Yes, vegans can eat grilled cheese—and not just your basic two pieces of bread with a slice of cruelty-free cheese in between but all kinds of grilled cheese. Sure, we love the quick, easy deliciousness that comes with grilling a few slices of Field Roast’s Chao, Daiya, or Follow Your Heart on bread, but sometimes, you need to get creative.
Vegan grilled cheese is basically the best thing known to man, so we’ve compiled our fave drool-worthy sandwiches just in time for National Grilled Cheese Day. Now go melt some vegan cheese!
Pierogi Grilled Cheese at Melt Bar and Grilled
Pierogies + grilled cheese—are you kidding me? Two of my favorite foods smooshed together with kraut and onions on thick, fresh bread? I’ll take two. Head to Melt Bar and Grilled in Ohio for this baby.
Blueberry Basil Grilled Cheese
Lorimer Street Kitchen offers up this perfect indulgence for when you can’t decide whether you want to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner—it works as all three!
Buffalo Tempeh Grilled Cheese
Buffalo on anything is good, but buffalo tempeh on a grilled cheese? That is great. Thanks Vegan Yack Attack! Substitute the tempeh with Beyond Meat chicken strips for more of a “buffalo chicken dip”–type sandwich.
Creamy Cashew Cheese on Sourdough
House-made cashew cheese oozes out with every crunchy bite that you take into the panini pressed bread, courtesy of Vegetable restaurant.
Comfort Food Combo: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Q: What grilled cheese is complete without tomato soup? A: None of them. This combo is even more excellent when croutons and basil are involved. Get thee to The Cold Pressery as soon as humanly possible.
Fiery and With a Kick
Pesto Grilled Cheese
This sandwich, courtesy of Plum Bistro, features two different kinds of vegan cheese—mozzarella and cheddar—along with sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, and a layer of delicious pesto sandwiched between two huge slices of deliciousness.
Melted Cheese Apple Panini on Raisin Bread
Healthy Happy Life knows that vegan cheese and apples go together like peanut butter and jelly, so why not put them together between two pieces of bread and eat it?
The Vegan Cheese Toasty
Mister Toast offers up pickles, sauerkraut, shiitake bacon—just looking at this picture makes me want to cry tears of vegan joy.
Basil Butternut Grilled Cheese
Did you even know that butternut squash can be used as a creamy cheese-like substitute? Spabettie does, and now you do!
Classic Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
This grilled cheese from Little Pine, Moby’s Los Angeles restaurant, is probably one of the most Instagrammed dishes of all time, plus all proceeds from the restaurant go toward helping animal groups, including PETA!
The Cheesiest Grilled Cheese With Lasagna
This is the epic grilled cheese that you didn’t even know that you were wishing for: a massive piece of lasagna melted into two slices of Tomato Cayenne Chao.
Grilled Cheese Italiano
Spring into spring with this basil and pickled onions grilled cheese sandwich using Follow Your Heart mozzarella shreds.
Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese
The world’s best foods collide in this extra-cheesy grilled-to-perfection treasure.
Old Town Grilled Cheese
Sharp cashew gruyère spread, basil-avocado sauce, and provolone cheese work together to make this delectable melt by Seabirds Kitchen one that you’ll never forget.
Gooey Tomatillo Salsa Grilled Cheese
Napkin required! May I have That Recipe? serves up the perfect sandwich that offers hints of heat and tang that you need.
Hangover Cure Grilled Cheese
Bread, cashew cheese, garlic, mushrooms, and arugula make this heavenly sandwich the perfect lunch after a late night out.