Bacon Grilled Cheese! What kind of magic is this?! Combining bacon with cheddar and pepper jack cheeses takes a classic grilled cheese sandwich to the next level!

Perfect for lunch served alongside tomato soup or with a smear of tomato jam. They are great for game day or movie night. Grilled cheese with bacon is a fancy, filling and flavorful take on a family favorite!

Bacon Grilled Cheese sandwiches on parchment paper

How to Make Bacon Grilled Cheese

Start with a bread thick enough to hold the melted cheese and heavy enough so it won’t fall apart. Grilled cheese with bacon (and tomato should you choose) needs hearty bread. Sourdough is a great choice!

  1. Cook bacon slices until they are crisp. Remove the bacon and drain off all but about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat from the pan.
  2. Spread mayonnaise on the outside of two slices of sourdough bread (or bread of your choice).
  3. Layer the cheese and bacon (and optional tomato) over two slices of bread and top with remaining bread.
  4. Grill those slices of heaven up!

Ingredients for Bacon Grilled Cheese on a wooden board

To Make Bacon Grilled Cheese: Reheat the pan you cooked the bacon in on low heat and let the bacon grease become fully melted.

Gently place the bacon grilled cheese sandwich mayonnaise side out in the center of the pan and cook until golden. Flip and continue cooking until you see the cheese oozing from the sides.

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What to Serve with Grilled Cheese

Everything goes with a bacon grilled cheese sandwich!

Traditionally, it’s great with tomato soup (or any soup recipe you love)! On a warm day, we love to add in a tossed salad with a tangy vinaigrette. And nothing tastes better than washing it all down with an icy glass of Watermelon Lemonade!

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Bacon Grilled Cheese

A classic grilled cheese is taken to the next level by adding in our favorite, bacon!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
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  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 2 ounces pepper jack cheese


  • Cook bacon in a pan until crisp. Remove from pan and drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in the pan.
  • Spread mayonnaise over the outside of each slice of bread.
  • Divide the cheese and bacon over 2 slices of bread and top with remaining bread.
  • Preheat a small skillet over low heat.
  • Grill sandwich until golden, about 4-5 minutes. Flip and grill the other side until golden.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 960 | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 1510mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Calcium: 472mg | Iron: 5.3mg

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

Course Lunch
Cuisine American

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  1. Meals like this have been saving my hide this summer with baseball every night! Love the addition of the beans! Pinned :)
    5 stars

  2. I’m not clear on which sides of the bread you are spreading mayonnaise……both outsides of each sandwich? A video would have been helpful.

    1. Thank you for the feedback Patricia. In this recipe, the mayonnaise is on the outside of the sandwich so it cooks directly on the skillet.

    2. lol sorry if you have never made a regular grilled cheese before maybe try that first… butter or margin on the outside of the bun or toast so you dont burn it. ingredients on the inside fry each side until golden and insides are melty and delicious