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The Ultimate Grilled Sandwich

Who doesn't love a good PB + J?

I'm kind of a sucker for them.  

Easy to make.  Perfect for a snack.  For a hike.  For breakfast.  Anytime.

Such simplicity in these ingredients.  And I must be honest with you...I prefer grape jelly!

But for today, let's kick it up a notch.

Let's get a little crazy.

Let's grill this bad boy.

But not in a pan or in a panini press.

Let's pile it high with toppings.  Healthy, sweet, fruity, savory...let your imagination run wild!

And then let's grill it in you WAFFLE MAKER.

Oh yes.  

Do not underestimate the power of the waffle maker.

This grilled sandwich is like no other.  The waffle maker actually creates nooks + crannies and then makes them CRISPY.

Are you hearing the words I'm saying?  Are you looking at the nooks + the golden brown color!?  How is it possible that there is any other way to make a sandwich??

This sandwich making method is blowing my mind.  I think my waffle maker just earned a permanent position on my counter.  That is a big deal!

I don't have an official recipe for you, but I do have a few ideas.

The Ultimate Waffle-Grilled Sandwich gluten-free, vegan

General instructions/tips:

  • Preheat + grease your waffle maker around the medium heat setting [adjust as needed].
  • If using frozen gluten-free bread be sure the bread is fully thawed before putting in the waffle maker.  A quick way to thaw frozen bread is to put in your toaster on a low setting for about 1/2 - 1 cycle.  Don't let it actually toast, just thaw.
  • Do not use a crusty bread, as it will be very hard to clamp down your waffle maker.  Best to use a soft sandwich bread.
  • You may not be able to fully close your waffle maker.  Don't force it.
  • Spread nut butter on both sides of the bread and then other ingredients in the middle.
  • Takes about 1 typical waffle cycle to fully grill, but may vary with your waffle maker. 
  • A round or rectangular waffle make will work.

Classic Peanut Butter + Jelly >> Spread peanut butter on both sides then sandwich together.  Grill.  Serve with a side of jelly for dipping.

PB, Banana, Strawberry, Walnut, Coconut >> Spread peanut butter on both sides then top one side with banana slices and one with strawberry slices then sprinkle with walnuts + coconut.  Grill.  Serve with a side of jelly for dipping.

PB, Chocolate, Banana, Coconut >> Spread peanut butter on both sides then top one side with banana, one with dark chocolate chips [vegan if needed], then sprinkle with coconut.  Grill.

Almond Butter + Berry >> Spread almond butter on both sides and top each side with mixed berries.  Grill.  

Smore's >> Spread almond butter on both sides then top one side with chopped marshmallows [gf + vegan if needed] and one side with dark chocolate chips [vegan if needed].  Grill.

PB, Banana, Maple >> Spread peanut butter on both sides and top each side with banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Grill.  Serve with a side of maple syrup.

Strawberry, Almond, Coconut >> Spread softened coconut butter on one side and almond butter on the other then place strawberries on one half.  Grill.  

The possibilities are endless.  

You could easily set this up as a fun weekend breakfast/brunch with family or friends.  Set out bowls with different topping options, a few types of bread, nut butter, jelly, etc. and then get grilling....err....waffling!

It's a bird!  It's a plane!


It's a waffle-grilled sandwich!

And if you happen to stop by to my house anytime in the next month, you can without a doubt expect to be fed a waffle sandwich.  Don't worry, I'll let you pick the toppings.  I hope you can deal.

Now what are you waiting for?  Find yourself a waffle maker and get to it!


Reader Comments (49)

GENIUS!! This is such a great idea. It looks phenomenal. I can't wait for finals to be over and to get back to my home kitchen where my waffle is living right now! Thank you for being so creative :)
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
I've been saying for a while I need a waffle maker but now I know I REALLY NEED a waffle maker. These look amazing!
These look amazing. It's 11.24am in Dublin and my mouth is watering. Think these will be on the menu this weekend. Beautiful pics too Ashley!
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAisling
Ok, now I am REALLY sad that I am leaving my waffle maker in IL. And I love the photos in this post, especially the first one!
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Well I officially NEED a waffle maker... so genius!
Amazing. I can tell we'll get along just fine :) Now I need to go purchase a waffle maker!!
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie
This is so fun!! Love this idea!
I am so in LOVE with this idea! You have no idead!! Thank you!
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTieghan
A waffle sandwich??!! I'm dying. THIS is what I want next time I come to lunch.
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
That looks so fun! I bet I could make a few up at once and the toast to reheat them for weekday mornings. How fantastic!
...and the boyfriend says I won't use my waffle iron very much. HA!

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlene
I was just as excited when I discovered waffle maker hasbrowns! If you haven't tried it yet- you must!!
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRosie
Oh my gosh this is incredible. I can just imagine the crunch of those crispy nooks and crannies right now! As soon as I get a waffle maker...
Oooookay! You have done it now, this is breakfast tomorrow, worth the getting up extra early!
I love your excitement in this post! This is such a fun idea! I'm digging the pb, chocolate, banana and coconut one!
Looks like it's time to pull out the waffle maker from the back of the kitchen closet. Can't wait to try this out this weekend!
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke
What a great idea! I need to get to it! :)
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDana
What a great idea! I'm just picturing the all those nooks and crannies filled with little surprises like peanut butter or chocolate. I'm really digging the PB, banana, and maple one! My mouth is watering.
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Wow.. this looks so good!!! Best idea ever!
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. & Mrs. P
You, friend, are a genius.
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChobani
This post makes me wish I owned a waffle maker!
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicole
Oh my gosh, pre-veganism, I used to make grilled cheese sandwiches using the waffle maker in my dorm cafeteria pretty much every day... everyone hated me, of course, because I got burnt muenster all over their waffles... but it was SO worth it. :)
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRose
pure genius. how have I not thought of this?? I've used a sandwich maker (I think it's Cuisinart) but how savvy are you to think of the waffle maker?! My husband will be all OVER this!!
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGloria
I've been using our waffle maker for grilled cheese and heating up tortillas too. Love it!
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercharli
This is genius! My fiance loves waffles but we keep putting off getting a waffle maker for the occasional time we will make waffles. Your post here just put another big point into the "reasons to buy waffle maker" list.
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle
@Andrea - Thank you so much!

@Rosie - Waffle maker hashbrowns??? WHAT!?

@Katie - I will have toppings galore lined up for you and A!! xo

@Rose - Hysterically laughing about people being pissed about getting muenster cheese on their waffles...hahahaa...also, muenster cheese is the BEST for grilled cheese!

@Christa - My husband is obsessed after the first day. He said that every sandwich needs to be made with the waffle maker from now on. :)

@Danielle - Yes! Now it's a multi-purpose appliance!
May 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Wowzer. You have always inspired me with crazy epic breakfast ideas, but this sounds absolutely incredible! I've always loved grilled pb, banana, and honey sandos, and waffles, so yeah, why not combine them? Mind blown. Is it Saturday yet? Can't wait to try this out!
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
Haha! You are brilliant! That is all. :-)
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea
This is brilliant. This waffle sandwich idea just blew my mind. I'm making one now.
OMG what?! This sounds like the best panini ever. Bravo!
What about 'waffle grilled' stuffed or unstuffed FRENCH TOAST! :)
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammy @ iEatNeat
This looks amazing! i just discovered your blog and am loving going through all your recipes - such an inspiration. What type of gluten-free bread did you use for this recipe? Is it one you have listed on your website? Thanks for your help!
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteph
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. This is amazing!
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
As if I didn't have reason enough already to go buy a waffle maker! This is amazing. Thank you!
May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenna
I wish I could hug you right now. This is my ultimate kind of sandwich!
May 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersteph
you need a sandwich / panini press... it will blow your mind!
May 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkcaudad
We had an appliance growing up expressly for that purpose! I think it was called a Snackmaster or something? It made two grilled sandwiches cut in half diagonally (so four triangles resulted). It sealed the edges of each triangle really well... Can't remember if I ended up with it or if it disappeared?
May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAllie
Curious what kind of bread that is? It looks great, even soft, for gluten free.
May 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSally
@Steph + @Sally - It's Canyon Bakehouse 7-grain bread. The texture isn't my favorite, but in this grilled sandwich it toasted up really well! My favorite store bought GF bread is Udi's.
May 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
which waffle maker do you use? looks like it works phenomenally!
May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentern.m.
Looks amazing! I has wanted to make a fun breakfast for the extra-long weekend... I'll make these tomorrow!
May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
@N.M. - We have this Waring Pro double Belgian waffle maker - We got it as a gift and the double capacity is pretty amazing! :)
May 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
This is briliant. I remember when I first started reading your blog, it was for the buckwheat bakes. I'm glad I stuck around (and even got my own since then!) for ingenuity like this! ;)
May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIrina @ wandercrush
You are so creative! I would have never thought to put a sandwich in a waffle maker!

I think I would try it with just a slice a bread - no filing inside. This way, the little crevices created by the waffle maker would be the perfect thing to hold extra toppings (strawberry and bananas are a personal favourite of mine).

I actually haven't used my waffle maker in a while, because I find it to be a bit of a hassle to clean, however this might just be worth it to take it out again!

I think this would be perfect for a Sunday brunch with my family. I think they would love it!
May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElle
What is the AHHMAZING looking granola/oatmeal/cookie-in-a-bowl thing that has two pictures randomly embedded in this post? I WILL be making these pb&j waffle sandwiches...but I want to make that little thing as well! :)
May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
@Lisa - Ahhh, something got messed up with my file naming and those photos just ended up in 5 of my posts! Thanks for your comment letting me know. Check out today's post here: It's a single serving deep dish oatmeal cookie!! :)
May 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I wish my waffle maker had big squares like yours, mine has many small ones and there wasn't quite the same crispy factor, but still delicious!
September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma (This Kind Choice)
OMG... this takes my high maintenance/5-year old need to have my sandwiches cut into fourths to a whole new level!!! Totally making these this weekend. Just pinned! :)
Wow! What a nice and tasty sandwich. I would love to try this creativity.
August 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBestonlinedeals

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