21 Grilled Cheeses & Melts

These 21 grilled cheese recipes include our favorites of the comforting childhood classic, including a few with a grown-up approach and others that we swear will keep the entire family quite pleased.

Grilled Cheese Croutons

Step one: Make a childhood favorite. Step two: Cut it into squares. Step three: Dunk, drop, or plop into tomato soup. Step four: Sigh with content.
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Hog Island Grilled Cheese

This much-ballyhooed 'wich from Hog Island Oyster Bar in San Francisco is stuffed with fromage blanc, Gruyère, Cheddar, and Havarti. Talk about the stuff romance is made from...
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Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Dust off that waffle iron. You're going to want to make more than one of these supper-worthy sandwiches with crisped dimples and ooey, gooey interior. And no spattered stovetop to clean!
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Grilled Cheese with Onion Jam

Up your grilled cheese game with this riff on the classic that plays loose and easy with Cheddar, chutney, and caramelized onions.
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Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Make veggies less yawn-inducing by stealthily sneaking them into this good-for-you grilled cheese sammie. Eating your veggies never tasted so sinful.
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Grilled Cheese with Peppers

For those of us who get a little anxious when we don’t have a bottle of hot sauce within reach. Unconventional? Yes. Comforting as the classic? Also yes.
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Classic Patty Melt

A properly made patty melt is a hot mess that demands all your attention and a lotta napkins. Sorta as if a grilled cheese and hamburger had a love child.
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Cheddar, Bacon, and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Desperation dinners just got a heck of a lot less boring since we stumbled upon this genius grilled cheese combo.
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Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Butternut Squash and Kale

A cheesy and indulgent sandwich that's still surprisingly healthful thanks to a respectable amount of vegetables. Which means you can feel virtuous without needing to be abstemious.
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Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Just as cheesy and comforting as it was when you were six years old. And who couldn't benefit from feeling like you're six again and all is right with the world?
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Challah Grilled Cheese

"HELLO PASTRAMI JAM! Where have you been all of my life?!" That's what someone shouted after experiencing this extra indulgent grilled cheese that boasts quite a few surprises.
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Turkey Reuben Patty Melts

An ingenious mashup of a couple indulgent American classics—reuben and the patty melt—with ground turkey to lend an air of healthfulness. As glam as grilled cheese gets.
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Cheese-Crusted Grilled Cheese

Because some days ooey gooey grilled cheese insides just doesn't seem indulgent enough. Se we coated the outside with cheese that would crisp to a golden brown.
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Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese

Pulled pork grilled cheese. (You just changed your plans for what you're doing this weekend at the mere mention of this sandwich, didn't you? That's okay. Happened to us, too.)
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Grilled Cheese with Everything

This came into existence when a line cook wondered what would happen if he put literally everything on a sandwich. Something spectacular ensued.
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Welsh Rarebit Grilled Cheese

Just like the classic British sandwich—but better. So much better. A seriously hot, gooey mess of a sandwich.
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Grilled Cheddar-Jalapeño Popper Sandwich

A big fat sandwich of deliciousness. That’s how one person referred to this brilliant riff on the classic grilled cheese that's salty, tangy, spicy, melty, and mood-lifting as heck.
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Grilled Cheddar Cheese Sandwich

Sharp New York Cheddar cheese is layered between sourdough bread and smeared with a tomato-chipotle spread to kick up these grilled cheese sandwiches.
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Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich

Here's how to embellish a childhood classic with the help of a little leftover holiday ham and some fancy French mustard.
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Grilled Mac and Cheese Sandwich

A grilled mac and cheese sandwich? You better believe it. Here's how to make it.
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Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

The quintessential summer sandwich, this stack is stuffed with grilled eggplant, bell peppers, red onions, and zucchini. Open wide.
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