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Waffle Baker Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese Recipe @fifteenspatulas

Did you know you can do WAY more with your waffle maker than just make waffles?

If you’re a fan of all things crunchy and crispy, there are a ton of recipes that utilize all the nooks, crannies, and crevices off the waffle maker to make extra crispy treats. For sandwiches, a waffle iron is kind of like a panini press on steroids.

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A couple months ago I was trying to perfect a waffle recipe and decided I was unhappy with my waffle iron, so I got in touch with KitchenAid to see if I could test out their waffle baker. I’m a big fan of the brand and know that every product they make is a top quality workhorse (I have a KitchenAid hand mixer that’s a hand-me-down from my dad)!

Before we talk about this sandwich, first I have to say that their Waffle Baker makes totally dreamy waffles. I have never had such evenly cooked, mega crispy waffles in my life, and I love that I can make two big waffles at the same time. If you’re a big fan of breakfast, their waffle baker is absolutely worth getting for the waffles alone.

But let’s get back to showing you this grilled cheese!

Start by spreading one side of a slice of bread with room temperature butter:

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Lay the piece of bread (butter side down) on the waffle baker:

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Then cover the top with your favorite kind of cheese:

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Place another buttered piece of bread on top, and close the waffle baker:

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Make sure not to press down and smash the sandwich. The waffle baker will slowly press the sandwich on its own since the lid is heavy:

Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese Sandwich

After a few minutes you can check on the crispiness, and cook the sandwich to your liking.

Here you can tell there are plenty of brown spots and the cheese is melted, but usually I like to take my sandwich a little further.

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You know, until the cheese is oozing out:

Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe


Waffle Baker Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yield: 1 sandwich


2 slices sandwich bread
3 oz cheddar cheese
2 tbsp salted butter, at room temperature


Preheat the waffle iron while you assemble the sandwiches.

Spread one slice of bread with butter, only on one side (this is the side that will have direct contact with the waffle iron). Place the cheese slices on top of this slice of bread, then spread the other slice of bread with butter, only on one side. Place the unbuttered side against the cheese, then place this entire sandwich on the waffle iron. Close the top of the waffle iron, but do not press down and smash the sandwich. Let this cook for 3-5 minutes until the bread is brown and crispy and the cheese has melted. Enjoy!

Disclosure: KitchenAid provided me with their Waffle Baker for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

30 comments on “Waffle Baker Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  1. Love this idea! I had actually been wondering whether I could or should use my waffle iron as a sandwich press but hadn’t gotten round to testing it. Thanks for doing the testing part for me :-)!

    • Hey Kiki, you should totally do it! It’s fun to press sandwiches and make waffle iron hash browns.

      • OK, Joanne….that last one got to me. How…oh how…do you make waffle iron hash browns? Am looking for something to impress my unimpressible daughter…..this just might do it. Thanks

        • Hi Bob, it’s very easy! However, there are a few methods, so I’d recommend googling waffle iron hash browns. Some methods you start out by grating a potato fresh (which is what I do, it takes around 15 minutes to get crispy), and some methods people use frozen tater tots and arrange those in the waffle iron, which I think cooks faster. Good luck!

  2. I recently made french toast on a waffle iron, love the idea of grilled cheese on there too!

  3. I am totally doing this for lunch this week!

  4. what a great idea

  5. YUM! This looks so good. I just got a waffle maker from my bridal shower and I can’t WAIT to test it out soon.

  6. Turned out soooo yummy! 😀 I’m thinking of trying it with bacon bits in the middle too next time!

  7. I used to make that when I was around 10 years old. I love them! <3

  8. Been doing this for years. Funny to see it blogged about.

  9. I have a Panini press and I’ve been making grilled cheeses in this way for awhile now, and since a waffle iron is pretty much the same, I think that the crispiness of the bread would be comparable. And, saying that, Panini presses/waffle irons make dang fine sandwiches.

  10. Love this idea. We never used the waffle iron I got at my wedding shower and that was 20 years ago. Pinned.

  11. Best idea ever! Love that melty cheese with the crunchy bread!!

  12. Loving! Pinning! Totally doing! This is SUCH a brilliant and delicous idea, Joanne!

  13. Oh. my. gosh.
    I can’t get over how genius this is!! My sister absolutely ADORES grilled cheese. And she’s always begging me to make her waffles. I am so making this – she would flip. haha!
    Pinning this!!

  14. I just recently stumbled upon your blog and love what you are doing! This is the BEST idea ever! I LOVE it! Never even thought to put bread in a wafle maker! I am so going to do this! My husband is going to love you!

  15. What sorcery is this?! Brilliant!!

  16. How brilliant! And adorable. Love this idea, Joanne! (:

  17. Nicely done! I’m going to have to try this…

  18. Ok after looking at the recipe I got pretty hungry, So I went to the kitchen and made me a grilled Ham N two Cheese Sandwich in the waffle iron, OMG I will never make them any other way again.

  19. YUM…… Making these TODAY!! LOL. Thanks!

  20. Son Nguyen Truong

    It looks really nice, Joanne, but did the cheese slices be heated enough before the bread get too crispy ? We can also use bacon instead of cheese, would it be good?

  21. I just recently stumbled upon your blog and love what you are doing! This is the BEST idea ever! I LOVE it! Never even thought to put bread in a wafle maker! I am so going to do this! My husband is going to love you!

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