Oven Baked Grilled Cheese for a Crowd

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Oven baked grilled cheese takes the classic sandwich and toasts it to perfection in the oven. It’s easy to make, and you can feed a ton of people easily with it!

Closeup shot of oven baked grilled cheese sandwiches stacked atop one another on plate

I love making grilled cheese, but even with the largest pan or hot plate, it can be difficult to make enough to feed a crowd. That’s why I love this recipe for grilled cheese in the oven. It’s so easy to make, and I’m able to feed an army.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a few simple ingredients.
  • It’s incredibly simple to make, and it makes a lot.
  • Grilled cheese is a classic sandwich that almost everyone loves!

Top Tip

For the best results, be sure you preheat both baking sheets for at least 5 minutes.

Closeup shot of oven baked grilled cheese halves stacked atop one anothe ron plate

Ingredients

You’ll only need a handful of simple ingredients to make this recipe. They’re all pantry staples, so you might not even have to go shopping! See the recipe card at the end of the post for exact amounts.

  • Shredded sharp cheddar
  • Shredded gouda
  • Hearty white bread
  • Butter, melted
Closeup shot of grilled cheese ingredients on table

Instructions

These sandwiches are incredibly easy to make. They only take a few minutes and a few simple steps. The highlights are below, but you’ll find the complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Preheat the baking sheets while the oven preheats. Then, combine the cheeses in a bowl.

Closeup shot of shredded cheese and cheese grater on cutting board

2: Brush the bread with melted butter and place them on the baking sheet, butter-side down.

Closeup shot of melted butter being brushed on bread

3: Top the bread with cheese, then add the top slices of bread and place the other baking sheet on top.

Overhead shot of bread slices topped with cheese on baking sheet

4: Bake until golden brown.

Grilled cheese sandwiches sandwiched between two baking sheets

5: Cool for a bit and enjoy!

Overhead shot of oven baked grilled cheese sandwiches on baking sheet

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use any of your favorite shredded cheese varieties.
  • Try adding slices of ham to the sandwiches.
  • Use your favorite bread for these sandwiches.

Equipment

  • Cheese grater
  • 2 baking sheets
  • Food-grade brush
Closeup shot of grilled cheese sandwich being removed from baking sheet with spatula

Storage

Refrigerator: Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.

Freezer: Store in an air-tight container or heavy-duty freezer bag for up to 6 weeks.

Reheat: Place the sandwiches on a rimmed baking sheet coated with nonstick spray. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. For frozen sandwiches, bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking.

What to Serve with Grilled Cheese

Of course, you probably think of tomato soup when you think of grilled cheese pairings, but there’s so much more you can try. Check out the ideas here in my what to serve with grilled cheese post.

Tips:

  • Don’t go too heavy on the melted butter. You want enough to toast the bread but not so much that it gets soggy.
  • Give the top baking sheet a little press when you place it on top of your grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Freshly grated cheese will make a better sandwich than bagged shredded cheese.

FAQ

Why do the baking sheets have to be preheated?

Getting the baking sheets nice and hot before adding the bread helps the sandwiches toast evenly while the cheese melts.

Where do grilled cheese sandwiches come from?

They were invented during the Great Depression as a cheap meal that could feed a family.

Why is my grilled cheese bread soggy?

If you add too much melted butter, the bread will get soggy.

Oven baked grilled cheese sandwich halvs stacked atop one another on plate

Other Grilled Cheese Recipes

Yield: 8 servings

Grilled Cheese for a Crowd

Grilled Cheese for a Crowd

This oven baked grilled cheese recipe is easy to make and it can easily feed a crowd. It's a simple recipe for everyone's favorite sandwich!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • 2 cups shredded gouda
  • 16 slices hearty white bread
  • ½ cup butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
  2. Preheat baking sheets by placing them in your preheated oven for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine cheeses in a bowl. 
  4. Brush one side of each slice of bread with melted butter. 
  5. Arrange 8 pieces of bread on preheated baking sheet, butter side down. 
  6. Top with cheese mixture.
  7. Cover with remaining bread slices, buttered side up.  Press down gently.
  8. Cover with other baking sheet and bake sandwiches for 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. 
  9. Remove top baking sheet and transfer sheet with sandwiches to cooling rack. Serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 596Total Fat 40gSaturated Fat 23gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 117mgSodium 982mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 26g

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