Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

Transform your favorite childhood sandwich into a fun and tasty snack with this grilled cheese roll ups recipe. Made with just a few simple ingredients, these roll ups are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.

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Grilled cheese roll ups on a white plate with a bowl of tomato soup.

Do you kids love grilled cheese? Then they’re going to be obsessed with these tasty little grilled cheese roll up! There’s something about “rollups” that make food more fun to eat. I think that fact was proven when I first made ham and cheese roll ups and my whole family loved them so much! So when I learned how to make grilled cheese roll ups it was a new favorite in an instant.

We have paired them with tomato soup for dinner sometimes, but they’re perfect for so many different things. The best thing about them is that they are only 3 ingredients! And I typically have all the ingredients on hand at any moment. That makes these just the perfect last minute snack or lunch.

Why You’ll Love Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

  • These are wonderful for kids school lunches! Super easy to pack and perfect for any picky eaters.
  • Change up this recipe however you want. Swap cheeses, add ingredients, use different types of bread — make them whatever you want!
  • It only takes 15 minutes to make gooey cheese rollups. It’s no time at all until you have the perfect grilled cheese treat on your plate.
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Ingredients for Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

  • Bread – I prefer plain white bread for grilled cheese, but feel free to use whole wheat or another type of bread. However, I would recommend that you stay away from bread that has a lot of seeds in it because that could effect the ability to roll and seal the bread.
  • Cheese – Use any type of cheese that you want! American cheese and cheddar cheese are classics, but things like Monterey jack cheese and swiss cheese are tasty too.
  • Butter – The key to a good grilled cheese is melted butter of course! You can use salted or unsalted butter to brush the outside of these roll ups. The butter will help achieve that same crispy texture that you get on a regular grilled cheese.

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How to Make Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

Use a sharp knife and cut off the crusts on each slice of bread. Then, flatten the slices with a rolling pin.

Add a slice of cheese to each flattened pieces of bread, and leave a small strip of bread at the end that you can use to seal the rolls.

Tightly roll the bread to the end, brush the strip of bare bread with butter, and then shut the roll and place it seam-side-down. Brush butter generously over each of the rolls.

Place the roll ups into a large skillet over low-medium with the seam-side-down. Grill the roll ups until golden brown all over and the cheese melts out the ends. Use tongs to rotate them so all sides cook evenly.

Remove the rolled grilled cheeses from the pan and serve immediately!

How to Store Leftover Grilled Cheese Rollups

FRIDGE: Place leftovers into an airtight container or zip top plastic bag. Store in the fridge for 2- 3 days.

FREEZER: Allow the rollups to freeze on a baking sheet or plate, then transfer them to a container or freezer bag. Freeze them this way for up to 3 months.

How to Reheat Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

To ensure the bread crisps back up, reheat leftovers in the oven or toaster oven. You can also use the same pan-frying to reheat! If you choose to reheat in the microwave, the rollups just may be a bit soggy.

What is the best cheese for grilled cheese?

Some people say American cheese is best for grilled cheese, while others say the best is cheddar. Really, it’s just personal preference! You can make grilled cheese with any type of cheese that you want.

Super creamy cheeses like provolone and Swiss would be yummy and would definitely make a unique grilled cheese. Spicy cheese like pepper jack is a way to add some kick! Or go classic with a sharp cheddar or mild cheddar.

What to Serve with Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

These would be a tasty addition to a kids summer snack board! And add some homemade marinara sauce with them for a fun dipping sauce. Pair with ants on a log for a simple snack or lunch.

Fruit salad and Chex Mix are also great kid-friendly snacks to pair with these melty cheese rollups.

What can I add to my grilled cheese?

If you have picky eaters, you can keep this recipe just bread, butter and cheese. However, if you want to get adventurous there are a few things you could add!

Some ham or turkey lunchmeat would be easy to roll up with the cheese. You can also use bacon! Just make sure to cook it first and very quickly roll it up while it’s still hot and hasn’t fully crisped up yet.

Pro Tips for the Best Grilled Cheese Rollups

  • Don’t let the pan get too hot or the grilled cheeses could burn. A low-medium heat will be perfect! Slow and steady wins the race.
  • For the most gooey grilled cheese sandwich roll ups, use thick cut cheese slices. Alternatively, you could slice your own cheese to use in rolled grilled cheese.
  • When you roll the bread slices flat, be sure you don’t roll them too flat. Otherwise, they could easily tear while rolling.
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We love these rolled grilled cheese treats so much! Enjoy a simple and fun recipe!

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Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

These grilled cheese roll ups are a fun and tasty twist on the classic sandwich.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 thick slices of soft white bread
  • 8 slices cheddar or American cheese
  • 3 Tablepsoons Butter melted (or as needed)


  • One at a time, cut the crusts off of each slice of bread, then use a rolling pin to flatten them.
  • Add a slice of cheese to each slice of bread, making sure you leave a small strip of bread showing at the end of the slice of bread to brush with butter.
  • Tightly but carefully roll up each slice of bread to the end, brush with butter, then roll shut and place seam-side-down.
  • Brush butter all over the roll .
  • Add roll ups to a dry pan seam-side-down over low-medium heat and fry until golden all over with the cheese starting to leak out. Use tongs to frequently turn them. You may need to do this in two batches depending on the size of your pan.
  • Remove from pan and serve immediately.


Serving: 2roll ups | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 610mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Calcium: 502mg | Iron: 2mg
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