28 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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    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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    Donut Grilled Cheese

    Luther Burger: A Doughnut Bacon Cheeseburger

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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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    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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    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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    Caprese Grilled Cheese

    Italian caprese sandwich

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    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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    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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  • 09 of 28

    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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    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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    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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    Green Bean Casserole Grilled Cheese

    Green Bean Casserole Grilled Cheese
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    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
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    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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    Nutella and Strawberry Grilled Cheese

    Nutella strawberry grilled cheese recipe

    ​The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska

    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
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    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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    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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    Sweet and Savory Wisconsin Cheese Grilled Cheese

    Fig grilled cheese

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    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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    Pastrami Reuben With Cheddar Grilled Chese

    Preparing a Reuben Sandwich
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    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.