TueApr 12

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day – April 12, 2022

Crispy bread and melted cheese. How can something that tastes so good be this simple? Welcome to National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on April 12!

What’s the secret?

We asked Aaron Christenson, the owner of a small Central Oregon restaurant which won a recent readers’ poll in the categories of “Best Kids Menu” and “Best Family Restaurant.”

His response?

“A perfect grilled cheese has to have a super crispy exterior, brushed with garlic oil. Lots of melty cheese in the center. Thick cut, handmade bread is a must!”

And there you have it.

Now get grilling.


National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day timeline

First Reference to a Melted Cheese Sandwich

One of the earliest references to melted cheese sandwiches is featured in Sarah Tyson Rorer’s “Mrs. Rorer’s New Cookbook.”

The French Have a Word for It

The ‘Croque Monsieur’ (consisting of toasted bread, ham, and cheese) hits the menus in France.

Culinary Revolution

Otto Frederick Rohwedder designs a bread-slicing machine.

“Benny & Joon”

In the movie, the character of Sam, played by Johnny Depp, prepares a stack of grilled cheese sandwiches using a clothes iron.

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day - Survey Results

Data gathered by a top Denver Marketing Agency

In a ranking of America’s favorite cheesy foods, pizza ranks #1 (94% of Americans claim to love them), followed by grilled cheese sandwiches (87%), macaroni & cheese (87%), and cheeseburgers (82%). 

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day Activities

  1. Make a sandwich

    There is no better way to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day than by getting your grilled cheese on. Bread, butter, cheese, go!

  2. Fondue it

    Cut some grilled cheese sandwiches into cute little triangles and put them on a warm platter next to a plate of “finger food” veggies for perfect party munchies. You could even set up a pot of cheese fondue and a platter of toasted bread so everyone makes their own melty cheese sandwiches at the table.

  3. Make a romantic meal for two

    Grill your significant other’s favorite cheese sandwich for a warm and gooey surprise romantic dinner. Give yourself points for picking the right wine (or craft beer) to pair with it.

Why We Love National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

  1. Ultimate comfort food

    Grilled cheese sandwiches remind us of having our moms make us grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch; then, being a little older and craving something warm, and deciding that grilled cheese counts as cooking.

  2. They go well with everything

    Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the most classic combination, but this sandwich seems to go well with everythinoup, salad, milkshakes — the salty sandwich makes any meal better.

  3. They offer an opportunity to explore the cheese case

    However it is set up – by texture, by country, by variety – that cheese case is your friend. Go through it systematically and make cheese combinations that will elevate your grilled cheese experience.

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day dates

2022April 12Tuesday
2023April 12Wednesday
2024April 12Friday
2025April 12Saturday
2026April 12Sunday

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