Published by Melinda McKee.

Grilled Cheese Collage

Gone are the days when vegans couldn’t enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich. Store-bought options and homemade recipes abound, and vegan cheese is just about the best thing on the planet. Just in time for National Grilled Cheese Day, we’ve compiled this list of the best vegan grilled cheese sandwiches from all over the U.S. And these aren’t your run-of-the mill cheese slice between two pieces of bread, either. Hang on tight—you’re in for a melty ride.

The Revenge From Strange Matter

Strange Matter Grilled Cheese

Forget everything you think you know about a grilled cheese sandwich. This epic sandwich actually uses two vegan grilled cheese sandwiches to envelope the goodies inside: vegan ham, jackfruit, and field roast. It’s no wonder that Strange Matter made our list this year, as this Richmond, Virginia, locale was featured on our previous best sandwich list.

The Vegan Grilled Cheese From Ballyhoo’s Historic Seafood Grille

Ballyhoos Grilled Cheese

When you want something that tastes homemade without lifting a finger, check out this Key Largo, Florida, spot’s Vegan Grilled Cheese that’s prepared with beer bread and house-made coconut milk cheddar. It’s grilled to perfection and served with black-bean soup.

Pesto Grilled Cheese From Plum Bistro

Pesto Grilled Cheese

Seattle is no stranger to vegan eats, and Plum Bistro is no exception. Items on the all-vegan menu have gained a considerable number of honorable mentions from us in the past, and this year, we’re highlighting this grilled cheese that’s made with two different kinds of vegan cheeses—mozzarella and cheddar—along with sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, and a layer of delicious pesto.

Bill Clinton’s Epiphany From Heywood Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Heywood Grilled Cheese

Aptly named in reference to our 42nd president’s diet, the sandwich from this Los Angeles eatery is made with multigrain bread and filled with melty vegan cheddar, roasted red peppers, and avocado. You can also substitute vegan cheese and butter on any sandwich at this shop, which is winning us over one cheesy bite at a time.

Parmageddon (Vegan Version) From Melt Bar & Grilled

Melt Grilled CheeseOne Door Photography

This Polish-inspired grilled cheese can be made vegan on request, as can many of the other sandwiches on this Ohio-based restaurant’s menu. Any sandwich with potato-and-onion pierogis inside it is a winner in my book, but this one takes it even further by adding freshly made napa cabbage vodka kraut (what?!), sautéed onions, and vegan cheese. There are seven Melt locations all over Ohio for your eating pleasure.

There you have it! Now what are you waiting for? Head to these eateries ASAP. And on days when you’re feeling extra-inspired, well, you can always make your own. Yum!

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