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19 Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipes To Elevate This Comfort Food Favorite!

19 Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipes To Elevate This Comfort Food Favorite!

Grilled cheese anyone? These gourmet grilled cheese recipes will elevate the white-bread-and-American-cheese comfort food of yore!

Having grown up on the quintessential grilled cheese sandwich with one slice of bright yellow American cheese melted between two slices of white bread, it was all I thought a grilled cheese sandwich could be.

And, to be fair, crisp, golden and greasy was usually everything I ever wanted. 
As a young adult I began branching out to experience all the various ways a grilled cheese sandwich could be prepared and the myriad of ingredients it could hold. 

Avocado? Grilled onions? Bacon?? Three kinds of fancy cheese??

Check. Sign me up!

The concept of a fancy grilled cheese recipe is not surprisingly quite common and marketed as a hearty soup side! 

Nowadays, a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is a crave-worthy satisfying creation in its own right. 

Gourmet grilled cheese ideas could include multiple types of cheese with an array of complementary ingredients. 

Fancy grilled cheese ideas can balance slices of meats and veggies! 

Some can even include fruit slices of pear, apples or pineapples. 

The bread options are limitless really. 

Sourdough, rye, pumpernickel, Pullman bread, multigrain, well you get the gist! 

Believe it or not, while most fancy grilled cheese recipes are savory, some are also sweet! 

Creativity wins here, so consider a grilled cheese recipe idea with flavors that will complement what it is being served alongside. 

From the Italian flair of the Caprese Gourmet Grilled Cheeseto the lightly sweet Blueberry Brie Grilled Cheese to the economical breakfast champion Fried Egg Grilled Cheese and the always-betta Bruschetta, you’ll trip over yourself getting to the store for these ingredients, I promise! 

Oh, and #16 is goat-cheese heaven!

Enjoy this list of 19 gourmet grilled cheese recipes as you develop your own personal style and collection to draw from, any time of year!

Often fancy grilled cheese ideas mimic flavors of a popular entree. 

Here we have a caprese salad turned sandwich in this recipe with sourdough bread, bright pesto, mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil. 

Really nails the Italian flavor profile!

Sweet and savory gourmet grilled cheese ideas are intriguing and this one is no exception. 

This recipe combines bacon strips, thinly sliced pears and dried figs, and white cheddar cheese on sourdough bread! 

-chef’s kiss-

Rosemary butter adds a unique flavor to this fancy grilled cheese recipe. 

It also includes Gruyere cheese, white cheddar cheese, Muenster cheese, and onions that are caramelized with just a hint of brown sugar! 

Take it to another level of gourmet by adding prosciutto slices or crispy bacon. 

This gourmet grilled cheese sandwich includes provolone cheese, toasted red peppers and sauteed mushrooms! 

This recipe uses mayo on the outside of the bread for the cooking sides. 

The trick to good grilled cheese is to be patient and let them heat through on a low temperature.

When following a vegan meal plan, one grilled cheese recipe idea is this feta and spinach sandwich.

There is a recipe for vegan feta and either fresh or frozen spinach work just fine. 

Don’t forget the ground black pepper!

Bacon lovers listen up! 

This fancy grilled cheese recipe is stunning with bacon, jack and cheddar cheese, and guacamole on sourdough bread. 

It also has surprise tortilla chips inside! 

Bonus tip would be to add a few diced tomatoes as well. 

As gourmet fancy grilled cheese ideas go, this one ranks right up there! 

I mean just look at this list of ingredients: goat cheese, Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, pickled beets, and peppery arugula all on a buttery sourdough bread! 

Wonderfully meltable smoked gouda cheese and crisp Granny Smith apples is one of my gourmet grilled cheese ideas! 

What makes this sandwich amazing is the texture and flavor combinations. 

The crisp and gooey alongside the savory and tangy!

A fancy grilled cheese recipe using garlic bread sounds revolutionary and yet makes so much sense! 

A fantastic seasoned butter with garlic, Pecorino Romano, and parsley is combined and spread on the bread. 

The recipe calls for American cheese slices but I think pretty much any favorite cheese would work. 

If unique is what you are after, this gourmet grilled cheese sandwich will end your search right now! 

BBQ chicken, pineapple and extra sharp cheddar cheese melted together as a grilled cheese sandwich has definite delicious Hawaiian influence!

Oh, the classic grilled cheese recipe idea has arrived, the BLT. 

Or the BLTGC to be exact! 

The pro tip here is to melt the butter and brush it on the bread. 

Very effective technique! 

Bacon, lettuce and tomato never grilled up so good!

Bruschetta bread is the focus of this fancy grilled cheese recipe! 

The filling has the expected tasty ingredients of tomatoes, red onion, basil, and olive oil.

The cheese is a combination of mozzarella and parmesan for just the right Italian flair

Lunch and dessert come rolled into one in this recipe of fancy grilled cheese ideas! 

It is also brought to you by the letter “B.” 

B as in butter, bread, Brie and blueberries! 

The blueberries can be fresh, or from blueberry pie filling or blueberry jam. 

TIme to get your blue on!

The textures and tantalizing flavors of gourmet grilled cheese ideas keep one coming back again and again for just the perfect combination. 

The final creation includes Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, Black Forest deli ham, and last, but certainly not least, fig jam which adds a touch of sweetness! 


Pesto, arugula, sliced tomatoes, avocado, mozzarella, and goat cheese are amazing together!

Bonus parmesan cheese is pressed into the buttered outside of the bread for a delightfully tasty crunch.

This gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is definitely different and delicious. 

The filling is Brie, slices of apple and whole berry cranberry sauce. 

The pro tip is to brush the inside of each piece of bread with wine! 

 Gooey cheese with sweet cranberries and crunchy apple slices is heavenly!

Adding an egg to a grilled cheese recipe idea means it could be served for breakfast or lunch!

The egg adds a touch of fancy and it can be cooked however you prefer! 

The choice of cheese is also up to the maker but colby jack and pepper jack are recommended. 

Gotta love a sandwich that is flexible, simple and tasty!

Nestled in Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World is where this fancy grilled cheese sandwich can be found! 

It is a hidden gem among the plethora of junk food options at a theme park and is a pure delight!  

It includes a mayo garlic spread, a cream cheese spread, cheddar and provolone cheese slices! 

This fancy grilled cheese recipe will most certainly help you have a very magical day!

Not in the mood for the usual tomato soup sidecar? Try Grilled Tomatoes instead!

The bottom line

Gourmet grilled cheese ideas are so much fun to put together and enjoy! 

Fancy or not, I hope this list inspired a meal with a new-to-you grilled cheese recipe!

Can’t hurt to add a nice Potato & Bacon Soup to one of these lush recipes, right?

19 BEST Ways To Make Gourmet Grilled Cheese

19 BEST Ways To Make Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Enjoy this list of 19 gourmet grilled cheese recipes


  • Gourmet Grilled Cheese With Mascarpone, Strawberries & Balsamic Glaze
  • Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Bacon, Pear & Fig Grilled Cheese
  • Ultimate Gourmet Grilled Cheese
  • Roasted Red Pepper, Mushroom & Provolone Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Vegan Feta Grilled Cheese with Spinach
  • Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions
  • Apple & Gouda Grilled Cheese
  • Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese
  • BBQ Chicken & Pineapple Grilled Cheese
  • Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Bruschetta Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Blueberry Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Gruyere Grilled Cheese With Ham And Fig Jam
  • Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich With Pesto & Arugula
  • Brie Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese
  • Fried Egg Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • TikTok's Ultimate Disney Grilled Cheese Copycat Recipe


  1. Choose one or more options from our list of Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipes here!
  2. Create your new favorite grilled cheese sandwich.
  3. Pat yourself on the back for making cheesy food at home!
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