Broccoli Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich


I’m almost at a loss for words to describe this Broccoli Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich, it is just that good! I guess I will say, let the pictures tell you everything you need to know about this sandwich.

Several months ago I had, I guess the word is, “pinspiration” when I saw this utterly incredible photo of a Broccoli Grilled Cheese sandwich over at BS in the Kitchen.  It left me salivating and I never did forget about it.  I was purely inspired to make my own rendition.
If you have tried my Healthy Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe then this recipe and cooking method will be familiar to you (though this version isn’t quite as healthy =). Some may say if you are going to have a grilled cheese sandwich you may as well load on the butter, use white bread and just go all out. I say otherwise, not only because it’s better for you to fry with olive oil and use whole grain bread but I think it tastes better. I hope you adapt this cooking method for all your grilled cheese sandwiches, it’s a small and simple step to a healthier grilled cheese.  Enjoy!

ahh, that first bite…


Broccoli Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yield: 1 Sandwich


  • 2 slices Double Fiber Bread or Whole Wheat Bread
  • 1.5 oz Medium Cheddar Cheese , grated (about 1/3 cup packed)
  • 1/2 oz Parmesan Cheese , finely grated (about 2 Tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped quality ham*
  • 6 small broccoli florets , steamed then diced into small pieces**
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt , to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil , divided


  1. In a bowl, combine grated Cheddar Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, ham, steamed broccoli, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Layer mixture over one slice of bread then top with additional slice of bread gently pressing down. Heat a non-stick fry pan over medium low heat then drizzle 1/2 Tbsp olive oil into pan and tilt pan back and forth to evenly coat, immediately place sandwich in pan (I don't preheat the oil because the outside would darken before the inside cooks through), cover pan with lid and cook 2 - 3 minutes until bottom becomes golden brown. Carefully lift sandwich out of pan with a spatula then add remaining 1/2 Tbsp olive oil to pan and tilt to coat. Carefully flip sandwich returning to pan, cover pan with lid, and cook opposite side until bottom is golden brown and cheese has melted about 2 - 3 minutes. Serve warm.
  2. Recipe Source: inspired by BS in the Kitchen, recipe Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

*I put quality ham because I used leftover spiral sliced ham that I had placed in the food processor then processed several seconds until chopped into very small pieces (I always do this with leftover ham and freeze it. It's great for salads, sandwiches, eggs and many other entrees. This recipe is a great use for that leftover spiral sliced ham this upcoming Easter). If you don't happen to have left over ham you could also use deli ham, diced into pieces. **I use a simple steaming method, I place 1/4 cup water in a microwave safe bowl then add broccoli florets. Microwave on HIGH power 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes until tender, then drain water and dice into smaller pieces.


  • Mary: This is an interesting sandwich. I’m new to your blog but posts like this one will keep me coming back. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I enjoyed the time I spent here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary April 6, 2012 at 8:43am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Mary – thanks so much for your comment! I’m so glad to hear you enjoy my blog =). I hope you have a great day as well! April 6, 2012 at 8:00pm Reply

  • LoofahWorld: YUMMY…I can’t wait to try this one (sooner than later)! April 7, 2012 at 10:18am Reply

  • Jackie: Oh thank you for posting this recipe! I’m making ham today for our Easter dinner, and I am always at a loss as to what to make with the leftover ham (besides pea soup). I pinned this, and will be making these within the next couple days for a yummy lunch or even dinner. This looks YUMMY! April 8, 2012 at 11:06am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Jackie – you’re so welcome! I was always running into the same problem wondering what to do with left over ham as well. Another thing I love to do is use the finely diced ham for ham and cheese salads. I just use a crisp greens salad blend then add grated mozzarela and cheddar and some ranch (made from a packet mix) and it makes a super easy dinner or lunch. Thanks for your comment! April 8, 2012 at 12:49pm Reply

  • Shawna: This looks so good! I can’t wait to try it. I love your blog and all your recipes. Thanks for sharing! April 11, 2012 at 3:14pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Shawna – you’re welcome =). Thanks for your comment! April 11, 2012 at 8:11pm Reply

  • Emily: Yum! This looks so delicious. I love the flavor profile here. I can’t wait to give it a try. Beautiful photos, as always. April 13, 2012 at 7:26pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Emily – thanks, that’s so nice of you to say! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment I love getting comments =)! April 14, 2012 at 8:08am Reply

  • Culinary Vibes: hey.. i happened to try the recipe yest.. minus the ham as i am a veggie.. substituted with mushrooms.. it was yumm.. thanks for sharing the recipe..
    i am writing about the same on my blog.. do drop in if u find time.. May 7, 2012 at 3:25am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Culinary Vibes – thanks for your comment and your welcome =). I love your blog! That cheesecake with sweetened condensed milk in it looks amazing! I love sweetened condensed milk! I could eat it by the spoonful. May 7, 2012 at 8:39am Reply

  • Culinary Vibes: Thanks for the appreciation Jaclyn.. u made my day :) May 9, 2012 at 1:17pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Yeah =), I loved your blog post on this! It looks great, I love the addition of mushrooms! May 9, 2012 at 5:25pm Reply

  • Christina: This was a good sandwich, love the green in it! June 1, 2012 at 6:29pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Christina, I’m so glad you thought so =)! I like the green in it too, and the evoo, it makes an unhealthy thing much healthier. June 1, 2012 at 9:44pm Reply

  • Janine: I made this for dinner tonight, and it was great!! Thank you for sharing :) January 7, 2013 at 5:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed it Janine! Thanks so much for your comment! January 8, 2013 at 9:25pm Reply

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  • Amarie at The This grilled cheese looks so delicious. Have you entered it in the Grilled Cheese Academy’s recipe showdown? If not, you should! Here’s the website: April 19, 2013 at 2:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I did once but I’m sure it’s a long shot :). Thanks for your nice comment Amarie! April 25, 2013 at 6:53pm Reply

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