Grilled Cheese Sandwich

4 Sandwiches
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

A Grilled Cheese Sandwich is the ultimate comfort food with melty, stringy cheddar cheese. Following this recipe will get the perfect sandwich every time!

Fun variations on Grilled Cheese, like Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese and Philly Cheesesteak Grilled Cheese, are already on the blog, but we’ve never posted the classic version before. This Sandwich Recipe only needs bread, cheese, and butter. But, no matter how simple it seems, Grilled Cheese is one of the most delicious foods ever.

top-down view of Grilled Cheese Sandwich halves in stack


A simple Grilled Cheese Sandwich is one of those nostalgic recipes that we all need sometimes. Sure, there are lots of more sophisticated dishes, but sometimes you just want some toasted white bread with a slice of gooey, melty cheese in the middle. It’s simple, comforting perfection.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches bread, cheese, and butter on cutting board

On its own, Grilled Cheese makes a satisfying lunch that you and your family are sure to love. However, if you want another dish to make it a more rounded out dinner, serve your sandwiches with Creamy Tomato Soup. It makes the perfect pairing and nothing tastes better than a Grilled Cheese dipped in tomato soup.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches open-faced bread and cheese on griddle

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are the perfect recipe for busy weeknights. Sometimes there’s just no time to cook, or you’re out of ingredients and don’t have time to run to the store. This simple, satisfying sandwich with just 3 ingredients is the way to go! Dinner will be ready in no time and everyone is sure to love it. 



Grilled Cheese are easy to make, but harder to get perfect. All too often, they turn out burnt on one side or the cheese isn’t melted all the way through. Here are a few easy tips to get perfectly melty, golden brown sandwiches every time.

  • Lay out 8 slices of bread and put butter on one side of each one. It turns out better buttering the slice of bread instead of the pan.
  • Instead of assembling the sandwiches right away, just place 4 of the slices butter-side-down on the griddle or skillet. Depending on the size of your skillet, you might have to do this in a couple of batches. Keep the griddle or pan at medium heat. If the heat is too high, the bread will burn on the outside before the inside is heated through.
  • Lay 2 slices of cheddar (or American) cheese over each piece of bread.
  • Finish the sandwiches with the top slice of bread. Make sure the butter is facing out.
  • Cook for another 2 minutes, and then flip each sandwich to cook for another 4 minutes.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches on griddle


  • Cheese: You can add different kinds of cheese along with the cheddar. Try Swiss, Monterey Jack, Gruyere, Parmesan, Mozzarella, or sharp cheddar. If you don’t have sliced cheese, you can always sprinkle grated cheese over the bread.
  • Bread: Instead of regular slices of white bread, you can use different kinds of crusty bread. French bread, sourdough, or brioche could all work well for a grilled cheese.
  • Add-ins: For some flavor add-ins try spreading dijon mustard or pesto over one of the bread slices before you grill it. You could also add caramelized onions, tomatoes, zucchini, or spinach.
  • Meat: You can also add meat to your Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Try cooking up some bacon, ham, pork, or chicken to add on top of the cheese in the sandwich.



  • Serve: Due to the dairy, you can’t leave Grilled Cheese out for more than 2 hours.
  • Store: These Sandwiches are definitely best enjoyed fresh. However, if you have leftovers you can wrap them in plastic wrap and put them in the fridge for the next day. To reheat the sandwich put it on a skillet over medium heat for a few minutes. Heat each side for long enough the cheese starts to get melty again.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich halves in stack

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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese Sandwich is the ultimate comfort food with melty, stringy cheddar cheese. Following this recipe will get the perfect sandwich every time!
Yield 4 Sandwiches
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sandwich
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
  • 8 slices thick sandwich bread
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese (can also use American cheese)


  • Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  • Add 4 slices, butter side down, to a griddle or large skillet on medium heat.
  • Add 2 slices of cheddar cheese.
  • Add the remaining bread slices, butter side up (away from the rest of the sandwich).
  • Cook for 2 additional minutes, then flip and cook the second side for 4 minutes, pressing down gently.


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 458mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 691IU | Calcium: 379mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Another deeeelicioius addition is some slices of cream cheese. It’s a bit messy, but well worth it. If you allow it to get soft, you could even spread it on the bread before adding the cheddar cheese.

  2. I mix tuna up as I were making a tuna sandwich and put it on one slice. Grilled tuna and cheese is my favorite.