15 Gooey, Buttery Grilled Cheese Recipes

Ahhh, winter eating. It can be a bit trying with the lack of fresh vegetables. Even more trying is pulling together a fast dinner that kids will love. That’s where grilled cheese comes in. It’s proof that somewhere out there, someone or something wants your life to be easier. And easy is shall be, since these scrumptious grilled cheese recipes can be made in minutes. Add a salad or vegetable-laden soup, and you have an easy dinner, my friend. Pretty sweet right? Head below for 15 of our very favorite ways to make (easy) grilled cheese.

  • Ham and Apple Grilled Cheese 1 of 15
    If you're worried about how your kids will react to your tinkering with the tried-and-true grilled cheese, start by adding some flavors you know they like, such as ham and apples. This provides a great jumping off point for future experimentation.
    Make ham and apple grilled cheese
    Image: Jaime Mormann
  • Grilled Gruyère with Caramelized Onions 2 of 15
    Want to make something simple for the culinary sophisticate in your life? How about this grilled gruyère and caramelized onion recipe? It comes from celebrity chef and Top Chef host Tom Colicchio, so you know it's top-notch.
    Make grilled gruyère with caramelized onions
    Image: Copyright © 2009 by Bill Bettencourt
  • Grilled Cheese with Fried Sage and Apples 3 of 15
    Fried sage and apples give this sandwich a homey feel that make it one of our favorites for a rainy day.
    Make grilled cheese with sage and apples
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwiches 4 of 15
    Sometimes you want a quick lunch that's got a little kick to it to get you going in the afternoon. On those days, give these jalapeno grilled cheese sandwiches a try. You won't regret it.
    Make jalapeno grilled cheese sandwiches
    Image: Aggie Goodman
  • Pear and Gruyère Grilled Cheese 5 of 15
    Gruyère is a wonderful cheese for grilled cheese because its nutty, sweet, and salty flavors adds a fantastic complexity that just so happens to be complemented by the mild sweetness of pears. Your kids may be mystified at first, but trust us, they'll love it.
    Make pear and gruyère grilled cheese
    Image: Jaime Mormann
  • Egg in the Hole Grilled Cheese 6 of 15
    Adding an egg to grilled cheese not only makes it a great breakfast option, it also turns this simple sandwich into something hearty and substantial. Perfect for facing a chilly day.
    Make egg in the hole grilled cheese
    Image: Kelsey Banfield
  • Grilled Cheese with Smoked Mozzarella, Roasted Tomatoes, and Arugula 7 of 15
    There are lots of ways to tinker with grilled cheese, but this version leaves it feeling like an entirely new dish, with the classic Italian flavors of smoked mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, and arugula. You won't even feel like you're eating grilled cheese.
    Make smoked mozzarella grilled cheese
    Image: Macki West
  • Havarti Dill Grilled Cheese 8 of 15
    Havarti is one of my favorite cheeses because it's the closest you'll get to the flavor of butter in cheese form. If you're thinking that butteriness probably makes for an outstanding grilled cheese, you are correct.
    Make havarti dill grilled cheese
    Image: Macki West
  • Skinny Grilled Cheese 9 of 15
    Just because you're watching what you eat doesn't mean you have to give up everything you love. By making a few substitutions, you can turn a grilled cheese sandwich into something that won't be too bad for your waistline.
    Make skinny grilled cheese
    Image: Kelsey Banfield
  • Pesto Grilled Cheese 10 of 15
    Pesto lends a touch of refinement to the humble grilled cheese sandwich. Make a large batch of pesto and stick it in the fridge and you can use it for other dishes throughout the week.
    Make pesto grilled cheese
    Image: Brooke McLay
  • Beer Battered Grilled Cheese 11 of 15
    Grilled cheese made with beer? Did I die and go to heaven? I must have.
    Make beer battered grilled cheese
    Image: Betty Crocker
  • Grilled Cheese Sloppy Joes 12 of 15
    Is it a grilled cheese sandwich with a little sloppy joe meat or a sloppy joe with some cheese? We'll leave that for the philosophers to decide (That's what philopsophers do, right?). All we know, is this is one gooey, messy, delicious sandwich.
    Make grilled cheese sloppy joes
    Image: Grilled Cheese Social
  • Mozzarella Pesto Panini 13 of 15
    A panini may not seem like a realistic home lunch for those of us without panini presses, but this mozzarella pesto panini can be made without one. For real. All you need is a frying pan and a heavy pot lid to use as a press and you can have a panini at home.
    Make mozzarella pesto paninis
    Image: Kelsey Banfield
  • Grilled Cheese Kabobs 14 of 15
    If you really want to break the mold when it comes to grilled cheese, lose the bread. Grilled haloumi, a delightful Greek cheese, is wonderful all on its own.
    Make grilled cheese kabobs
    Image: C. Champion
  • Grilled Cheese with Pears 15 of 15
    Apples and cheese are a classic flavor combination, but you can tweak it a little by using pears instead. A seemingly minor variation like this can help keep your lunch fresh and interesting.
    Make grilled cheese with pears
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

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