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Make these classic sammies on the grill! It's easier than you think!MORE+LESS-

Updated September 18, 2014


tube Pillsbury™ refrigerated thin pizza crust


slices Muenster, Swiss, Colby Jack cheese, and/or goat cheese (see flavor combos below to choose your cheese to match your flavor)

Your favorite grilled cheese add-ons: spinach, ham slices, bacon, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, etc.

butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray

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    Preheat oven to 425°F. Unroll Pillsbury™ Thin Pizza Crust on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes, just until the crust is set. It should be just barely light-golden brown around the edges. (Note alternative baking directions in Step 5.)

  • 2

    Use a pizza cutter to slice the cooked crust into 10 small, equal-sized squares. Preheat your outdoor grill to the lowest heat setting possible.

  • 3

    Top 5 of the pizza crust squares with your favorite grilled cheese combos: for CLASSIC GRILLED CHEESE, place two slices of Muenster or Colby Jack cheese. For HAM AND TOMATO GRILLED CHEESE, top your slices with two slices of Swiss cheese, two slices of ham, and two slices of tomatoes. For MEDITERRANEAN GRILLED CHEESE, top your slices with a schmear of goat cheese, spinach, a slice of roasted red pepper, and a slice of Muenster cheese.

  • 4

    Place a second slice of pizza crust on top of the cheese sandwiches. Spray with butter-flavored nonstick baking spray. Place directly on preheated grill, then close the lid of the grill and allow sandwiches to cook for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip and cook on the other side until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • Keep your kitchen totally cool by baking the bread right on the grill! Use low heat and bake on both sides until grill marks appear. Then proceed with Steps 2 through 4.

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More About This Recipe

  • Grilled cheese sandwiches made on the ... grill? Yep. And they're just the best!

    Use your grill for more than just meat! Make these Grilled Cheese Sandwiches on the Grill and rock your world into next month!

    Grab a tube of Pillsbury Thin Pizza Crust. This is how it starts, people. Prepare for it. It gets better and better from here.

    Unroll the pizza dough onto a piece of parchment paper. Bake it in a hot oven for 6-8 minutes, then slice the cooked dough into 10 even-sized pieces. (Hey, if you want, you can even grill the dough -- just cut it first, place the pieces on low heat until grill marks form, and then keep going!)

    Top five of your pizza crust pieces with your favorite grilled cheese toppers. Make it traditional. Go Mediterranean, make a classic ham and tomato grilled cheese. You're imagination is your only limitation!

    Place a second piece of pizza crust on top of each sandwich, spray the top and bottom of each sandwich with nonstick cooking spray, then toss onto a hot grill turned to the lowest heat setting possible. Cover that grill and let your sandwiches cook for 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip and grill on the other side for 2-4 minutes, or until golden brown.

    Serve immediately and enjoy the smoky goodness of this classic sandwich made right on the grill!

    Or, shall we call it the Grrrrrr…ill?! Scrumptious!


    Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen where she shares fun family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!

10 Grilled Cheese Recipes That Are Next Level

I’m a huge fan of all things cheese. Mac and cheese, cheesy bread, cheesy casseroles, cheese pizza, and of course, grilled cheese! It doesn’t get much more classic and simple as a grilled cheese sandwich. I used to devour grilled cheese sandwiches as a kid, and my love for them has never gone away. My tastes, however, have matured a bit. There are so many wonderful and delicious ways to prepare grilled cheese, and there are a few of my favorites! Go ahead and try one of these recipes out this week!

How To Make a Grilled Cheese on the Grill

Get a grill ready for direct grilling over medium heat.

Get out two slices of bread. Spread one side of each with softened butter or mayonnaise. (If you’re questioning the mayonnaise on the outside of a grilled cheese, have a look over here to find out about it). Flip the bread slices over. Put a couple of cheese slices onto one slice of bread. Invert the other bread onto it so that it is butter-side-up.

Transfer the sandwich to the preheated grill. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until grill marks appear. Shift the sandwich around, moving it 90 degrees. Cook for another minute or two, to get those lovely hash marks.

Flip the sandwich over and repeat on the second side, cooking for 2-3 minutes to get the initial grill marks and then turning the sandwich 90 degrees to create hashmarks.

By that point the cheese will be nice and melted inside the sandwich. Remove the sandwich from the grill and eat.

  • One 13.5 ounce ring of smoked sausage, such as bratwurst or kielbasa
  • 4 good quality sandwich rolls, such as brioche, Kaiser rolls, or semmel rolls, sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • Vegetable oil for oiling the grill grate
  • Four 1/4 inch slices Cooper® Sharp White Cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard, or your favorite mustard
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • Dill pickles, for serving (optional)

1: Set up your grill for direct grilling. Heat one side to medium-high and the other side to medium-low.

2: Slice the sausage on a diagonal into oblong-shaped 1/4-inch slices. Lightly butter the rolls, keeping the halves together.

3: When ready to cook, brush the grill grate and oil it well.

4: Arrange the rolls on the grill grate over medium-high heat, cut sides down. Grill until the bread is lightly marked with grill marks, 1 to 2 minutes. (Watch carefully.) Set aside.

5: Grill the sausage over the hottest part of the grill until it’s lightly marked with grill marks, turning once.

6: Arrange the bottoms of the rolls on the medium-low part of the grill, cut sides up. Using tongs, divide the sausage among the rolls. Top each sandwich with Cooper® Sharp White Cheese. Put the grill lid on to keep in the heat. Grill long enough to melt the cheese, 3 to 5 minutes. In the meantime, spread mustard on the roll tops.

7: When the cheese melts, top each sandwich with a spoonful or two of sauerkraut and replace the roll tops. Serve immediately with dill pickles, if desired.

Donut Grilled Cheese

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.

48 Best Grilled Cheese Recipes You Must Try Out

Jennifer is a full-time homesteader who started her journey in the foothills of North Carolina in 2010. Currently, she spends her days gardening, caring for her orchard and vineyard, raising chickens, ducks, goats, and bees. Jennifer is an avid canner who provides almost all food for her family needs. She enjoys working on DIY remodeling projects to bring beauty to her homestead in her spare times.

Grilled cheese are the perfect small meal for the whole family. They’re easy to make and many people around the internet have become creative and developed recipes for adult and kid-friendly grilled cheeses.

While everyone boasts that theirs is the best grilled cheese recipes ever, we lined these up for you and your kids to try and pick your favorite.

Let’s begin exploring the world of grilled cheese:

1. Fancy Schmancy Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese isn’t your basic grilled cheese. It has a fancier way about it and most people who love cheese will love it.

What makes it fancy? It includes high-quality bread, multiple types of cheeses, Dijon mustard, and an array of spices.

2. Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Do you have a taste for spicy dishes? You’ll love this sandwich! It contains bread and cheese like most grilled cheeses.

However, it’s set apart because it also includes buffalo chicken. It may get a little messy, but it’s one delicious sandwich.

3. Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese

When I was younger, I wasn’t a fan of avocados. As I’ve aged, I’ve learned to embrace this amazing addition.

If you enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich, you’ll also enjoy it being slathered with avocado and crispy bacon too.

4. Pesto Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

Are the kids wearing you out with the specific meals they want all the time? I get it! The next time the kids scream for grilled cheese, consider making yourself an adult-version.

Instead of a basic grilled cheese, switch up cheddar for mozzarella and add some pesto to the bread too.

5. Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese sandwich adds some sweeter flavors to the traditional grilled cheese sandwich. It includes Canadian bacon and pineapple.

Plus, they use a different choice of cheese and add a few spices for a Hawaiian style treat.

6. Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese

This sandwich is full of flavor and spicy too. It begins with two slices of bread. The bread is smothered in cream cheese which has been mixed with chopped green onions.

From there, roasted jalapenos are added to the sandwich along with more cheese. When heated, it all melts together into a delicious sandwich.

7. Monte Cristo Style Grilled Cheese

Who doesn’t love a Monte Cristo sandwich? They’re delicious! It has two slices of bread with mustard and mayonnaise.

The sandwich is built with cheese and ham. Once you have the sandwich intact, it’s dipped in a cream and egg mixture before being grilled. When complete, it’s sprinkled with powdered sugar.

8. Apple and Gouda Grilled Cheese

Gouda is a type of cheese which is frequently paired with fruit because they complement each other well.

This grilled cheese is no exception. The bread is filled with slices of sweet apple and delicious gouda cheese and grilled to melted perfection.

9. The Gourmet Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese is extremely gourmet and could almost pass as a part of an adult dinner party. Who wouldn’t love a twist on a blast from the past favorite meal?

It includes three different types of cheese, caramelized onions, and different herbs. This sandwich is dainty and delicious.

10. Pizza Margherita Grilled Cheese

If you love a traditional Margherita style pizza, you’ll love this grilled cheese. It’s made on sourdough bread and topped with homemade marinara sauce.

The finishing touch is the fire roasted tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Grill it to perfection, and you have one heck of a meal.

11. BLT Grilled Cheese

Why not combine two of the most classic sandwiches into one and make the ultimate classic meal?

You can thanks to this idea. Combine a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich with a classic grilled cheese. Your stomach will thank you!

12. Cranberry Brie and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese

Would you prefer a swankier grilled cheese to enjoy on a date or during a meal with friends? You can serve basic food which is dressed up to dinner guests.

This grilled cheese will make the kid in you scream with excitement because it’s familiar. Yet, the adult in you will love the flavors of cranberry sauce, brie, and prosciutto.

13. Spaghetti Grilled Cheese

Who wouldn’t love to eat a spaghetti dinner on the run? Thanks to this idea for an Italian grilled cheese, you can.

The grilled cheese is built on two pieces of garlic bread, topped with cheese, and finished off with spaghetti before heating it up to become a melted paradise on a plate.

14. Italian Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese

If you enjoy garlic bread, consider making this grilled cheese. It’s piled high with cheese, garlic, prosciutto, and pine nuts.

Once the sandwich is built, it’s thrown on a hot griddle until the flavors melt together. When complete, you can dig in and enjoy each mouth-watering bite.

15. Fried Egg Grilled Cheese

I love the idea for this sandwich. It’s simple to make and also combines two classic sandwiches into one delicious bite.

You build the grilled cheese between two pieces of bread. It includes a fried egg (from an egg sandwich) and cheese to build a delicious grilled cheese you’re going to love.

16. Spinach and Feta Grilled Cheese

Oh my! Do you love feta cheese? Are you trying to take in all the green superfoods you can to maintain your health?

This sandwich has what you need. It combines both feta cheese and spinach in one toasted and melty sandwich.

17. Cauliflower Grilled Cheese

Are you following a larb (as I call it.) Also known as a low carb diet. It can be hard browsing through this list because it appears there’s nothing for you.

But you can’t say that after you read this option. It’s a grilled cheese made with a cauliflower ‘bread’ and cheese melted between it.

18. Taco Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Are you in the mood for tacos, but aren’t in the mood for all the fuss and mess which can sometimes happen on taco night?

Skip the full-blown fiesta and make this taco grilled cheese. It has the taco meat and fixings melted between cheese on two slices of bread.

19. Grilled Cheese with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Adult grilled cheese alert! Everyone will want to tune into this recipe. If you’re tired of the old-fashioned grilled cheese, be prepared to be amazed.

Instead of cheese melted between bread, this recipe uses sun-dried tomatoes to make a fantastic pesto sauce to accompany it.

20. Zucchini Grilled Cheese

When you’re on a low-carb diet it can be difficult to say, “Farewell!” to items you consider comfort foods.

You don’t have to thanks to this option. They use zucchini to form the bread and melt cheese between the two slices of ‘bread.’

21. Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Bacon

When I was a newlywed, I was finishing up my first college degree. We lived in a little one-bedroom apartment and ate simply because I had late nights with night school.

Nothing was better than when I’d come home from a long day of working and going to school, and my husband would make these grilled cheese sandwiches.

They’re delicious and filling and a firm contender for the top spot of my personal choice for best grilled cheese ever.

22. Grilled Mac’n Cheese

Do you have a macaroni lover in your family? Make their day by making this grilled cheese for supper.

It’s macaroni and cheese squeezed between two slices of bread and grilled to melty perfection. If you love cheese, you’ll love this sandwich.

23. Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese

Again, this recipe is a memory maker and one to stash in your recipe book. It combines two classic sandwiches and hits a home run in the process.

If you love sloppy joes, you’re in for a treat. Sloppy joe meat is placed between two slices of bread along with cheese. They’re all melted together and form a tasty dinner.

24. Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich

My sister and my oldest son both have a mutual love for mushrooms. If you love mushrooms too, you should give this sandwich a try.

It’s mushrooms and cheese placed between two slices of bread. From there, you place the bread over heat and let it all melt together.

If you love mushrooms too, you might just vote this one as the best cheese griller!

Reviews ( 8 )

Okay ya'll. best grilled cheese i have ever made! When i read that you mix grated parm with the butter and put on the grill side of the bread, i was just a little apprehensive. But ya'll. it makes the outside of the sandwich SOOOO crunchy! Seriously, you have to try this. I used fresh mozzarella and i did add just a bit of shredded cheddar too. i mean can you have too much cheese? My hubby asked for bacon on his, so that happened. All through dinner, he just kept saying how wonderful it was.

You just HAVE to try this if you loved grilled cheese. Thanks so much for the recipe! This one made it into my written recipe book. and not many recipes make it there!

I eat a grilled cheese sandwich about 3 times a week and consider myself a big fan but I am not a fan of Parmesan cheese so I was a bit skeptical about adding it to the butter. The Parmesan was not overwhelming and it added a nice flavor and enhanced the texture to the outside of the sandwich. The only thing that I did differently is that I lightly browned the inside slices of the bread before assembling. I like my bread toasted on both sides. I'll be making this again and sharing with the family. Next time, I may spread some of the butter mixture on the inside bread slices to see what that does!

This is a great recipe, Loved how the bread came out. I served this with tomato soup and it was a great match.

Greatest. Grilled Cheese. Sandwich. EVER. Had it twice already. Once with soup, and once on its own. PERFECT!

These were the most amazing grilled cheese sandwiches I have ever had! I will never make them any other way again. Thank you whoever for sharing this recipe with us!

This was so easy to put together with pretty simple ingredients. My kids loved them, and so did me and the hubby. The bread is definitely the big winner, along with that butter-mixed-with parmesan. The cheese is just the "icing" on the cake. A big keeper!

Simple Grilled Kefalotyri Cheese Recipe

Greek kefalotyri cheese browns and maintains its shape on the grill, and it's so flavorful it needs little more than lemon juice and black pepper to make it great.

Why this recipe works:

  • Kefalotyri is a hard cheese that has a high melting point, making it well suited for grilling.
  • Served like traditional saganaki, the dish is minimally finished with lemon juice and black pepper.

Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Brush slices of baguette lightly with oil on both sides. Place on grill and cook until lightly toasted, 30-60 seconds per side. Transfer to serving tray.

Place provolone on grill and cook until almost softened throughout, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to tray with bread.

Sprinkle provolone with oregano and red pepper flakes. Serve immediately.

Grilled Mac and Cheese

Working along side USA Onions has been a fun adventure over the last 2 years. I have been able to learn so much from them about onion types, growth, harvesting, sizing but most important, which onions work best when grilling. All of that knowledge is important, however grilling onions got me most excited.

For instance, take this Mac and Cheese recipe from USA Onoins. I love the idea but it was missing one important ingredient&hellipa grill! So I translated the recipe for the grill because it brings way more flavor to the dish and makes the process way more fun. Take a look at the tips and recipe below and get grilling!

Tips for grilling the onions:

  • Use a vegetable basket to grill the onions.
  • Preheat the basket on the grill for 10-15 minutes.
  • Use olive oil, salt and pepper to season the onions.
  • Grill the onions in the vegetable basket at 375-400 degrees direct heat for 15-20 minutes.
  • Grill the onions in two to three batches for maximum flavor.
  • After grilling the onions, let them cool before adding them to your Mac and Cheese.

How to bake on a grill:

  • Set your grill up for indirect heat placing the pan with the Mac and Cheese directly in the center of the grill grates.
  • For gas grills, turn the outside burners on medium heat and keep the center burner on off.
  • For charcoal grills, place 25 lit briquettes on each side of the kettle.
  • Instead of heating up your house, use a side burner to boil the noodles.
  • The cheese sauce makes for a great dipping sauce. If you have extra, warm it up and use it as an appetizer at your next party at home.

Hopefully you can use some of the tips above to get more flavor out of this delicious Mac and Cheese recipe, all while having fun in your own backyard.

Caramelized USA Onion Mac ’n’ Cheese
This sinfully rich Mac ’n’ Cheese is packed with decadent caramelized onions and the classic New Orleans “holy trinity”: onions, celery and pepper. If you like a kick, don’t forget the Louisiana-style hot sauce.

*Note, this recipe is for 12 servings. Cut it in half if you are feeding a smaller group.


Caramelized Onions
8 Spanish yellow onions (4 lbs)
1/4 cup butter (2 ounces)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Cheese Sauce
2/3 cup butter (5.3 ounces)
6 ribs celery, finely chopped (12 ounces)
2 red peppers, finely chopped (18 ounces)
1 Spanish yellow USA onion, finely chopped (8 ounces)
6 cloves garlic, minced (1 ounce)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2/3 cup all-purpose flour (3.3 ounces)
10 cups 2% milk
2 tbsp Dijon mustard

Crunchy Topping
4 cups panko breadcrumbs (8 ounces)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (4 ounces)
1 cup butter, melted (8 ounces)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

6 cups shredded sharp aged Cheddar cheese (1.5 lb)
4 cups sour cream
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh parsley
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (3 ounces)
To taste Louisiana-style hot sauce
18 cups cooked elbow macaroni (4.5 lb)


Caramelized Onions

1. Melt butter in a large heavy-bottomed pan set over medium low heat.
2. Cook onions, stirring often, for 60 to 75 minutes or until golden brown.
3. Season with salt and pepper.

Cheese Sauce

1. Melt butter in a large pan set over medium heat.
2. Add celery, onion, red pepper, garlic, salt and pepper cook until soft. Sprinkle flour over top.
3. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Slowly stir in the milk until smooth and thickened.
4. Remove from heat. Whisk in Dijon mustard.

Crunchy Topping

1. Toss breadcrumbs with Parmesan cheese, melted butter, salt and pepper.

1. Stir 1 cup Cheese Sauce with 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Cheddar cheese, 1/3 cup sour cream, 2 tbsp chopped parsley, 1 tbsp (.25 ounces) Parmesan cheese, and hot sauce together until smooth.
2. Stir in 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) cooked macaroni.
3. Layer pasta with 1/3 cup (2 ounces) caramelized onions into a greased 2 cup baking dish.
4. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup (2 ounces) Crunchy Topping.
5. Bake at 425°F for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.