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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 10 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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  • 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!

      Reply

      • 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.

    Reply

    • 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.

    Reply

    • 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.

    Reply

    • 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.

    Reply

    • 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!

    Reply

    • 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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