English Muffin Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe

Grilled cheese English Muffin
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Total: 13 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 4 sandwiches
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
690 Calories
39g Fat
71g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 690
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 49%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 1169mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 757mg 58%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 299mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

English muffin grilled cheese sandwiches takes advantage of one the best features of the English muffin—all those crevices fill with melted cheese, while the outside gets crisp and toasty. 

It's easy to make grilled cheese sandwiches with whatever cheese you have on hand. After much experimentation, we really prefer processed American cheese for this type of recipe, no matter how purists may shudder. That product is made from real cheese, with emulsifiers added so it melts so smoothly and evenly.

If you want to use real cheese, we would recommend shredded it so it melts more evenly and smoothly. You can blend the shredded cheese with a bit of milk or some white wine for more flavor and so it melts very smoothly.

You can use regular English muffins or whole wheat muffins for this wonderful treat. Just make sure that the heat is moderate, that you cover the pan as the sandwich cooks so the cheese melts evenly, and that you check it often so it doesn't burn.


  • 4 English muffins, split with fork

  • 10 slices American cheese

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Steps to Make It

  1. Split the English muffins and place them, split-side up, on the work surface.

  2. Cover half of the muffins with the cheese, using 2 1/2 slices per muffin and tearing and fitting the cheese to fit. 

  3. Make sandwiches by covering the cheese with the other half of the muffins, split-side down.

  4. Butter the outsides of the English muffins.

  5. Grill the muffins on a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat, covering the sandwiches with pan lids, pressing down lightly with a spatula, and turning once, until the cheese is melted and the muffins are toasted, about 4 to 5 minutes total.


  • You can also cook these on a panini grill. In that case, press down gently on the grill as the sandwiches cook, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted and gooey.