Dive in and explore what's happening in our community!

Grilling up a BBQ Grilled Cheese Sammich while traveling as a Loaf Love Tour Brand Ambassador

Kelly Sanders is a former Loaf Love Tour Brand Ambassador and blogger at Around the World in One Blog who just can’t get enough Tillamook Cheese. She travels the world looking for the best places to eat, and on her way, she’s learned some great ways to use Tillamook.

Recipe Details

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Total time: 25 min
  • Yield (number of servings): 2

Recipe Overview

As a Loaf Love Tour Brand Ambassador I traveled the country and lived in hotels.  I spent my days surrounded by delicious Tillamook Cheese and incredible produce at local Farmer’s Markets. Whenever I got back to the hotel, I had to find ways to combine this great food with my only option for cooking; the hotel BBQ. Thus, the hotel grilled cheese was invented.

Ingredients List

  • 8oz Tillamook Garlic Chili Pepper Cheddar, shredded
  • 6 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 4 slices good dense white bread
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 6 spears of Asparagus
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • Half a red onion, sliced in rings
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1tsp pepper


Place asparagus, zucchini slices and onion slices in a shallow pan. Cover vegetables with the remaining olive oil, kosher salt, pepper and chopped garlic.  Allow to marinade for as long as possible but even 5 minutes is enough.

Pre-heat grill. Brush 2 tbsp of olive oil on all sides of the bread slices. Grill bread until grill lines appear on bread. Remove from heat.

Grill marinade veggies until chard with grill lines. Place shredded cheese in a grill safe pan and allow the cheese to melt. Watch the cheese closely as it can quickly over cook.

Assemble the sammich. Place one slice of bread on a plate. Add ¼ of the melted cheese, followed by two basil leaves, half the zucchini, a few onion slices, and 3 asparagus spears. Add another ¼ of the melted cheese. Place the second slice of bread and push firmly on the sandwich to help it stick together. Repeat for second sandwich.


Matt B

This is one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I've ever had. When I first saw the recipe I couldn't believe a grilled cheese could have SO many ingredients, but I assure you I'll never make one with any fewer ever again. I think the key to this is the last sentence, because you'll definitely be making a second one once you get your big fat choppers into this thing.

April 15th, 2012 at 12:10 pm


Kelly Rocks! pure genius

April 15th, 2012 at 5:44 pm


This is, without a doubt, one of the best sandwiches I have ever tasted! The combination of the tasty grilled vegetables, basil leaves and the Tillamook Garlic Chili Pepper cheese is shear gastric genius!

April 15th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Liz Candello

Best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve had in a long time due to the chef and the cheese!

April 15th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

R. Gragg

This recipe looks incredible. I can't wait to introduce Tillamook to my BBQed veggies. Thanks for the great description.

April 16th, 2012 at 6:07 am


YUM! I am always looking for new, quick recipes that I can whip up after a long work day--and this glorious grilled cheese knocks it out of the park. I made this two nights ago for my hubby (who is quite picky and avoids all things veggie) and he inhaled it! I love this recipe because it has a wonderful depth of flavor, a pop of freshness from the basil, lots of veggies, and Tillamook Cheese!

This is by far my favorite of the grilled cheese recipes yet. Keep em coming!

April 16th, 2012 at 8:17 am


Absolutely loved this grilled cheese sandwich!

April 16th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

marti miesen

WOW, this is the best sandwich ever. I love it!!! My husband loves it.

A great healthly quick way to have a meal!!! Bring on some more great recipes Kelly!

I don't know you, but sure love your cooking!!!!

April 17th, 2012 at 9:13 am


This sammich is fabulous! Great way to get more "veggies" in a delicious way.
Had not tried the Tillamook Garlic Chilli Pepper Cheddar but now it is my "cheese" of choice. Thank you for the recipe.

April 18th, 2012 at 7:27 am

Tillamook Team

Thanks for your comment, Linda! I'm so glad to hear you like Kelly's recipe! Garlic Chilli Pepper Cheddar is one of my all-time favorites too!

~ Katy of the Tillamook Team

April 18th, 2012 at 9:39 am

Tillamook Team

Hi Marti, thanks so much for commenting here on the blog! It's great to know your you and your hubby like Kelly's recipe! Our Brand Ambassadors have to be crafty with their meals while on the road :)

~ Katy of the Tillamook Team

April 18th, 2012 at 9:41 am

Tillamook Team

Hooray! Kelly will be glad to hear it, Gary! Thanks for reading!

~ Katy of the Tillamook Team

April 18th, 2012 at 9:44 am

Tillamook Team

Wow! That's great to hear, Ariel! I'm glad this recipe got such high marks with your husband and that you've been enjoying our recipepalooza recipes!

~ Katy of the Tillamook Team

April 18th, 2012 at 9:49 am

Tillamook Team

Thanks for your comment, Ray!I'm glad to hear you like the recipe!

~ Katy of the Tillamook Team

April 18th, 2012 at 9:50 am

Tillamook Team

Kelly will be so thrilled to her it, Liz! Thanks for taking the time to check out her recipe!

~ Katy of the Tillamook Team

April 18th, 2012 at 9:51 am

Tillamook Team

Thanks for the great compliments, Liam! It's wonderful to hear that you're a fan of Kelly's recipe! Check back in here on the blog for more yummy and inspired grilled cheese recipes!

~ Katy of the Tillamook Team

April 18th, 2012 at 9:52 am

Tillamook Team

Wow, thanks Reenie! I will make sure to pass your comment along to Kelly!

~ Katy of the Tillamook Team

April 18th, 2012 at 9:53 am

Tillamook Team

Thanks for commenting, Matt! We loaf hearing from fans, and Kelly's recipepalooza recipe has definitely been one of the most popular of the bunch! Glad to hear it turned out just as yummy as she described it!

~ Katy of the Tillamook Team

April 18th, 2012 at 10:39 am

coco gragg

Ok, Best grilled cheese in the world. Its the combo of Kelly and Tillamook that makes it so so so great!!!!

April 18th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Tillamook Team

We couldn't agree more, Coco! Thanks for reading and commenting!

~ Katy of the Tillamook Team

April 19th, 2012 at 12:29 pm


Picking the right Tillimoook cheese can make all the difference. I am a big fan of spice and a big fan of Tillimook's Chili Pepper Cheddar. This grilled cheese combination is a real delight!

April 24th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Tillamook Team

I agree, Kim! It's all about pairing the right flavors together. Thanks so much for your comment!

~ Katy of the Tillamook Team

April 25th, 2012 at 8:34 am


Loved the sandwich, loved the picture!! Can not wait to make it again. would never had thought to buy the garlic cilli pepper cheese if not for this recipe.

April 30th, 2012 at 10:57 am

Tillamook Team

I'm so glad to hear you like the recipe, Barbara! Garlic Chili Pepper Cheddar is one of my favorites too!

~ Katy of the Tillamook Team

May 1st, 2012 at 4:14 pm
Add your comment

Keep Exploring Blog Posts