Egg-in-a-Hole Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

What happens if you build a grilled cheese sandwich out of two eggs-in-a-hole? Gooey, explosively messy deliciousness.

Photograph: Vicky Wasik. Video: Natalie Holt

How to Make a Grilled Cheese Eggsplosion (Eggs-in-a-Hole + Grilled Cheese)

Why It Works

  • A combination of soft-cooked fried eggs and melty grilled cheese makes a delightfully messy sandwich (to be eaten with a knife and fork!).
  • Pre-toasting the bread in the skillet allows you to avoid overcooking the eggs once they're cracked in.

Egg-in-a-hole has long been one of our favorite breakfasts: Cut a hole out of a slice of bread, cook in butter, break an egg into the hole. Following a brilliant idea we first saw on Reddit, we decided to try building a grilled cheese sandwich out of two of those bad boys—and deliciousness ensued.

Recipe Facts



Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Active: 15 mins
S: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serves: 1 sandwich

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  • 2 slices hearty sandwich bread

  • 2 tablespoons butter (1 ounce; 30g), divided

  • 2 large eggs

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 slices American, cheddar, and/or Jack cheese


  1. Cut a circle out of the center of each slice of bread using a small empty can, a biscuit cutter, or the ring from a Mason jar.

  2. Melt half of butter in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat until foaming subsides. Add both bread slices, break an egg into each, season with salt and pepper, and cook, swirling occasionally, until bread is golden brown on bottom side, about 2 minutes.

  3. Add remaining butter and carefully flip both slices of bread, making sure the eggs don't break. Add a cheese slice to the top of each bread slice. Cook, swirling pan occasionally, until golden brown on second side.

  4. Close sandwich with cheese inside and continue to cook, flipping occasionally, until eggs are soft-cooked and cheese is melted, about 1 minute longer. Serve immediately.

Special Equipment

Small can, biscuit cutter, or Mason jar ring; large cast iron or nonstick skillet

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
750 Calories
55g Fat
33g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 750
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 55g 70%
Saturated Fat 30g 148%
Cholesterol 492mg 164%
Sodium 1080mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 550mg 42%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 266mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)