The Perfect Sourdough Grilled Cheese

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If you love a grilled cheese sandwich, then why not try this perfect sourdough grilled cheese sandwich? It’s super crisp, with gooey, stringy cheese, that twists, and tangles between each bite!

The Perfect Sourdough Grilled Cheese

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What is Grilled Cheese?

Grilled cheese is a hot cheesy sandwich, that involves slices of cheese, heated between two slices of buttered bread. The sandwich can be heated in a frying pan, griddle, or sandwich toaster.

What Makes This Recipe so Irresistible?

Sourdough grilled cheese creates a fun twist on this already incredibly delicious, but classic grilled cheese recipe. The sourdough bread crisps up wonderfully thanks to the inclusion of butter and mayo; plus the gooey, melty cheese is both rich and flavorful.

You can get a little creative with your grilled cheese sourdough bread and include several strips of grilled chicken followed by a thin slice of tomato, or slices of turkey.

How to Make the Perfect Gourmet Grilled Cheese

A grilled cheese sandwich is probably the simplest of sandwiches, made with the simplest ingredients added to make it delicious.

Having said this there are some important things to remember when making a grilled cheese sandwich:

  • Firstly, remember to take your time to grill each side of the bread. Place the sandwich on a cast iron skillet, wait for that magical sizzle and flip it to the other side.
  • Cook slowly, on medium-low heat, to achieve that wonderful golden-brown color.
  • Butter both sides of both pieces of bread, because this is where the delicious flavors come from!
The Perfect Sourdough Grilled Cheese


  • 4 slices of sourdough bread
  • 4 tbsp softened butter
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices of swiss cheese
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Meanwhile spread 1 tablespoon of softened butter on one side of each piece of bread.
  2. Place 2 slices of cheddar and 2 slices of Swiss atop each slice of buttered sourdough bread. Top the cheese with another slice of buttered sourdough. Ensure the buttered sides are placed directly on top of the cheese.
  3. Repeat this process with the remaining slices of bread and cheese slices. You should be left with 2 sandwiches.
  4. Spread ½ tablespoon of mayonnaise on the outer piece of sourdough bread. Place the sandwiches in a warm skillet, mayonnaise side up. Spread another ½ tablespoon of mayonnaise on the outside of the bread.
  5. Cook the sandwiches for 3 to 4 minutes, then flip the sandwiches over and cook them on the other side for a further 3-4 minutes. The bread should be perfectly golden brown, with melted cheese.
  6. Serve these scrumptious sourdough grilled cheese sandwiches with your favorite dipping sauce.

Best Cheese for Sourdough Grilled Cheese

You can use a variety of cheeses in your grilled cheese sandwich. As long as your cheese sandwich imparts a perfectly crisp texture, coupled with a deliciously gooey interior; enough to make your taste buds sing!

  • Sharp cheddar cheese: The sharpness of cheddar cheese pairs perfectly with a sourdough grilled cheese recipe.
  • Smoked gouda: This cheese melts beautifully in between the slices of sourdough bread, creating a heavenly gooey mess.
  • Pepper jack cheese: If you’re a fan of spice, then pepper jack cheese would be the perfect cheese option for you.
  • Monterey jack: A mild cheese like Monterey jack, coupled with any other cheese listed above, will create a perfectly cheesy grilled cheese sandwich.

The Best Bread for Grilled Cheese Sandwich

You can use whatever bread you like. Although the best kind of bread that provides the perfect crunch for a grilled cheese sandwich would certainly be a crusty loaf of sourdough bread. It’s deliciously tangy and has a great structure, that remains sturdy especially when toasted. And if you’re following a keto diet then I’ve got you!

Try this scrumptious keto sourdough bread, so you can enjoy your grilled cheese sandwich while following a low-carb diet.

Tips for The Best Grilled Cheese

  • For the best sourdough grilled cheese, ensure your stove is set to medium-low heat. This will certify your cheese melts without burning.
  • If you find that your bread is crisp, but the cheese isn’t melted, cover the pan with a lid, and allow it to cook for another minute or two.
  • If your butter lives in the fridge, take it out for at least one hour before making your grilled cheese. Alternatively, you can put some butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, and you’re all set!
  • For this grilled cheese with the sourdough recipe, we’re using Swiss and cheddar cheese, but you can substitute these for any other cheese you fancy. Bear in mind, that hard cheeses like parmesan won’t melt as easily as cheddar!
  • Use thick bread slices so that the butter seeps into the bread, adding a delicious buttery flavor.
The Perfect Sourdough Grilled Cheese

Additional Add-ins for the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

To elevate your gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, try a bunch of these simple but delectable add-ins:

  • Caramelized onions: Sweet caramelized onions are the perfect addition to a grilled cheese sandwich. And if you’re using sourdough bread, then even better!
  • Green onions: I love the subtle onion flavors green onions bring to any meal, which is why it makes the perfect addition to even the simplest of recipes! Simply slice and envelop them between your slices of bread, followed by some cheese; grill and indulge!
  • Fresh thyme: Add a hint of fresh herbs to your grilled cheese sandwich with fresh thyme. Chop it up and sprinkle it over your cheese, before sealing it with another slice of bread.
  • Dijon mustard: This adds a little kick to your cheese sandwich.

What to Serve with Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese tastes amazing on its own, but when accompanied by a bunch of refreshing sides, you get a mini feast!

Pair your stringy, cheese sandwich with a vibrant plate of greens, a bowl of tomato soup, or your favorite dipping sauce for ultimate satiation.

tomato soup with sourdough grilled cheese

Other Delicious Sourdough Recipes

If you love sourdough grilled cheese, then wait till you get your hands on these!

Sourdough Grilled Cheese

Sourdough grilled cheese is the easiest and most efficient snack-time treat. Simply butter each piece of sourdough bread, slide your favorite cheeses in between them, grill, and take a huge bite!


What Kind of Cheese is Good For a Grilled Cheese Sandwich?

American cheese makes the best classic grilled cheese sandwich. It imparts a mild flavor followed by a spectacular gooey texture that is simply irresistible.

Is Sourdough Bread Good For Sandwiches?

Sourdough loaves are great for making sandwiches, and you can fill them with anything you like!

By Natasha Krajnc

Hi! My name is Natasha and I'm specialized in home sourdough bread baking and currently based in Slovakia - a very small country in Central Europe. My bread baking story began in 2011 when I decided to give up commercial yeast. I felt tired all the time (especially after eating bread and other foods made with yeast), I wasn’t motivated to do anything, had trouble concentrating throughout the day, my abdomen was bloated and I was like a trumpet on steroids – basically, I was quite a wreck. I was a big bread lover (and still am) and having to stop eating bread was quite hard at that time but I felt I was on a right way to give my body a chance to heal itself.

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