13 Perfect Panini & Grilled Sammies

Warm, crispy bread. A distinctive crunch. Fresh, hot, flavorful fillings like meat, cheese and veggies. Panini are the perfect food.

You might typically think of panini as lunchtime fare, but they truly make ideal meals for any time of day. We’ve even picked a few for you that would be 100 percent suitable for brunch so you can try ’em for yourself!

Of course, it’s hard to talk about panini and not include a few more of our favorite grilled sandwiches from Rachael. One of the main differences between the two is whether or not you add butter or some sort of oil to the outside of the bread – panini are typically grilled “dry.”

Either way, you don’t need a fancy contraption to make the perfect sandwich. Something heavy to give them their distinctive “press” (Rachael has a handy glass weight, which you can use for tons of dishes!) is all that’s necessary.

Bonus: Wow your friends with your knowledge of Italian: “Panino” refers to one sandwich, while “panini” refers to many.

Grilled Rosemary Chicken Melt

Your favorite grilled chicken salad gets a boost from crispy foccacia and melted Provolone cheese!

Spanish Ham and Cheese Panini

Pimiento and piquillo peppers, along with Manchengo cheese and Serrano ham create a truly Spanish flavor combination that will have your tastebuds saying “Gracias!”

Saltimbocca Panini with Fresh Baby Arugula 

The peppery bite of arugula plus a bright splash of lemon juice will make you think of a fresh, spring salad when you try this light and tasty panini.

The Absolute Best Roast Beef Sandwich 

Ever made your own horseradish sauce? You’ll never buy it from the store again when you whip it up for this hearty roast beef sammie.

Grilled Cheese Burgers

Cheeseburgers are great – but grilling them makes them even better! You won’t miss a typical, soft bun once you take a bite of this crunchy, savory burger.

Egg-Battered Asparagus, Ham, and Cheese Sandwiches

Fresh asparagus in a Monte Cristo dipped in a lemon, cheese and egg mixture means this sammie is great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any snack in between!


Pepperoni. Roma tomatoes. Fresh, ground pepper. We don’t have to tell you why this sandwich is tops.

Rachael Patty Melts 

Rach builds a variation of a classic Reuben with homemade dressing, ground turkey, sauerkraut, and two cheeses on marble rye or pumpernickel bread.

French Toast Grilled Cheese with Apples

“French toast and fresh apples with a fig or maple spread” sounds like something off the menu of your favorite brunch spot. Now, enjoy it as a grilled sandwich you can make at home!

A Rachael Goes to Monte Cristo

French toast “Rachels” are go perfectly with homemade Russian dressing for dipping!

Cuban-Style Monte Cristos

Rachael combines two classic flavors for a sandwich that’s everything you want: Crunchy, hearty, and with a surprising combination of flavors that will have you wanting to grill up another as soon as you’re done!

Italian Grilled Cheese-n-Tomato

Basil, mozzarella and crusty Italian bread make this sandwich a close relative of your favorite bruschetta or caprese salad!

Eggplant-Parm Grilled Cheese

If you love eggplant parmigiana, you won’t be able to say no to this sandwich. Your favorite purple fruit bulks up this grilled cheese with a “meaty” texture that vegetarians and omnivores alike will love.

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