This is your sign to grill your grilled cheese on your grill. There is no better way to make a grilled cheese and you will certainly agree after you give it a try.
“Grilled” Grilled Cheese Sandwich
We can all agree that one of the most nostalgic foods you can make is grilled cheese, right?
It’s one of those foods that seems like it can transport you back in time to when you were a kid.
Instead of preparing a grilled cheese the way we used to prepare it as a kid, we’re going to be cooking it on the grill!
If you’ve never made it on the grill before, go pick up these ingredients and get started because, trust me, you won’t want to miss out on this recipe.
Ingredients to make Grilled Cheese on the Grill
Bread: Loaf of sturdy Italian bread. Head over to the bakery section of your grocery store and pick up artisan Italian bread. You want it to be sturdy so that the bread doesn’t char and burn rather than a generic loaf of white bread.
Cheese: For this recipe, I used Monterey jack and habanero cheddar. These cheeses complement each other well and, a touch of spice.
Note: You can choose your favorite cheeses for this recipe as well.
Butter or mayo: For the outside of the bread.
Grilled Cheese Ingredient Tips
Bread: I went to the bakery section of my grocery store and got a nice round Italian bread loaf. You want to use a real sturdy piece of bread for this so it holds up to the heat and flipping. In other words, don’t break out the generic white bread for this recipe.
Cheese: I’m going to use two types of cheese here. I want to incorporate a Monterey jack cheese in with the habanero cheddar to not only reduce some of the spice but also add a nice melting oozing consistency; I love how Monterey jack cheese melts.
How To Cook Grilled Cheese On A Grill
Sandwich assembly. Start out by brushing the outside of your bread with butter or mayo. Then stack all of your cheese on each slice of bread.
Preheat: Light the grill to low heat, about 375-400 degrees F. Hold your hand 1 inch over the grate and count to at least 5 comfortably.
Cook time. Lay your assembled sandwich on the grill over direct heat and cook for about 1 minute. Rotate the bread a quarter turn to get those grill marks.
Transfer. Once the cheese has started to melt and the bread is toasted on the bottom, transfer it to an aluminum pan and continue cooking until cheese is fully melted.
Remove and enjoy. Once the cheese is fully melted, remove the sandwich and serve!
Prepping the Grill
Preheat your grill to low heat. Low heat is when you can hold your hand 1 inch over the grate without hurting yourself for about 5-8 seconds.
The sandwich assembly hasn’t changed much from when you were a kid. Evenly butter the outside of the bread then slice or shred the cheese and layer it on the nonbuttered side of the bread.
There is some potential for disaster here so beware. If your grill is too hot you will burn the bread and have cold cheese.
That said, I strongly suggest having a grilling safe zone on one side of the grill with no coals underneath the grate (if you start to burn the bread or panic you would place the sandwiches over the safe zone).
Don’t put the sandwiches directly over the flame until you’re sure that you can hold your hand 1 inch over the grate and count to 5-8 seconds. Once you can do this put the sandwich directly over the fire.
Close the dome and count to 30. After 30 seconds use a spatula and slowly look under the sandwich to check the color of the bread. If it’s still untoasted you can give it another minute or two. If it’s starting to char after 30 seconds flip it! I like to count to 30 and then take a look because usually, bread over medium-high heat will be nicely toasted after 30 seconds. It’s a good test for bread (Thanks Bobby Flay for that tip!).
Since we have a low heat going you should NOT have a grilled char after 30 seconds! You want this sandwich to grill for a few minutes on each side to make sure the cheese is melted throughout.
Here we have the sandwich, still over direct charcoal heat during the final minute or so of the grilling. I had such a nice mild heat going on the grill that I could keep the grilled cheese sitting on the grate for a long time without fear of burning.
This was amazing. I can’t believe I haven’t tried “grilled” grilled cheese sandwiches before. The spice from the habanero cheddar cheese, mixed with the gooey oozing of the Monterey jack cheese is a wonderful complement to the buttery, crispy grilled Italian bread. What a cool tailgate idea this would be! Grilled cheese on a grill.
What To Serve With Grilled Cheese
If you’re looking for ideas to eat alongside your grilled cheese, I’ve got you covered.
First, we all have heard of and probably tried, tomato soup with grilled cheese. It’s a classic pairing like peanut butter and jelly.
Similar to tomato soup, Marinara sauce also goes really well with grilled cheese. If you’re looking for something to dip your sandwich in, I would go with marinara sauce or tomato soup.
If you’re looking for a side dish, you can always try a nice, green salad. Salads are a nice switch up from the richness of the grilled cheese.
Lastly, another great side is the classic dill pickle. I mean we all love getting that side pickle when we go out to restaurants right? So there’s no reason to not serve it alongside your favorite sandwiches at home!
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Grilled Cheese on a Grill
- 2 slices Cheddar Cheese
- 2 slices Swiss cheese
- 2 slices Provolone Cheese
- 2 slices American Cheese
- 2 oz Smoked Gouda
- 1 tbsp Dukes Mayonaise
- 2 slices Artisan Bread Sourdough
- Brush Mayo on the the outside of both slices of bread, Layer all four cheese on both slices of bread for (4 slices on each piece of bread
- Light grill to low heat (hold your hand 1 inch over the grate and count to at least 5 comfortably) About 375-400 Degrees F.
- Lay the bread on the grill over direct heat and cook for about 1 minutes then rotate the bread a quarter turn to get grill marks (keep a close eye and make sure the bread doesn't char)
- Once the cheese has started to melt and the bread is toasted on the bottom transfer to aluminum pan and continue cooking until cheese is fully melted
- Once the cheese is completely melted remove the grilled cheese from the pan and assemble the sandwich, slice and enjoy.
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