Breakfast Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese isn’t just for lunch anymore. Here’s one with bacon and oranges that everyone’s going to love waking up to.

A grilled cheese sandwich made of grilled bread, orange cheddar cheese, orange slices and bacon on a white plate with a white background


If you’re looking for great grilled cheese ideas, you’ve definitely come to the right place.We’re all about coming up with fun twists on grilled cheese sandwiches for National Grilled Cheese Month (it’s in April, in case you didn’t know). Let’s see…what are the coolest ones?

Well, there’s this Homemade Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons. There’s a Nacho Grilled Cheese (it has Doritos in it!). A Vegan Grilled Cheese over here. And the craziest one we have, the Donut Grilled Cheese. Don’t judge. Just try it.

Today’s grilled cheese sandwich isn’t as zany as that one but it is pretty unique. It’s a breakfast grilled cheese with orange slices in it. Why?

Well, orange juice and breakfast just go together. Right? It seemed natural to put that orange flavor right up in that sandwich. So we did.

Nice crispy breakfast bacon, toasty bread, melty cheese and slices of orange for that bright breakfast burst of flavor. Happy Grilled Cheese Month!



Breakfast Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese isn’t just for lunch anymore. Here’s one with bacon and oranges that everyone’s going to love waking up to.

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving


  • 1 and ½ Tbsp. softened butter
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 2 oz. shredded aged cheddar
  • 2 hand-sliced 3/4 inch slices whole wheat bread
  • ½ large navel orange, pith and peel removed, sliced ¼ inch thick to yield 4 slices
  • 2 slices crisply cooked bacon


  1. Preheat a non-stick skillet or well-seasoned cast iron skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. In a small bowl use a fork to mash together the butter and maple syrup until well combined. Spread half of the butter mixture onto one side of one slice of bread. Spread the other half onto one side of the other slice of bread.
  3. Place each slice of bread buttered side down into the preheated pan. Sprinkle half of the cheddar onto the top side of each slice. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on one slice. Cover the pan and cook for 7-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the underside of the bread slices is browned.
  4. To a cutting board, transfer the slice of toasted bread that has the bacon. Arrange the orange slices over the bacon in a single layer. Invert the second slice of bread onto the orange slices such that orange and cheddar meet. Cut in half to serve.
This post originally appeared in May, 2016 and was revised and republished in April, 2017.

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Senior Editor and Owner of The Cookful, COOKtheSTORY and IsThisThatFood. Her sites reach over 1.5 million readers per month, which means that things can get a bit crazy. She's constantly writing, taking pictures, editing, managing contributors, and, oh yeah, cooking. To say that she wears many hats is an understatement - there are many hats, and also many shirts, shoes, pants, and even the odd cape!