America’s Most Outrageous Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
January 11, 2016
We're highlighting the most over-the-top versions of this classic sandwich
The Original Cheesus — The Grilled Cheese Grill, Portland, Ore.
A behemoth creation of a 1/3-pound burger, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, and mustard stuffed between two grilled cheese sandwiches. The sandwich on top includes pickles and American cheese; the other includes grilled onions and Colby Jack. And in case you’re still hungry, the sandwich comes with a bag of chips on the side.
The Outrageous Grilled Cheese — Sage General Store, New York City
A grilled cheese stuffed with Vermont Cheddar, Jack, Gruyére, bacon, and Worcestershire sauce.
The Gouda — The Queens Kickshaw, New York City
Smoked Gouda, guava jam, black bean hummus, and pickled jalapeños on brioche.
Cheesy Mac and Rib Sandwich — The Grilled Cheese Truck, Los Angeles
This sandwich has a winning combination of mac and cheese, barbecued pork, and caramelized onions.
Grilled Cheese — The Cannibal, New York City
This is a traditional grilled cheese sandwich including Vermont Cheddar, Gruyére, bacon, and crispy pork belly.
Buttermilk-Fried Chicken Grilled Cheese — The Melt Shop, New York City
This innovative sandwich is stuffed with buttermilk-fried chicken, jalapeño Jack, red cabbage slaw, and Melt sauce on white bread.
Short Rib Grilled Cheese — Saltbox, San Diego, Calif.
Creamy manchego cheese is melted with short ribs and New Orleans-style sauce to create this grilled cheese sandwich.
Inside-Out Grilled Cheese — Edzo’s Burger Shop, Evanston, Ill.
On the inside, this appears to be a traditional grilled cheese sandwich filled with gooey American and Swiss cheeses, but on the outside, the bread is coated with shredded Parmesan and grilled to crispy, golden perfection.
So Good — Shopsin’s, New York City
Melted cheese, poached eggs, and ham sandwiched between two slices of French toast.
Grilled Cheese Doughnut — Tom + Chee, Cincinnati
Choose from a vast selection of cheeses, including Brie, smoked Gouda, and pepper jack, then sit back and anticipate what the first bite of your glazed doughnut grilled cheese will taste like.
Mac & Chorizo Melt — Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Boston
Macaroni and cheese and crumbled Portuguese chorizo stuffed inside a grilled cheese sandwich.
Crabby Melt — Grilled Cheese & Co., Catonsville, Md.
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Melted Monterey Jack cheese is combined with homemade warm crab dip loaded with sweet crabmeat to create this grilled cheese sandwich.
The Cadillac Grilled Cheese — Firefly, Washington, D.C.
The Cadillac Grilled Cheese includes a luxurious combination of Gruyére, Cheddar, béchamel, garlic-herb butter, and white bread.
Grilled Cheese Mania, Harrisonburg, Virginia
At this popular grilled cheese truck, wild possibilities abound. But if you’re looking for a flavor and texture explosion, go for the option that includes grilled Taylor Ham, American cheese, and honey barbecue chips on toasted country white bread, with plenty of butter.
The Amazing: The Grilled Cheese Bistro, Norfolk, Virginia
The Grilled Cheese Bistro rolls out special grilled cheeses on a nightly basis, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch them when The Amazing is on order. It contains Carolina-style pulled pork, onion rings, mango barbecue sauce, Applewood-smoked bacon, mozzarella, and cheddar.