the secret to the best grilled cheese using mayonnaise instead of butter for grilled cheeses 1


December 31, 2019 7 Comments

If you didn’t know already, using mayonnaise instead of butter on your grilled cheese is the secret to the perfect crust!

From the recipe collection of Al Dente Diva

The Secret to The Best Grilled Cheese

You’d think something like a grilled cheese would be pretty straight forward. Buttered bread and some cheese toasted up in a skillet and you’re done, right? Well yes I guess you would be right if you didn’t know the secret to the best grilled cheese ever. Cause once you learn this little trick, your days of buttering bread are donezo.

What if I told you to ditch the butter and use mayonnaise instead. Yup, mayonnaise. You’ve never had a crispier crust or more flavorful grilled cheese then this.

The mayo browns up the bread so evenly and gives such a nice complimentary flavor to the entire grilled cheese.

I’m sure some people are unwilling to try this because they’re either not mayonnaise fans or the idea of this in general just turns them off. I’d like to ask you to reconsider and give it a try. They’re no strong mayonnaise taste to this. Just perfectly flavored and crusty grilled cheese sandwiches every time.

You’ll Need:

  • Mayonnaise of your choice. I’m a huge Hellman’s fan (I’ve heard Dukes is incredible but I’ve yet to try it). Just don’t use Miracle Whip.
  • Bread
  • American Cheese or whatever cheese you like

How to do it:

Assemble first.

First, you’ll need to assemble the grilled cheese. Just like you’ve done 100 times before, I’m sure. Two slices of bread and cheese in the middle.

Next take a little mayonnaise and spread it on both outer sides of the bread. After that add it to a hot pan.

How cute is this pink skillet I got from Home Goods? Amazon has one pretty similar if you’re interested CLICK HERE
Just look at that crust

Brown the grilled cheese on both sides until the crust looks perfect to you.

I say that because some people like it more well done then others. My husband, for example, would eat all of his food practically charred to death if he had the choice.

Even, beautiful color

Finally finished! Now you’re ready to try the best grilled cheese that you’ve ever had. Well, that might no necessarily be true. But I can tell you that It will be better then the ones that you’ve made at home with butter.

Now that’s a grilled cheese

So thats the secret to grilled cheese. A little mayo goes a long way in terms of adding additional flavor and creating a nice brown crust.

Non stick skillets are just the best for this kind of thing.

If you liked the pink pan that I was using, click the image to see Amazons price. Its very similar!

Looking for something awesome to dunk this now awesome grilled cheese into? How about some Copycat Big Mac Sauce.

A Grilled cheese Tip:

I have another good, yet simple, tip for making a great grilled cheese at home, Get the cheese to room temperature before you make the sandwich. It will help the cheese melt once it hits the pan.

Thats the best! A nice, even crusted sandwich with super melty cheese. Heaven on a plate if you ask me.

I hope you try this simple little trick if you haven’t already. It’s a nice grilled cheese game booster. I hope you like this one.

💜 Al Dente Diva

The Secret To The BEST Grilled Cheese

Replacing butter for mayonnaise on your grilled cheese adds some extra flavor and gives a really nice crust.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time9 mins
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled cheese, grilled cheese secret, mayonnaise
Servings: 1 person
Author: Al Dente Diva


  • Skillet
  • Spatula


  • 2 Slices Bread
  • 2 Slices American Cheese
  • 2 Tbs Hellmann's Mayonnaise


  • Place the cheese in between the bread slices
  • Add about a tablespoon to each outer slice of bread
  • Brown over medium/ medium high heat until the cheese is melted and the outside is golden brown
  • Let it cool slightly before serving


If possible, try to take the cheese out of the fridge for a little before making the sandwich. That will just assist in the melting process and make your grilled cheese even better.

Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • 1 Man, 3 Hearts January 11, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    This is amazing!!! 👊🏽💙

  • Joe April 25, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    I should revisit this. Back when I was a kid like 30 years ago my father tried to tell me that this was the better way to make a grilled cheese but being a kid I went EWWW and preferred Moms. Never touched it if my father made them. I bet it was pretty darn good looking back, ill have to try this out the next time I am in the mood for this comfort food.

    • Al Dente Diva April 25, 2022 at 9:42 pm

      Yes definitely give it a try. Your dad was ahead of the game!

  • Anonymous June 2, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    Yes yes yes, never use butter. Only mayonnaise and every time comes out perfect.

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