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!

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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.
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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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To Dip or Not to Dip?

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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
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  • 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


  • 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.



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. We have made these for decades for Christmas brunch, but use Cheez Whiz instead. We partially cook our bacon strips then wrap it around the roll, secure with a toothpick and bake in the oven until toasted.

  2. The first thing that came to my mind while looking at the recipe is homemade pimento chesse wrapped in bacon!!! I’m going to do both versions for a brunch….thanks for your recipe and the idea that I got from it.

  3. The recipe states precooked bacon but the video shows uncooked bacon. I’m assuming the video is correct.

    1. The bacon is store bought ‘pre-cooked’ which is what you see in the video. You want the bacon slightly cooked or it will take too long to crisp and add make the roll ups too oily.

  4. I’d like to make these for a party at a friends house soon. Any suggestions how to keep them warm or reheat when I’m there!

  5. Like okay so I’m planning to make this recipe for my robotics club Christmas party and I was wondering can these be served, maybe like a day after they’re made?

  6. I prepared as instructed…very disappointed.Bacon crumbled…I then wrapped bacon up inside,with cheese..worked better.