Grilled Cheese, Diner Style

Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 6 mins

The mayonnaise in place of the butter makes the bread toast evenly and gives a similar yet different crispiness. This is how they made it on the grill at a diner I used to frequent, the kind where the grill is behind the counter and you can watch. CAUTION: using low fat or no fat mayo or even miracle whip will change the outcome of the final product, the first 2 contain water and the second sugar that does not act in the same manor as an oil or fat sub.


  1. Heat a small skillet to medium.
  2. Using a butter knife, spread half of mayonnaise onto one slice of the bread, place mayo side down in the skillet.
  3. Top with cheese.
  4. Spread remaining mayonnaise onto second slice of bread and place mayonnaise side up on top of cheese.
  5. Cook 3 minutes, or until bread is toasty brown, turn and repeat.
  6. Note: Miracle Whip does not work for this, as the sugar in it tends to burn.


Most Helpful

Who would have thought that such a simple idea would produce the prettiest, golden pieces of grilled cheese? So easy and tastes great! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. I've also added bacon and egg for a grilled bacon, egg & cheese sandwich. Yummy!

Queen Puff June 12, 2012

This is perfect if you don't have any butter in the house. The mayo is easily spreadable and browns nicely. I still prefer the flavor of butter, but mayo is just as rich.

Figtree39 February 11, 2013

Authentic. We made this tonight as a quick supper. We subbed in cheddar cheese because family members prefer it to American. Made as written otherwise. The mayo does a nice job. They do come out diner style. Thanks for posting Dawnab.Enjoy! ChefDLH

ChefDLH January 02, 2012

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