Put down the white bread and step away from the Kraft singles—we’ve found a list of stuffed grilled cheese sandwiches so loaded and gluttonous that they definitely aren’t your average comfort food must-haves.
These aren’t your mom’s grilled cheeses, and you know what? They aren’t even sandwiches you want to tell your mom about because you know she’ll start jabbering about silly things like cholesterol and pesky little heart attacks.
These sandwiches, stuffed with multiple meats and cheeses and standard menu items squished together between different breads slathered with different types of butters and sauces, are stuffed with a dictionary of culinary bad words: fat, bacon, cheese, grilled, fried, baked, crispy, oozing, dripping, melting…
You don’t have to be in a bad mood to eat them, but you’ll definitely feel happier once you’ve started in on any of these six stuffed grilled cheese sandwiches:
Meltkraft at Valley Shepherd Creamery
Brisket and mac & cheese on a plate is pretty good, but Meltkraft’s brisket and mac & cheese inside a grilled cheese sandwich is even better. The Valley Thunder sandwich features brisket made from the chef’s grandma’s recipe and Valley Shepherd Creamery’s ‘Valley Thunder’ sharp cheddar used two ways for maximum cheesiness–in the baked mac & cheese and then the cheese from the sandwich. The mac & cheese is baked, compacted and then cut by a meat slicer before being added to the sandwich, which is then put under a sandwich press (think a Panini press at Panera) and cooked in under two minutes. And if you like to live dangerously (and a giant brisket and mac & cheese sandwich isn’t enough of a thrill for you), you can order the sandwich cooked in bacon or duck fat instead of butter and pile on tomatoes, chicken, bacon or truffle oil. Because if you’re going to eat a brisket and mac & cheese sandwich, you might as well go all out.
Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
St. Stephen’s Green
Of course the restaurant named after one of Dublin’s most famous public parks is going to have a grilled cheese made with Irish bacon. Unlike American bacon, which comes from the belly and is thinly sliced and crispy, Irish bacon comes from the back of the pig and resembles real Canadian bacon with its tender, thicker, ham-like consistency. So you’ve got the bacon in the Irish Bacon Grilled Cheese at St. Stephen’s Green, but then you have to factor in the seven-cheese blend—cheddar, mozzarella, Gouda, Gorgonzola, Monterey Jack, American, and Manchego—and the brioche bread, plus the fries that come with the sandwich because come on, at this point, what’s a salad really going to cancel out? When in Rome…in an Irish restaurant…in Philly…
1701 Green Street
Four words: double-decker grilled cheese. Grilly Cheese’s signature sandwich is, of course, the Grilly Cheese Sandwich: a two-story grilled cheese layered with American cheese and bacon on three buttery pieces of white bread. Just think about that extra layer of crunch and try not to drool.
Yes, it’s a mac & cheese food truck making an appearance in a grilled cheese six-pack, but of course Mac Mart knows the ins and outs of ooey gooey cheese. The Return of the Mac sandwich from Philly’s first and only mac & cheese truck takes the five cheeses used in the Classic Mac mac & cheese menu item, slaps some American cheese on it, and then grills it on thick homestyle white bread.
With every bite of Say Cheese’s Breakfast Bombshell, you’ll think, why the hell do people only make breakfast sandwiches on a bagel or a croissant or English muffins? Turns out, the makers behind the grilled cheese truck are secret geniuses who came up with the greatest life hack of all and thought to put eggs, tomato and bacon on grilled cheese. Track down the grilled cheese truck for a breakfast sandwich that can also be eaten for lunch or dinner, or check out some of their other crazy-genius grilled cheese sandwiches–like a build-your-own sandwich or ones made with buffalo chicken and bleu cheese dressing or jalapeno jack and sirloin chip steak.
When you think of healthy food spot Fuel, you don’t necessarily think stuffed grilled cheese. But you will now thanks to their High Protein Grilled Cheese. Sure, there’s spinach and tomato on it, but there’s also mozzarella, provolone, and a fresh lemon cream cheese. And at 400 calories and 15 grams of protein, this might just be a grilled cheese that you can tell your mom about after all.