Gone are the days when vegans couldn’t enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich. Store-bought options and homemade recipes now abound, and vegan cheese is just about the best thing on the planet. We’ve compiled a list of the best vegan grilled cheese sandwiches from across the U.S. And these aren’t your run-of-the-mill “slice of cheese between two pieces of bread” sandwiches, either. Hang on tight—you’re in for a melty ride:
1. The Revenge From Strange Matter
Forget everything you think you know about grilled cheese. This epic sandwich actually uses two vegan grilled cheese sandwiches to encase the goodies inside: vegan ham, jackfruit, and tempeh bacon.
2. Vegan Grilled Cheese From Ballyhoo’s Historic Seafood Grille
When you want something that tastes homemade without lifting a finger, check out this Key Largo, Florida, spot’s Vegan Grilled Cheese. It’s made with beer bread and house-made coconut milk cheddar and then grilled to perfection and served with black-bean soup.
3. Pesto Grilled Cheese From Plum Bistro
Seattle is no stranger to vegan eats, and Plum Bistro is no exception. Items on its all-vegan menu have gained a considerable number of honorable mentions from us in the past. This year, we’re highlighting its grilled cheese, which is made with two different types of vegan cheeses—mozzarella and cheddar—along with sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, and a layer of delicious pesto.
4. Bill Clinton’s Epiphany From Heywood Gourmet Grilled Cheese
This sandwich from this Los Angeles eatery is made with multigrain bread and filled with melty vegan cheddar, roasted red peppers, and avocado. You can also substitute vegan cheese and butter on any of the sandwiches at this shop, which is winning us over one cheesy bite at a time.
5. Parmageddon (Vegan Version) From Melt Bar & Grilled
This Polish-inspired grilled cheese can be made vegan upon request, as can many of the other sandwiches on this Ohio-based restaurant’s menu. Any sandwich with potato and onion pierogi inside it is a winner in my book, but this one takes it even further with freshly made napa cabbage vodka kraut (what?!), sautéed onions, and vegan cheese. There are seven Melt locations across Ohio for your eating pleasure.
There you have it. Now, what are you waiting for? Head to these eateries ASAP! And when you’re feeling extra-inspired, well, you can always make your own vegan grilled cheese sandwich. Yum!