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Bacon and Brie Grilled Cheese with Jam

Make a delicious Brie Grilled Cheese by layering creamy brie, bacon, and raspberry jam between buttery, crispy bread for an easy Grilled Cheese with Brie. You’ll love the combination of sweet and salty, crispy and gooey in this grilled cheese sandwich recipe.

two slices of a brie grilled cheese stacked on top of each other next to pickle slices

Recipe by former contributor Erica Buttered Side Up

Creating this Brie Grilled Cheese

Let’s talk about how amazing these ingredients are, shall we? Crispy, salty bacon; soft Brie that melts if you so much as look at it; your favorite jam; rustic bread.

All of these ingredients work together to make this brie grilled cheese a very memorable sandwich.

I love that this sandwich is all about crispy and soft contrasts.

The melty cheese and jam ensure that this sandwich is anything but dry. The jam also offsets the saltiness of the bacon nicely.

My husband enjoyed it even though he doesn’t care for jam on savory sandwiches, so I think this recipe is a win all around.

ingredients needed to make this jam and cheese sandwich

What’s in this Brie Grilled Cheese?

Think of this more as an inspiration than a hard-and-fast recipe. I firmly believe that you’ll get much more enjoyment out of a recipe if you make it your own. 

Choose a bread that looks delicious to you. Use your favorite bacon. Spread the bread with some amazing jam. It’s hard to go wrong when you use quality ingredients.

Here are the ingredients I chose:

  • Crusty Bread
  • Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • Brie Cheese
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Pasture Butter

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions to make these brie grilled cheese sandwiches, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

ingredients in this recipe for cheese and jam sandwich

How to Make a Brie Grilled Cheese

Making a grilled cheese sandwich is pretty easy, and you most likely know how, but here’s a quick overview of the process:

  1. Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat.
  2. Butter the outsides of the bread slices.
  3. Assemble the sandwich, layering jam, cheese, bacon, and more cheese between 2 slices of buttered bread.
  4. Toast in a cast iron skillet until the bread is golden brown on both sides and cheese is melted.

The above is simply a quick summary of this grilled cheese with brie. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

step by step photos showing how to make this brie grilled cheese recipe

Tips for Making the Best Brie Grilled Cheese

  • We prefer crispy bacon with this recipe. It adds a nice texture to the sandwich. Baking the bacon is a great way to cook it!
  • Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate after cooking it to remove excess bacon grease from the bacon slices.
  • Go easy on the butter – this sandwich can get greasy fast.
  • Use a light hand with the jam as well. You want just a hint of sweetness. And it can make the bread soggy if you use too much.
  • Use a cast-iron skillet set to medium to medium-low heat. Cooking at a lower heat will allow the bread to become crisp and golden brown while the cheese melts.
  • You can either butter the skillet or butter the outside of the bread lightly – whatever floats your boat.
woman slicing a jam, bacon brie sandwich on a wooden cutting board

Brie Grilled Cheese FAQ

Got questions about how to make this Brie Grilled Cheese? Here are the answers to a few commonly asked questions. Feel free to leave any other questions about making these grilled cheese sandwiches in the comments on this post and I’ll respond with answers.

What Type of Bread Should I Use for this Grilled Cheese with Brie?

What matters most is that you use a good bread. I don’t recommend regular sandwich bread. The slices of bread need to be sturdy enough to hold up the crispy bacon, creamy brie cheese, and the jam.

We prefer to use: sourdough bread, a country loaf, or French bread, but any crusty artisan bread will do.

Can I Use Turkey Bacon?

Yes, you may substitute any bacon you’d like for the regular bacon. Just make sure to cook the bacon in advance!

overhead image of a sliced brie grilled cheese on a platter with a knife

Can I Use a Cheese Other Than Brie?

Sure! I think that a sharp white cheddar would go best with the other ingredients in this recipe if you’re looking to substitute for the brie.

What Can I Use Instead of Raspberry Jam?

The best part about this brie grilled cheese sandwich is that there are so many different ways you can make it.

Raspberry jam happens to be my personal favorite, but here are a few other fun ways to prepare this grilled cheese:

  • Cranberry Sauce – great way to use up Thanksgiving Leftovers. You could even add in some leftover turkey if you wanted.
  • Fig Jam
  • Blackberry Jam
  • Blueberry Jam
  • Peach Jam
  • Apple Butter
  • Pear Butter
close up photo of a stacked brie grilled cheese sandwich with jam

Can I Make a Gluten-Free Grilled Cheese?

Yes, just use your favorite gluten-free bread (pick one that is sturdy, like an artisan bread). Also, double check that the bacon, jam, and cheese are all certified gluten-free.

What to Serve with Brie Grilled Cheese

Quick and easy is usually the name of the game when I make grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. Here are some of my favorite sides to serve with this recipe for grilled cheese with brie:

  • For total fall comfort food, serve this brie grilled cheese with Cream of Tomato Soup, the classic side dish to serve with a grilled cheese sandwich.
  • These “Cheesy” Kale Chips are one of our favorite ways to serve veggies on the side for a tasty lunch. Their crispy texture is the perfect companion to a sandwich.
  • Roasted Broccoli is a great, easy vegetable side dish to serve on the side of the sandwich.
photo of a woman holding a brie grilled cheese sandwich before eating

Try this Brie Grilled Cheese!

Next time you’re looking for a next level grilled cheese sandwich recipe, give this Brie Grilled Cheese recipe a try!

Did you love the contrast of sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy? Leave a comment below and give it a review for others to see what you thought of this easy sandwich recipe.

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a brie grilled cheese cut in half and stacked next to pickle slices

Brie Grilled Cheese

Yield: 2 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Brie, crispy bacon, and raspberry jam are piled in between two slices of buttery, crispy bread for an easy Brie Grilled Cheese recipe.


  • 4 slices Crusty Bread (French Bread, Sourdough, or other Artisan Bread)
  • 1-2 tablespoons Butter, according to preference
  • 4-6 slices Hickory Smoked Bacon, according to preference
  • 2-4 ounces Brie Cheese, according to preference
  • 4-5 tablespoons Raspberry Jam, according to preference


Prepping the Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ingredients

Slice the Brie

  1. Cut the brie into thin slices, discarding the rind.

Cook the Bacon

  1. Cook the bacon strips until crispy.
  2. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain the grease while you begin sandwich assembly.

To Assemble the Brie Grilled Cheese

  1. Butter one side of each of the bread slices.
  2. On the side without the butter, spread some of the jam.
  3. Then, top with a quarter of the brie, half of the bacon, and a quarter of the brie. (Reserve the remaining brie, jam, and bacon for the second sandwich)
  4. On the other slice of bread, spread more jam. Add that slice of bread on top of the slice with the cheese and bacon, placing the jam spread side towards the inside of the sandwich.
  5. Repeat with remaining ingredients to assemble the second sandwich.

To Cook the Brie Grilled Cheese

  1. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium low heat.
  2. When the pan is hot, add the brie grilled cheese sandwiches, cooking until the side facing down is crispy and golden.
  3. Then, flip and repeat with other side, cooking until the bread is crispy and golden and the cheese is melted.
  4. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 530Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 66mgSodium 928mgCarbohydrates 59gFiber 2gSugar 23gProtein 19g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy. This provided information is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Sunday 22nd of September 2013

This is making me so hungry!! Looks amazing.... Would try some plum jam maybe!


Saturday 21st of September 2013

Ooooh! I make a version of this with fig jam, the "figgy piggy" sandwich. YUM.

Erica Kastner

Saturday 21st of September 2013

I wanted to try fig jam, but I couldn't find any at the store. I guess I'll just have to make some someday. :)


Wednesday 18th of September 2013

Mmm! I love jam and brie all melted together! This look perfect!


Wednesday 18th of September 2013

Oh Yum! Just reading the title of this recipe made me hungry!

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