This grilled PBJ lunchbox is about to make someone’s day!
Not only do you get to enjoy the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich ever, but I’ll show you how to pack it for lunch so the bread stays crisp and toasty.
That’s right, you can grill a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Simply make the PBJ as usual, add a thin layer of butter to the outsides and grill in your pan until it’s golden brown.
This simple sandwich idea is always a winner and elevates the classic PBJ to the next level! This is one epic school lunch idea!
How to Pack a Grilled PBJ Sandwich For Lunch
Once you’ve made the grilled PBJ sandwich, here is how to pack it into a lunchbox with snacks:
- Cool down
Important step: allow the sandwich to cool down to room temperature before cutting it in half.
- Pack it right
Grab a lunch container and place the sandwich in its own compartment. Add your choice of fruit, veggies, and snacks to the empty compartments.
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Preventing Soggy Sandwiches
There are two important tips to keep your grilled sandwich from getting soggy in the lunchbox:
Allowing the sandwich to cool down.
This will help prevent steam from building up in the container and being absorbed by the bread.
Keep wet and dry ingredients separate
Sandwiches should always be kept separate from wet ingredients like fruit, veggies, cheese, and deli meat, so they don’t absorb any moisture. A compartmentalized lunch container is perfect for this!
You can also watch this video to see how to pack a grilled sandwich like a pro.
Grilled PBJ Lunchbox
- 2 slices of sandwich bread
- 1 ½ tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 ½ tablespoons jelly, jam, or preserves
- Butter, for grilling
- 1 apple, sliced
- ½ cup grape tomatoes
- Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
- Spread the peanut butter onto 1 slice of bread, followed by the jelly and the remaining slice of bread. If you are packing this in the lunchbox, make sure not to add too much jelly, or it will ooze out of the sandwich.
- Butter both sides of the sandwich and place it into the hot pan. Grill for 2 minutes before flipping and grilling for an additional 2 minutes or until the sandwich is golden brown on both sides.
- Remove the sandwich from heat and allow it to cool down to room temperature before packing it into a lunch container.
- Pack the sliced apples and grape tomatoes into separate compartments. Close the lunchbox and pack it into a lunch bag.