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Tuna Grilled Cheese Sandwich

My Tuna Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe boasts mouthwatering, flaky tuna with shredded cheddar, crisp bacon and fresh tomatoes, all grilled to perfection on buttery bread!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon grilled cheese, best grilled cheese, grilled cheese recipe, perfect grilled cheese, sandwiches grilled, tuna melt, tuna melt sandwich
Servings: 4
Calories: 429kcal


  • Stove


  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • 1 can (6 to 8 ounces) tuna in water, drained, and chopped
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil


  • Arrange tomato slices on a cutting board or plate, and sprinkle with salt; let stand 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, combine tuna, cheddar, basil, thyme, and red onions in a mixing bowl; stir to incorporate.
  • Brush the outside of each slice of bread with butter and sprinkle the buttered side with parmesan cheese; press to adhere to the bread.
  • On the inside of two bread slices evenly divide a layer of the cheese mixture, tomatoes, and bacon.
  • Top with remaining bread slices, buttered side on the outside.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet set over medium heat.
  • Place sandwiches in the skillet and cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown, firmly pressing down on the sandwich with a spatula before flipping over the sandwich to cook on the other side.
  • Remove from skillet.
  • Cut sandwiches in half and serve.


Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 774mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 920IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 417mg | Iron: 2mg