Pizza grilled cheese combines two of my all time favorite comfort foods: pizza and grilled cheese!

Grilled cheese is the king of all sandwiches and this pizza version is loaded with pepperoni and cheese and best of all, a crispy crunchy crust. 

It’s the perfect meal any time of day and makes a great midnight snack!

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich cut in half on a wooden board

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Dill pickle bacon grilled cheese has always topped my list of grilled cheese sandwiches and then I met the pizza grilled cheese.

A perfectly grilled cheese sandwich is a childhood staple that just brings me back… dipping them in tomato soup or being in high school and adding the dill pickles on top and dipping them in ketchup (weird or no!?).

Pizza is definitely another one of my all-time fave foods so naturally marrying the two was bound to happen!

In this gourmet grilled cheese recipe a grilled cheese sandwich takes on all of the flavors of my favorite pepperoni pizza, but feel free to get creative and add in your own favorites toppings! The possibilities are endless; bacon, caramelized onions, olives, peppers or mushrooms, you can add them while it cooks!

A comfort food classic, this pizza grilled cheese whips up in under 15 minutes making it quicker than delivery and the perfect weeknight meal (or to curb a Friday night snack attack)!

Ingredients for Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich on a wood board

This grilled cheese recipe is a whole lot of pizza love in one bite. Layers and layers of cheese and pepperoni, seasonings and herbs.

With all of that goodness packed in the middle, you’ll need bread that can hold it all in without falling apart; Artesano Bread is the perfect bread for this recipe.

It’s so incredibly soft yet it’s sliced nice and thick meaning it can hold up to all of the toppings you’re going to pack inside of this sandwich!

Open Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich on a frying pan

How To Make a Pizza Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is pretty easy to whip up, whether it’s for a weeknight dinner or a quick meal.

  1. Start with a preheated pan and place the bread in it, butter side down.
  2. Layer the on the cheese and toppings and top with another slice of bread, butter side out.
  3. Once everything is nice and grilled, flip until the sandwich is golden on the other side and you’re ready to serve!

How To Make This Sandwich Next Level Good!

While you may have seen or heard of pizza grilled cheese before, I have a little trick that truly makes this the BEST grilled cheese you’ve ever had.  We all love the crispy pepperoni bits on pizza… so it was mandatory that this grilled cheese had the crispy bits.

  • Once golden brown, remove the grilled cheese from the pan.
  • Place a few slices of pepperoni & some mozza directly into the pan.
  • Put the sandwich on the cheese and let it cook until crispy, cheesy good.
Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich with garnish


  • If adding extra toppings, make sure they don’t have a lot of moisture or pre-cook them.
  • Keep the heat low enough that the cheese gets all melty while the bread has a chance to get golden brown without burning.
  • Use a non-stick pan so the crispy crust doesn’t stick.
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Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich with garnish
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Pizza Grilled Cheese

Pizza grilled cheese combines two of my all time favorite comfort foods: pizza and grilled cheese! Toasty grilled bread and an ooey gooey cheesy middle.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 2 servings
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  • 4 slices Artesano Bread
  • 3 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons pizza sauce plus extra for dipping
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 tablespoon basil thinly sliced
  • pinch dried oregano
  • 24 thin slices pepperoni about 1″ diameter
  • butter


  • 6 slices thin pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • Butter bread and place 2 slices butter side down in the pan. Top each slice with 1 tablespoon pizza sauce.
  • Layer cheese, 6 slices pepperoni, parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, remaining pepperoni and mozzarella. Top with remaining bread, butter side out.
  • Cook 3-4 minutes per side or just until golden.
  • Remove sandwich from the non-stick pan. Place 3 slices of pepperoni directly in the pan, top with 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese. Place sandwich on top of cheese and let cook until crisp and crusted (about 1 minute). Serve.
4.98 from 34 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 471 | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1354mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 499mg | Iron: 2.8mg

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

Course Dinner
Cuisine American

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  1. Looking forward to trying this recipe! What do you like about the Artisano bread or what would you compare it to? Thanks!

    1. I love the thick cut of the Artesano bread. It has a lovely soft, buttery, brioche flavor. Thank you for asking Kathy!

  2. I made this for myself and my daughter and we LOVED it!! Next time I make it, I am going to add olives and purple onion. I did do one step differently; I assembled the sandwiches in the skillet BEFORE turning the stove on so I could take my time and not worry about them burning.

  3. I was starving and had some bread and pizza sauce in the fridge that needed to be used up, found this recipe and your Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese caught my eye (love jalapeño), read through both of the recipes and threw together a lazy version. My tummy is now very satisfied and so is the rest of me knowing that I have used up some of the ingredients that I needed to. Sooo delicious; thank you!!5 stars

  4. Umm that’s not a grilled cheese… That is a melt. Either way though I make this all the time for my kids. Cheap and easy!

  5. I used garlic aioli instead of butter to grill with the pizza grilled cheese. Really leant a great flavor to an already delicious sandwich.5 stars

  6. are you onto a winner or what!!! What a sandwich.. just showed to my teenage son.. he try to lick the screen.. He’s going to try it tomorrow. Brilliant recipe5 stars

  7. You just blew my mind. You took 2 of the greatest things and put them together! SO GOOD!
    Thank you for making it easy for me to plan dinner tonight :)5 stars

  8. ohh all that cheese is making me hungrrry! that looks very tempting! I m sure i won;t stop with one slice with this!!! Yummm!5 stars

  9. Oh my! What is not to love with this recipe? The crunchy cheese and pepperoni are my favorite parts too so you are my hero for making this sandwich happen .. and I absolutely am drooling over these pictures.5 stars

  10. Oh. MY. GOODNESS. I did not know how much I needed this in my life until now! I love how you combined grilled cheese and pizza!!5 stars

  11. What a scrumptious dish! I am going to make this! This is a great idea, even for picky eaters! This is really very tasty! Thank you for this great recipe! YUM!5 stars

  12. This is absolutely my kind of grilled cheese and I would be so happy to make it for lunch. What is not to like in pizza and grilled cheese and those two put together is going to be the best ever!5 stars

  13. Well this sure looks delicious. I am such a carb lover, especially bread. Hubby would eat pizza everyday if I let him. This is the perfect way to enjoy both worlds for sure.5 stars

  14. Oh my, that cheese! And the crusty outside! Swooning over this grilled cheese. I feel a late night snack coming up. Over here, it’s nearly 10.30pm, so late night snacking time would be appropriate right now ;)5 stars