sweet and savory Wisconsin grilled cheese uses three of our favorite cheeses from Wisconsin: muenster, aged sharp cheddar, and blue cheese. It's sweet and savory, vegetarian, and is always a hit.

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    Apple Butter, Pepper Jack, and Croissant Grilled Cheese

    Apple Butter, Pepper Jack, and Croissant Grilled Cheese

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    With some spicy pepper jack cheese from Tillamook Cheese, a heaping spoonful of sweet and creamy apple butter, and a buttery and perfectly flaky croissant, this apple butter and pepper jack grilled cheese encompasses one of our favorite flavor combo’s: sweet and spicy (and buttery). It’s an excellent little treat that pairs nicely with an acidic Sauvignon Blanc.

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    Pickled Peach Grilled Cheese

    Grilled Cheese with Pickled Peaches and Virginia Ham

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    These little slider grilled cheese sandwiches are packed with flavor and they make the perfect bite-sized appetizers and party snack. Filled with a dollop of woodsy mulberry jam, some salty slices of Virginia ham, a couple of bright pickled peach segments, and nutty shreds of gouda and then grilled between two buttery sweet slices of Hawaiian bread, this sandwich packs quite the flavorful punch.

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    Grilled Macaroni and Cheese Sandwich With Broccoli


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    Want your kids to eat more veggies but are having a hard time doing so? Try grilling up this tasty broccoli macaroni and cheese sandwich. It's stuffed with delicious and nutritious broccoli florets.

    Also, this recipe calls for leftover macaroni and cheese, but it can totally work if you make it on the spot as long as you let it cool and thicken up for a bit.

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    Pastrami Reuben With Cheddar Grilled Chese

    Preparing a Reuben Sandwich
    Lauri Patterson / Getty Images

    There's a ton of variations for the Reuben sandwich, and some people have said that this recipe resembles a sandwich known as the Rachel—that is if you swap the pastrami for turkey and the cheddar out for Swiss cheese—but this buttery rich sandwich deserves its own category. 

    In this Rueben spin-off recipe, sharp cheddar cheese is melted over warm peppery pastrami, creamy coleslaw, and zesty Thousand Island dressing. Everything is sandwiched between two slices of rye bread and is grilled until crispy and buttery. 

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    Turkey Reuben Sandwich

    Turkey reuben sandwich recipe

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    Although Reuben sandwiches aren't typically made with turkey, this healthy updated version is totally delicious. And once you make your own homemade Thousand Island dressing, you'll never buy a bottled version ever again. And a word to the wise, you don't have to be exact with that recipe—if you just eye it, it'll probably be even better.