Grab your bread, cheese, and butter because you’re going to get your grilled cheese fix today! We’re talking techniques to a perfect sandwich and some incredible recipes to get you inspired. Are you ready for this? Good, let’s go!
How to Pack Grilled Cheese in a Lunchbox
Perfectly crispy, toasted bread with gooey cheese, I would hate for it to get…. ruined.
Yes, it’s true, there is a wrong way to pack grilled sandwiches. Instead of toasted bread, it’s soggy and sad, but today I’m making sure that doesn’t happen, so your kids can enjoy crispy, cheesy goodness bite after bite.
Of course, we can’t talk grilled cheese without including directions on how to craft the perfect grilled sandwich so I’m sharing that as well:
- Assemble the sandwich
Start by assembling your sandwich of choice. It could be regular ham & cheese, turkey & avocado melt, or a PB & J for you adventurous type.
- Butter the bread
Lightly butter both sides of the sandwich.
- Grill it
In a non-stick pan over medium heat, place the sandwich and cook until the bottom is golden brown, about 3 minutes.
- Flip it!
Flip it and cook for another 3 minutes until the cheese is melted and the bread perfectly toasted.
- Allow it to cool down
Remove the sandwich from the pan and allow it to cool down to room temperature. Don’t skip the cooling time!
- Pack it for lunch
Slice the sandwich in half and pack it into a lunch container with your favorite sides.
I’m so serious about this that I even created a video which demonstrates this process start to finish, click below to check it out:
How to Keep a Grilled Cheese from Getting Soggy
The number 1 hack to keep grilled cheese from getting soggy is allowing the sandwich to cool down before placing it in the lunch container. If you pack the grilled cheese still warm, the steam will moisten the bread and goodbye crunchiness!
Once your sandwich is at room temperature, place it in the lunchbox, separated from wet ingredients. Whether you add veggies, fruits, or snacks, moisture can make the bread soggy. Pack wet and dry ingredients in their own compartments or lunch containers.
Lunchbox Grilled Cheese Recipes
When it comes to grilled sandwiches, you are in the right place. Something about melted cheese between 2 slices of toasted, buttery bread gets us excited to try all sorts of ideas.
Simple and tasty ideas like the ones above are the way to go when you want to build epic school lunches! Wasn’t it easy?
Other Grilled Cheese Topping Ideas
But let’s not stop, there are so many more ideas to try in a grilled cheese. Just take the basic recipe below and cook your way through the following:
- Cooked bacon strips and sliced avocado
- Marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and sliced pepperoni
- Classic Rueben sandwich
- Sliced turkey, tomato, and avocado
- Sliced pears and Brie cheese
Best Soups to Pack with Sandwiches
Soup is always a good idea for a thermos lunch, but when it comes to a soup and sandwich lunch, creamy, simple recipes are best! Not that we don’t love ideas like these 5 hearty thermos soup recipes, but we don’t want to mask the flavors of the grilled cheese.
Of course, you’ll need a good thermos container to keep the soup hot until lunch. You can check out a few of our best kid-friendly thermos containers to get the job done plus instructions on how to keep hot foods piping until lunch.
Lunchbox Grilled Chicken & Cheese Sandwich
- 1 cup grilled chicken strips
- 4 slices sandwich bread
- 2 slices Cheddar cheese
- Butter, for grilling
- Layer the grilled chicken strips and cheese onto 2 slices of bread. Assemble the sandwiches and lightly butter both sides.
- In a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat, grill the sandwiches for 2 to 3 minutes, until the bottom is golden brown. Flip and continue to grill until the cheese is melted.
- Remove from heat and allow the sandwich to cool to room temperature before slicing in half and packing inside a lunch container.