When Was The Grilled Cheese Invented – Complete History

We all love a good grilled cheese sandwich but have we ever stopped in our tasting fun to know when it was invented or has it always just existed? Well we are here to tell you all about the history of grilled cheese. This will appear strange but it is true that not many people are aware of the fun story behind grilled cheese. So we decided to bring it to you today.

The History

We all get urge for the greasy, cheesy, soul-warming sandwich. This is known as the grilled cheese in popular days and it is known as one of the most simple yet popular sandwich among the public. The combinations that you can get with a grilled cheese sandwich is endless and we have seen this as a stable among the menu of cafes along with a quick snack to eat. We know that the idea of putting bread and cheese together has been around for some time and people enjoyed it. However, the grilled cheese was something even better and it came in existence around 1920s in the United States. 

This was because during this decade the loaves of bread was inexpensive and there was a growing popularity of the processed cheese. The grilled cheese sandwich soon became an average in the daily life of a family and we can not say that we don't understand the appeal. It tasted good and it was easy to make. You can also get the ingredients at a very low cost. So why would anyone not want a grilled cheese sandwich? 

The grilled cheese remained popular among the people during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The cost of the items was still cheap and you could fill the stomach of a lot of people who do not want to spend more than they have to. During the Second World War, people continued to enjoy this simple dish. There have been mentions of the recipe in the cookbooks of the era. We have the evidence to prove that there were many chefs during the period that were trying to provide different versions of grilled cheese sandwich. 

Then the sandwich started to make way into the diet of a child and since it was simple and easy to make, they became a popular snack for the children. A very interesting fact about the grilled cheese sandwich is that during the 1940s and 1950s the sandwich was served in an open faced manner where cheese was grated at the top of one bread. In 1965 the idea of adding another bread came into existence.

 People used only one slice of bread for the grilled cheese sandwich before that. This made the grilled cheese a closed sandwich. The second slice of bread added more substance to the sandwich and it became more popular than before. There is also the time when “grilled cheese” was referred to as “toasted cheese” or “melted cheese” in the future years. 

Grilled cheese sandwich has been a comfort food for the people of America for over a 100 years. They have spread to the world but it still holds a special place in the place of it's origin. We think that this is so simple to make that it can be called a work of art. If you are someone who enjoys a grilled cheese sandwich then you are going to love the recipe that we are going to suggest.

Try to make a grilled cheese with American and cheddar jack, paired with a warm bowl of tomato soup. There is also the garlic avocado grilled cheese that takes things a step further. You can make the sandwich with good avocado, sun dried tomato pesto, muenster cheese grilled in garlic butter and a side of fries.

Early Days of Grilled Cheese

Some kind of grilled cheese sandwich has been around for many years and many recipes of the same is seen to be appearing in the Roman texts too. The French has their version known as the croque monsieur's which was developed in the 1900s. Things started to change when James L. Kraft got a patent for the pasteurization process of cheese which he came up with. This allowed the cheese to stay fresh for longer periods of time and it can be transported to long distances. Otto Frederick Rohwedder created the automatic bread slicer soon after to create even slices of bread. Things started to look good for the grilled cheese sandwiches. 

Strange But True

Here are a few strange facts about grilled cheese sandwich that we thought you would like to know. In 2004 there was a half eaten grilled cheese sandwich which looked like the burnt pattern appeared as a picture of Virgin Mary. It was made by a woman from Hollywood, Florida. She became popular for this and was interviewed by Leno, Letterman, the AP press and even BBC. A Las Vegas Casino bought that grilled cheese sandwich for $28,000. 

Joey Chestnut set a new world record in 2007 when he ate 47 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes in an eating competition. There is even a British Cheese Board that looks into the effects of cheese on sleep. We are very happy to see such involvement in the sector of cheese. 


Thank you so much for giving this article here a read. We are sure that it must have been intriguing to know so much about a grilled cheese sandwich. Now you know that it had been around for a long time. We are very happy to share this information with you. Our love for grilled cheese is also undying and we are sure that this delicacy will stay around for many years to come. Nothing better than a quick grilled cheese sandwich when you are hungry. Have a good day. Make sure that you make the perfect grilled cheese for you and your loved one. We will be back with more info soon!