Grilled Cheese BLT

Finally! This Grilled Cheese BLT means you'll never have to choose between two delicious sandwiches for your lunch ever again. Have them both! Right now!

Closeup of crispy bacon, lettuce, and tomato on toasted grilled cheese bread
Aaron Hutcherson

The grilled cheese and the BLT are two classic, beloved sandwiches on their own, so why not combine them into one even better sandwich? Enter the Grilled Cheese BLT—truly the best of both worlds. You get crunchy, buttery bread and melted cheese from one and smoky bacon, juicy tomatoes, and crisp lettuce from the other.

I've eaten many of these now, and can say with confidence that this hybrid is delicious!

The Best Cheese for Grilled Cheese

With my many years of grilled cheese-making experience, I've learned that using shredded cheese is the way to go because it melts easier than slices or any other cuts.

I like to use a medium sharp cheddar cheese for this recipe so that it stands up to all of the other ingredients without overpowering them. But if you're particularly beholden to American cheese for the gooeyness that only it can give, I certainly won't judge.

How to make a grilled cheese BLT - a photo of all the ingredients
Aaron Hutcherson
A slice of bread with cheese and a slice of bread with bacon and tomato and lettuce
Aaron Hutcherson

What Kind of Bacon To Use

I give a range for the amount of bacon required because the size of a slice of bread isn't standard, and you only need enough bacon for one layer so that you get some with each bite. T he classic, standard cut of bacon (cooked so that it's nice and crisp) is best, but you can use whatever kind you wish.

Only have thick-cut? Not a problem. Don't eat pork? Use turkey bacon instead. Want to get weird? Even candied bacon could be used for an interesting variation. The bacon possibilities are endless!

What Kind of Lettuce To Use

With the lettuce, any variety on the crispy end of the spectrum will do, such as the butterhead the recipe calls for (which includes Boston and Bibb varieties) lettuce, but Romaine or iceberg would also work well.

Four BLT Grilled Cheese sandwiches with toasty bread and crispy bacon
Aaron Hutcherson

What Kind of Tomatoes To Use

For tomatoes, you want to use a variety that falls under the category of what some people call slicing tomatoes. They are big, meaty, and perfect for slicing to put on sandwiches (hence the name). Some examples include beefsteak, Brandywine, or Mortgage Lifter. Avoid plum tomatoes; they are better suited for making pasta sauce. And as always, you want to choose ripe, in-season tomatoes whenever possible.

If it's the dead of winter and you're really craving this sandwich, give sun-dried tomatoes or tomato jam a try!

What Kind of Bread To Use

Sourdough is my bread of choice because it has tons more flavor than your standard white sandwich bread while still having the right structure for piling with ingredients.

If you've read this far, you will see that although I have a recipe listed below, feel free to treat it more like a general guide to create whatever is the perfect sandwich for you. However, I do strongly suggest that sandwiches be eaten with chips and your favorite iced drink of choice.

More Grilled Cheese Recipes to Try:

Grilled Cheese BLT

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 sandwiches


  • 8 slices sourdough bread

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese

  • 8 to 12 slices cooked bacon

  • 2 slicing tomatoes (such as beefsteak, Brandywine, or Cherokee purple), sliced 1/4-inch thick

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 12 leaves butterhead or other crispy lettuce


  1. Melt the cheese:

    For each sandwich, spread 1 tablespoon butter on one side of two pieces of bread. Place the bread buttered-side down in a large skillet or on a griddle over medium-low heat. Sprinkle 2 ounces (1/2 cup) shredded cheese evenly over both slices. Cook until the cheese has melted and the bread is crisp, about 2 minutes.

    Melting the cheese for a grilled cheese BLT
    Aaron Hutcherson
  2. Assemble the sandwich:

    Remove from the skillet. Layer one side with 2 to 3 pieces of bacon, the slices from half a tomato seasoned with some salt and pepper, and 3 leaves of lettuce. Close the sandwich. Repeat for remaining sandwiches. Slice in half and eat warm.

    A slice of bread with cheese and a slice of bread with bacon and tomato and lettuce
    Aaron Hutcherson
    Two slices of bread with melted cheese on one and lettuce on the other
    Aaron Hutcherson
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
876 Calories
46g Fat
76g Carbs
40g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 876
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 23g 113%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 1769mg 77%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 23mg 116%
Calcium 507mg 39%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 859mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.