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



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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Recipe Testers' Reviews

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. One Good Dish is a lovely book from the incomparable David Tanis. For me the close competition between best cookbook I got in 2013 was between this and At Home With Madhur Jaffrey. It was a tie.

    This does sound delicious – gooey and crunchy at the same time, and I will be making it soon. My waffle iron is never far away as I make Marion Cunningham’s Raised Waffles for special Sunday morning breakfasts. (I need to find a good creamed chicken recipe to serve over them for supper because there is a restaurant in Chelsea where I ate vol au vents with delicious creamed chicken, and I think it would be even better served over those waffles.)

    On Saturday mornings when I was growing up, my grandmother sometimes made me Mozzarella in Carrozza, an Italian grilled cheese sandwich. I think I may try this sandwich with mozzarella to see if it works well.

    I really enjoy following and reading Leite’s Culinaria.

      1. Yes! I checked out the pot pie recipe (which on its own sounds wonderful), and I think you are right. Parsnips. Yum. I will up the white sauce and, maybe, add a dash of olorosso sherry. Thanks.

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