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How to Build a Grilled Cheese Bar; Melt with Martin’s Intro

February 21, 2022
5 min. read

Grilled Cheese Bar - set up

In the heart of winter, what could be more comforting than a warm and melty grilled cheese sandwich? It’s at the top of our list of cozy comforts, for sure! And to think, all you need are three basic ingredients: bread, cheese, and butter.

But why stop there?

Comfort food is personal. Everyone has a unique palate and different flavors that evoke a sense of nostalgia, joy, or delight. So why not build your ultimate grilled cheese sandwich to match your own signature style?

We love the concept of food “bars” here at Martin’s. These buffet-style arrangements of ingredients allow each person to build their own creation, whether it be burgers, hot dogs, bbq, or (in this case) sandwiches. This creative dining experience makes for a fun, interactive meal that you can enjoy with friends and family, and it allows for everyone to customize their dish to their own preferences.

With many different varieties of cheese to choose from, along with endless pairing options of meats, toppings, and condiments, grilled cheese is perfectly suited for this type of DIY meal solution.

Learn how to build your own DIY Grilled Cheese Bar below!


Setting Up Your Grilled Cheese Bar

Building a DIY sandwich assembly line is easy! The main consideration will be deciding which ingredient options you want to include (check out our lists below for some examples). Here are some other tips to keep in mind:

  1. Be sure to include a variety of bread, meat, cheese, and other filling options.
  2. Don’t forget the butter for spreading! Alternatively, you can try using mayonnaise or olive oil as well.
  3. Make sure all the cheese is in an easy format for building sandwiches. If you include hard cheeses like parmesan or gruyere, you’ll want to shred or grate them first so the cheese melts easily. Try to also include some pre-sliced or pre-shredded cheeses for easy prep work (hint: cheddar and mozzarella work great!).
  4. Include some sliced fruits and veggies, fresh herbs, and seasoning/sauce options for those wanting to add extra flavor and variety to their sandwiches.
  5. Decide in advance how you will want to cook the sandwiches once they are prepared. Will they be individually cooked in a stovetop skillet? Or do you have access to a flattop griddle or sandwich press that can be used to heat multiple sandwiches at once?

For inspiration on which ingredients to include in your Grilled Cheese Bar, check out the below ideas:

Martin’s Breads

Grilled Cheese Bar - Martin's Breads

  • Martin’s Potato Bread
  • Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread
  • Martin’s 100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread


Grilled Cheese Bar - Cheeses

  • Havarti, sliced
  • Asiago, freshly grated
  • Swiss, sliced
  • Cheddar, sharp white, shredded
  • Cheddar, medium yellow, sliced
  • Muenster, sliced
  • Gruyère, freshly sliced or shredded
  • Mozzarella, fresh or shredded
  • Gouda, freshly sliced
  • Pepper Jack, sliced or shredded
  • Parmesan, freshly grated
  • Feta, fresh, crumbled


Grilled Cheese Bar - Meats

  • Ham, sliced
  • Turkey, sliced
  • Pepperoni
  • Salami, sliced
  • Bacon, cooked, crispy
  • Prosciutto, sliced

Fruits & Vegetables

Grilled Cheese Bar - Fruits and Vegetables

  • Fruits
    • Apples
    • Pears
    • Peaches
    • Pineapple
  • Veggies
    • Arugula
    • Tomato, sliced
    • Avocado
    • Red Onion, sliced
    • Spinach
    • Fresh Herbs (e.g., Basil, Thyme, Dill, Chives, Oregano)


Grilled Cheese Bar - Toppings

  • Roasted Red Peppers, chopped
  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Mushrooms, sautéed, sliced
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Pickle Chips, Dill or Bread & Butter
  • Jalapeños, pickled or fresh

Seasoning & Spices

Grilled Cheese Bar - Seasonings

  • Dried Herbs (e.g., Thyme)
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Garlic Powder
  • Black Pepper

Spreads & Sauces

Grilled Cheese Bar - Spreads and Sauces

  • Butter, room temperature
  • Mayonnaise
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Pesto, prepared
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Honey Mustard
  • Fruit Spread (e.g., Raspberry, Blueberry, Apricot)
  • Fig Jam
  • Tomato Jam
  • Honey
  • Hot Sauce (e.g., Tabasco, Sriracha)


Featured Grilled Cheese Recipes

Check out the delicious sandwich recipes we created using the ingredients shown above!

Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese

Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese

Combine two beloved comfort foods into one by blending mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, sliced pepperoni, and marinara sauce between two slices of Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread, grilled to melty perfection!


Greek Grilled Cheese

Greek Grilled Cheese

Incorporate the bold flavors of the Mediterranean in this grilled sandwich filled with mozzarella cheese, crumbled feta, roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives, fresh spinach, and dried oregano, served on Martin’s Potato Bread.


Portobello Pesto Grilled Cheese

Portobello Pesto Grilled Cheese

For a veggie-lovers option, try this roasted mushroom grilled cheese with melty gouda and savory pesto spread, tucked inside toasty slices of Martin’s 100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread.


More Grilled Cheese Combos

The possibilities are endless! Look at all the sandwich creations you can make with 5 ingredients or less:

Havarti + Honey + Pear (with Arugula) on Martin’s Butter Bread

Havarti, Honey, Pear Grilled Cheese on Martin’s Butter Bread

Sharp Cheddar + Fig Jam + Prosciutto on Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread

Sharp Cheddar, Fig Jam, Prosciutto Grilled Cheese on Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread

Hawaiian Pizza: Mozzarella + Ham + Pineapple + Red Onion on Martin’s Butter Bread

Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese: Mozzarella, Ham, Pineapple, Red Onion on Martin’s Butter Bread

Cheddar + Mozzarella + Bacon + Pickles on Martin’s Potato Bread

Pickle and Bacon Grilled Cheese on Martin’s Potato Bread

Swiss + Turkey + Honey Mustard on Martin’s Butter Bread

Turkey and Swiss Sandwich Melt on Martin's Butter Bread

Pepper Jack + Sriracha Mayo + Jalapeños on Martin’s Potato Bread

Spicy Grilled Cheese: Pepper Jack, Sriracha Mayo, and Jalapeños on Martin’s Potato Bread

Gruyére + Sundried Tomatoes + Roasted Garlic Aioli + Basil on Martin’s Butter Bread

Gruyére, Sundried Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic Aioli, and Basil Grilled Cheese on Martin’s Butter Bread

Or—mix and match your own favorite flavors to build your own custom grilled cheese creation!


Introducing: Melt with Martin’s

Melt with Martin's - Grilled Cheese Kit PrizeIf this blog has your stomach rumbling, you’ll love our new Melt with Martin’s Giveaway! From now until March 21st, you can enter to win a limited edition grilled cheese kit complete with Martin’s bread, a Stargazer Cast Iron skillet, and all the cooking accessories you need to make the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich!

Head over to for more information and additional grilled cheese inspiration!


Bonus: A Grilled Cheese for Every Holiday

Looking for more grilled cheese content? Watch the below video to see how to make a Grilled Cheese recipe for every holiday this year!

Find these recipes in our blog archives at or recipes page at

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