You can make just about anything on a grill, including this incredible Dairy Free and Gluten Free Grilled Gouda Sandwich! It’s easy to cook sandwiches on the grill, we’ll show you how
Did you know you can use your grill to cook almost anything? We’ve cooked fruit on our grill, pizza, baked oatmeal, and sandwiches. Yep, even sandwiches.
I’m going to tell you that making a grilled cheese sandwich on a grill beats cooking it in a pan or on a griddle any day! It’s so good, and super easy to make.
I made this super tasty and easy gluten free Grilled Gouda and Ham Sandwich for lunch last week for myself and my kids and it was a huge hit!
Here’s how to make an allergy friendly gluten free and dairy free grilled cheese sandwich on an actual grill (or in a pan if you like).
Ingredients for a dairy free and gluten free grilled cheese sandwich
For our grilled cheese sandwich bread, we used BeFree brown sliced bread. BeFree is made without nuts, eggs, dairy, soy, and gluten, so it fits everyone’s food allergies in our house, and still tastes yummy!
If you can’t find a good bread for this recipe, you can try my recipe for allergy friendly sandwich bread, it’s dairy free, yeast free, nut free, and peanut free!
I have to be careful how much of the BeFree bread I eat since it has quite a bit of added fibers to it, and since I have IBS and have to watch my FODMAPs, I can’t have too much of their bread since the fibers do bother my stomach.
But it is an excellent bread option for people who have multiple food allergies!
For the gouda cheese, I used the Follow Your Heart smoked gouda style non-dairy cheese (one of my absolute favorites!!), but you can use any sliced dairy free cheese that is your favorite, or even some incredible dairy free Violife feta style cheese.
The artichoke spread that we used for this sandwich is made by Terra Verde and completely allergy friendly as well: it’s just chopped artichokes, oil, and herbs. No pine nuts or cheeses (food allergy culprits in many pestos), but it has a yummy flavor of pesto!
We chose to mix the artichoke spread with some smashed avocado to help it stay put in the sandwich, otherwise it tries to fall out. This worked perfectly!
To add some protein to this gluten free grilled cheese, I added natural ham slices (we use the Hormel Natural Choice deli meats), but you can swap for a different kind of lunchmeat, or leave it out if you’re vegan.
How to make a grilled cheese sandwich on a grill
Once you put your gouda sandwich together, you’ll spread your non-dairy butter on the outside slices of bread and grill it. It won’t stick to the grill, promise!
- Heat your grill and scrub it, then turn it down to medium heat.
- Grill your sandwich on indirect heat for 2 minutes on each side (this will be on a higher grill rack farther away from your heat source). This helps melt the cheese without overcooking the bread.
- Then grill for 1 minute on each side over direct heat (the main grill grate) to help crisp the bread and add those nice grill marks.
- Slice and serve immediately
Want a little kick of spice? Spread on a thin layer of spicy harissa onto one piece of bread under the avocado spread!
How to make this sandwich without a grill
If you don’t have a grill or just don’t want to use it for this recipe, then you can use a pan on the stove or a griddle. We love using a cast iron pan for grilled cheese sandwiches, but you can use any pan.
If you’re going to make this grilled cheese on a pan or griddle, make sure your pan or griddle is heated up over medium heat, then add your sandwich and cook about 2 minutes or so on each side till the bread is golden brown and crispy.
Serve this alongside some fresh fruit or veggies for a full lunch! Or add some of these delicious sides or beverages:
- Warm Garlic Herb Potato Salad
- Cilantro Lime Quinoa Salad
- Sparkling Grapefruit Mocktail
- Raspberry Lime Sparkling Mocktail (Sugar Free)
Dairy Free and Gluten Free Grilled Gouda Sandwich
- 2 slices allergy friendly bread (I used BeFree's brown seed bread)
- 1/4 whole ripe (soft) avocado
- 2 Tablespoons artichoke spread (I used the Terra Verde brand, it has no nuts or dairy, or cross contamination from either)
- 3-4 slices thin sliced smoked ham lunchmeat (or your favorite natural sliced deli meat)
- 1 slice Follow Your Heart dairy free Smoked Gouda cheese (or your favorite dairy free sliced cheese)
- 1 Tablespoon Earth Balance Soy Free margarine
- Heat up your grill for about 5-10 minutes, scrape your grill, then reduce the heat to medium/medium-low.
- Smash the avocado, then mix the artichoke spread into the avocado.
- Divide the avocado/artichoke mixture evenly between the 2 slices of bread and spread evenly.
- Add the natural sliced deli meat to the sandwich and top with the dairy free smoked gouda. Put the sandwich together.
- Spread a thin layer of Earth Balance Soy Free Margarine on the outside of each slice of bread on the sandwich (the sides that will be facing the grill).
- Grill the sandwich on indirect heat (away from heat source) for 2 minutes on each side to melt the cheese. Being careful as you turn it so you don't mess up your sandwich.
- Then cook for 1 minute on each side on direct heat (on the main grill grate) to crisp the bread.
- If you don't have a grill or prefer not to use one, you can grill this sandwich on a pan or griddle that's been heated over medium heat. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the bread is golden brown and crispy.
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist