Donut Grilled Cheese

Yes, this is exactly what you think it is:  A grilled cheese sandwich made using a donut as the bread. And it’s seriously good. No joke!

Grilled Cheese Donut

Is there a Tom+Chee near you? If so, I know you’ve heard all about it. It’s a chain of grilled cheese and tomato soup restaurants that’s spot on when it comes to making this classic sandwich. Their prices are right and they seem to really get what the grilled cheese is all about.

And then… they take it further than you ever imagined.

That’s right. It’s Tom+Chee that we have to thank for the Donut Grilled Cheese. Wait wait wait. I hear you, “Thank them? Why? They’re crazy! That sounds terrible!”

No no no. They’re brilliant. BRILLIANT. The Donut Grilled Cheese is a seriously great thing.

Let me explain…

Donut Grilled Cheese

Start with the donut itself. It’s got lots of sugar in it. You slice it in half and then butter the cut sides and put them down into a skillet and what happens? That sugar caramelizes. It gets crunchy. So the outside of your grilled cheese will have this amazing crunch (kind of like our Breakfast Grilled Cheese that has maple syrup mixed with butter on the outside).

OK, so you understand why the donut works as the bread, sort of, but you’re still confused about all that sweetness with the cheese. Stop being confused. Stop it right now. You already know that sweet and cheese work together. Yes, you do. Don’t argue with me. Just listen…

Sweet + Cheese

Think about all those cheese trays with grapes and strawberries and fruity compotes on them. Think about cheddar cheese on apple pie. And seriously people, think about cheesecake!

Cheese and sweet just plain work. I know it. You know it. I know that you know it. Accept it and go make a Donut Grilled Cheese. Now. Yes, that’s an order.

(If you really can’t bring yourself to do it, I get it. I won’t be angry with you. Especially if you try one of my other grilled cheese sandwiches instead. Here’s my Ultimate Grilled Cheese, and here’s my Nacho Grilled Cheese. Both are excellent choices, even if they aren’t as badass as the donut one).



Donut Grilled Cheese

Yes, this is exactly what you think it is:  A grilled cheese sandwich made using a donut as the bread. And it’s seriously good. No joke!

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving


  • 1 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 glazed donut
  • 1 slice sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Slice donut in half.
  2. Spread butter on cut sides.
  3. Lay cheese slice on unbuttered side of one donut half. Top with unbuttered side of other donut half.
  4. Put butter side down into skillet set over medium-low heat
  5. Cook until golden brown on the outside, checking underneath frequently to make sure it isn’t too brown (reduce temperature if it is), about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Flip sandwich and cook on other side until brown and cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes.
  7. Remove from skillet and cut in half.


This post originally appeared in May 2016 and was revised and republished in February 2021.

Donut Grilled Cheese
Donut Grilled Cheese

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Senior Editor and Owner of The Cookful and of COOKtheSTORY and of the podcast Time Management Insider. Her sites reach over 2 million readers per month, which means that things can get a bit crazy. She's constantly writing, taking pictures, editing, recording, interviewing, 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!