Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon Tomato & Garlic

A combination of 3 cheeses brings the classic grilled cheese to a whole new level. This Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich with bacon, tomato & a rub of roasted garlic will spoil you for any other sandwich!

Stacked cut grilled cheese sandwich on white plate with chips and a pickle.

 Now what would you eat if you could eat anything you want? Well, it’s National Eat What You Want Day, so calories don’t count – right?!  So what would you choose? Ummm, maybe No-Churn Death by Chocolate Ice Cream, or maybe Key Lime Pie, ummm nope, I think right now, if it was me, I’d go for this extra cheesy delicious gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. And the one that I’d want on my plate would be my moms. She honestly made one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches you’ll ever taste!

2 grille cheese cut in half and stacked on top of one another on white plate with red checkered towel in background.

This sandwich is high on flavor with a roasted garlic clove seasoning the toasted bread, crisp smoky bacon and three delicious cheeses piled high in the center. Why three? Well, the Gruyere cheese melts beautifully and brings a subtle, sophisticated taste to the sandwich while the fontina adds a buttery, nutty flavor to the mix. Add in the sharpness of the Pecorino Romano or, if you like, Parmesan, and you have a sandwich fit for a gourmand.

Closeup shot of inside of sandwich showing browned bread, oozing cheese and tomato.

And this gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is really simple to make! The hardest part is shredding the cheeses. Easy, right? After that it’s just a matter of piling it on the bread and watching it melt into a gloriously rich “I can’t wait any longer” to eat it lunch. I mean, really, you can’t go wrong with this grilled cheese sandwich!

How to make this easy grilled cheese sandwich

Ingredients for sandwich on wooden cutting board including roasted garlic and bacon.

1. Gather your ingredients.

6 steps to make grilled cheese including mixture of shredded cheeses and piling on bacon and tomatoes.

2. Grate all 3 cheeses.  3. Butter bread on one side, place in pan and pile each slice with 1/4 of the grated cheese, followed by bacon.  4. Lay sliced tomato on top of each sandwich.  5. Place the remaining cheese on top of tomato slices then top with slices of buttered bread. Butter side up.  6. Brown on each side.

Finished Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich on white plate with another sandwich in background.

Look at all that oozing cheesy deliciousness! So what are you waiting for – go make it right now and dig in! Yum!

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Stacked cut grilled cheese sandwich on white plate with chips and a pickle.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich with bacon, tomato and garlic

A combination of 3 cheeses brings the classic grilled cheese sandwich to a whole new level. Add bacon, tomato & a rub of roasted garlic & you'll never go back.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 782kcal
Author: Linda Warren


  • 3/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Fontina cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 slices 1/2?-thick 9-grain Italian bread
  • 1-2 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp
  • 1/2 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 large roasted garlic clove


  • Combine cheeses and red pepper flakes in small bowl.
  • Butter 2 slices of bread on one side and place, butter-side down, on flat griddle pan.
  • Top with 1/2 of cheese mixture, 2 slices of bacon, 1-2 slices of tomato then remainder of cheese mixture.
  • Butter remaining two slices of bread on one side and place butter side up on top of sandwich.
  • Cook over medium heat until one side is brown then flip over to brown other side.
  • While the bread is still hot, cut the garlic clove in half and brush toasted bread with garlic.
  • Cut in half and serve immediately.


Calories: 782kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 1111mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 795mg | Iron: 1.5mg

This post has been updated. The original post was published on May 11, 2013.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon Tomato & Garlic


  • Reply
    08/17/2018 at 12:46 am

    5 stars
    I love grilled cheese sandwiches and OMG!!! this looks AMAZING!!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/19/2018 at 3:51 pm

      This is always a special treat when we have it. It’s definitely a grilled cheese lover’s dream sandwich. 🙂

  • Reply
    08/12/2018 at 11:34 am

    5 stars
    No more boring grilled cheese! This sandwich is positively fantastic and totally satisfies my craving for something easy and cheesy!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/13/2018 at 1:38 pm

      It certainly elevates it to a classier sandwich! Full of flavor and definitely not boring! If you like cheesy, you’ll love this!

  • Reply
    08/12/2018 at 11:33 am

    5 stars
    What a deluxe and satisfying grilled cheese. This blend of cheeses is simply the best!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/13/2018 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks! It really adds so much flavor to the classic.

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