Dill Pickle Bacon Grilled Cheese

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Dill Pickle Bacon Grilled Cheese.  This is the best sandwich ever with loads of crispy bacon, gooey cheese and crunchy dill pickles. Grilled cheese will never be the same again!

Everyone seems to have their own method for eating a grilled cheese sandwich! When I was in high school we’d always get grilled cheese sandwiches and ketchup at the cafeteria and I loved that combo.  (Weird or normal?)

To this day, I always dip my grilled cheese sandwiches in ketchup!

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Don’t Forget the Pickles

For as long as I can remember my husband has always sliced dill pickles and put them on top of his grilled cheese sandwiches. (If you’ve never had a grilled cheese with pickles before, you’re missing out).

I decided to combine his beloved dill pickles with grilled cheese (and of course toss in some bacon for good measure).  The result… totally out of this world.

Bacon Dill Pickle Grilled Cheese on a pan before being cookedA Yummy Crunch

I am not kidding when I say these are the BEST grilled cheese sandwiches ever!  Crispy bread, ooey gooey cheese and a crunch from the sliced pickles.  Don’t worry, the pickles don’t get soft, they don’t cook long enough so they still hold that good yummy crunch you’re looking for!

I use large dill pickles and slice them lengthwise but really any pickle will work in this recipe.  If your pickles are small or if you just have round pickle slices, that’s totally ok.  The cheese melts and holds them in place and they’ll taste just as great!

Stacked Dill Pickle Bacon Grilled Cheese with a pickle spear on top

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While we always have pre-cooked bacon on hand but I love to fry “real” bacon for this recipe.  It has a better flavor plus I leave a little bit of the bacon grease in the bottom of the pan for extra yumminess while the sandwich is grilling.  I use cheddar and a bit of mozzarella in this sandwich but you can use any kind of cheese you like.  Gruyere is great in this sandwich too!

Dill Pickle Bacon Grilled Cheese with loads of crispy bacon, gooey cheese and crunchy dill pickles
4.78 from 9 votes
Review Recipe

Dill Pickle Bacon Grilled Cheese

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 1 sandwich
Author Holly N.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Dill Pickle Bacon Grilled Cheese. This is the best sandwich ever with loads of crispy bacon, gooey cheese and crunchy dill pickles. Grilled cheese will never be the same again!


  • 1 1/2 slices bacon
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large pickle
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 oz mozzarella cheese

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  • Cook bacon in a pan until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  • Remove most of the bacon grease from the pan. Butter each slice of bread.
  • Place bread butter side down. Top with cheddar cheese, pickles, mozzarella, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Top with second slice of bread, butter side out.
  • Cook over medium low heat flipping halfway until bread is lightly toasted and cheese is melted.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 662, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 45g, Saturated Fat: 23g, Cholesterol: 115mg, Sodium: 1736mg, Potassium: 281mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1165IU, Calcium: 781mg, Iron: 2.6mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. I just wanted to say. This sandwich is amazing exactly as it is. And also if you make it the same way but add Potato chips in the sandwich.5 stars

  2. As a kid my favorite sandwich was cheese and dill pickle with mayonnaise. But never thought to grill it!! I am going to try this and instead of butter, use mayonnaise.

  3. Holly, I have always eaten dill pickles in my grilled cheese since I was little. During Lent it added spice to a dull supper some mustard too. . But I opened sandwich and added when sandwich was ready to eat. Less drips. My daughter loves bacon in her grilled cheese so this is perfect in my house. Thank you for not calling old family recipes gross.5 stars

    1. Thank you for sharing your story Carol! I’m a pickle and bacon lover, so this is a perfect combination!

  4. Oh my, that looks good! And I happen to have my homemade pickles in the fridge, as well as bacon, and cheese, I will make this soon and come back with a review. Thanks for the recipe, Holly :)

    1. I hope you enjoyed the grilled cheese Lee! Homemade pickles would be a wonderful addition to this recipe!

  5. Oh my that looks so good. I just last night made my grilled cheese sandwich with tomato slices and mayo but I think I’ll like this better. I just love your Dill Pickle Pasta Salad. It is my favorite even over my potato salad. Oh, and tell your husband to try a dill pickle and peanut butter sandwich. People curl up their nose when I say this but when they take a bite they are hooked. I just love dill pickles and even just eat them as a snack as opposed to chips.5 stars

    1. Thank you so much Shirley! I hope you love this recipe if you try it! I am going to have to try a pb and pickle sandwich. I love pickles anyway you serve them!

  6. Holly, i just had one of these. I am very upset.
    WHERE HAVE THESE BEEN ALL MY LIFE??!! This is seriously the greatest invention of all time. I have never written a comment anywhere before but felt the need to warn people that these are addictive and you will end up craving them all day every day. It is too late for me but all you who havent yet tried this-DO NOT! I repeat. Do not try this. You will love it and eat it all the time.5 stars

    1. LOL! YAY! So glad you loved it Karen! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave a comment!!

  7. Ok, I tried this. I did it just like how you see on the video, except I cut my bacon into 4 pieces.
    It was pretty good, but I was surprised by how much the flavour of the pickles took over the whole sandwich. I expected to taste a better mix of bacon and pickle and cheese, but for the most part, all I got was pickles.
    …now don’t get me wrong. I’m a pickle FREAK, but seeing all the flavours that would be coming my way after making it, I just expected a better mix.
    When I first saw the video, I actually thought the mozzarella was chopped onions, and that notion stuck with me.
    I made another sandwich and replaced the pickles with chopped onions.
    The mix of flavours was much better and the whole sandwich just worked really well with that mod (and for the record, if given a choice of pickles OR onions, I would choose pickles AND onions).
    I did want to keep true to the original recipe, so I decided to try one more sandwich, this time, chopping up about 1/2 a slice of onion (btw, I used Sweet Onions) and taking ONE slice of pickle, chopping it up and putting both on the cheese, then cover with the mozzarella, bacon and cheese.
    That one worked better than the original, too.
    With less pickle in the mix, I did find a better mixing of all flavours combined, but I did get some pickle this time, too.
    In the end, I found I preferred replacing the pickles with sweet onions on this one (although, chopped pickles and chopped onions makes for THE BEST Tuna Salad you can ever eat).
    I did give it only 3 stars for reasons I’ve already shared.
    Does that make this a “bad” recipe? Of course not! Tailor to suit your own tastes, and I just gave you a couple of options.
    Play with it and have fun!
    Thank you so much, Holly, for sharing this recipe with us. It would have never occurred to me to do anything past slapping a slice of cheese on some buttered bread when making a grilled cheese sandwich if I had never run across this recipe.
    Now I have a real “masterpiece” that I can cook up anytime with a minimum of fuss and muss. =)3 stars

    1. You can adjust the flavor in a number of ways. Refrigerate your own marinated (rice vinegar) fridge pickles, or rinse commercial pickles … remember the store shelf and the refrigerated pickles do NOT taste the same. Or, use B&B pickles or summer dills. Remember that cheddar is sharper in flavor than American or Gruyere.

      You can make your own ugorki Polski by slicing fresh cucumbers for pickling, by slicing them as you wish, putting the pickles in a 1 qt mason jar with a little salt and the powder from probiotic capsules to start the ferment. ready in about a week. Let your creative side free. The rewards are great.

    2. You need to try pizza grilled cheese, buffalo chicken grilled cheese and greek grilled chesse ;)

  8. Here’s a thought. You say you use whole pickles and slice them lengthwise. Well, why not buy those “Sandwich Stackers” pickles? Pre-cut in the shape you want.

  9. Try using Havarti or Muenster for grilled cheese. They have a much lower melting point and are much more “gooey”. You will never go back to anything else.

  10. I have been making a dill pickle grilled cheese for many years…started when I was in the Army in Germany. I use 3 kinds of cheese, Swiss, Cheddar, and Muenster or Provolone. I use tomato, too. If you have a good rye bread, that makes a wonderful sandwich, too. The German breads are super for the sandwiches. Bacon on everything, of course.

  11. What is the white substance you put on the pickles that looks like sauerkraut but is not listed in the ingredients?

  12. Great combination! Since its breakfast time, I am going to add a sunny side up egg with some thinly sliced onions. You can do so many things. Love your post! You and your husband seem to enjoy food! That’s true living. Be well

  13. This looks amazingand I’ll be trying it tomorrow.

    By the way, next time you make a grilled cheese (or any grilled sandwich for that matter), try swapping mayonnaise (NOT Miracle Whip) for the butter on the outside of the bread. Since mayo is mostly eggs and oil, it just crisps the bread right up. The difference is unbelievable!

  14. I’m excited to try this soon! (Also a big grilled cheese and ketchup lover!) I’ll probably dip this in ketchup as well, thanks for sharing!

      1. Diced tomatos or stewed tomatos are great served with Mac n cheese.As a side or right on top. Bet you’d like that. Your sandwich looks fantastic. All the things I love!! Can’t wait to try it!!

  15. i love your recipes and am going to fix bacon dill gril cheese for my son he loves bacon cheese and dill pickles thank you

      1. I’ve made dill pickle and tomato sandwiches for many years(40+) and I like bacon and Canadian bacon so now I’ll add to this!

    1. When I was in college, in the ’60’s, the grilled cheese with pickle chips was my go-to sandwich. The Southern Cooks thought I was crazy, but it became a short-order cult thing. As fir bread, I think that old-style potato bread works best because of its fine crumb. That said, whole wheat is good, as is Italian whole wheat. I’ve made them with texas garlic toast, and you always control flavor by:

      (1) switching from bacon drippings to olive oil or butter. (2) Using marinated dill pickles vs. fermented dills. Forget the cornichons. Way off base flavor-wise. (3) changing out the bacon (hickory, uncured, apple-smoked, cherry smoked, Bende Double-smoked, etc) (4) changing cheeses. American, white cheddar, gruyere, blue cheese, whatever floats your boat). (OK, the blue cheese-pickle thing IS a bit strange. I have yet to try fermented dill with ricotta salata.)

  16. I’m a cheese, dill pickle, dill weed lover, so I’ll probably be making all your recipes/