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How to Make Grilled Cheese on an Outdoor Grill

Grilled cheese is just one of those classic sandwiches that’s simple to make, and yet you can truly make it your own. The bread and cheese combos are endless, depending on your favorites. But have you ever tried to make grilled cheese on an outdoor grill? Infusing that sweet, smoky flavor into the melted cheese and toasted bread is one of many ways to take your grilled cheese sandwich to the next level. Here are some tips and recipes for you to try!

Tips for Making a Grilled Cheese on an Outdoor Grill

In order to make a grilled cheese on an outdoor grill, there are a few things you should do to ensure the best sandwich.

Don’t Place it Directly on the Flame

A grilled cheese sandwich is more delicate than a piece of thick meat, so it doesn’t need to be placed close to the flame in order to cook. A grilled cheese really benefits from a low to medium heat range. You may end up with a grilled sandwich that’s not just toasted, but flat-out burnt to a crisp if placed directly over an open flame. Instead, move it to the highest rack on your grill. It will still get plenty toasted and melty without burning.

Wrap it in Foil

For added protection, we recommend that you wrap your grilled cheese sandwich in foil first. While this is optional, this will get the cheese nice and gooey without dripping all over your grill — saving you from a big mess later.

Consider Getting a Griddle for Your Grill

Consider getting a griddle for your grill if you don’t want to wrap your sandwich in foil, but you want to avoid drippings all over your rack. This will ensure your grilled cheese gets even toasting. Plus, a griddle will be easy to remove and wash after you’re done, making clean-up a breeze. 

How to Cook Grilled Cheese on the Grill

First, preheat your grill. For a charcoal grill, pile the charcoal more on one side of the grill. That way there’s a “low heat” side ready for your sandwich.

As it preheats, assemble your grilled cheese sandwich as you normally would:

  • Spread either butter, margarine, or mayonnaise on both sides of your two pieces of choice bread.
  • Place a few slices or shreds of your choice of cheese on the bread and close the sandwich.
  • If you’re opting to use foil, wrap your sandwich(es) in foil.
  • Have them ready on a platter to put on the grill.

Once your grill is fully heated, place your sandwich(es) on the highest rack or on the low-heat side. Grill to your desired toasted level. This shouldn’t take longer than two to four minutes, so have a timer set to flip to prevent burning your grilled cheese. Flip with either a metal spatula or a pair of metal tongs.

In just a few minutes, you should be ready to enjoy a smoky grilled cheese sandwich right off the grill!

Grilled Cheese Recipes to Try

Charcoal Grill Recipes

If you’re looking to try some traditional grilled cheese sandwiches on a charcoal grill, check out this video for inspiration:

Want a grilled cheese with something extra? Try this smoked grilled cheese with 5 cheeses from Austin Eats or this Monte Cristo grilled recipe.

Wood Fire Pellet Grills

If you have some pork tenderloin in the freezer, try this version of the grilled cheese called the Grilled Cuban Sandwich! With smoky pork tenderloin and sweet melted Swiss cheese, it’s sure to be a crowd favorite this summer.

Soups and Sides

Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup are a classic pairing that’s a must to try on the grill! Try this mouth-watering smoky tomato and roasted red pepper soup. Or this grilled romaine and tomato salad recipe is worth a taste if you’re looking for more of a salad than a soup.

Make a Grilled Cheese on an Outdoor Grill with Juniper!

At Juniper in Appleton, Wisconsin, we have a selection of quality Kamado Joe® charcoal grills and Memphis Wood Fire® pellet grills that are perfect for any grilled cheese sandwich and more! Stop in our store or contact us to get yours today! Soon, you can enjoy endless meals on your favorite new backyard amenity.

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