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How to Make A Panini on the Grill

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Paninis are a staple in our house. We started making them because so many nights we were in a time crunch with sports practices. When Dietz & Watson asked if I wanted to put together a summer recipe using their deli meats, I immediately thought of trying to make a panini on the grill.
We’ve never used our grill for paninis before. But in the summer, when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen, we often turn to the grill. One of my teenagers often works the grill with his dad, and he volunteered to help, since his father was at an out of town soccer game with our daughter. The first couple that we made were definitely an experiment. We wrapped them in tin foil and put a brick on top of them. We grilled them for about five minutes on each side. They came out sticking to the tin foil in spots, so we decided to lightly butter each side. That worked much better.

How to Make a Panini on the Grill


Afterwards, I realized these would be great for camping or summer cookouts and picnics too! Just make your sandwiches ahead of time, wrap them in foil, throw them in the cooler and you’re all set to grill them when you’re ready! If you don’t care about the grill lines or the “pressed” look, you could skip the brick.

We’ve tried all kinds of combinations with our paninis. The boys tend to like plainer paninis; my husband, daughter and I like the more “gourmet” variety. The recipe I tried tonight was a new one for us. I’ve used spinach, arugula, roasted peppers, pesto, tomato marmalade, and a variety of different kind of cheeses for our paninis. Apple was a first. It turned out well…I would definitely do it again!

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For dinner, I paired it with a side salad and some freshly picked strawberries from the farm.

Grilling Paninis

Yield: 6

Paninis on the Grill: Turkey, Cheddar and Apple Paninis with Honey Mustard Easy homemade honey mustard

Grilling Paninis

Paninis on the grill are great for when you don't want to heat up the kitchen in the summertime or for cookouts, picnics and camping as well!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Crusty bread
  • Dietz & Watson turkey (you can also use ham)
  • Cheddar cheese
  • 2 apples (peeled and thinly sliced, will be enough for 6 sandwiches)
  • Honey mustard (recipe below, will be enough for 6 sandwiches)
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey (I always try to use local honey because of its health benefits)
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  1. Spread honey mustard dressing on one side of each slice of bread. I tend to use a crusty bread.
  2. Layer with the following: sliced or grated cheddar, 3 or more slices of Dietz & Watson turkey (or ham), thinly sliced apple, sliced or grated cheddar. Top with second slice of bread.
  3. Wrap in tin foil
  4. Cook on the grill approximately 4-5 min each side, with a brick on top
  5. [img src="" width="736" height="491" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Grilled Panini 2" alt="Grilled Panini 2"]
  6. Whisk the three ingredients together, or stir well. I used the apple cider vinegar to unthicken it, but you could leave it out if you wanted to.

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What’s your favorite thing to make for a summer picnic?

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Sunday 9th of November 2014

We found this recipe on and just pinned it to our Pinterest board for future camping trips. This will be an excellent addition to our camping recipe options. Thank you for sharing.

Heather Lawrence

Sunday 29th of June 2014

Mmm... these look super yummy! I never thought of making them on the grill. Will have to give a go this weekend and see if they taste as good as they look ;)


Monday 23rd of June 2014

You mentioned paninis the other day when I asked FB readers for camp recipes. I thought you were talking about using a pie iron (one of the things on my wish list). I never thought to make them like this on a grill. What an ingenious idea! I LOVE it! I will be featuring your grilled paninis on this week's Let's Get Real Link Party which goes live on Thursday. Thanks so much for this idea. It's already on my meal plan for next week's trip. I hope everyone likes it too!


Saturday 21st of June 2014

Wow, what good tips. This sounds like a great way to make paninis and they look so delicious!

Michelle Nahom

Saturday 21st of June 2014

It's a nice change of pace from the usual grill menu too! We're definitely going to try more combinations on the grill!

Jennifer Johnson

Saturday 21st of June 2014

This is a great idea. We eat paninis all of the time!

Michelle Nahom

Saturday 21st of June 2014

Us too! We love them! I'm definitely going to try some other combinations on the grill!