Our 15 Best Melts Will Make Your Mouth Water
Broiled or baked in the oven, melts rank among our favorite sandwiches. The toasty bread! The hearty toppings! The cheese in all its gooey glory! Okay, we'll stop there. Our top 15 melt recipes speak for themselves.
Cheesy Tuna Melts
"These were surprisingly good and so easy! I made sure to chop up my celery very fine so my little ones didn't fuss," Nichole says. "I think I may play around with the type of cheese in the future. Not that there was anything wrong with the Cheddar, but I think provolone or even pepperjack may be a nice change here and there. What a fantastic busy weeknight fix!"
Chicken Fajita Melts
"These cheesy chicken sandwich melts have all of the flavor of fajitas without the drippy mess!" —laughingmagpie
Chef John's Monte Cristo Benedict
"If you are reading reviews to decide whether or not to make this, just make it already. I make this all the time. This is a fantastic breakfast. I have substituted the Cheddar for smoked Gouda at times which I really enjoy," Ben Nesbitt says.
Classic Patty Melt
You can't call it a classic unless it deserves that honor, and this patty melt certainly does. Warm beef, tender onions, salty cheese — it's simple, it's basic, it's classic.
"I love the classic Reuben sandwich, but these appetizers are even better! Since they have less bread, you can taste the other flavors better. And they are healthier since they are broiled rather than grilled with lots of butter." — Mama Cass
Vegetarian Open Faced Sandwich
This flavorful veggie melt layers sliced tomatoes, onions, eggplant, bell pepper, and mushrooms between pesto and cheese.
Best Tuna Melt (New Jersey Diner Style)
"My husband said this is the best tuna melt he has EVER had. And I don't know anyone who likes tuna melts as much as him, so I was impressed!" — Amanda1982
"So delicious! I made this for lunch today and was so anxious to eat it that I forgot the mushrooms. Next time I'll add them, and I'm sure it will be even better. I loved the crunch from the almonds," Julie Fegler says.
Olive Cheese Melts
"Sensational," Laurie says. "Like some other folks, I used green olives instead of black. I think I would leave the salt out completely when using green olives. This was delish!"
The Munroe Melt
"Now this is a sandwich," Jillian says. "This is perfect for a quick weeknight meal when you don't have time to cook or just don't feel like it."
Tuna Panini Melt
Between sourdough bread and balsamic vinegar in the tuna salad, this creamy Tuna Panini Melt delivers a subtle tang.
The Hot Brown
"Not your average hot turkey sandwich, the Hot Brown was invented at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky to absorb the bourbon that guests would enjoy well into the night," writes recipe creator Chef John. A variation on the traditional Welsh rarebit, the Hot Brown often uses ham, tomatoes, and pimentos under a topping of browned cheese.
Classic Cuban Midnight (Medianoche) Sandwich
"This is one of the more famous sandwiches straight out of the island of Cuba," writes recipe creator Pretty Pink Bullets. "This recipe came from my uncle who used to work at a restaurant in Pinar del Rio, Cuba and now works at a Cuban cafeteria here in Miami. This sandwich is best served with fried plantain chips and a cold mamey milkshake!"
Sriracha Quinoa Burger Melt
Meat-free and melty, this black bean-and-quinoa burger gets a kick of spice and heat from sriracha. But the ooey-gooey topping of Emmentaler cheese balance it nicely.
This melt recipe originally calls for English muffins, but slices of bread will work beautifully. Old Bay adds tongue-tingling flavor, while provolone helps blunt the spicy edge.