6 Great Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled sandwiches are one of the best quick meals around, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These five recipes are favorites, including the simplest and tastiest grilled cheese sandwiches you'll ever taste.

The best and easiest way to make grilled cheese sandwiches that are crisp on the outside and warm and melty on the inside is to assemble the sandwich and then butter just the outsides of the bread, instead of cooking the sandwich in melted butter. Place the sandwich on a preheated griddle set to low heat and cover (use a pot lid big enough to cover the sandwich). Covering the sandwich helps the cheese melt quicker, so you don't end up with golden bread and stiff cheese--or melted cheese and burnt bread. Grill until the first side is browned, then flip with a spatula and cover again, grilling until the second side is crisp. Cut in half and serve immediately.

Follow these recipes if you are in the mood for something classic, or use your favorite bread, cheeses, meats, fruits, and vegetables along with your imagination to make a fabulous grilled cheese sandwich that may become one of your favorites.

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    English Muffin Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Grilled cheese English Muffin
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    The nooks and crannies in English muffins are perfect vessels for the gooey melted cheese in this spectacular and super easy grilled sandwich. It is simply made from an English muffin, ​cheese, and butter. You can use any cheese you like, but--cheese purists cover your ears--processed American cheese melts the best. (And by processed it means the cheese was mixed with emulsifiers to help it melt smoothly.) If you'd like to try another type of cheese, it is best if you use shredded as it will melt more evenly.

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    Baked Grilled Cheese Pesto Sandwich

    panini with tomato, pesto and mozzarella
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    This recipe takes the typical grilled cheese up a notch with the addition of basil pesto. Nestled between the two slices of cheese, the pesto gently heats while the cheese melts and bread turns golden brown and crisp. 

    Baking a "grilled" sandwich is a wonderful way to make sandwiches for a crowd quickly. No need to stand at the stove flipping sandwich after sandwich! 

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    Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Garlic bread grilled cheese and marinara sauce.
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    This recipe brings two comfort food favorites together in one savory sandwich. A garlic-and parsley-flavored butter is spread on bread which is then toasted until golden brown. Shredded cheese, such as mozzarella or cheddar, is placed between two slices and the whole thing is cooked until melted and crispy. Delicious dipped into pizza or marinara sauce or served on the side of a plate of pasta.

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    Whole Wheat Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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    This is the classic way to make grilled cheese sandwiches but with whole wheat bread for a healthy twist. The ingredients are just bread, butter, and American cheese. It's retro, and it's delicious!

    If you steer clear of American cheese because of the artificial color, you can use white American cheese instead. It is available sliced and will melt the same way as those orange squares. 

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    Grilled Chicken and Apple Salad Sandwich

    Chicken Apple Sandwich
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    Like a tuna melt's distant cousin, this grilled sandwich is filled with tender chicken, sweet and tart apples and melted cheese. Unlike most grilled cheese sandwiches that place sliced cheese between the bread, this recipe calls for adding shredded cheese to the chicken salad mixture. The sharpness of the Swiss cheese combines nicely with the tartness of the apples. 

    This easy, delicious and filling sandwich can be eaten for lunch or dinner.

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    Grilled New Cuban Sandwich

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    The original Cuban sandwich was made with ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and salami on Cuban-style bread. A later version eliminates the salami.

    You may find basic grilled ham and cheese sandwiches labeled "Cuban," but to keep with tradition this recipe includes two kinds of meat and two kinds of cheese, along with mustard and pickles.

    Some may argue that what makes a Cuban sandwich Cuban is the grilling technique. Instead of cooking on a griddle and covering the sandwich, it is placed in either a panini press or is weighted down while cooking. If you don't have a panini grill, you can use a heavy skillet to weigh down the sandwich.