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Gluten-Free Grilled Cheese [5 Minutes]

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Gluten-free grilled cheese!!! The epitome of comfort food. And we believe those living a gluten-free life should also be able to enjoy this American delicacy. 😉 

We are bringing you a recipe you will likely never find in a restaurant because let’s face it, gluten-free options when dining out are often limited. 

Thankfully, we watched the pros so that we can teach you the secret tips for restaurant-grade grilled cheese! With a perfect crisp and melted cheese. 

Keep reading for our tips and recipe for the greatest gluten-free grilled cheese recipe. We will also give you tips on how to make this recipe dairy free and vegan for those who need it. 

The Secret

What is the greatest tip for cooking up the best gluten-free grilled cheese?

The secret lies in the way you prepare the grilled cheese. Often people prepare grilled cheese as a complete sandwich and flip it to toast each side. Doing this will prevent you from getting an even crisp and perfect cheese melt. It also takes longer. 

Instead, make your grilled cheese open-face and put the two pieces of bread together like a sandwich once they are done cooking. 

The other secret? Patience and cooking on low heat. 🙂 

What You Need 

Our gluten-free grilled cheese is quick and simple. You only need 3 ingredients:

  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Cheese 
gluten free grilled cheese ingredients on a wooden cutting board


Any type of gluten-free bread will work for crafting the world’s greatest gluten-free grilled cheese! For our recipe, we used Canyon Bakehouse Honey White Gluten-Free bread.  


This is where the flavor comes in! Do not skimp on the butter. And yes, butter is gluten-free

If you are looking for a vegan or dairy-free alternative we recommend using margarine such as Original Buttery Spread by Earth Balance.

The butter helps the grilled cheese to crisp up to be just right!


This is where you can really personalize the grilled cheese and make it exactly to your liking! 

We will use medium cheddar for this recipe to keep with the classic grilled cheese. Here is a list of other cheeses you may want to try when making your gluten-free grilled cheese:

  • Pepper Jack 
  • Swiss
  • Provolone
  • Muenster
  • Havarti
  • Fontina
  • Gouda
  • American 

You can even make your gluten-free grilled cheese with two different types of cheeses! 

And if you are looking for a dairy-free, vegan cheese we recommend checking labels closely as many dairy-free kinds of cheese contain wheat. We have found that Violife Mature Cheddar Slices are the best dairy-free cheese for making grilled cheese! 


The options for personalizing your grilled cheese are endless! Keep reading for some of our favorite ways to spice up the traditional grilled cheese. 

Add Protein 

Looking to boost the protein in your grilled cheese sandwich to keep you fuller for longer?

Try adding one of the following protein foods:

  • Thinly sliced ham 
  • Bacon or turkey bacon 
  • Over medium egg (breakfast grilled cheese!) 
  • A thin spread of hummus
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Black Beans

Splash of Color 

You can’t go wrong with adding a splash of color to your gluten-free grilled cheese! Try adding some of these fruits or vegetables to boost the nutritional value and taste of your sandwich. 

Try adding some color with:

  • Spinach 
  • Pickles
  • Tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced apple
  • Mushrooms 
  • Peppers 
  • Green chilis
  • Onion 
  • Artichoke

And so many more!

More flavor 

A great way to spice up your grilled cheese is to add more flavor! You can do this by adding sauces, dips, and many more. 

Try boosting your grilled cheese with more flavor by adding:

  • Pesto
  • Hot sauce
  • Avocado
  • Mayo
  • Mustard

How to Make 

To make a perfect gluten-free grilled cheese follow our simple 3 step method. 

  1. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in your pan over medium-low heat.
melting butter in a pan over the stove top

2. Place the two slices of gluten-free bread on the pan. Add a slice of cheese to each side of the bread and cook for approximately 5 minutes.

gluten-free bread and cheese in a pan on a stove top preparing to make the best gluten-free grilled cheese.

3. After 5 minutes the cheese will melt. Place the bread together like a sandwich and enjoy!

the best gluten free grilled cheese, cheesy pull apart

Perfect Pairing 

We recommend our gluten-free grilled cheese recipe with our gluten-free tomato soup. The taste combination is both comforting and filling. 

Check out the Recipe! 

Gluten-Free Grilled Cheese [5 minutes]

Cheesy and crispy resturaunt grade gluten-free grilled cheese.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 425 kcal


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 slices gluten-free bread
  • 2 slices medium cheddar cheese


  • Melt butter in a flat bottom pan over medium low heat.
  • Place two slices of bread side by side in the pan and top with the cheese.
  • Cook for approximately 5 minutes (longer if you like it crispier) over medium low heat. Then place bread together like a sandwich and enjoy.


Calories: 425kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 11gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 544mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 842IUCalcium: 319mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword gluten-free, quick, easy
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