Baked Grilled Cheese + Video

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Baked grilled cheese has the same golden, crispy crust and gooey melted center you know and love. Cook a big batch at once in just 10 minutes!

With just one pan, you can have a dozen or so grilled cheese for a crowd without having to stand in front of a hot stove flipping them one by one!

titled (shown sliced and stacked) baked grilled cheese

Baked Grilled Cheese

Making grilled cheese in the oven puts an end to that old, labor intensive method and yields sandwiches that are just as tasty.

Don’t need quite so many? You can cook smaller batches in the air fryer too! Or, add extra toppings like bacon, tomato, and arugula for a gourmet version that can’t be beat.

RECIPE VIDEO

Watch the video to see how easy it is to make grilled cheese for a crowd!!

slices of swiss, brie and cheddar cheese on cutting board

Tips for Perfect Sandwiches

  • Slice your own cheese.
    While packaged slices and shreds are convenient, they contain anti-caking agents to prevent them from sticking together. This also creates a waxy texture and prevents that ooey-gooey pull you’re looking for.
  • Use room temperature ingredients.
    Cold slices takes longer to melt and softened butter is easier to spread. 
  • Want them extra crispy?
    Grab another baking sheet and place it on top of the sandwiches! The extra weight and heat will help the bread toast more evenly, like a makeshift panini press.

EASY KITCHEN HACK

To Soften Butter Quickly:

If you forgot to pull the butter out, use this handy trick.

Fill tall drinking glasses with very hot water, then after a minute or so, pour the water out. Place a cup upside down over each stick of butter, and they’ll be soft in no time!

Serving Suggestions

Add whatever else you want to these baked grilled cheese sandwiches! Tomatoes, bacon, spinach, and apple slices are all great toppings that would taste delicious.

Of course, tomato basil soup is a must for dipping. A hearty cup of chili would be a wonderful side as well!

hands assembling grilled cheese for a crowd on sheet pan

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Baked Grilled Cheese FAQ

What’s the best cheese for grilled cheese in the oven?

It’s a good idea to pair an aged variety for flavor with a younger variety that melts easily. The combination of mild cheddar, Swiss, and Brie in this recipe creates a creamy, mild flavor that anyone will enjoy.

However, feel free to experiment with different combinations! Some popular choices are:

  • American
  • Havarti
  • Monterey Jack
  • Gouda
  • Provolone
  • Manchego
  • Gruyere
  • Pepper Jack
flipping grilled cheese sandwiches in oven

How do you know when to flip?

As soon as you notice the tops getting nice and golden-brown, or if the center is starting to melt, it’s time to flip your baked grilled cheese sandwiches!

This usually takes place around the 5-minute mark, but keep a close eye since these can go from golden-brown to burnt pretty quickly!

Can I make grilled cheese sandwiches ahead of time?

You can slice all of the cheese up to a day in advance so all that’s left to do is assemble. Or, put together each sandwich before guests arrive and butter them just before they go in the oven.

Either way, they should be served immediately after being baked!

Enjoy!

toasted baked grilled cheese sandwiches

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Baked Grilled Cheese + Video

Donna Elick
Baked grilled cheese has the golden, crispy crust and gooey melted center you want. This recipe makes sandwiches for a crowd in 10 minutes!
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 8 – 12

Ingredients
 

  • 24 slices thick sliced bread, Texas toast is great
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese, sliced thick
  • 12 slices mild cheddar cheese, sliced thick
  • 12 ounces Brie cheese, sliced thin
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Prep sandwiches: generously butter a slice of bread, place it face down on your baking sheet.
  • Place a slice of Swiss cheese on each slice of bread. Top the with slices of Brie, then finish each with a slice of mild cheddar with 3 slices total.
  • Place a slice of bread on top and butter the top of the second slice of bread. Set aside and repeat until you have enough sandwiches to fill your baking sheets. *I made 12 sandwiches
  • Once your sandwiches are prepared, place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for approximately 8-10 minutes (or until very golden brown and the cheeses are melty), flip the sandwiches after the first 5 minutes of bake time.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Video

Donna’s Notes

Check sandwiches at about 4 minutes. If they are starting to brown, flip them and watch them carefully.
You can customize this recipe with different cheeses to suit your taste: Colby Jack, American, provolone, gruyere, Monterey Jack, pepper Jack, Havarti, Gouda, Manchego and Fontina are all great melting cheeses and amazing in grilled cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 873cal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 956mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 323mg | Iron: 18mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
melted cheese oozing from baked grilled cheese sandwich

Originally published May 2014, updated and republished January 2022.

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2 Comments

  1. Been wanting to try this since I read it on your blog. Had the opportunity this morning to use the same technique for french toast!

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