Top image: steak grilled cheese on a white plate, bottom left stacked grilled cheese with peppers on wood background, bottom right taco grilled cheese with tomato in the background.

20 Best Grilled Cheese Recipes (With a Twist)

These grilled cheese recipes put a fun spin on the beloved classic sandwich by adding creative ingredients that take them to the next level.

Included are grilled cheese sandwiches with different flavor variations, such as taco, pizza, pesto, and more. The cheesy and melty possibilities are endless.

20 Best Grilled Cheese Recipes and Ideas (With a Twist)

Caprese grilled cheese on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Princess Pinky Girl

This creative list of grilled cheese sandwich recipes goes way beyond basic bread and cheese.

Caprese Grilled Cheese

With Caprese salad ingredients like tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, balsamic, and basil, this sandwich is wonderful anytime, but especially in the spring and summer months.

Get the Recipe: Caprese Grilled Cheese

Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

Oozing grilled cheese sandwich on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Chew Out Loud

This grilled cheese is packed with grilled pineapple, melty cheese, and honey ham. Two other meat options are also included besides ham.

Get the Recipe: Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

Lobster Grilled Cheese Idea

Lobster grilled cheese sandwich on a white plate.
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table

Adding lobster to grilled cheese boosts this sandwich up to next-level status.

Get the Recipe: Lobster Grilled Cheese

Peach Grilled Cheese Recipe

Grilled cheese sandwich on a wooden plate.
Photo Credit: Luci’s Morsels

The combination of peach and cheddar will satisfy your cravings for something sweet and savory.

Get the Recipe: Peach Grilled Cheese

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwich with jalapenos on a cutting board.
Photo Credit: The Kitchen is My Playground

Try this creamy and spicy grilled cheese sandwich that has a nice kick, thanks to the jalapenos. This is a must-make recipe for jalapeno popper fans.

Get the Recipe: Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese

Pesto Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwich with pesto and oozing pepperjack cheese.
Photo Credit: Share the Spice

Homemade garlic butter is spread on sourdough bread and toasted to golden perfection. As if that wasn’t yummy enough, the sandwich is filled with melty pepperjack cheese, homemade pesto, and tomatoes.

Get the Recipe: Pesto Grilled Cheese

Gouda Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese on a wood background with apples.
Photo Credit: Modern Honey

Sweet and salty perfection, you’ll love the combo of crispy bacon, melty gouda, and warm apple slices.

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Cream Cheese and Roasted Peppers Grilled Cheese

Cream cheese veggies grilled cheese stacked up on a wood background.
Photo Credit: Aleka’s Get Together

Once you have grilled cheese with cream cheese, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner. Along with two types of cheese, this sandwich features roasted peppers, fresh basil, and seasoning.

Get the Recipe: Cream Cheese and Roasted Peppers Grilled Cheese

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

Spinach artichoke grilled cheese on a wooden cutting board
Photo Credit: Princess Pinky Girl

If your favorite appetizer is spinach artichoke dip, you’re guaranteed to love this sandwich.

Get the Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese sandwich on a dark background.
Photo Credit: Eating on a Dime

Pizza grilled cheese will become a new family favorite that is anything but boring.

This recipe uses store-bought Texas toast, a time-saving shortcut, and the perfect bread to go along with pizza ingredients.

Get the Recipe: Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Guacamole Grilled Cheese Recipe

Grilled cheese on a wooden cutting board.
Photo Credit: The Kitchen is My Playground

After adding homemade guacamole to grilled cheese, you’ll never want to have a basic grilled cheese again.

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Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese

Cranberry brie grilled cheese on a white background.
Photo Credit: Life as a Strawberry

If you’re looking for an insanely tasty way to use up leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving, you’re going to want to save this recipe for later.

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Taco Stuffed Grilled Cheese

Taco inspired grilled cheese sandwich.
Photo Credit: Love Bakes Good Cakes

This recipe combines tacos with melty grilled cheese goodness and makes a fun lunch or dinner.

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Kimchi Grilled Cheese

Kimchi grilled cheese on a white background.
Photo Credit: Sift and Simmer

Adding kimchi, a Korean condiment made commonly with fermented cabbage, to grilled cheese gives it the perfect amount of tang and kick.

Get the Recipe: Kimchi Grilled Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese stacked up on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Eating on a Dime

This sandwich is a fabulous way to use up leftover chicken. It’s loaded with buffalo sauce and blue cheese flavor.

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Philly Cheese Steak Grilled Cheese

Cheesesteak grilled cheese on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Princess Pinky Girl

This gourmet grilled cheese is a Philly cheese steak and grilled cheese hybrid that is perfect for when you want some comfort food.

Get the Recipe: Philly Cheese Steak Grilled Cheese

Cinnamon Sugar, Apple, and Brie Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese stacked up on a white background.
Photo Credit: We Are Not Martha

We typically think of grilled cheese as a savory sandwich, but adding sweet ingredients is a fun twist.

This yummy sandwich is made with slices of buttery cinnamon and sugar bread and filled with apples and brie.

Get the Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar, Apple, and Brie Grilled Cheese

Curried Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Gilled cheese sandwich with beef on a white plate.
Photo Credit: The Flavor Bender

If you’re a fan of spicy, this grilled cheese has chunks of tender curried beef, cayenne pepper, pepperjack cheese, and other ingredients.

Get the Recipe: Curried Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Donut Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese made with donuts on a red and white checkered background
Photo Credit: The Soccer Mom Blog

If there was an award for the most creative grilled cheese sandwich, this one would get it.

A fun take on carnival-style food, regular bread is swapped out for glazed donuts for a sweet and cheesy treat, unlike anything you’ve ever tried.

Get the Recipe: Donut Grilled Cheese

Thyme Roasted Mushroom Grilled Cheese

Grilled mushroom grilled cheese on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Life as a Strawberry

Made with three cheeses, including goat cheese, this creamy mushroom grilled cheese sandwich is filled with flavor.

Get the Recipe: Thyme Roasted Mushroom Grilled Cheese

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