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Pizza Dippers

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Pizza dippers will kick your grilled cheese sandwich game up a notch! Filled with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni or any of your other favorite pizza toppings, these dippers are easy to assemble. When you take these pizza grilled cheese sandwiches and dip them into warm marinara sauce, they are bound to become a family-favorite!

These grilled dippers are one of my children’s favorite sandwiches to eat for lunch. Some of their other favorite sandwiches to eat are these fun Sandwich Sushi, Baked Pastrami Sandwiches and Open Faced Baked Sandwich recipes.

a long white serving tray filled with several grilled cheese pizza dippers filled with mozzarella cheese and pepperonis and a small white bowl filled with red marinara sauce on the tray

Grilled Cheese Pizza Dippers

These grilled cheese pizza dippers were a serendipitous discovery! Years ago while parenting an extremely picky 3 year old, I realized I was out of cheddar cheese and my plans to make grilled cheese for dinner were foiled! So I did what any desperate mom would do at dinner time…I started looking for something to sub in! I found some mozzarella and pepperoni, and the idea of a pizza grilled cheese sandwich was born!

Grilled cheese pizza dippers (as we have come to call them) are an easy, quick and kid-pleasing meal. They come together in a snap, and it’s a nice variation to mix things up a bit if your kids happen to ask for grilled cheese sandwiches as much as mine do!

How to Make Pizza Dippers

To make these pizza dippers, you’ll need bread, butter, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. You can add other cheeses or some garlic or pizza seasoning if you’d like, but this in not necessary! Using some of your other favorite pizza toppings is another way to add a little variety to this recipe. We used pepperoni because that’s my kids’ favorite topping.

looking down on slices of mozzarella cheese, pepperonis and two slices of bread which are the ingredients to make these pizza dippers

  1. In a small bowl you’ll want to combine the softened butter with the garlic seasoning
  2. Next, butter one side of each slice of your bread
  3. Layer the ingredients on the side of the bread that doesn’t have butter on it
  4. Place another slice of bread on top of the cheese and toppings

a slice of white bread topped with cheese and pepperoni is the first step to make a grilled cheese dipper

Place your sandwiches on your griddle or panini grill and cook until them until they are golden brown and the cheese has melted.

Tip For Making Pizza Dippers

You want to make sure these dippers don’t cook too fast, otherwise you’ll be left with toasted bread on the outside and lukewarm cheese and pizza toppings on the inside. You’ll want to set your griddle to 350 degrees F to make sure they cook evenly throughout.

a pizza dipper that has just been placed on top of a griddle. The cheese inside has not yet begun to melt.

What kid (or adult?) wouldn’t LOVE these?!

Can You Freeze Pizza Dippers

Yes, you can easily store these in the freezer to be eaten later. They can keep fresh in the refrigerator for about 4 or 5 days. If you don’t think you’ll eat them before then, once they have completely cooled, place them in a freezer bag and stick them in the freezer. They can be stored in the freezer for about 2 months. Let them thaw in the freezer overnight before using them. I like to warm mine up in the toaster oven so the bread is nice and crunchy.

a hand holding a slice of a grilled pizza dipper that has just been dipped in marinara sauce. Below the cheese dipper is a white tray with a small bowl of marinara sauce and additional slices of pizza dippers

More Easy Pizza Recipes

Pizza Dippers Recipe

This easy recipe is a fun lunch idea that can double as an appetizer idea at your next party. Leave us a comment below and let us know what you put inside your pizza dippers or tag us on social media because we love to see what you’ve been up to in the kitchen!

pizza grilled cheese
5 from 3 votes

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Kick your grilled cheese sandwich game up a notch! These Pizza Grilled Cheese Dippers are bound to become a kid-favorite!
Course lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 sandwiches
Calories 210 kcal


  • 8 slices of bread
  • 16 slices of mozzarella cheese
  • 16 slices of pepperoni fully cooked
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1-2 teaspoons garlic/pizza seasoning
  • 4 oz pizza sauce


  1. Preheat a griddle or panini press to medium heat (about 350 degrees).
  2. In a small bowl, combine the garlic seasoning and softened butter.
  3. Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  4. Add the cheese and pepperoni to an un-buttered side of bread, then top it with another slice of bread - butter facing up.
  5. Place the sandwich on the griddle. Repeat for all other sandwiches.
  6. Cook until the bottom is browned, 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook the other side until browned. (If using an electric panini press, both sides will cook at the same time, so no flipping necessary.)
  7. Cut into thirds and serve immediately with your favorite pizza dipping sauce!
Nutrition Facts
Pizza Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a long white tray with several pizza dippers on it with a small bowl of marinara sauce and the words grilled cheese pizza dippers is written at the top of the image in a white translucent box

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