How to Make Grilled Cheese in the Microwave – Easy and Cheesy

Everyone loves a grilled cheese sandwich, kids and adults alike. Did you know that you could make tomato soup’s favorite partner even easier? Let’s talk about how to make grilled cheese in the microwave. Yep, you heard that right!

The thing I love most about this method besides the speed is the simplicity. In fact, it’s one way that the kids can make their own sandwiches, and I don’t need to worry about them burning the house down trying to turn on the stove!

If you want to enjoy an incredibly delicious side to go with your sandwich, then try making homemade roasted tomato soup in the air fryer! The fresh flavors are amazing!

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Can I Make Grilled Cheese in the Microwave?

Yes, you can make grilled cheese in the microwave. The microwave is primarily used to do the melting of the cheese and heating of any other ingredients.

It’s simply a quick alternative to the slower stovetop method. As I mentioned before, this makes it easier for little ones to manage on their own as well.

How Long to Microwave Grilled Cheese

You should microwave your grilled cheese for about 30 seconds. If you add additional toppings into the center of the sandwich, it may take 45 seconds up to 1 minute.

This is based on a 1000W microwave. Times will vary depending on the microwave, type and quantity of cheese, and any other ingredients used. Microwave additional time in 10-second intervals and check for doneness to prevent overcooking.

You could even cook turkey bacon in the microwave ahead of time for use in your grilled cheese sandwich!

How Do You Make Grilled Cheese in a Microwave?

  1. Toast two slices of bread using a toaster, toaster oven, or the broiler function on your oven
toast two slices of bread
  1. Add 2 slices of cheese between the bread slices (plus any other toppings you’d like)
place two slices of cheese on your toasted bread
  1. Spread butter, margarine, or mayo on the outside of the bread slices
spread butter over the toasted sandwich
  1. Wrap sandwich in a damp paper towel
wrap sandwich in a damp paper towel
  1. Place wrapped sandwich on a microwave-safe plate
  2. Microwave on high for 30 seconds
  3. Check if cheese is melted in the middle, and if not microwave for an additional 10-20 seconds
easy and delicious grilled cheese in the microwave

While it may seem counter-intuitive, the damp paper towel actually helps keep your bread from drying out in the microwave. If you like slightly crispier edges, feel free to forego the paper towel. 

I should note that no matter which way you do it, your grilled cheese won’t have that crunchy exterior you get from a pan. However, it’s still delicious!

If you need to thaw some frozen bread for this, learn how to defrost bread in the microwave for an easy solution.

How to Microwave Grilled Cheese Without a Toaster

  1. Place two slices of cheese between two slices of untoasted bread. Spread butter on the outside of each bread slice
  2. Preheat a microwave crisping tray in your microwave according to manufacturer directions
  3. Place the sandwich directly on the preheated tray and cook for 30 seconds
  4. Flip the sandwich using a pair of tongs or a spatula
  5. Cook for an additional 20-30 seconds, until bread is browned and cheese is melted

For even more time savings, use a panini microwave crisping tray and skip the flipping step!

This method is a great way to get the texture you want when you microwave grilled cheese without a toaster.

How to Reheat Grilled Cheese in the Microwave

  1. Wrap cold grilled cheese in a damp paper towel
  2. Place on microwave safe plate
  3. Microwave on high for 30 seconds
  4. Flip, then microwave for an additional 10-20 seconds until cheese is re-melted

Aside from the initial cooking, a microwave is also a quick and easy way to reheat a grilled cheese. It doesn’t have to be cooked there to begin with either – this method works well for sandwiches that were originally toasted on the stovetop!

serve grilled cheese with tomato soup for dunking


Now that you know how to make grilled cheese in the microwave, you’ll enjoy this cheesy meal anytime you like. With such simple ingredients and versatility with different flavors, there’s no end to the sandwiches you’ll create.

Pair alongside a soup or salad, and you’ve got a delicious lunch. Plus, since using the microwave is so simple, your kids can even handle their own after school snack!  

If you’re a lover of all things cheesy, check out how to make boxed mac and cheese in the microwave as well!

For those with an air fryer craving more adult and savory flavors, be sure to stop by my Spanakopita Grilled Cheese recipe!

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Easy Grilled Cheese in the Microwave

Enjoy a tasty grilled cheese sandwich made right inside your microwave. It's so easy, even the kids can do it!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 242 kcal



  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 slices of cheese (American is traditional)
  • 1 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • Additional fillings or seasonings (optional)


  • Begin by toasting your two bread slices in a toaster, toaster oven, or using the broiler on a conventional oven
    2 slices of bread
  • Add your two slices of cheese to one slice of toasted bread, then top with the other slice
    2 slices of cheese (American is traditional)
  • If you’re adding in anything else (meat, veggies, etc) place it on top of the cheese before putting the bread on top
    Additional fillings or seasonings (optional)
  • Spread your Tablespoon of butter over the exterior sides of the bread slices
    1 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • Wrap the whole sandwich in a damp (not soaked) paper towel
  • Place the wrapped sandwich on a microwave safe plate
  • Microwave on high for 30 seconds
  • Check that the cheese is melted through, and add an additional 10-20 seconds if necessary


  • You can toast your bread up to a day ahead of time, making it easy for kids to grab it and complete their lunch or snack on their own
  • The butter or margarine may be substituted for mayo if preferred (though I find it a bit more messy)
  • We use American cheese generally because it melts very well. However, I’ve also used Mozzarella, Pepperjack, Havarti, Muenster, and Swiss with great success
  • Feel free to use more than 2 slices if you like your sandwich extra cheesy. However, cooking time will increase around 10 seconds for every additional slice
  • Some add-in toppings to consider would be: ham, bacon, pepperoni, tomatoes, pesto, or any other meats, veggies, or seasonings


Serving: 86gCalories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 11.1gProtein: 7.1gFat: 19.1gSaturated Fat: 11.7gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 450mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.8gCalcium: 163mgIron: 1mg
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Katie Vine