You know the sitch: it’s dark way too early (thanks, winter), you’re exhausted (thanks, life), and you’re starving.

Sliced sandwich with melted cheese in the middle and a bowl of soup behind.

The hangry is about to set in and you need some comfort food STAT. Not just any comfort food. You need the ULTIMATE grilled cheese.

Grilled cheese that’s loaded with 3 types of gooey cheeses. Grilled cheese that is crusted in parmesan cheese. Grilled cheese that’s coated in garlic butter. Four Cheese Grilled Cheese is THAT sandwich and it is going to make all grilled cheese dreams come true.

This is the vegetarian dinner recipe that those dreams are made of. And who doesn’t love grilled cheese?! Let’s get to making it!

Two grilled cheeses cut in half with cheese pull.

Reader review

4.92 (12 ratings)

These were to die for!!!!! The garlic butter and parm on the outside was clinch!!!!!!!!! Also I made extra and put them in the fridge for the next day and they were even tastier!

– Laura

4 Cheeses in Grilled Cheese

If you’re looking to make the most gourmet, ultimate grilled cheese, you’ve gotta take the cheeses to the max. If it’s not oozing cheese, is it even a grilled cheese sandwich?

Here’s what we’ve got:

  • Provolone
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Gouda
  • Parmesan

Inside those sourdough slices, the provolone, sharp cheddar cheese, and gouda create a creamy, rich, complex flavor when all combined in their meltiness.

Stack of grilled cheese sandwiches cut in half with cheese oozing.

Parmesan is crusted on the outside of the bread, creating a wonderfully crisp texture to hold in all the ooey-gooey melted cheeses.

But wait! We need all the details because we have to talk about this garlic butter, too. Yes, a garlic butter grilled cheese. Life. Made.


  1. First things first: find the best sourdough bread you can. Yes, I suppose you can use whatever slices are your favorites, but there’s something about grilled cheese on sourdough.
  2. Next: make the garlic butter. We’re talking fresh garlic and creamy butter coming together to create an epic addition to grilled cheese.
  3. Make sure your fresh parmesan is thinly shredded.
  4. Heat the griddle and spread that garlic butter on thick across one side of each slice of bread.
  5. Press the shredded parmesan into the buttered sides and place on the griddle.
  6. Layer on your cheese slices. You know, provolone, gouda, and sharp cheddar.
  7. Let the cheeses melt, the parmesan crust crisp up to golden brown perfection, and get ready to devour.
Hand pulling grilled cheese slice.

What to Eat with Grilled Cheese

If you need something to serve with your grilled cheese, my favorite is Roasted Tomato Carrot Ginger Soup. A bowl of traditional tomato soup is also a solid way to go, too.

Looking for some greens? Roasted broccolini is an excellent choice. As is an easy dijon salad or a tomato bruschetta salad!

Dipping half of a sandwich into a bowl of tomato soup.

Whether you decide to serve a side with it or not, this gourmet grilled cheese recipe is really going to take your sandwich game to the next level!

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overhead shot of grilled cheese cut with a cheese pull
4.92 (12 ratings)

Get the Recipe 4 Cheese Garlic Grilled Cheese

Indulge with a gourmet grilled cheese made with four kinds of cheese! Three melty cheeses go inside big sourdough slices that are coated with garlic butter and encrusted with parmesan cheese. It's a grown-up grilled cheese that everyone will love!



  • Mix together the room temperature butter and minced garlic until combined. Set aside.
    4 Tablespoon unsalted butter, 2 garlic cloves
  • Heat a flat skillet on the stove over medium heat. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Divide the parmesan cheese evenly among the slices, patting into the buttered side of each slice of bread.
    1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese, 4 large sourdough bread slices
  • Place two bread slices, buttered side down, on the hot skillet. Place 1-2 slices of each cheese on the bread slices and then place the remaining slices of buttered bread on top (the buttered side facing up). As the bottom side of the sandwich turns golden brown and cheese begins to melt (approximately 3-4 minutes) flip the sandwiches and cook until the next side is golden brown and cheese is completely melted. Serve immediately.
    2-4 slices provolone cheese, 2-4 slices sharp cheddar cheese, 2-4 slices gouda cheese


  • This recipe is written for large slices of sourdough bread. You may want to adjust the cheese slices depending on the size of your bread and/or preferences. Change it up with your favorite cheeses, too!
  • *check labels for vegetarian cheese, if needed
Calories: 677kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 51g, Saturated Fat: 31g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 144mg, Sodium: 1009mg, Potassium: 173mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1415IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 817mg, Iron: 2mg
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