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Perfect Grilled Cheese On The Grill

Buttery and crunchy on the outside. Oozy and gooey on the inside. And no pan to clean up. Perfect grilled cheese made on the grill is pure comfort food tweaked for spring/summer.

This is my favorite way to make a grilled cheese sandwich. No fuss. No mess. And seriously delicious. The recipe includes the basics – bread, cheese, butter or mayo – but we’ve included lots of options for extra fillings. I can’t even pick a favorite. I love them all (not all together of course).

Grilled Grilled Cheese. Butter and crispy on the outside. Oozy and gooey on the inside.

You can prep everything ahead and do the final melt just before serving. This makes it ideal when trying to make 6-8 sandwiches at the same time.

I love to serve grilled cheese with chips (of course!), grilled coleslaw, homemade baked beans , homemade creamy tomato soup or a salad with grilled vegetables and quinoa.

Tailor To Your Taste

I did some research on best breads and cheeses for perfect grilled cheese. Or just use your favorites. Although purists, like my husband, would never use anything but cheese, some of us are happy to experiment, so I’ve listed a few filling suggestions for inspiration.

Breads

good old white bread, sour dough, pumpernickel, rye bread, multigrain bread, English Muffins (who knew?), Challah, ciabatta.  If you’re putting extra stuff in your grilled cheese, a more pliable bread will work better than a sturdier bread. Avoid bread slices that are too thick or the cheese will take much longer to melt.  And, pretty obvious, avoid bread with holes so the cheese doesn’t drip through.

Cheeses

You will want to use melty cheeses like American or yellow cheddar (for more classic grilled cheese) or Fontina, Brie, Gruyere, Provolone, Havarti, any jack cheese, Manchego or Gouda (for fancier grown-up grilled cheese).

Fillings 

  • spreads: yellow mustard, Dijon, fig jam, marmalade, olive tepanade
  • herbs: minced chives, basil, tarragon
  • fillers: thin apple slices, peaches, chopped olives, pickles, sundried tomatoes, capers, fresh tomatoes
  • meats: ham, bacon
  • veggies: sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers

Shortcut

  • Buy pre-shredded or pre-sliced cheese.

Make Ahead

Everything except for the last step of melting the cheese can be prepped ahead.

bread, cheddar and gruyere cheese grated, butter

Grilled Grilled Cheese

Grilled Grilled Cheese

Grilled Grilled Cheese

Grilled Grilled Cheese

Perfect grilled cheese on the grill cut in half and stacked on cutting board p2

 

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Perfect Grilled Cheese on The Grill

Buttery and crunchy on the outside. Oozy and gooey on the inside. And no pan to clean up. Perfect grilled cheese made on the grill is pure comfort food tweaked for spring/summer.
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 grilled cheese sandwiches
Author: Cheryl, Two Kooks In The Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread Note 1 about 1/2 inch thick
  • 4 slices cheese Note 2 or 2/3 cup shredded cheese
  • 4 teaspoon soft butter or mayonnaise

Instructions

  • HEAT GRILL TO MEDIUM-HIGH (450-475F)
  • GRILL ONE SIDE OF BREAD SLICES: Butter each slice of bread on one side. Grill one side of bread slices, butter side down, for about 1-2 minutes total (depending on thickness of bread), turning quarter turns a couple of times to get nice grill marks. Be careful not to burn it. Remove bread to a cutting board or tray. Turn off one side of the grill.
  • BUILD SANDWICHES: Lay bread slices on board, grilled side down. Pile cheese(s) on half the slices (the non toasted side), then cover with the other slices (toasted side up) to make a sandwich.
  • HEAT SANDWICHES TO MELT CHEESE: Place sandwiches on indirect heat (the part of the grill you turned off). Close the lid and heat for about 6-9 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Transfer to plate. Cut in half and serve immediately.

Notes

  1. Best Breads: good old white bread, sour dough, pumpernickel, rye bread, multigrain bread, English Muffins, Challah, ciabatta.  If you're putting extra stuff in your grilled cheese, a more pliable bread will work better than a sturdier bread. 
  2. Best Cheeses: Melty cheeses are best like American or yellow cheddar (classic) or Fontina, Brie, Gruyere, Provolone, Havarti, any jack cheese, Manchego or Gouda (for fancier grown-up grilled cheese).
  3. Optional additional fillings: 
    • spreads: yellow mustard, Dijon, fig jam, marmalade, olive tepanade
    • herbs: minced chives, basil, tarragon
    • fillers: thin apple slices, peaches, chopped olives, pickles, sundried tomatoes, capers
    • meats: ham, bacon
    • veggies: sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers
  4. Make Ahead: Everything except for the last step of melting the cheese can be prepped ahead. 
 
Nutrition value estimates are for one sandwich. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Perfect Grilled Cheese on The Grill
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 597mg26%
Potassium 139mg4%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 629IU13%
Calcium 350mg35%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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