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Maple Bacon Grilled Cheese

November 24, 2018 (Last Updated: February 27, 2019)

Take your grilled cheese game to the next level by adding maple bacon! Sweet, sticky, smokey and extra cheesy, this truly is the ultimate grilled cheese!

Yeah I really have no excuse for this is one guys. Could I just make a grilled cheese? Could I even just make a bacon grilled cheese? Is there any need for a MAPLE bacon grilled cheese??? The answer to all 3 is no, but holy crap balls this tastes good.

Maple glazed bacon grilled cheese sandwich with maple bacon in the corner

The idea of maple bacon is based around the ultimate combination of sweet and salty. But not only does smearing bacon in maple syrup give a mouthwatering flavour, it also offers the perfect texture. Just imagine how sweet, sticky and caramelized it comes out the oven. So good.

Maple Glazed Bacon

Making maple bacon is as simple as glazing raw streaky bacon and popping it in the oven.  Some recipes just use maple syrup, most add sugar, but I like to take things a little further, just for maximum flavour. Here’s exactly how I like my maple glaze:

  • Maple Syrup
  • Brown Sugar
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Cayenne Pepper

And if all of that glaze actually makes it to the bacon then you’ve got a lot more will power than me.

How to make a maple grilled cheese - step by step

How to make a maple bacon grilled cheese

  1. Add bread to a pan with the heat OFF. Spread with butter and flip over.
  2. Add smoked cheese.
  3. Add maple bacon.
  4. Add shredded cheddar.
  5. Place another slice of bread to the top and squish down with your hands. Spread with more butter.
  6. Turn on heat to a medium and fry both sides until golden.

Tips for the perfect grilled cheese

  • Butter the bread, not the pan. If you butter the pan it’s likely to clump up in certain areas of the bread and cook it unevenly. Spreading on the bread before hand will ensure an even toast across the board. 
  • Don’t over heat! Keep the flames medium-low; this will allow you to get a nice toasty crust whilst still melting the centre.
  • Don’t be afraid to pack in the cheese – when, and I mean WHEN not ‘if’ it spills out, it’ll go gorgeously crispy and IMO those are the best bits!

Exhibit A: see below.

maple bacon grilled cheese frying in the pan with cheese pull

The mayo vs butter debate!

I think it’s pretty well established that us Brits use butter to spread on the bread, but in the US it seems much more divided. When I first heard about using mayo it did intrigue me, mainly because I am an absolute mayo addict. I have tried it a couple of times and it’s nice, but it’s no butter. Using mayo adds a tang to the grilled cheese and arguable makes the outside less greasy, so I can see the appeal, but personally not for me. I have heard of people using a mix of both so you can always try that too!

Any who, someone pass me a honey dipper loaded with extra glaze because quite frankly there just aren’t enough calories in this grilled cheese for me.

Much better.

So, for the ultimate hunger cruncher look no further than this sweet, sticky, salty, smokey and darn right stupendous grilled cheese recipe.

Maple Bacon Grilled Cheese with honey dipping pouring over sauce

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How to make a Maple Bacon Grilled Cheese (Full Recipe & Video)

Maple Bacon Grilled Cheese with honey dipping pouring over sauce

Maple Bacon Grilled Cheese

Take your grilled cheese game to the next level by adding maple bacon! Sweet, sticky, smokey and extra cheesy, this truly is the ultimate grilled cheese!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Brunch
Cuisine: Canadian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 980kcal


  • 4 large slices of Bread (here I use Sourdough)
  • 8 rashers of Streaky Bacon
  • 3/4 cup / 75g Cheddar, grated
  • 4 slices of Smoked Cheese (here I use Applewood)
  • 4 'spreads' of Butter

Maple Glaze

  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350f/175c. In small bowl combine your glaze ingredients.
  • Brush both sides of your bacon using 3/4 of your mixture and lay on a baking tray. Bake for around 10-15mins or until the bacon begins to caramelize. Take out, flip and reglaze. Pop back in the oven for another 10 mins or until sticky and fully caramelized.
  • Place two slices of bread in a pan with the heat OFF. Spread with butter then flip over so both are butter side down. Add your smokey cheese, then maple bacon, then cheddar and finish with another slice of bread. Squish down with your hands and spread with butter.
  • Turn on heat to a medium and fry each side until golden. If you want to drizzle glaze over at the end then make a little extra and ensure it doesn't make contact with your bacon brush.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Quantities - If your bread is smaller in size then just use the quantities you feel necessary. As you can see in the video only 6 bacon slices make it to the filling, although admittedly this was more down to the fact I couldn't resist eating a couple slices!! 
b) Calories - Yup, let's just call this a treat shall we!?


Nutrition Facts
Maple Bacon Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 980 Calories from Fat 671
% Daily Value*
Fat 74.52g115%
Saturated Fat 19.837g99%
Trans Fat 0.453g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.836g
Monounsaturated Fat 9.086g
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 1301mg54%
Potassium 715mg20%
Carbohydrates 38.01g13%
Fiber 1.3g5%
Sugar 18.3g20%
Protein 39.59g79%
Vitamin A 2400IU48%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 760mg76%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    February 21, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    so excited to make this tonight! do you have suggestions for some of your favorite sides to pair with it?

    • Reply
      February 21, 2019 at 4:50 pm

      Oooo enjoy! I’ve got a ‘Sides’ category and an ‘Appetizers’ category so deffo have a look through! Some wedges or fries would be tasty

  • Reply
    November 25, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    That cheese!! Love the combo of sweet and salty!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2018 at 9:59 am

      My favourite combo!

  • Reply
    November 25, 2018 at 6:38 am

    5 stars
    Amazing! I don’t think you ever need an excuse for anything that goes in a grilled cheese sandwich — especially when it’s maple bacon! Oh, and I’m all about the butter!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Yay team butter!

  • Reply
    Caitlyn Erhardt
    November 25, 2018 at 5:35 am

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious. You had me at maple bacon!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Maple bacon makes the world go round!

  • Reply
    November 25, 2018 at 4:58 am

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness that grilled cheese oozing out!!! Looks soooo delicious!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Can’t beat some oozy cheese!

  • Reply
    November 25, 2018 at 3:59 am

    5 stars
    I didn’t think grilled cheese could get any better… the addition of bacon and maple makes this incredible!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2018 at 9:57 am

      It’s a total game changer!

  • Reply
    November 25, 2018 at 1:55 am

    5 stars
    Oh yummmmmmmm! It is lunch time right now here and I am starving. I wish I was having this for lunch. It looks gooey and cheesey and so yummy. Pinning!!!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2018 at 9:57 am

      It’s seriously the best!!

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