19 Grilled Cheeses Worth Giving Up Your Diet For

posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Everyone loves a good, classic grilled cheese. But there’s so much more to the iconic sandwich than just butter, bread and cheese! Here are 19 of the best grilled cheeses of all time, to enjoy with your family, alone, whenever!

1. Roasted Strawberry, Brie, and Chocolate Grilled Cheese

strawberry, brie, and chocolate grilled cheese recipe
Via howsweeteats.com


6 strawberries, quartered
1/2 teaspoon canola oil
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons butter
4 thick-cut slices of multigrain bread
2-3 oz brie cheese, sliced
1-2 ounces high-quality chocolate

Let’s start things off with a sweet take on traditional grilled cheese. First, you’ll need to roast your strawberries at 375 degrees for 20 minutes after tossing them with salt and oil. Next butter the bread and layer the brie, the chocolate, the strawberries, and a second layer of brie. Grill each side in a pan on medium heat and enjoy!



2. Jalapeño Cornbread Grilled Cheese

Jalapeno Cornbread Grilled Cheese with Chipotle Caramelized Onions, Refried Black Beans, Guacamole, Sour Cream and Cilantro
Via closetcooking.com


1 loaf jalapeño cornbread
1 batch refried black beans
1 batch chipotle caramelized onions
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
4 tablespoons butter
1 batch guacamole

Grilled cheese goes WAY beyond just regular sliced bread. Try out this amazing recipe for an amazing new take on two classic recipes (cornbread and grilled cheese). First, butter your slices of cornbread and put one slice, butter-side down in a pan over medium heat. Sprinkle the bread with half the cheese, add onions, some refried beans, then the rest of the cheese. Place another piece of cornbread on top, butter-side up. Grill until it’s golden brown, flip, grill some more (about 2-4 minutes per side). Top it with guacamole and sour cream and dig in!

3. Pulled Pork and Sriracha Guacamole Grilled Cheese

pulled-pork-and-sriracha-guacamole-grilled-cheese recipe
Via lifesambrosia.com


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
2 tablespoons butter
8 slices french bread
8 slices cheddar cheese
2 cups slow cooker pork
2 large avocados
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 serrano pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 salt
3/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce

Start out by making the guacamole, so the flavors can really come together. Just mash the avocados in a bowl with the lime juice, minced garlic, serrano pepper, cumin, salt and sriracha and set aside. Then heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the onions. Let them cook 20 minutes, until they brown and caramelize and then add in the pulled pork until it warms through.

Next you’re going to assemble your sandwich by buttering each slice of bread and layering the cheese with pulled pork, guacamole, and then a second slice of cheese, along with another slice of bread. Grill the sandwich in the same skillet you used to cook the pork and onions for added flavor!


4. Korean Style Grilled Cheese

korean style grilled cheese recipe
Via simplecomfortfood.com


1 lb of flank steak, cut thinly
1/3 cup of soy sauce
1 tbsp dark sesame oil
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger, skin removed, roughly chopped
Generous pinch of cracked black pepper
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 tbsp canola oil
2 slices Italian bread
3 tbsp unsalted butter
3 slices Harvati cheese
3 slices Cheddar cheese
3 tbsp kimchi

This sandwich takes a little while to prepare, because you have to start out by making the Korean beef. But it’s definitely worth it! First off, process the onion, garlic, and ginger until they’re a fine paste. Then add the paste to the soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, black pepper and chili flakes and stir. Add in the flank steak and marinate from 1-4 hours. You’ll end up with a lot of beef, but it’s great in other recipes, like lettuce wraps or just on a regular sandwich!

Next heat some oil in a skillet and add strips of your marinated beef and cook through. Butter each side of the bread and layer the harvati cheese, the cooked beef, the kim chi, ending with the cheddar cheese slices and a second buttered slice of bread. Grill up and enjoy!

5. Breakfast Grilled Cheese Sandwich

breakfast grilled cheese recipe


1 everything bagel
1 handful of baby heirloom tomatoes, sliced in half
2 pads of salted butter
1 tsp of fresh thyme
2 heaping tbs of cream cheese

Grilled cheese for breakfast! First, cut your bagel in half and place it flat side down. Then use a serrated grapefuit spoon to hollow out the top and the bottom of the bagel. Next fill in the hollowed part of both halves with cream cheese and layer your sliced tomatoes on top on one half of the bagel. On the other half, sprinkle thyme on top of the cream cheese. Smoosh the two halves together, melt butter in a pan over medium heat and grill.


6. Honey Basil Grilled Cheese

honey basil grilled cheese recipe
Via yumsugar.com


4 slices mutligrain bread
6 strawberry tomatoes, sliced
3 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
10 slices fontina cheese, sliced with cheese slicer
12 to 16 large basil leaves
Honey to taste

This sandwich is SO good and so easy to make! All you have to do is butter each slice of bread and then on the inside spread honey, and cover with tomato slices. Layer four slices of fontina cheese and basil leaves. Then top the basil leaves with mozzarella, top it off with your second slice of bread, and grill until it’s golden brown and the cheese has melted!


7. Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe
Via closetcooking.com


1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, sliced
8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
1/4 cup white wine or broth
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon truffle oil (optional)
1 cup fontina or gruyere
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano, grated
4 slices bread
2 tablespoon butter

Sautee the onion in the butter and oil until tender, about 5-7 minutes, then add the garlic and thyme and continue cooking for about a minute. Add the mushrooms to the mix and cook for about 10-15 minutes, until the start to caramelize. Finally, add the wine and cook until its almost all evaporated, about 2-3 minutes. Season the whole thing with salt and pepper, adding the parsley and letting the mixture cool a bit before mixing in the cheese. Butter each slice of bread and top with the mushroom mixture. Grill until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.


8. Blueberry Breakfast Grilled Cheese

Blueberry-Breakfast-Grilled-Cheese recipe


8 slices sandwich bread
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup frozen blueberries, thawed

This is another great breakfast sandwich, especially if you’re in the mood for something sweet! Start by mixing together your cream cheese and your powered sugar before buttering the slices of bread. Spread the cream cheese mixture on the inside of each slice of bread and top with blueberries before grilling until it’s golden brown.

9. Onion Chutney Roast Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich 

onion chutney roast beef grilled cheese recipe
Via branchranchnatural.com


  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter room temperature
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons onion chutney
  • Thinly sliced roast beef

Time for a SUPER easy grilled cheese! All you have to do is put it together. Butter the slices, throw on some cheese, onion chutney, roast beef, then more cheese, grill it up, and you’re ready to enjoy!

10. Ultimate Nacho Grilled Cheese Recipe



4 English muffins
8 pieces Colby Jack cheese
1 bag tortilla chips
1 jar of nacho cheese
Small can of sliced black olives
Small jar pickled jalapeños
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
Jar of salsa
Container of sour cream
1 tablespoon butter

Mix together two comfort food classics into one with this great recipe! First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then slice your English muffins in half and melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a pan before placing the muffins in the pan, inside down. Allow your muffins to crisp for about 2-4 minutes before taking them out of the pan, adding more butter and browning the tops of the muffins. Then set them aside.

Next, take the muffin bottoms and place them in a baking pan before layering them with one slice Colby Jack cheese, some tortilla chips, black beans, chopped green onion, sliced olives, a few jalapeños, some salsa, some nacho cheese, and a second slice of Colby Jack cheese. Bake in the oven 6-8 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Add a scoop of sour cream and guacamole before putting the English muffin top on the whole thing.

11. Asparagus Melt

asparagus melt recipe



6 to 8 asparagus spears
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 oz ricotta cheese
4 oz grated mozzarella
1 oz grated parmesan
1 tablespoon finely chopped mint
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1 teaspoon finely chopped capers
1 clove garlic, minced
Cracked black pepper
Squeeze of lemon
4 slices olive bread
Olive oil or butter for grilling the sandwich

Toss asparagus in olive oil with salt and pepper and then roast at 400 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes before setting it aside to cool. Mix cheeses and cracked pepper in one bowl, and the herbs, capers, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, minced garlic, lemon, and some salt. Spread your cheese/pepper mixture evenly on all 4 slices of bread before slicing asparagus and laying it on to of the cheese. Brush the bread with olive oil or butter and then grill until golden brown.

12. Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese

spinach-artichoke-grilled-cheese recipe


1 tablespoon softened butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 slices whole grain and seed bread
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 handfuls spinach sauteed in 1 teaspoon butter with half clove finely minced garlic chopped marinated artichokes
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste


Top each slice of bread with shredded mozzarella and then grill open face until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Remove from pan, top with spinach and artichokes, sprinkle with Parmesan and close the two slices of bread to make a sandwich.

13. Barbecue Mac Grilled Cheese

Via bunsinmyoven.com


  • 2.5 lb chuck roast
  • 1 box Kraft Recipe Makers Hickory BBQ Beef
  • 1 recipe macaroni and cheese
  • Sourdough bread
  • Butter
  • Cheddar cheese slices (3 per sandwich)

This is another recipe that takes awhile to prepare, but it’s definitely worth it! First you need to make your roast, which is super easy. Just throw the roast in the slowcooker and top with the Simmer Sauce from your Kraft Recipe Makers box. Cook it on high for 6-8 hours. After it’s cooked shredded the meet and drain all but 1/3 of the liquid from the slowcooker before returning the roast to the slowcooker and stirring in some BBQ sauce so all the meat is coated. Cook on low for another 30 minutes.

Next, butter your bread before topping it with a slice of cheese, a spoonful of your shredded beef, another slice of cheese, a scoop of macaroni and cheese, and a third slice of cheddar cheese. Close up the sandwich and grill until both sides are golden brown.

14. Roasted Beet and Chevre Grilled Cheese

roasted beet and chevre recipe


8 1/8 inch thick slices roast beets
1/2 teaspoon sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
2 slices 9-grain bread
3 tablespoons chevre fresh goat cheese

This sandwich is as tasty as it is pretty! It also happens to be super easy to make, too. All you need to do is mix beets with salt, pepper, and vinegar. Then crumble cheese over bread, top with beets, crumble more cheese, and close sandwich. Grill until cheese is melted and enjoy!

15. Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

baked potato grilled cheese recipe
Via bsinthekitchen.com

2-3 strips of bacon
1 potato
2 tbsp sour cream
Cheddar cheese
Green onions
2 slices bread
Canola oil
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper

Another great mix of comfort foods, all in one sandwich! First, slice the potato thinly and cook with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, until the slices in canola oil until they’re brown and crispy. While this is browning, cook your bacon in a separate pan. Next, take your bread and slice it before buttering each slice. On the inside put a dab of sour cream with a slice of cheddar cheese. Add the cooked potatoes and bacon with a second dollop of sour cream and another slice of cheddar cheese before closing the sandwich. Grill until the cheese melts.


16. Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese

friedchicken-waffle-grilled-cheese recipe


1 tablespoon softened butter
1 large waffle or 2 regular small square waffles
2 slices of cheddar cheese
1 piece of fried chicken

Split your waffles in half. On each half, layer a slice of cheese, a fried chicken piece, another slice of cheese, then close the sandwich and press it together. Grill in a frying pan until your cheese is melted.

17. Fontina, Walnut, Apple, and Honey Grilled Cheese

fontina, walnut, apple grilled cheese
Via lifeovereasy.com

1/2 an apple
2 slices grainy bread, buttered
1/2 a round good quality rind cheese, like Taleggio or Fontina
2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons toasted walnuts, broken up
Salt and pepper

This sandwich is tasty and SO easy to make! Slice your cheese and then layer it on each slice of bread. Cook until the cheese is melted, with the walnuts in the pan so they can toast at the same time. Once the cheese is melted, remove from the pan and add walnuts and apples and close sandwiches.


18. Sweet Potato Pesto Grilled Cheese

sweet potato pesto grilled cheese
Via alimentageuse.com


4 slices rye bread
1 tbsp butter
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into long flat pieces
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp pesto
3 tbsp goat cheese
1 heaping tbsp Greek yogurt
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

Coat sweet potatoes with olive oil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Flip and bake for 15 more minutes. While this is baking, mix pesto, Greek yogurt, and goat cheese. Butter rye bread and spread pesto mixture on the inside. Layer on sweet potato slices, sprinkling with mozzarella cheese. Grill until the bread is golden brown.

19. Sun-Dried Tomato Hazelnut Pesto Grilled Cheese

hazelnut_pesto_grilled_cheese recipe
Via kalamazoogourmet.com


3/4 cup sun-dried tomato hazelnut pesto
8 slices ciabatta bread
About 2 tablespoons butter, softened
8 oz Fontina cheese, shreded
Baby arugula

Butter each side of the bread and then spread it with pesto. Add a layer of cheese, some arugula, and another layer of cheese. Top it off with some bread and grill until it turns golden brown!

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