The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Your weekly childhood dinner gets an upgrade with real Comté cheese and thick sourdough bread. Andre Baranowski

It’s hard to beat the oozy goodness of melted cheese between slices of crunchy, grilled bread. Here are our favorite grilled cheese sandwiches.


Monte Cristo

People have strong opinions about the Monte Cristo sandwich, a double-decker of Swiss cheese, ham, and chicken or turkey, battered, fried, and dusted with confectioners’ sugar, served with jelly on the side. Some consider it a marvel; others, an absurdity. Try it with cranberry sauce!

The Schimmel Reuben Sandwich

Pressing down on this sandwich with a spatula while it toasts in the pan is the key to achieving the outer crispness and well-melted cheese that you want in a Reuben. Pile the meat on generously but not more than an inch or two thick or else the interior won’t get sufficiently warmed. Get the recipe for The Schimmel Reuben Sandwich »

South African Grilled Cheese (Braaibroodjie)

Braaibroodjie, grilled cheese with sweet and sour chutney.

Patty Melt

Patty Melt

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Turkish Grilled Cheese (Kumru)

This specialty of Çesme, a small beach town in Turkey, is one of the world’s great grilled cheese sandwiches, in which the cheese itself is grilled before getting slipped into toasted bread with raw tomato and optional (but highly recommended) toppings of griddled sausage and pickled cucumbers and chiles. Get the recipe for Turkish Grilled Cheese »