Basic Grilled Panini


Panini sandwiches get their distinct look from the grill marks. I like to serve this grilled sandwich with soup or even salad. You can use this recipe to make multiple sandwiches. Just assemble them ahead of time, grill, and place in a warm oven until serving.

looking down at a basic grilled panini cut in half with a side of chips
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
16 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-light olive oil, or as needed

  • 2 slices Italian bread

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 3 slices deli ham, or more to taste

  • 2 slices Cheddar cheese

  • 1 slice firm-ripe tomato

  • 1 thin slice onion

  • cooking spray


  1. Drizzle olive oil on 1 side of each bread slice. Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise on other side of each slice. Arrange layers of ham, Cheddar cheese, tomato, and onion on top. Top with other bread slice, mayonnaise-side down.

  2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; spray lightly with cooking spray. Place sandwich on grill pan; weigh it down with a heavy pan. Cook until cheese is melted and grill marks appear, 3 to 5 minutes per side.


This basic recipe is easily changed up with prosciutto, salami, or even turkey. This is also great as a veggie sandwich.

You can use French bread for Italian, extra-virgin olive oil for extra-light, and spreadable cheese for mayonnaise.

I recommend a George Forman grill because it eliminates the need for flipping. If you don't have a grill pan, use a regular cast iron or nonstick skillet.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

802 Calories
63g Fat
27g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 802
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 63g 81%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 1840mg 80%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 467mg 36%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 421mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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