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There’s no debate over peanut butter and jelly being one of the most beloved sandwich combinations of all time (April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day), but grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches take a lunchtime classic from familiar and delicious to knee-slapping, lip-smacking, “OMG”-inducing fantastic.

Crunchy bread paired with a warm, gooey inside instantly elevates the basic PB&J to gourmet level status, while the addition of ingredients like almond butter, bacon, and even cheese (yes, you heard that correctly) will make all prior lunchbox creations pale in comparison. The possibilities, as with most culinary endeavors in life, are truly endless.

Check out three new flavor combinations that deserve a spot in your weekly rotation of go-to recipes. Apparently all you need is a tabletop grill, skillet, panini press, or George Foreman to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. We also recommend a tall glass of milk (or even a milkshake) to wash everything down.

The Traditional

grilled pbj sandwich recipe

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Peanut butter, jelly, white bread: the culinary trifecta. It may sound simple, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Be sure to butter your slices to make things extra crunchy and check out our super easy Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich recipe.

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The Sophisticated

grilled peanut butter fig jam sandwich with brie

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Brie with almond butter and fig jam may be our newest obsession. Who knew that cheese could pair so well with a double layer of sweetness? Serve this at your next end-of-week cocktail party and your guests will feel classy AF.

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The Upgraded S’Mores

grilled peanut butter Nutella s'mores sandwich recipe

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Peanut butter and marshmallows are an absolute must, but the upgrade comes in the form of Nutella. (Because it’s time Hershey’s is shown who’s the s’mores boss.) You don’t even need a summer campfire!

The Fat Elvis

Fat Elvis sandwich

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Peanut butter and banana get a decadent protein boost with the addition of salty and greasy bacon. Needless to say, The King would probably advise you to consume this sandwich in limited quantities.

Craving even more crunchy, gooey, upgraded-nostalgic goodness? See our Rules for Making the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich. And check out 12 Grown-Up Ways to Enjoy PB&J.

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