National Grilled Cheese Day | Braum's

National Grilled Cheese Day

Are you a fan of all things cheesy and gooey? We are, too. April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day, and we’ll be celebrating with our favorite variations of the classic grilled cheese sandwich. We visited our local Braum’s Fresh Market and scouted out the best ingredients to make our favorite recipes. If you’re interested in a one-stop shopping experience to help you celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day, Braum’s Fresh Market has you covered.

The Basics


The beautiful thing about grilled cheese sandwiches is that you can use your favorite type of bread. Love whole-grain? Grab a couple slices. A big fan of garlic bread? Mamma mia, how delicious! Our personal favorite for a classic sandwich is the Braum’s Buttermilk Bread, which is strong enough to handle any toppings you layer on, and toasts nicely in a skillet.


If you saw our “10 Things You Can’t Make Without Butter” post, you’ll know that we’re big fans of a fresh pat of butter. For a classic grilled cheese sandwich, using butter on your bread is the key to a crispy but not burnt crust. Before assembling your sandwich, coat the outside edges (that will touch the pan) of your bread with butter.


The magic of a grilled cheese sandwich happens here, of course. From your everyday cheddar to the specialty smoked Gouda, have fun with your sandwich and explore new options. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite recipes using different cheese variations, below.

Assembling your sandwich:

No matter what you put inside your sandwich, follow these basic directions for a yummy meal.

  1. Preheat a medium-sized skillet to medium heat.
  2. Place sandwich butter-side down on the pan, top with fillings and cover with remaining slice of bread.
  3. Grill until lightly browned and flip over.
  4. Cover pan with lid until cheese is melted, being careful not to burn the bread.

Bacon & Avocado Grilled Cheese

  1. Cook bacon thoroughly and pat off grease with a paper towel.
  2. Slice avocado thinly.
  3. On bread, layer sharp cheddar cheese, avocado, bacon, and top with another layer of cheese.
  4. Cook as usual.

Southwest Grilled Cheese

  1. Prepare sandwich bread as usual and place, open-faced, into your pan.
  2. Layer with Monterrey Cheddar cheese, salsa, black beans, corn, and another slice of cheese.
  3. Cook as usual.

Mediterranean Grilled Cheese

  1. Prepare sandwich bread as usual and place, open-faced, into your pan.
  2. Layer with feta cheese, fresh basil leaves, black olives, and tomato slices. Optional: include fresh spinach, red onion, and/or fresh garlic.
  3. Top with more cheese and remaining piece of bread.
  4. Cook as usual.

Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

  1. Prepare sandwich bread as usual and place, open-faced, into your pan.
  2. Layer mozzarella cheese, pineapple slice, and Canadian bacon on top of bread. Cover with the remaining piece of bread.
  3. Cook as usual.

If you’re feeling hungry, stop by your nearby Fresh Market for all the supplies you need to create your own version of a classic grilled cheese sandwich. And let us know: what is your favorite grilled cheese recipe?