Making grilled cheese on the grill is the easiest way to take a classic comfort food and elevate it to a whole new sandwich! Add a taste of rustic, smoky flavor to your sandwich with this incredibly simple technique.

Learn how to make a grilled cheese on the grill, as well as one of my favorite gourmet grilled cheese combinations. Granny smith apples, Gruyere cheese, Prosciutto and caramelized onions combine with sourdough bread for an extraordinary grown up meal you’ll love.

A sliced grilled cheese on the grill, placed on a white plate.

Cooking and enjoying dinners outside is rewarding in so many ways! It’s an opportunity to take in some fresh air, enjoy a little sunshine and watch the kids play while I cook.

It’s also a great way to eliminate the usual cleanup! I adapt many of our dinner standards in spring, summer and early fall for the grill.

The sandwich is no exception! I make grilled cheeses in a variety of ways, but today I’m sharing my go to grilling “recipe”, which is really just a delicious combination of ingredients and a few of my best tips.

The kids love it! I make theirs on standard white bread with American or cheddar cheese. In fact, Isla was eating a Grilled Ham and Cheese while hanging on my leg during the taking of these photographs.

I hope you love it just as much. Let’s learn how to make this delicious sandwich!

A grilled cheese on sourdough, sliced on a white plate on a picnic table.

Why You’ll Love it

  • The easiest dinner
  • Done in less than 10 minutes
  • So easy to customize
  • Grilling creates the best crunchy charred bits
  • Perfect weeknight meal
A grilled cheese sandwich on the grill, with caramelized onions and proscuitto

Ingredients

  • sourdough bread – Or whatever crusty bread is your favorite. Choose something strong enough to hold up to a wide array of toppings. Read more about the Best Bread for Grilled Cheese.
  • gruyere – This is a delicious cheese with a great melting quality, but feel free to choose your favorite cheese, too.
  • caramelized onion – learn how to caramelize onions, it’s so easy and they add such an incredible flavor to this sandwich and a variety of meals.
  • prosciutto – you can also use ham, salami or any other shaved, dry cured meat.
  • granny smith apple – sliced. This is the best unexpected sweet and sour addition of crunch in this sandwich- don’t skip it!
  • butter – I always prefer salted butter for our grilled cheese sandwiches.
A sandwich with grill marks, sliced and placed on a white plate.

How to Make Grilled Cheese on the Grill

  • Heat your grill to medium.
  • Butter bread and add gruyere, onion and prosciutto.
  • Close the lid for a couple minutes, checking frequently – this will allow the cheese to melt.
  • Add thinly sliced apple, close and then slice to enjoy!

Tips

The key to a great grilled cheese is great bread. Sourdough is always delicious! Read more about the Best Bread for Grilled Cheese.

Another important component is fresh grated cheese.

  • Choose a variety of cheese that melts well (gruyere, gouda, swiss and cheddar are all favorites).
  • Pre-grate your cheese in a bowl – believe me, it’s worth the three extra minutes.
  • Block cheese is always a higher quality than pre-shredded cheese and it doesn’t dry out.
  • Grill low and slow on medium. This will prevent the bread from burning while allowing the cheese to melt to a nice gooey consistency.

Have fun experimenting with your favorite combos by adding fruits, vegetables, jams and more!

What to Serve with Grilled Cheese

A sandwich with grill marks, sliced and placed on a white plate.

Dietary Considerations

  • Vegetarian
  • Nut Free
  • To make this grilled cheese gluten free, simply choose a gluten free bread product.
A grilled cheese, sliced on a white plate, with grill marks on the bread.
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Grilled Cheese on the Grill

Making grilled cheese on the grill is the easiest way to take a classic comfort food and elevate it to a whole new sandwich! Add a taste of rustic, smoky flavor to your grilled cheese sandwich with this incredibly simple technique.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
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Ingredients  

  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 ounce gruyere grated
  • 2 tablespoons caramelized onion
  • 1 ounce proscuitto sliced thin
  • ¼ granny smith apple sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter salted

Instructions 

  • Heat your grill to medium.
  • Butter bread and add gruyere, onion and proscuitto.
  • Close the lid for a couple minutes, checking frequently – this will allow the cheese to melt.
  • Add thinly sliced apple, close & enjoy!

Tips

  • Choose a variety of cheese that melts well (gruyere, gouda, swiss and cheddar are all favorites).
  • Pre-grate your cheese in a bowl – believe me, it’s worth the three extra minutes.
  • Block cheese is always a higher quality than pre-shredded cheese and it doesn’t dry out.
  • Grill low and slow on medium. This will prevent the bread from burning while allowing the cheese to melt to a nice gooey consistency.
Calories: 741kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1041mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 654IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 357mg | Iron: 5mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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2 Comments

  1. Julie, that is one gorgeous grilled cheese sandwich – perfect! Wish I had one this very minute!

  2. Mmm, this looks delicious! I love Sourdough and indeed, great bread and some fresh grated cheese will make this irresistible.