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Best Grilled Cheese Ever

Looking for a quick way to make grilled cheese even better? Then check out this 10-second hack for the best sandwich ever!!!
In this recipe, I bake my grilled cheese in the oven. But you can also use the same ingredients and fry it in a pan the usual way if you want to! It will still turn out great - I just prefer the ease and uniform crispiness you get when you bake it in the oven.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 slices cheese ***
  • 1.5 tablespoon butter Or more, to taste
  • a pinch thyme
  • a pinch red pepper flakes
  • a pinch onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic


  • Preheat your oven to 450F. (Please see notes about cooking temp!)
  • Melt 1.5 tablespoon (or more) of butter in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish with a pinch each of onion powder, red pepper flakes, and thyme, as well as 1 tsp. of minced garlic. (If you're frying instead of baking your grilled cheese, you can still prepare your seasoned butter in the microwave and brush it on your bread, or you can melt it in the pan)
  • When the butter is melted, stir the mixture and brush it evenly on one side of each slide of bread.
    Place one of the buttered sides of bread down, add the cheese, and top it with the other piece of bread, buttered side up.
  • When the oven is ready, cook for 5 minutes on a baking sheet, or until it looks how you want it to!
    Flip, and cook on the other side for about the same amount of time, or until it's cooked to your liking.
  • Cut in half (or don't!), eat, and fall in love!


  • Wondering what I mean by "a pinch?" Well, I never measure for this particular recipe because it's so hard to screw up, but if you have no idea where to start, I'd define a pinch as about ⅛th of a teaspoon. 
  • If you haven't tried making it in the oven before, play around with the temperature/time a bit until you find out what works for you! 450 F is what I've found is best for my sandwiches, but this will depend on the type of bread you use, how much cheese you use, etc. It will also be different for you depending on how cooked you want your sandwich to be...some like it crispy and some prefer it on the softer side!
  • Keep a closer eye on the grilled cheese the first time you make it in the oven so it doesn't burn. Once you've figured out the right temperature for your sandwich, you can "set it and forget it" (other than flipping it halfway through! 
  • ***I use old/sharp (same difference) white cheddar - choose your favorite and use more or less depending on your preference.
Keyword grilled cheese, sandwich
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