How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese: This foolproof recipe makes the best Grilled Cheese sandwich. No matter the customization, melty cheese and buttery crunchy bread every time!
We love today’s Grilled Cheese Recipe! Grilled cheese sandwiches are the definition of comfort food. This classic sandwich is easy to love due to its ooey gooey cheese, buttery bread, and delicate crunch. Imagine it dipped in hot tomato soup makes me crave winter.
You’re in the right place if you’re wondering what’s special about grilled cheese, which is just butter on bread with cheese in between.
We have the BEST grilled cheese recipe, with tips to make this simple comfort food delicious. After learning the basics, you can customise it to your liking!
Making the Best Grilled Cheese Recipe
Quality ingredients are important for this classic grilled cheese recipe, which only requires three. This grilled sandwich tastes great with white bread and American cheese, but follow our simple tutorial to make it shine.
- Cover each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon of butter.
- Top one slice with shredded cheese.
- Press the other butter-free bread slice over the shredded cheese tenderly.
- Heat a pan on medium. Add grilled cheese when hot. Cook for 3–4 minutes until bottom is
- toasted and cheese melts. Flip the grilled cheese, cover it, and cook for 2–3 minutes until the
- cheese melts and the bottom is toasted.
- Remove from heat, slice, and serve.
Why We Prefer Butter Over Mayonnaise or Oil
Mayonnaise or oil can keep grilled cheese from sticking, but we prefer butter. These alternatives prevent bread from burning but lack the nostalgic, buttery, slightly salty flavour we want.
Some argue that mayo and some oils have a higher smoke point than butter, but if you cook your grilled cheese over medium to medium-low heat and check it after 3-4 minutes, the butter won’t burn on the bread.
Best Grilled Cheese
We prefer a mix of mozzarella and cheddar, but any of the following melt well!
- Sharp cheddar
- The American Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Gruyère
- Italian cheeses: Muenster, Provolone, Swiss, Havarti, Fontina
The Best Grilled Cheese Bread
- For grilled cheese, fresh sourdough bread is unmatched in texture and flavour. Here are some other great substitutes, depending on your preference and availability. Make it thick and sturdy to avoid falling apart while cooking.
- Texas: White, 100% whole wheat, Multigrain, Sunflower, Brioche Any “artisan-style” bread
Grilled Cheese Variations
- This recipe only requires three ingredients, but you can add a twist with these variations.
- Add protein. Slices of deli meat, roasted chicken, or roast beef should accompany the cheese.Put sauce on. Spread pesto, Chick-fil-A, BBQ, buffalo, mayonnaise, ranch, or marinara on grilled cheese.
- Other toppings. Add thinly sliced red onions, rocket, pickles, tomatoes, pickled onions, apple slices or sauteed mushrooms to the sandwich before or after grilling.
Our Cheesy Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese Recipe
- Our cheesy garlic bread grilled cheese was a hit, so we’ve included amounts and instructions below! You get our classic grilled cheese recipe with a crisp, cheesy, garlic bread exterior that makes it great!
- Stir together 3 tablespoons softened, unsalted butter, 2 teaspoons thinly sliced chives, 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.
- Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons butter on each slice of bread.
- Spread Parmesan evenly on a plate and press a butter-smeared bread slice (butter side down) into it. Shake gently to remove excess parm. Use remaining bread slice.
- Heat a pan on medium-low. Add a parm-side-down bread slice when hot.
- Sprinkle shredded cheese on top and gently press the other slice of bread (butter/parm out) over it.
- Cook for 3–4 minutes until bottom is toasted and cheese melts.
- Flip the grilled cheese, cover with a lid, and cook for 2–3 minutes until cheese melts and bottom is toasted.
- Off heat, slice and serve.
Tips for a perfect grilled sandwich every time.
Keep heat low. Be cautious and heat medium-low. Too much heat in the pan can burn the sandwich before the cheese melts or you realise it’s time to flip it!
Use heavy-bottomed pan. Use a cast iron or non-stick aluminium pan to cook multiple grilled cheeses evenly.
Cover pan. Not all recipes require covering the pan, but we find that it melts the cheese and keeps the bread chewy while toasting the outside.
Be generous with butter. This ingredient gives this bread great flavour and prevents it from burning. Be bold and apply it thick!