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Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe (VIDEO)

There’s Grilled Cheese and there’s GREAT Grilled Cheese. Learn how to make the best Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a crisp, buttery exterior and gooey cheese center.

Try this combination of cheeses and the process for buttering and cooking the toast and you will be known for your Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. All you need is a Creamy Tomato Soup to dunk your sandwich into. 

Grilled Cheese cut in half showing cheesy center

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We love hot sandwiches from our Crispy Chicken Sandwich to Philly Cheesesteak. This Grilled Cheese recipe is well-loved by the whole family. Who can resist that impressive cheese pull? Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is. All you need is a skillet and a spatula.

Grilled Cheese Video Tutorial

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What is Grilled Cheese?

Grilled cheese is a classic American sandwich that has been around since 1920. It is a hot sandwich made with buttered and toasted bread and originally filled with American cheese, but is now commonly made with one or more different cheeses.

Ingredients

  • Bread – a thicker sliced bread such as texas toast works best
  • Butter – use a generous 1/2 Tbsp of butter on each slice of bread. We use unsalted but any butter will work here.
  • Cheese – we use a combination of sliced medium cheddar, gouda and Havarti cheese.
Ingredients for making grilled cheese with bread, sliced cheese and butter

How to Make Grilled Cheese

  1. Butter the toast – spread 1/2 Tbsp butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  2. Heat skillet – place a skillet over low to medium/low heat. A griddle should be at 275˚F. Immediately add 2 slices of bread with the butter-side-down.
  3. Add cheese – stack cheeses on one of the pieces of bread, cover with the other piece of toast and flip the sandwich over.
  4. Brown the toast – Continue sauteeing, flipping once, until both sides are golden brown and cheese is melted.
  5. Serve – cut the sandwich in half on the diagonal to serve.
Step by step how to make a grilled cheese sandwich

How long to cook grilled cheese? Total cooking time for grilled cheese over low to medium/low heat is 6-7 minutes. That is enough time for the exterior to crisp and brown and allow the cheese to fully melt.

Tips for the Best Grilled Cheese

  • Low heat – it takes a little patience to make the perfect grilled cheese. Keep your heat on low to give the cheese time to fully melt while the bread gets golden and crisp. If browning too fast, turn the heat down.
  • Butter generously – the amount of butter may seem like a lot, but it is important for a crispy exterior. 
  • Use thick-sliced bread – we love using Texas toast because it’s sliced about twice as thick as normal sandwich bread. You want bread that is about 3/4″ to 1″ thick, but also avoid bread that is too thick or your cheese won’t melt properly. Using bread that is too thin will produce a flimsy and sometimes soggy sandwich.
Melty cheese inside of a grilled cheese sandwich

Common Questions

What can I cook a grilled cheese on?

You can use a cast-iron skillet or any non-stick pan. To cook multiple sandwiches at once, try a griddle or flat cooktop, or even a panini press.

Is a grilled cheese sandwich grilled?

Grilled cheese is not ‘grilled’ as the name implies. It can be grilled, but you would want to keep the heat very low to avoid burning your bread before the cheese melts.

What is the best cheese for grilled cheese?

We use a combination of medium cheddar, gouda, and Havarti cheeses, but you can use just one type of cheese. Monterey Jack or even American cheese also work.

What’s better mayo or butter?

While mayo might seem more convenient to spread on the bread, it will make your sandwich taste like mayo, which is why we prefer butter. If you don’t have softened butter, check out our tutorial on how to soften butter in 5 minutes.

Serve Grilled Cheese with

We love to serve Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup. The acidity and creaminess of tomato soup pair so well with a cheesy sandwich. You can also serve with:

Grilled cheese sandwich served with tomato soup

Reheating Grilled Cheese

You can make this sandwich ahead, just cool to room temperature then cover and refrigerate for 3 to 5 days. Ideally, you should reheat it the same way it was cooked.

  • Skillet or Griddle – place on a skillet over medium-low heat, cover with lid or tent with foil, and heat until the cheese is melted in the center, flipping once. The lid traps the heat to melt the cheese. Remove the lid to crisp up the bread once the cheese is melted.
  • Microwaving – our least favorite option because it can cause the bread to soften and get soggy.
Grilled cheese reheated on skillet until cheese is melted

More Sandwich Recipes

If you love this Grilled Cheese Sandwich then you won’t want to miss these popular sandwich recipes:

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

5 from 84 votes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Grilled cheese sandwich with cheese pull
Learn how to make the best Grilled Cheese sandwich with a crisp, buttery exterior and gooey cheese center.
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$10
Keyword: grilled cheese, grilled cheese sandwich
Cuisine: American
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Calories: 499
Servings: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 8 slices Texas toast , or thick sliced sandwich bread
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 slices medium cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices Gouda cheese
  • 4 slices Havarti cheese

Instructions

  1. Spread 1/2 Tbsp of butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  2. Set a skillet over medium/low heat and place 2 slices of bread in the skillet with the butter-side-down.
  3. Stack cheeses on one piece of toast: cheddar, havarti, then gouda. Once the breads are golden brown, closed the sandwich with the crisp sides on the outside.
  4. Continue cooking until the bread is a rich golden brown, flipping once and press down lightly to help the bread stick to the cheese. Total cooking time should one 5-6 minutes. Keep the heat on medium low for the breads to toast slowly, giving your cheese a chance to fully melt and adhere to the bread.
  5. Once you see the cheese has melted and breads are browned, remove to a plate and cut in half diagonally to serve. Repeat with the next sandwich.
Nutrition Facts
The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 499 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 904mg39%
Potassium 116mg3%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 741IU15%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 528mg53%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Carmella Hill
    September 13, 2022

    I absolutely love this recipe, but just want to add something because my husband loves it.
    I add “fresh chopped basil” and a slice of tomato. Only a suggestion, but if you try it, you’ll love it!!! I’ve tried many of your recipes and love every one I’ve made. I’m really not buttering you up, but I have to also tell you, I love your videos. You’re so funny! Very enjoyable. Keep it up girl!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 13, 2022

      Hi Carmela, that’s so nice of you. Thank you for your good comments and feedback, we appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Karen Brown
    September 5, 2022

    Delicious! My husband doesn’t like Texas toast ( too thick ) so I use regular wheat bread . This recipe is perfect as it still crisps up ! Definitely my go to recipe now .

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 5, 2022

      So glad you found a new to go! Thanks for the review, Karen.

      Reply

  • Katie
    August 24, 2022

    I use leftover bacon grease instead of butter for the outside. Nice and crispy too.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 24, 2022

      That sounds like it would add a yummy flavor to this grilled cheese sandwich! Thanks for sharing, Katie! 🙂

      Reply

  • Shannon Yeisley
    August 6, 2022

    I made the three cheese grilled cheese sandwich today. Made 3. Ate them all! Let’s just say I’ll keep making them this way from now on!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 6, 2022

      That’s great! So glad you enjoy this recipe. 🙂

      Reply

  • Miriam
    July 22, 2022

    My new favourite easy way to make grilled cheese is 7 minutes in the air fryer after buttering the bread and adding cheese

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 22, 2022

      Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  • Kathy jackson
    July 20, 2022

    I make the best grilled cheese ever! And it goes great with my tomato soup

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  • Carol
    May 17, 2022

    We make ours with Asiago Cheese Bread, New York Cheddar, and Swiss cheese. I can’t wait to try your tomato soup. Love your videos!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 17, 2022

      Yum! That sounds great, Carol! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Debbie
    May 14, 2022

    The absolute best grilled cheese! Love the combination of cheeses. We like it on sourdough bread. Yum!!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 14, 2022

      So glad you enjoy this recipe!

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      • Justin
        September 30, 2022

        This recipe is amazing I made it for my mum for breakfast in bed served with bacon and salad she loved it 100% recommend

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          October 1, 2022

          Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Justin! I’m so glad she loved it!

          Reply

  • Phill Orand
    May 12, 2022

    Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich ever! It was so good that I almost died from all the cheesines, if that’s even a word. I recommend this sandwich to everyone who likes cheese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 12, 2022

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Phill!

      Reply

  • Karen
    May 10, 2022

    I have been obsessed with the grilled cheese recipe. So delicious with the different cheeses. Love all the recipes I have tried so far. Keep them coming!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 10, 2022

      I’m happy to know that you’ve been loving these recipes!

      Reply

  • Jeff
    April 14, 2022

    Natasha! Thank you very much for sharing all of your recipes! I love watching them and think you are so awesome, you ought to be cloned! You teach and demonstrate at the perfect speed and everything I have tried is delicious!
    Jeff (in Canada)

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 14, 2022

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment!

      Reply

    • Sophia
      April 30, 2022

      OH my gosh I do not know if you will get this but my name is sophia I am 11 years old and you haved helped me a lot when I am looking for a snack I always tell my mom and dad there is nothing to eat and they are like what do you mean we have a huge kitchen full of food and I’m like ya but I do not want anything in ther so I just look up ntashas kitchen and you have helped me a lot thank you

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      • NatashasKitchen.com
        April 30, 2022

        Hi Sophia! That is so very sweet. Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m so glad you find ideas on my blog. Keep up the good work!

        Reply

  • Nathalie
    March 15, 2022

    Best grilled cheese along with your tomato soup! I’m searching all over for tea sandwich recipes, hoping one day you have a recipe for that because your recipes never fail. You’re the best!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 15, 2022

      Thank you for your kind words and good comments, Natalie. We appreciate it! Feel free to check out my sandwich recipes here.

      Reply

  • Donna A Pollock
    February 23, 2022

    I was looking for something good, filling, and delicious for dinner tonight and this will make everybody happy. I love to eat something once in a while that dosen’t take all day or several hours to prepare. Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2022

      The soup and grilled cheese combo is seriously so good! I’m glad this was a hit, Donna!

      Reply

  • Steven
    January 13, 2022

    Oh my Goshness! I am making this for dinner tonight! Thank you Natasha! Great video! I can tell a great grilled cheese sandwich, and this is going to be great! Love! Love! Love! Thank you!!!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 13, 2022

      I hope it becomes your new favorite!

      Reply

  • George Koch
    January 4, 2022

    Absolutely loved the cheese sandwich. Your tips to brown the bread and melt the cheese really helped. I didn’t make the soup, but I used a prepared Tomato Parmesan Bisque from a discount chain grocery that begins with A and ends with I

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 4, 2022

      Sounds awesome! I’m happy that you loved this cheese sandwich. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Elena
    November 10, 2021

    What a genius sandwich! Had cravings for just that in my pregnancy. Thank you from Germany!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 10, 2021

      congratulations on your pregnancy, Elena! Thank you for your lovely comment!

      Reply

  • Suzygirl
    November 2, 2021

    This is so good and I found that I was making grilled cheese the wrong way this entire time! Will remember to use Texas toast, three types of cheeses and to put the skillet on low not medium or medium high (when I get impatient). Thanks you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 2, 2021

      You’re so welcome! Happy to know that you loved it and you found your new go-to recipe!

      Reply

  • Fernanda Ocampo
    October 25, 2021

    I told my husband I am going to the store to buy three types of cheese. Came back made it and he loved it, So did I. Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 26, 2021

      You’re welcome! Great to hear that you both loved this sandwich recipe.

      Reply

  • Joan Mozenter
    October 14, 2021

    Artisan grilled cheese sandwich!

    Natasha – Thanks so much for the quick, easy and tasty grilled cheese sandwich. Made with good bread, too. No fuss. No muss.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 14, 2021

      You are very welcome, Joan. Thank you for your review!

      Reply

      • Joan Mozenter
        October 15, 2021

        Noooo….thank you, Natasha. My husband loved it; me, too; great sandwich.

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  • Chris Nelson
    October 11, 2021

    hi Natasha, I’d really like to try your Grilled cheese sandwich with a hamburger patty in the middle. How would I go about cooking that, grill the patty all the way and then put between the layers of cheese? or partially cook the patty? help!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 11, 2021

      I would cook the patty all the way before putting it between the layers of cheese just to be sure that it’s well cooked.

      Reply

  • Lady L
    October 8, 2021

    My daughter was not feeling well so I wanted to make her favorite comfort meal; Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup. I was intrigued to try this grown up version with real cheeses: Used Havarti, Gouda and Provolone (forgot you used Cheddar)…Her response was “Thanks Mom! It was sooo bomb!”…I have to agree. Thank you for our favorite Grilled Cheese!!

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  • Marta
    September 9, 2021

    I aways put the butter directly on the hot griddle and put the bread on top of the puddle of butter. I put more butter down when it is time to flip for the other side. It works great and doesn’t wrip or mush my bread.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 9, 2021

      That is good too, thanks for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Anne Watson
    August 29, 2021

    BEST GRILLED CHEESE sandwich ever-the cheese pull was awesome!! This is the only way I will make this sandwich from now on-plus with the addition of your tomato soup…..yum😋

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 30, 2021

      That is awesome feedback, thank you so much Anne!

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      • Cheryl
        September 9, 2021

        One of my favorite comfort food meals. One day, because we didn’t have white bread, my hubby made the sandwich with sharp cheddar and SOURDOUGH BREAD. Now that has become our favorite since I can’t tolerate much white bread but sourdough is allowed. It takes a bit to adjust to this new bread, but now I love it. I can use it with savory fillings such as cheese or lean protein, but not so deluxe with peanut butter and jelly of cinnamon toast.

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        • Natasha
          September 9, 2021

          That sounds so delicious as a sourdough grilled cheese sandwich! Thanks for sharing!

          Reply

  • Ellen Tiu
    August 21, 2021

    I followed your recipe for grilled cheese sandwich and creamy tomato soup for lunch. My family loved it! Your recipes really work!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 21, 2021

      Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Ellen. I’m all smiles

      Reply

  • Theresa Schultz
    August 15, 2021

    Love the mixing of cheese the best grill cheese ever
    Thank you Natasha you and family take care

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 15, 2021

      You’re very welcome, Theresa. I’m happy to hear that you loved this recipe!

      Reply

  • Guy L Clement
    August 15, 2021

    Your grilled cheese is very good, reminding me when we were kids for a quick lunch during winter but we always combined with mushroom soup. Next time will try the tomato soup.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 15, 2021

      Glad you enjoyed it! I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try.

      Reply

  • Shellie
    August 14, 2021

    Such a glorious sandwich!! I have never used Havarati cheese before! I also add a little sprinkle of garlic salt on top of the cheeses, we are garlic lovers in this house!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 14, 2021

      That sounds amazing! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Shellie! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • David
    August 14, 2021

    I substituted the bread with sourdough. It was fantastic! I used a cast iron skillet on low heat as directed. Thank you.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 14, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Mike
    August 14, 2021

    Went to the store and somehow forgot the bread. So instead I used Texas Toast Garlic bread. Cooked it the same way and it was AMAZING.

    Thanks for another great recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 14, 2021

      I’m so glad you had that on hand!

      Reply

  • Violet R
    August 14, 2021

    Awesomest cheese pull ever- I thought you were gonna run out of arm-length!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 14, 2021

      Isn’t it great! So good and cheesy! I’m glad you enjoyed it also, Violet!

      Reply

  • DENNIS EASTERDAY
    August 14, 2021

    add ham, chili powder and refried beans out of a can to the ultimate grilled cheese…

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 14, 2021

      I haven’t tried that before, Dennis! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. That sounds like a fully loaded grilled sandwich.

      Reply

  • Betsy
    August 13, 2021

    Love this mix of cheeses in a grilled cheese. I also like to use blue cheese or swiss cheese in my grilled cheese. Good call on the Texas toast. Takes the sandwich up a notch! Delicious and so perfect with tomato basil bisque!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 13, 2021

      The best mix! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Kara
    August 13, 2021

    I’ve never tried gouda in a grilled cheese sandwich before. Delish! I love how the flavors of all three cheeses blend together to make one extra cheesy sandwich.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 13, 2021

      It is SO good! I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • katerina @ diethood.com
    August 13, 2021

    My kids LOVED this grilled cheese! It was AMAZING!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 13, 2021

      That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Ramya
    August 13, 2021

    Just made this yesterday as am in Singapore i used sun dried tomato pesto and red pepper walnut pesto and plant based mozzarella also i skipped butter and cheeses as am dairy free i tried this in my new air fryer super delicious Thanks Ramya

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 13, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

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