Grilled cheese like you’ve never had it! You’re going to love this Parmesan crusted pepperoni pizza grilled cheese recipe.

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: With just a few extra steps, you can make a “gourmet” grilled cheese similar to sandwiches you order in a restaurant.

How long it takes: 15 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: skillet or griddle
Servings: Makes 1 sandwich but feel free to make as many as you like!

Prepared pizza grilled cheese sandwich cut in half and stacked. Dark blue background with text: Parmesan crusted pepperoni pizza grilled cheese.
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Grilled cheese sandwiches are clearly one of the best foods known to man. And they are so adaptable! Add bacon. Add a huge, tasty, juicy tomato, add pesto, add whatever you want (or whatever you have in your fridge).

I’m also obsessed with anything pizza. Pizza stuffed spaghetti squash. English muffin pizzas. Pizza bagel bites. Stuffed pizza bites with garlic butter.  BBQ chicken pizza. Pizza Pizza Pizza. Pizza turkey burgers, Pizza baked pasta and pizza quesadillas. So why not combine two of the greatest foods: grilled cheese sandwiches and pizza?

This pizza grilled cheese sandwich is stuffed with pepperoni, pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. And if that weren’t enough, it has a crispy Parmesan cheese crust that takes it right over the top!

Prepared pizza grilled cheese sandwich cut in half on white surface.

Make It Your Own

  • Add your own pizza toppings. If you’re not a fan of pepperoni, or if you really want to stuff this grilled cheese sandwich, feel free to add other toppings such as sliced ham, crispy bacon, thinly sliced bell peppers, onions, olives, etc.
  • Make it in your air fryer. Lately, I’ve been loving my air fryer. We love air fryer grilled cheese; it’s super fast and they get ultra crisp.
  • Try different cheese. I really love smoked provolone cheese on this sandwich or an Italian blend cheese.
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Parmesan Crusted Pizza Grilled Cheese

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 sandwich
Grilled cheese like you've never had it! You're going to love this Parmesan crusted pepperoni pizza grilled cheese recipe.
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  • 2 slices bread (I like whole grain)
  • 2 teaspoons butter, softened or spreadable
  • 1 tablespoon pizza sauce
  • 4 tablespoons shredded mozzarella, divided (or two slices)
  • 6 slices pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  • Butter one side of each slice of bread with softened butter. Heat skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  • Spread pizza sauce on the unbuttered side of one slice. Add 3 tablespoons of the shredded mozzarella (or 1 slice) and arrange the pepperoni slices on the cheese. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Place the other slice of bread on top of the cheese with the buttered side facing out.
  • On one buttered side, spread 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese and press down gently to adhere. Place the sandwich, cheese side down, in heated skillet or griddle. Top the other buttered side (should be face up in the pan) with the rest of the parmesan cheese.
  • Cook for 4 to 6 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese on the inside is melted. Enjoy immediately.


  • Measurements are approximate and will vary based on size of bread.
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese can be used in place of shredded.
  • Feel free to substitute pizza toppings of your choice for the pepperoni.



Serving: 1sandwich, Calories: 508kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 1178mg, Potassium: 246mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 760IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 575mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Amanda S says:

    I’ll be there!

  2. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    This sammie is AWESOME and I know all of us would enjoy it.

  3. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says:

    I’ll be there!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      You’re the best.

  4. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    Ok ,that is hilarious that you were called the Grilled Cheese Queen…I’d proudly own that name too lol! You had me at Parmesan crusted…then you said pizza..then you said grilled cheese? YES YES YES to all of those! These pictures are beautiful, need to try this recipe :)

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thanks Phi! Come to the twitter party tonight!!! :)

  5. Brenda Haines says:

    RSVP @TheHippieHut

  6. Jen says:

    Grilled cheese is one of my favorite meals! Will attend the party!

  7. Linda says:

    You know I want it !!!

  8. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    One cannot eat too many grilled cheese sandwiches in her lifetime. That’s my motto. ;) This pizza version looks so scrumptious!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Amen sista.

  9. denise says:

    to die for!

  10. Kristen says:

    I absolutely love the Parmesan crust idea for this tasty grilled cheese!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thanks Kristen! It makes it super crunchy and extra delicious. :) The more cheese the better in my book! ;)