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Fried Green Tomato and Bacon Grilled Cheese

With crispy and slightly tart fried green tomatoes, a mound of gooey cheese, and several slices of bacon, this is the ultimate southern grilled cheese sandwich.

Fried Green Tomato and Bacon Grilled Cheese

Ok,ok, maybe not quite the ultimate. That would include pimento cheese. But this is pretty close.

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The real star of this sandwich is the fried green tomatoes. They are one of my absolute favorite foods. I love them served as an appetizer, Fried Green Tomatoes with Peach Pepper Jelly Sauceย , on a burger, or in a grilled cheese sandwich.

They only improve when paired with bacon and covered in gooey cheese.

Fried Green Tomato and Bacon Grilled Cheese

I wanted to use Texas Toast for this sandwich, but I went to 2 stores and couldn’t find any. How can that be?

It’s a shame too because 2 flimsy pieces of white bread can hardly contain all the yumminess in this sandwich.

Fried Green Tomato and Bacon Grilled Cheese

Fried green tomatoes are best cooked in bacon grease in a heavy cast iron skillet. But you can also use vegetable oil and a regular skillet. They will be delicious either way.

Summer is almost over! Time to enjoy those fried green tomatoes while you can.

Fried Green Tomato and Bacon Grilled Cheese

Fried Green Tomato and Bacon Grilled Cheese

Fried Green Tomato and Bacon Grilled Cheese

Crisp and tangy Fried Green Tomatoes, bacon, and lots of gooey cheese make this grilled cheese sandwich a southern treat.


  • 2 green tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup bacon grease, save from cooking bacon
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • sugar
  • 8 slices white bread, preferably Texas Toast
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chives, optional
  • butter


  • Whisk eggs, milk, paprika, and garlic powder in a pie pan or bowl.
  • In another pie pan or on a plate, mix together flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper.
  • Dip tomatoes into egg mixture and then coat with flour mixture.
  • Heat bacon grease in a large cast iron skillet or regular skillet over medium heat. When hot, fry 4 to 5 tomatoes at a time. When golden brown on one side, flip and cook until golden brown on the other side. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle lightly with sugar and salt.
  • For each sandwich, layer 2 to 3 fried green tomatoes on a piece of bread, top with 2 slices bacon, and about 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese. Sprinkle with chives and top with another bread slice.
  • Heat a griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. Place a pat of butter on the surface of the pan. Use a spatula to spread it out as it melts. Place a sandwich on top and cook until golden brown. Lift sandwich off pan with a spatula, place another pat of butter down and flip sandwich over onto the melted butter. Cook until cheese is melted, turning heat down if it starts to brown too quickly.


If you don't have enough bacon grease, add vegetable oil.
The cheese will melt much better and taste better if you grate your own rather than using preshredded.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: Southern

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16 thoughts on “Fried Green Tomato and Bacon Grilled Cheese”

  1. I made this from idea, it changes the game! I just read this, like minds! It’s a fabulous idea to make BLT’s with fried green tomatoes. So delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

    What a great idea. I have to make these soon. Great photos which made me instantly hungry. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Samina | The Cupcake Confession

    That gooey choose melting away is making my heart skip a beat! I can’t take it! Need to make this stat!!!!! ^_^ Pinning! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    Oh man this is one of the most epic grilled cheeses I’ve ever seen! I adore fried green tomatoes, and I can’t imagine a better addition to a grilled cheese than those and bacon! ๐Ÿ˜€ This looks fantastic, Christin!

  5. This looks so cheesy and delicious, Christin! This is one grilled cheese I could not pass up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    Christin — I am DROOLING over here. Seriously. I absolutely adore fried green tomatoes, but wow, these just take it to a whole other level!

  7. Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven

    Gahh! I can’t even explain how amazing this sandwich is looking to me right now. — I want to reach through the screen and grab all that cheesy goodness. Green tomatoes + bacon = SWOON.

  8. Whoa! This is definitely one heck of a grilled cheese sandwich! We love getting fried green tomatoes as a treat when at a restaurant but I’ve never done it at home!

  9. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    What a great sandwich, Christin! I’ve only had a fried green tomato sandwich once, and that was years ago. I’ve been longing to have one ever since. Love this recipe!

  10. Christin…this is such a nice sandwich…I have never thought in using green tomatoes…like the bacon and all the gooey cheese…yum!
    Have a great week ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Wow, you got some really good shots of these sandwiches. That gooey cheese looks so delicious! I’m suddenly craving a fried green tomato sandwich ๐Ÿ˜€

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