Slideshow: 12 Awesome Grilled Cheese Variations

All Of Them 'Wiches
All Of Them 'Wiches
Serious Eats's Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Serious Eats's Grilled Cheese Sandwich

There's grilled cheese, then there's GRILLED CHEESE. When you're faced with a perfect grilled cheese, globules of cheese slowly oozing out of the edges, a pure, even golden-brown face suffused deeply with butter, you know even before you bite into it if the experience is going to be transcendental. So how do you get there? We've learned a thing or two about it over the years. Here's our favorite recipe.

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Crisp Grilled Cheese
Crisp Grilled Cheese

In this version, we've upped our standard grilled cheese game by adding a layer of crispy browned Parmesan cheese to the exterior of our sandwiches. Meta-grilled cheese?

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Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese
Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

All the flavors of a jalapeño popper—the crisp crust, the heat from the 'peños, the gooey, melty cream cheese—shoved into a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Brie and Nutella Grilled Cheese
Brie and Nutella Grilled Cheese

Nutella makes most things better, and toasting things in butter makes better things even more better. So why not combine two great concepts and apply them to the greatest food ever? It makes for one seriously delicious mess of a sandwich.

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Faux Cubano Grilled Cheese
Faux Cubano Grilled Cheese

It's not quite a cubano without the roast pork or cuban bread, but in many ways, it's even better. For one thing, using sliced bread is better for soaking up butter and cooking up golden brown. For another, it takes a fraction of the time. A fair tradeoff, in my estimation.

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Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Tomato, and Avocado
Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Tomato, and Avocado

It's like a B.L.T. sandwich, except the lettuce is a bit ooier, gooier, meltier, saltier, and, well, cheesier. It's also got some avocado, so there's that.

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Grilled Cheese with Roasted Pineapple, Ham, and Swiss
Grilled Cheese with Roasted Pineapple, Ham, and Swiss

Grilled cheese, by way of Hawaii. That's if they really eat a lot of ham and pineapple in Hawaii (which of course they do). Roasting the pineapple makes it extra sweet.

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Grilled Cheese with Kimchi
Grilled Cheese with Kimchi

It may sound strange, but kimchi and melty cheese are a natural pair. Just ask anyone who's had cheesy kimchi ramen, or who likes to melt a slice of cheese into their jjigae, or who's ever had a kimchi quesadilla from the now-ubiquitous Korean taco trucks. In this version, we cross spicy, garlicky kimchi with a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Muffuletta Grilled Cheese
Muffuletta Grilled Cheese

Yeah, we like our muffulettas up in here. This grilled cheese variation gets piled with cold cuts and olive salad before being griddled in hot butter until melty.

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