Every kid (and kid at heart!) will love these cheesy bacon rolls.

Easy cheese sandwiches are rolled up, wrapped up in bacon, and then pan-fried (or air fried) to gooey, cheesy perfection. You can’t eat just one!

A stack of crispy bacon rolls

Easy & Cheesy!

  • Everything tastes better wrapped in bacon!
  • These fun roll-ups are made in minutes just in time for afterschool snacks and movie nights. This is one kid-friendly recipe that will be on constant rotation!
  • Prep ahead and refrigerate, cook just before serving.
  • Pan-frying or air-frying guarantees the bacon and bread get crispy without the cheese melting out.
  • Dip them or dunk them in ketchup, tomato soup, or your own favorite dips.
process of making Crispy Bacon Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

Ingredients for Bacon Roll Ups

Bread – Regular sandwich bread (white or wheat) is perfect for this recipe. Cut off the crusts (save them for bread crumbs) and roll up your favorite cheese.

Cheese – Choose your cheese! Use cheddar slices or really any kind of cheese you’d like. Soft cheeses like goat cheese and herbed cream cheese make grilled cheese roll-ups fancy as appetizers. Cut them in half diagonally and serve alone or with a dip.

Bacon –  The bacon should be partially cooked before wrapping the roll-ups. I find partially cooked raw bacon wraps easier than pre-cooked bacon but I use both interchangably in this recipe.

You can substitute other thinly sliced deli meat like ham, baloney, and sandwich-thin salami.

How to Make Cheesy Bacon Rolls

These are as easy to make as they are fun to eat!

  1. Roll slices of bread flat (per the recipe below).
  2. Place cheese on one slice and roll up. Wrap a slice of bacon around each roll and secure with a toothpick.
  3. Add to a pan with butter. Rub rolls in butter.
  4. Serve when crispy and browned.
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Crispy Cheesy Bacon Rolls

Grilled cheese will never be the same with the crispy and cheesy bacon roll recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 8 rolls

Ingredients  

  • 8 slices bread crusts removed
  • 8 slices cheese or more to taste, or 1 cup+ grated cheddar
  • 8 slices bacon raw or pre-cooked
  • ¼ cup butter

Instructions 

  • If using raw bacon, partially cook it in the air fryer or in a frying pan over medium high heat until some of the fat has rendered out. Ensure the bacon is not cooked too crispy.
  • Cut the crusts off of the bread if desired. Use a rolling pin to roll the bread flat.
  • Place one slice of cheese (or more if you'd like) or 2-3 tablespoons shredded cheese on each slice.
  • Roll up the bread and cheese. Wrap one slice of bacon around each roll and secure with a toothpick on each end.
  • Place in a pan over medium-low heat. Add a small spoonful of butter & using tongs, rub the rolls in the butter ensuring the bread edges are covered.
  • Continue adding bits of butter and turning with tongs until all sides are browned and cheese is melted.
  • Serve immediately.

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Notes

You can use cheese slices or real cheddar cheese in these roll ups with delicious results.
Precooked bacon works well for these rolls, partially cooked bacon is a bit easier to wrap as it stretches a little bit. 
To Cook Bacon Rolls in the Air Fryer
  1. Preheat the air fryer to 360°F.
  2. Place the rolls in the air fryer and cook 4-6 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and the cheese is melted.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 331 | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Calcium: 242mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Party Food, Snack
Cuisine American

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    1. I am sure that it would work after crisping the bacon! If you try it please let us know how it worked for you!

  1. My mom has the most amazing boss ever! He considers us family even though we are not related at all. His wife was sick for 6 years and he took her to doctor after doctor and nobody could find out what was wrong with her. I can’t even begin to imagine it. She died last Thanksgiving I think. He told her once that he could eat grilled cheese sandwiches all day long and even on a holiday. My mom works Mon. & Fri. and I make him a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. He will absolutely love this! Also, the person who said about doing this with hot dogs in them has something there and I want to try that one too. How about Steak ‘Ums in the middle with the cheese and then the bacon around it? Oh my gosh, I am drooling right now! I have to stop talking about food or I will never get to bed and to sleep. I think I am going to be dreaming about food tonight! LOL

      1. Today I made one sandwich for me. I didn’t want to make one for Mark, my mom’s boss, unless I was sure they would be yummy. I think our bread was a tad stale. I rolled it up and it kind of broke, it fell apart. It was hard to turn with the toothpick in it but I know why the toothpick has to be there. I didn’t have the precooked bacon so I tried to cook the bacon till it was kind of cooked but would cook more on the sandwich. I cooked it a tad to much. Is there a bread we shouldn’t use? We had Sarah Lee Whole Wheat White which is very soft when it’s fresh. We have an Italian bread made in CT where I am from but that’s a little thicker and harder. It makes amazing regular grilled cheese. We also have Pumpernickel. I want to try making some again because maybe next time I can get it right. It tasted good though.

  2. Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Hi Holly, I do hope you’ll come over to Food on Friday: Bacon to bring this to the party! Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  4. This just seems to be a little bit more trouble than the way I do it….I bake my bacon off in the oven (less shrinkage that way)….I assemble my grilled cheese as always but adding bacon and sometimes sliced tomato to the mix….yum-O

  5. Made this with slices of Colby cheese and turkey bacon (I know, I know, but I’m on a diet, lol). Turned out fabulous!

  6. This could be a bit messy – I’m going to butter the outside of bread slice then continue from there. On second thoughts, my husband is Hungarian and loves bacon fat in cooking – thinking about BF instead of butter. This is beginning to look like a heart attack on a bun…

  7. I can’t believe how easy these are! They look amazing! I’m definitely going to be making these! Thanks for the recipe! =)

  8. Instead american cheese slices, we used cheddar and muenster cheese. We used apricot preserves as a dipper. You guys may think this a little weird but the sweet and the savory together may make you question your own sexuality… For realz!!! Just try it… Uh, yeah, it’s 5:14 in the AM.

    1. I’m a huge fan of sweet and salty… so I bet that would be amazing actually. (Like bacon or sausage and syrup!)

  9. I made these today and they were very yummy! I didn’t use the butter and I baked mine at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, instead of pan frying! It worked perfectly! I’ll be blogging about this recipe tomorrow with a link back to here! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  10. I’ve made something similar for over 45 years and they’ve always been a hit at parties. After u have trimmed and flattened the bread spread a tablespoon or less of canned mushroom soup straight from the can on the bread. Roll and wrap as you have explained then place on a jelly roll pan (with sides) and bake in a 200 degree oven till crispy