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Bacon, Apple and Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Cheddar cheese, bacon, green apple, and caramelized onions are piled in between two slices of toasted sourdough for an easy Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese recipe.

An apple bacon grilled cheese sandwich, cut in half and stacked atop itself.

Creating This Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese Recipe

One of our go-to dinners on crazy week days — and I’m not just talking busy, but full on crazy “we have so much going on and there is hardly any food in the house we should have gone grocery shopping like yesterday” kind of days — is grilled cheese.

We pretty much always have some sort of bread and some sort of cheese. And if we are feeling fancy, we usually have something we can throw in between the two slices of bread with the cheese to make it seem more like a meal than just a sandwich.

In this case, it was Butterball turkey bacon, green apple, and red onion. The kids love apples, so we always have them for school lunches. The pantry always has onions because whenever I cook I always end up using a little…and sometimes a lot. And I like to keep bacon on hand as well.

This apple and bacon grilled cheese sandwich might not always fit the bill on a we-should-have-gone-grocery-shopping-like-yesterday kind of day. But, it is pretty handy to have around on days that are pretty busy and you might not have a huge selection of things in the fridge to get creative with.

Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese Ingredients

For the sake of keeping this apple and bacon grilled cheese sandwich a quick and easy recipe, the ingredients list is super simple.

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make an Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese

I doubt I need to walk you through the steps for making this apple and bacon grilled cheese sandwich, but here are the basics anyways:

  1. In a sauté pan or cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil.
  2. Cook the onions over medium heat until tender and browned.
  3. To assemble the sandwich, place the onions, cooked bacon, apple slices, and cheddar cheese in between 2 slices of sourdough bread.
  4. Butter the outsides of the bread and toast in a cast iron skillet until golden brown and toasted.

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

An apple bacon grilled cheese sandwich, cut in half and stacked atop itself.

What’s the Best Bread for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches?

We prefer using sourdough bread to make this bacon and apple grilled cheese. However, any hearty, crusty bread will work.

Can I Use Regular Bacon?

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

Can Make This Recipe Gluten-Free?

Yes, just use your favorite gluten-free bread. Also, double check that your bacon is certified gluten-free.

What to Serve with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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

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Bacon, Apple and Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Bacon, Apple and Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

If we are feeling fancy, we usually have something we can throw in between the two slices of bread with the cheese to make it seem more like a meal than just a sandwich. I love making custom sandwiches like this.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a Red onion, sliced into thin wedges
  • 1/2 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Butter
  • 4 slices Sourdough Bread
  • 6 slices Cooked Butterball Turkey Bacon
  • 1 small green apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  1. In a sauté pan or cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil. Cook the onions over medium heat until tender and browned. To assemble the sandwich, place the onions along with the bacon, apple slices, and cheddar cheese in between 2 slices of sourdough bread. Butter the outsides of the bread and toast in a cast iron skillet or using a Panini press until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown and toasted. Serve immediately.

Notes

The amount of cheese, apple, bacon, and onion you use in each sandwich is completely up to the person who is eating the sandwich. I personally used about 6 thin slices of apples, 4 strips of bacon, a good helping of cheese and about 1/4 of a small red onion.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1/2 a sandwich
Amount Per Serving Calories 365Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 64mgSodium 533mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 2gSugar 7gProtein 23g

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Disclosure: Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Butterball to create fun, new turkey recipes for their Turketarian program. This blog post is sponsored by Butterball. All opinions are my own. 

Purity

Saturday 26th of August 2017

I love anything that has bacon in it and the sandwich looks amazing!

Sues

Sunday 5th of October 2014

What an awesomely melty grilled cheese sandwich! Way better than the average :)

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