Starbucks Grilled Cheese Copycat Recipe

If you’ve ever had a Starbucks grilled cheese sandwich, you know it’s something special.

Between the golden bread, gooey filling, and Parmesan-butter spread, it’s pretty much the perfect meal.

And now, you can make it at home for a fraction of the cost!

Copycat Starbucks Grilled Cheese Recipe

This super simple yet super tasty sandwich has a few key ingredients that make it extra scrumptious.

First, you’ll use a mixture of butter and Parmesan cheese to coat the bread. So it gets insanely golden with a stunning kick of salty cheese.

And that means fresh Parmesan. You’ll need to grate it from a block rather than use that stinky stuff in the green container.

Then there’s the bread - you need thick slices of sourdough here! No sad pre-sliced white bread, thank you!

(If you want to make your own sourdough bread, check out my easy sourdough starter recipe.)

Finally, there’s the cheese! A lot of recipes call for pre-sliced cheese, but I just don’t think they have the same flavor. And they don’t melt nearly as well as freshly grated.

So, get a block of really good, white mature cheddar. Then a chunk of fresh mozzarella. Grate the cheddar and slice the mozzarella yourself, and you won’t believe how gooey it gets!


  • Butter -  it should be pretty soft so you can mix it with the cheese and spread it easily
  • Parmesan - grab a block and grate it yourself
  • Mature White Cheddar - it’s flavorful and melts well. But feel free to use Gruyère or Gouda if you like
  • Mozzarella - this is what makes this grilled cheese oh-so-gooey. Get a chunk and slice it fresh for best results
  • Sourdough - you want a whole loaf so you can slice it yourself. I like it pretty thick to hold the filling

How to Make Starbucks Grilled Cheese

This recipe is crazy-easy to make. You just need a bread knife, a skillet, and a bit of patience.

  1. Cut the sourdough loaf into 4 thick slices - about 2.5 cm / 1 inch each
  2. Mix the soft butter with freshly grated Parmesan until it’s well blended
  3. Spread the butter over one side of each slice of bread
  4. Put a skillet over medium heat and add two slices of bread, butter side down
  5. Divide the mozzarella slices and place them over the bread in the skillet
  6. Top the mozzarella with shredded cheddar and put the two remaining slices of bread on top, butter side up
  7. Cook until the bread is golden and toasted, then carefully flip the sandwiches
  8. Press down gently, and cook until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted
  9. Slice, serve, and enjoy

Recipe Variations

This recipe is enough for 2 sandwiches. And they’re fantastic as is, but I like them with this spicy aioli on the side.

Other fun variations include:

  • Add caramelized onions
  • Add thick-cut, smoky ham
  • Add tomato slices
  • Mix some pesto into the butter
  • Use another type of bread, such as whole wheat, cheesy, onion loaf, or brioche
  • Mince fresh rosemary and mix with a bit of butter or mayo, then spread it inside the sandwich to keep it from burning
  • Mix roasted garlic into the butter with the Parmesan

Copycat Starbucks Grilled Cheese Recipe

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
5 min
800 kcal
If you’ve ever had a Starbucks grilled cheese sandwich, you know it’s something special. And now, you can make it at home for a fraction of the cost!


  • 3 tablespoons of Soft Butter
  • 3 tablespoons of Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 100 grams of Freshly Grated Mature White Cheddar (3-4 slices)
  • 100 grams of Sliced Fresh Mozzarella (3-4 slices)
  • 4 thick slices of Sourdough


  1. Mix the soft butter with the freshly grated Parmesan cheese in a small bowl until well blended.
  2. Spread the butter mixture evenly over 1 side of the 4 slices of sourdough.
  3. Warm a skillet to low-medium heat, then add 2 slices of bread, butter side down.
  4. Divide the freshly grated cheddar and the mozzarella slices over the 2 slices of bread in the skillet.
  5. Top with the 2 remaining slices of sourdough, butter side up.
  6. Heat until the bottom slice is golden and the cheese starts the melt (about 1-2 minutes).
  7. Carefully flip the sandwiches over and heat again until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted (about 1-2 minutes).
  8. Optional: cover the pan with a lid to help the cheese melt.
  9. Remove the sandwiches from the skillet, slice them in half, and enjoy.

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