Food & Drink

Our Best Grilled Sandwich And Panini Recipes

When it doubt, panini press it.
04/20/2012 09:11am ET | Updated March 5, 2015

In this world, there are sandwiches we eat and then there are sandwiches we get excited about eating. The latter of those two are almost always grilled -- like panini. Naturally, food is more appetizing when it's toasted golden brown and filled with melted cheese and so the panini will always win over the boring un-grilled sandwich.

And you can make them yourselves, at home, all the time if you want.

The most classic panini are stuffed with pesto chicken and mozzarella, and those are great, but it's just the beginning. We've found steak and cheese, mac and cheese and even chocolate and cheese panini. Are you picking up on the cheese trend? Check out these recipes and start grilling your sandwiches.

1
Turkey Pesto Panini
Damn Delicious
Get the Turkey Pesto Panini recipe from Damn Delicious
2
Spicy Italian Panini
I Wash You Dry
Get the Spicy Italian Panini recipe from I Wash You Dry
3
Southwestern Steak And Cheddar Panini
MJ And Hungryman
Get the Southwestern Steak and Cheddar Panini recipe from MJ And Hungryman
4
Pancetta Mac And Cheese Panini
Damn Delicious
Get the Pancetta Mac and Cheese Panini recipe from Damn Delicious
5
Apple Cheddar And Pork Tenderloin Panini
Eclectic Recipes
6
Apple Pie Panini
Just A Taste
Get the Apple Pie Panini recipe from Just A Taste
7
Turkey And Tomato Panini
Spache the Spatula
Get the Turkey and Tomato Panini recipe from Spache the Spatula
8
Chocolate And Brie Panini
Just A Taste
Get the Chocolate and Brie Panini recipe from Just A Taste
9
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Panini
The Live-In Kitchen
Get the Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Panini recipe from The Live-In Kitchen
10
Bacon, Cheddar And Pear Panini
Alexandra's Kitchen
Get the Bacon, Cheddar and Pear Panini recipe from Alexandra's Kitchen
11
Crab Salad And Sourdough Panini
Simply Recipes
Get the Crab Salad and Sourdough Panini recipe from Simply Recipes
12
Roasted Apple, Brie and Pecan Panini
Foodie Crush
13
Chicken Pepperoni Parmesan Panini And Pepperoni
What's Cooking Love
14
Turkey, Avocado And Goat Cheese Panini
Once Upon A Cutting Board
Get the Turkey, Avocado And Goat Cheese Panini recipe from Once Upon A Cutting Board
15
Bacon and Eggs Biscuit Breakfast Panini
Wine And Glue
16
Grilled Chicken Panini With Pesto Greek Yogurt Spread
Cook The Story
17
Bacon, Pear And Brie Panini
The-Broken-Bread/Food52
Get the Bacon, Pear, & Brie Panini recipe from The-Broken-Bread via Food52
18
Chicken, Avocado And Bacon Panini
The Noshery
Get the Chicken, Avocado and Bacon Panini recipe from The Noshery
19
Nutella Bacon French Toast Panini
Little Leopard Book
Get the Nutella Bacon French Toast Panini recipe from Little Leopard Book
20
Spinach, Artichoke And Sun-dried Tomato Panini
Eclectic Recipes
21
Chipotle Chicken Bacon Ranch Panini
What's Cooking Love?
Get the Chipotle Chicken Bacon Ranch Panini recipe from What's Cooking Love?
22
Roast Chicken And Spinach Panini
Eclectic Recipes
Get the Roast Chicken and Spinach Panini recipe from Eclectic Recipes



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1
Grilled Figs and Cheese
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Margherita Pizza Grilled Cheese
BS in the Kitchen
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Steak & Potato Barbecued Grilled Cheese
BS in the Kitchen
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Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese
How Sweet It Is
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Broccoli & Cheddar Soup Grilled Cheese
BS in the Kitchen
6
Italian Grilled Cheese
Chocolate & Carrots
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Caprese Grilled Cheese
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Blueberry Brie Grilled Cheese
Whisked
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BLT Grilled Cheese
Foodie Crush
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Loaded Nacho Grilled Cheese
BS in the Kitchen
11
Arugula And Ham Grilled Cheese
sixteenbeans.
Get the Arugula And Ham Grilled Cheese recipe from sixteenbeans. Just classic. Gooey cheddar, salty ham, peppery arugula. We'll take three.
12
Spinach And Artichoke Grilled Cheese
Annie's Eats
Get the Spinach And Artichoke Grilled Cheese recipe from Annie's Eats You could stuff spinach, artichokes and cheese into an old shoe and we'd probably love it -- but we're sure this will be significantly tastier.
13
Bacon, Egg And Hashbrown Grilled Cheese
Michelle Norris/Brown Eyed Baker
Get the Bacon, Egg and Hashbrown Grilled Cheese recipe from Brown Eyed Baker This is the only breakfast sandwich worth eating. It is a one-stop-shop of deliciousness.
14
Bacon Jam And Avocado Grilled Cheese
Closet Cooking
Get the Bacon Jam and Avocado Grilled Cheese recipe from Closet Cooking Every time we look at this photo, we have to stop to catch our breath.
15
Fried Chicken And Waffle Grilled Cheese
Adrienne's House
Get the Fried Chicken And Waffle Grilled Cheese recipe from Adrienne's House We used to think that chicken and waffles were one of the greatest combinations of all time -- and then we saw this and realized how small-minded we'd been all along, as the original lacks cheese.
16
Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Honeysuckle Life
Get the Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich recipe from Honeysuckle Life This staple of Southern cooking is a classic for a reason -- it is one of the most delicious creations on earth.
17
Grilled Cheese With Avocado And Heirloom Tomato
Fifteen Spatulas
Get the Grilled Cheese With Avocado And Heirloom Tomato recipe from Fifteen Spatulas You will get us EVERY TIME with a picture of gooey cheese, guys.
18
Garlic Focaccia Grilled Cheese
Corrine Fischer
Get the Garlic Focaccia Grilled Cheese recipe from Keep Your Diet Real We are launching a full investigation as to why grilled cheese is not made on garlic bread more frequently.
19
Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese
Espresso And Cream
Get the Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese from Espresso and Cream This grilled cheese looks like the simple, comforting sandwiches of our youth -- but with a fresh, herbaceous twist.
20
Lamb Grilled Cheese
Pass the Sushi
Get the Lamb Grilled Cheese recipe from Pass the Sushi We love gyros. We love grilled cheese. Put them together? Minds get blown.
21
French Onion Grilled Cheese
Jessica Dasilva
Get the French Onion Grilled Cheese recipe from Portuguese Girl Cooks I think we can agree that the only way to improve upon French onion soup is to put it between two slices of buttered, toasted bread. Genius.
22
Watermelon Grilled Cheese Bites
Brit + Co.
Get the Watermelon Grilled Cheese Bites recipe from Brit + Co. We love this modern, bite-sized take on a grilled cheese. Grilling watermelon and halloumi, then sandwiching them together sounds like summer in a bite.
23
Grilled Cheese Pull-Aparts
The Creamline
Get the Grilled Cheese Pull-Aparts recipe from The Creamline "Whoa. Whoa. Whoa." That is all we could say when we found this recipe. This is brilliant, simple and makes us wish we could reach into the computer and pull off a piece.
24
Homemade American Cheese
Inside NanaBread's Head
Get the Homemade American Cheese recipe from Inside Nana Bread's Head Sometimes you just want a classic, comforting grilled cheese without having to use processed American cheese. Make your own!
25
Super Frico Grilled Cheese
Steamy Kitchen
Get the Super Frico Grilled Cheese recipe fro Steamy Kitchen A grilled cheese between two crispy cheese-skirts. This has got to be the ultimate grilled cheese.