Perfect Crispy Starbucks Grilled Cheese Recipe


The Starbucks Grilled Cheese copycat recipe just might be the best grilled cheese sandwich of all time, and it won’t cost you six dollars to make this one! This grilled to perfection sandwich is made with two kinds of cheese, mozzarella and white cheddar that make it ooey-gooey.

And the outside of the bread is coated with a seriously delicious parmesan and butter mixture.

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Starbucks Grilled Cheese Sandwich Copycat. Photo by CookThink.

Crispy Grilled Cheese on Sourdough

Sourdough bread makes some of the best grilled cheese sandwiches ever. If you haven’t tried it, you need to.

Sourdough is a good, sturdy bread that has great flavor for grilled cheese, and it doesn’t just flatten out when you stack it with cheese and heat it up, like some of the softer breads do.

Why you’ll love this recipe

We think you’ll love this recipe because it’s delicious, it’s easy to make, and it tastes just like the one you can buy at Starbucks, only it doesn’t cost you six dollars. It’s a win-win.

Recipe Ingredients

To make our copycat Starbucks Grilled Cheese you’ll need sourdough bread, white cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, and butter.

Ingredient Notes

Though our recipe calls specifically for mozzarella cheese as well as white cheddar cheese, you can literally use any kind of cheese you want to.

We think sourdough bread works best for grilled cheese because it’s a nice substantial bread that toasts up nice and crispy. But if you prefer another kind of bread, that will likely work too.

We recommend using real butter for grilling your sandwich. It gives it the best flavor and provides a nice, golden outcome.  

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Ingredients needed for Starbucks Grilled Cheese copycat recipe
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Spread the parmesan butter on a single side of each slice of bread
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Mix together butter and parmesan cheese that will go on the bread
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Grill the sandwich on low

Recipe Tips & Tricks

When making a Starbucks grilled cheese sandwich, here are a few tips and tricks to help give you perfect results every time.

Cheese Selection. Use cheese that is not pre-grated. If you’re wanting to use shredded cheese, then we recommend shredding your own. This will help to avoid the anti-caking agent that is included in pre-shredded cheese.

How to Achieve ooey-gooey. For the best ooey-goey cheese results, we like to use cheese slices. If you’re slicing your own cheese, you’ll want to make them relatively thin so that they can melt with relative ease.

How to Melt Cheese. If you’re having trouble getting your cheese to melt, keep the temperature on medium low and cover the sandwich with a small lid. Flip the sandwich after a minute or two and replace the lid until the cheese is melted through. 

Storage & Reheating

Your grilled cheese will be best when eaten fresh. It will taste crispy and cooked to perfection if you eat it straight from the frying pan.

But if you need to store your sandwich for later, you can do so by placing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

We recommend using dry heat to reheat your grilled cheese. Using a toaster oven or conventional oven are the two best ways.

Reheat at 350F degrees until heated through. Reheating in the microwave will cause your grilled cheese to become soggy.

Additions & Substitutions

If you’re into supreme kinds of sandwiches, you can add whatever toppings sound good to you on your grilled cheese. 

We like to use bacon, grilled onions, roasted tomatoes, fried mushrooms and whatever else the mood strikes for us.

You can also do any substitutions you wish for the cheese, bread, or butter. If you’re not a fan of sourdough, you can use whatever kind of bread you like.

And if you don’t have access to mozzarella and white cheddar cheese or it’s not your favorite, any kind of cheese will likely work. Have fun being creative.

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Starbucks Grilled Cheese Sandwich Copycat. Photo by CookThink.

Perfect Starbucks Grilled Cheese (copycat recipe)

Cooking your sandwich at a lower heat, such as medium low will allow your grilled cheese to be cooed to perfection, just like Starbucks.

Don’t get in a big hurry and crank up the heat which will just burn your bread and cause you to feel frustrated.


Following are questions that are asked frequently about making the perfect Starbucks Grilled Cheese copycat sandwich.

What Equipment Will You Need To Make Starbucks Grilled Cheese?

To make the perfect Starbucks Grilled Cheese, you’ll want to have a frying pan, spatula and small mixing bowl available for use.

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Starbucks Grilled Cheese?

It takes about 10 minutes to make Starbucks Grilled Cheese from start to finish. We suggest allowing 5 minutes to prepare the sandwich and 5 minutes to cook the sandwich to perfection.

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Starbucks Grilled Cheese?

The ingredients you’ll need to make Starbucks grilled cheese are sourdough bread, white cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and butter.

Quick Answer: How much is a Starbucks grilled cheese?

If you were to buy a Starbucks Grilled Cheese at Starbucks, the price is about six dollars for a sandwich.

If you’re making it at home, it’s only a fraction of the cost.

Depending on where your source your ingredients, we estimate making it at home will cost less than one dollar per sandwich.

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Starbucks Grilled Cheese Sandwich Copycat. Photo by CookThink.

Does Starbucks sell grilled cheese?

Yes, Starbucks sells grilled cheese, but we think they’re kind of pricy, and we’ll show you how to make our perfect copycat recipe for a fraction of the cost.

How much does a grilled cheese sandwich cost?

Making a homemade grilled cheese is a very economical sandwich to make. You figure you need to buy a loaf of bread, which using a gourmet sourdough only costs about 3 dollars.

Then add the two kinds of cheese and we’ll use a chunk of mozzarella and a chunk of white cheddar for our sandwich, each costing less than 2 dollars.

So, we’re up to approximately 7 dollars total now. And then we can divide this amount by 8 since we estimate that we can make 8 sandwiches with the products purchased.

Therefore, we estimate that making this sandwich only costs about $.87 each.

How many calories is a Starbucks grilled cheese?

There are 540 calories in a crispy grilled cheese sandwich from Starbucks. Most of those calories come from fat and carbohydrates.

How do you heat up Starbucks grilled cheese at home?

The best way to reheat a Starbucks grilled cheese at home is using dry heat, such as a toaster oven or a conventional oven.

Use 350F degrees for the temperature and warm the sandwich just until the cheese begins to melt.

Reheating the sandwich in the microwave will change it to more of a soggy sandwich.

What is in Starbucks grilled cheese?

Starbucks grilled cheese is made with sourdough bread, white cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and butter.

What is the best Starbucks sandwich?

We’ll leave that up to you. We truly believe that the best Starbucks sandwich is the one you like most.

How do you price a sandwich?

Typically to price a sandwich to be sold in a restaurant or coffee shop, you’ll calculate the cost of the products to make one sandwich and multiply that amount by 3 to price your sandwich for sale.

Is a grilled cheese sandwich bad for you?

Whether grilled cheese is bad for you all depends on your dietary restrictions. If you’re allergic to wheat or dairy eating a grilled cheese could be bad for you.

Or if you’re on a low-fat diet and you use regular cheese and regular butter, eating a grilled cheese sandwich could be bad for you.

What cheese is used for grilled cheese?

There are no restrictions as to the kind of cheese that can be used for grilled cheese.

You can use whatever you like best or whatever you have available to you.  For this recipe, we use mozzarella cheese and white cheddar cheese.

Is Starbucks grilled cheese good?

Yes, and so is this Starbucks grilled cheese copycat recipe. They’re equally delicious.

How does Starbucks heat their food?

Starbucks is somewhat of a fast-food chain so they need food items available quickly.

They use rapid cooking, ventless ovens, kind of like a turbo charged convection oven.

Are Starbucks sandwiches frozen?

Yes, Starbucks sandwiches are shipped frozen and completely ready to be heated. They are not homemade by the barista.

Can you buy frozen Starbucks sandwiches?

Starbucks serves frozen food.

How Will Starbucks Grilled Cheese Look and Taste?

Your perfectly grilled cheese will appear golden brown on the outside, with white ooey-gooey cheese on the inside.

The bread will be nice and crispy and is coated in a toasted parmesan and butter coating.

How To Make Starbucks Grilled Cheese At Home

To make Starbucks Grilled Cheese copycat at home, you’ll want to gather the required ingredients and heat your frying pan on medium low.

We suggest using a cast-iron pan for best results if you have one on hand.

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Starbucks Grilled Cheese Sandwich Copycat. Photo by CookThink.

Steps To Make Starbucks Grilled Cheese

There are only a few simple steps to preparing this delicious sandwich and we estimate the process will only take you about 10 minutes.

1. Prepare the Bread

Prepare your sourdough bread slices by mixing your parmesan cheese with the soft butter. Then spread the mixture on one side of each slice of bread.

2. Cheese It Up!

Lay both slices of bread down with the butter side down. Add your cheese to the bread and place the sandwich in the pan heated to medium low, with the butter side out.

Toast until golden and then flip the sandwich and repeat.

Ingredients: What You Need to Make Starbucks Grilled Cheese

1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp butter, softened
2 slices sourdough bread
1 slice mozzarella cheese
1 slice white cheddar cheese

Instructions: How To Make Starbucks Grilled Cheese

1. Heat frying pan over medium low heat.

2. Mix together softened butter and parmesan cheese and apply to a single side to each slice of bread.

3. Gently lay the bread down, buttered side down. Add the slices of cheese and close the sandwich with buttered sides out.

4. Place in the frying pan and toast each side for 2-3 minutes until golden brown and cheese is melted.

5. Serve hot and enjoy!

We tried Starbucks’ new grilled cheese sandwich

Have you tried our copycat sandwich recipe? If so, we’d love to hear what you think.

Post a message below in the comments and we will read every single one. You’ll be glad you didn’t have to pay six bucks for it. 

Bread + Cheese

Our sandwich recipe is a delicious blend of white cheddar and mozzarella cheeses on sourdough bread, topped with a Parmesan butter spread. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Perfect Starbucks Crispy Grilled Cheese Sourdough Bread Sandwich

We’ve made a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches through the years. In fact, it’s a family favorite and we think you’ll like it too.

The key to getting it perfectly crispy is cooking it low and slow. The golden-brown color for your toasted bread, along with the ooey-gooey cheese is perfection.

Starbucks to Sling Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

In 2014, they added grilled cheese sandwiches to their menu. At that time, the grilled cheese sandwich they offered was just a plain old grilled cheese sandwich.

Starbucks Is Now Selling Crispy Grilled Cheese, So Stop By On Your Lunch Break

The year 2019 is when they started serving Crispy Grilled Cheese sandwiches, which is the one we’ve replicated here in our copycat recipe.

And it’s worth replicating over and over again.

Just tried the grilled cheese…

If you like grilled cheese, you’ll want to try this copycat recipe. The combination of the bread, the parmesan butter and the cheeses are what make it ultimate perfection.

Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ever!

We’ve made and have eaten a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches, but we’d rank this one near the top for its perfection.

And the great thing about grilled cheese is that you can eat it as a meal or serve it with soup, salad or most anything else. It’s so versatile.


This recipe contains dairy and wheat products. If you have an allergy to either one, please use an appropriate substitute for those ingredients.

Starbucks Crispy Grilled Cheese Sandwich Nutrition Facts & Value Information

Using our recipe above, we estimate that one crispy sandwich has 33g of fat, 20.5g of saturated fat, 95mg cholesterol, 1102mg sodium, 38.5g carbohydrates, 31.6g protein.

Please keep in mind that these nutrition facts are estimates and will vary based on the ingredients and brands of ingredients used.


We estimate one sandwich has 570 calories.

Weight Watchers Points

We estimate that this recipe qualifies for the following Weight Watchers Points:  19 freestyle, 19 smart points, 24 points plus

Calorie Burn Time

We estimate that based on the above nutrition facts, we’ve listed the calorie burn times based on various exercises: Swimming 45 minutes, jogging 62 minutes, cycling 83 minutes, walking 150 minutes.

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