Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Waffle iron grilled cheese sandwich means no standing at the skillet carefully tending grilled cheese in a skillet so it doesn’t burn. Nope. Just slap some cheese on buttered bread, toss it on this underutilized piece of kitchen equipment, and dinner is as good as done.

Two waffle iron grilled cheese sandwiches on a wooden cutting board with a knife and a waffle iron nearby.

Yup. Pull that waffle iron off the top shelf and wipe off the dust, cuz you’re going to want to give this waffle iron grilled cheese sandwich a whirl. So long panini maker. These darling dimples afford even more surface area than regular grilled cheese or panini for insane amounts of crisp, buttery, carbolicious goodness encasing oozing cheese.–Renee Schettler

How To Use Your Waffle Iron Like A Wizard

Grilled cheese isn’t the only use we can conjure for your waffle-making contraption. Heck no. Consider plopping, dribbling, or otherwise putting any of the following on those hot little dimples. Got anything to add to the list? Kindly let us know in a comment below.

Frozen hash browns or tater tots
Brownie batter
Scrambled eggs

Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • Serves 1
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Special Equipment: Waffle iron



Heat a waffle iron.

Butter both slices of bread on 1 side. Place 1 bread slice, butter side down, on the waffle iron. Layer on the cheese and top with the second slice of bread, butter side up. [Editor’s Note: Exactly how much cheese you use depends on how whopping your slices of bread. Don’t be greedy. More is not better in the case of a waffle iron grilled cheese, because it’ll just spill out the sides.] 

Close the waffle iron, but don’t press it down, and let the sandwich cook for about 2 minutes, until the bread is golden brown and crisp at the edges. If you like your grilled cheese bordering on burnt, leave it in for up to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, if desired. Originally published February 17, 2018.

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Got five minutes? Then don't bother reading this comment, just make this waffle iron grilled cheese recipe and see for yourself. In the same time it takes to read this, you could be making the best grilled cheese sandwich ever. I used simple homemade French bread and sharp Cheddar from the grocery store. The sandwich was crisp on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside. This no-fail recipe will definitely bring out the kid in you.

This crunchy, gooey, buttery treat was quite a hit. I made several iterations—provolone, Gruyère, bacon—and they were all winners. The waffle iron created a crisp exterior with a warm, gooey interior. Why buy a panini maker when a waffle iron does the job so well?


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  1. Terrific idea. One of my favorite uses for my waffle iron is traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing. It gets real crispy edges which everyone loves, then add a scoop of masked potatoes, gravy and a side of cranberry relish. My brother divides the waffle and makes it into a sandwich using the ingredients but he includes roasted sweet potatoes. Thanks for your site- Love seeing the diverse recipes!


  2. I’ve been doing this for years. Conventional GC sandwiches bore me now without the wonderful crispy pockets for the cheese to ooze from. My favorite version is a country bread with Swiss cheese. Sometimes a piece of Black Forest ham will also sneak in, but on it’s own, it is sublime. Rather than risk tearing the bread by spreading it with butter, I will either give each side a quick spritz of cooking oil or a smear of mayonnaise. Both work beautifully.

  3. We weren’t midwestern by any stretch of the imagination (more your New York secular Jews), but my mother used an old-school GE waffle iron to make grilled cheese sandwiches, especially for special occasions. Have always loved that, and still do it, fifty years later…

    1. Julie, I love that your mom did that long before waffle makers were remotely trendy. And I love even more that it’s a special memory for you. Isn’t it lovely how some things instantly transport us back to another era?

  4. While the waffle iron is out anyway, mix up your favorite batter…add some powdered cheese, bake in the iron, and cover with honey butter. Serve with some chicken… You can also fancy these up by melting any cheese you want, but powdered cheese does it for me in this instance.

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