Best Grilled Sandwich Lunch Ideas

As a student, a grilled cheese sandwich would often form the basis of a dinner or lunch in front of the TV.   Unsurprising really as grilled sandwiches are incredibly easy to make, requiring just a few simple ingredients and a specialised hot pannon-stick griddle pan or sandwich press. There’s also something undeniably comforting about biting into a warm, gooey grilled sandwich. Whether you’re seeking solace on a chilly day or simply craving a nostalgic taste of childhood, a grilled sandwich never fails to deliver that cozy feeling.  A grilled sandwich can provide a perfect solution for busy weeknights when you need a quick and satisfying meal without a lot of fuss.  But, why stop at a simple grilled cheese sandwich?  Grilled sandwiches can be made with a wide variety of ingredients. From classic combinations like grilled cheese and ham and cheese to more gourmet options featuring gourmet cheeses, meats, and veggies, the possibilities are endless.  In this blog we will encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone  and try a new grilled sandwich recipe with our best grilled sandwich lunch ideas.

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Best Grilled Sandwich Lunch Ideas

Classic Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread (your choice)
  • 2 slices of cheddar cheese
  • Butter or margarine

Cooking Directions

  • Heat a non-stick griddle pan over medium heat.
  • Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  • Place one slice of bread, butter-side down, in the skillet.
  • Add the cheese slices on top of the bread in the skillet.
  • Place the second slice of bread on top, butter-side up.
  • Cook until golden brown on each side, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Macros (per sandwich)

  • Calories: 400
  • Protein: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fat: 24g

Turkey and Avocado Panini

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 2 slices of turkey breast
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • 2 slices of Swiss cheese
  • Olive oil (for brushing)

Cooking Directions

Macros (per sandwich)

  • Calories: 420
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fat: 22g

Caprese Grilled Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of ciabatta bread
  • 2 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Olive oil (for brushing)

Cooking Directions

  • Brush one side of each bread slice with olive oil.
  • Layer mozzarella, tomato slices, and basil leaves on one slice of bread.
  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze and top with the other slice of bread, olive oil side out.
  • Grill in a panini press or on a  non-stick griddle pan until bread is crispy and cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes.

Macros (per sandwich)

  • Calories: 380
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Fat: 17g

BBQ Chicken Grilled Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of sourdough bread
  • 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 2 slices of cheddar cheese
  • Red onion slices
  • Butter or margarine

Cooking Directions

  • Mix shredded chicken with barbecue sauce.
  • Butter one side of each bread slice.
  • Place one slice of bread, butter-side down, in a  non-stick griddle pan.
  • Layer chicken, cheese, and red onion slices on top.
  • Top with the second slice of bread, butter-side up.
  • Cook until golden brown on each side, about 3-4 minutes per side

Macros (per sandwich)

  • Calories: 480
  • Protein: 33g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fat: 22g

Veggie and Hummus Grilled Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons hummus
  • 1/4 cup sliced bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 2 slices of provolone cheese
  • Olive oil (for brushing)

Cooking Directions

  • Spread hummus on one side of each bread slice.
  • Layer bell peppers, cucumbers, and provolone cheese on one slice of bread.
  • Top with the other slice of bread, hummus side down.
  • Brush the outside of the sandwich with olive oil.
  • Grill in a panini press  or on  non-stick griddle pan until bread is crispy and cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes.

Macros (per sandwich)

  • Calories: 420
  • Protein: 21g
  • Carbohydrates: 48g
  • Fat: 18g

Tuna Melt

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of rye bread
  • 1 can (5 oz) tuna, drained
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon diced red onion
  • 2 slices of Swiss cheese
  • Butter or margarine

Cooking Directions

  • Mix tuna with mayonnaise and diced red onion.
  • Butter one side of each bread slice.
  • Place one slice of bread, butter-side down, in a  non-stick griddle pan.
  • Spread tuna mixture on top of the bread in the  non-stick griddle pan.
  • Top with Swiss cheese and the second slice of bread, butter-side up.
  • Cook until golden brown on each side, about 3-4 minutes per side.

Macros (per sandwich)

  • Calories: 540
  • Protein: 35g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fat: 30g

Italian Panini

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of focaccia bread
  • 2 slices of prosciutto
  • 2 slices of provolone cheese
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Pesto sauce

Cooking Directions

  • Spread pesto sauce on one side of each bread slice.
  • Layer prosciutto, provolone cheese, and roasted red peppers on one slice of bread.
  • Top with the other slice of bread, pesto side down.
  • Grill in a  panini press or on a  non-stick griddle pan until bread is crispy and cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes.

Macros (per sandwich)

  • Calories: 490
  • Protein: 26g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fat: 25g

Chicken Caesar Wrap

Ingredients

  • 1 large flour tortilla
  • 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons Caesar dressing
  • 1/4 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions

  • Lay the tortilla flat and spread Caesar dressing over the centre.
  • Layer shredded chicken, romaine lettuce, and Parmesan cheese on top of the dressing.
  • Fold in the sides of the tortilla and roll it up tightly.
  • Heat a non-stick griddle pan over medium heat.
  • Place the wrap seam-side down in the non-stick griddle pan and cook until golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Macros (per wrap)

  • Calories: 420
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fat: 21g

The Only Limitation Is Your Imagination

Whether you prefer a classic grilled sandwich or a gourmet and adventurous one, there’s no wrong way to enjoy a grilled sandwich. So gather up your favourite ingredients and get ready to savour every delicious bite.

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