11 Pizzas That You Can Make on a Toastie (Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ideas)

If you’re craving a “quick and easy” pizza, but you don’t feel like ordering one or making one from scratch, try making pizzas out of toasties. A very affordable alternative that tastes almost as good as real pizza! 

The basic recipe for a pizza toastie is simple: you basically put all pizza ingredients on white bread and grill it in a toastie maker or sandwich grill. 

For a full step-by-step recipe and Pizza Toastie FAQs, I recommend reading the following article: Pizza Toastie (w/ Anchovies, Olives and Capers).

Pizza Margherita Toastie

The basic version of a Pizza Toastie is the Pizza Margherita. It has the sauce, the cheese and the flavor of a pizza. From here, you can add more ingredients as you wish! 🙂

Ingredients: 

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 4 tbsp of pizza sauce
  • 50 grams of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Pinch of oregano
  • Fresh basil

Instructions: 

  1. Spread half of the sauce on one slice of bread. The other half of the sauce goes on the other slice! 
  2. Sprinkle the cheese (evenly) over one slice of bread. 
  3. Add a pinch of oregano on top of the cheese and some fresh basil leaves.
  4. Place the second slice of bread on top. 
  5. Grill for 3-5 minutes or until crispy. 
  6. Enjoy!

The Pizza Margherita Toastie recipe is the simplest version of a pizza toastie… Now it’s time to go for some funkier Pizza Toasties!

Pizza Hawaii Toastie

The toastie hawaii and pizza hawaii have very similar ingredients: cheese, ham and pineapple. This tropical twist gives every pizza/toastie a boost and makes it so much more flavorful! 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 4 tbsp of pizza sauce
  • 50 grams of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 slice of ham (cut into smaller strips) 
  • 1 pineapple ring (cut into smaller pieces)

Instructions: 

  1. Spread half of the sauce on one slice of bread. The other half of the sauce goes on the other slice! 
  2. Sprinkle the cheese (evenly) over one slice of bread. 
  3. Add the ham and the pineapple on top of the cheese.
  4. Place the second slice of bread on top. 
  5. Grill for 3-5 minutes or until crispy. 
  6. Yummy!

Tip: when the pineapple is very wet or juicy, it can tear the bread. Try to get rid of some of the extra juice with a paper towel before you place it on the toastie. 

2. Pizza Funghi & Prosciutto Toastie

Mushroom and prosciutto is a classic combination for a pizza. This italian, dry-cured ham is salty and therefore combines perfectly with the mushrooms. 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 4 tbsp of pizza sauce
  • 50 grams of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 slice of prosciutto (cut into smaller strips) 
  • 3-4 large mushrooms (cut into smaller pieces)

Instructions: 

  1. Spread half of the sauce on one slice of bread. The other half of the sauce goes on the other slice! 
  2. Sprinkle the cheese (evenly) over one slice of bread. 
  3. Add the prosciutto and the mushrooms on top of the cheese
  4. Place the second slice of bread on top. 
  5. Grill for 3-5 minutes or until crispy. 
  6. Buon appetito!

Tip: Opt for chestnut mushrooms: they are more flavorful than regular mushrooms! Try to cut them in as small slices as possible to make sure the toastie iron “closes”. 

3. Chicken & Spinach Pizza Toastie

While a chicken and spinach pizza is often presented as a white pizza, you can also use these ingredients on a traditional “red sauce” pizza! That’s what we’re going for with this variation! 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 4 tbsp of pizza sauce
  • 50 grams of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ of cooked chicken fillet (cut thinly) or deli meat chicken slices 
  • Handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp of cream cheese 

Instructions: 

  1. Spread half of the sauce on one slice of bread. The other half of the sauce goes on the other slice!
  2. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese (evenly) over one slice of bread. 
  3. Add the chicken on top of the cheese 
  4. Place the tablespoon of cream cheese in the center of the toastie (on top of the chicken).
  5. Place the raw spinach on top of that (as flat as possible).  
  6. Place the second slice of bread on top. 
  7. Grill for 5 minutes or until crispy. 
  8. Hmmmm!

Tip: Make sure the chicken is cut thinly, so that the toastie is equally distributed. It might be easier to use deli meat chicken on this toastie! 

Veggie Tip: if you’re planning on using a lot of spinach, you might want to saute it before putting it on your toastie. Otherwise, the spinach might release too much water and make the bread possibly soggy. 

4. Tuna Pizza Toastie

The tuna pizza used to be my favorite kind of pizza for a very long time. So, of course, there’s a tuna pizza toastie! 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 4 tbsp of pizza sauce
  • 50 grams of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ can of tuna
  • 10 grams of red onion (thinly cut rings)
  • 1 tbsp of capers 

Instructions: 

  1. Spread half of the sauce on one slice of bread. The other half of the sauce goes on the other slice!
  2. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese (evenly) over one slice of bread. 
  3. Add the tuna on top of the cheese 
  4. Place the onions on top of the tuna.
  5. Place the capers between the tuna and onions
  6. Place the second slice of bread on top. 
  7. Grill for 3-5 minutes or until crispy. 
  8. Delicious!!

5. Pizza Caprese Toastie

Classic pizza ingredients that match a toastie perfectly! 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 4 tbsp of pizza sauce
  • 50 grams of sliced mozzarella cheese (not shredded)
  • ½ a tomato (cut in very thin slices)
  • 1 tbsp of green pesto (alla Genovese)

Instructions: 

  1. Spread half of the sauce on one slice of bread. The other half of the sauce goes on the other slice!
  2. Place the mozzarella cheese on one slice of bread. 
  3. Add the tomato on top of the cheese.
  4. Drizzle the pesto on top of the other ingredients. 
  5. Grill for 3-5 minutes or before the cheese starts running!

Tip: Opt for beef tomato or beefsteak tomatoes: they’re less juicy and therefore perfect on a toasted sandwich. 

6. Spicy Pepperoni Pizza Toastie

You can’t have a pizza toastie list without having a spicy pepperoni pizza toastie on it! 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 4 tbsp of pizza sauce
  • 50 grams of shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 50 grams of pepperoni
  • Fresh red pepper cut in slices or chili flakes (however much you can handle) 

Instructions: 

  1. Spread half of the sauce on one slice of bread. The other half of the sauce goes on the other slice!
  2. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese (evenly) over one slice of bread. 
  3. Place the pepperoni on top of the cheese. 
  4. Sprinkle some chili flakes or slices of fresh red pepper on top of the pepperoni
  5. Grill for 3-5 minutes or until the bread is crispy! 

Tip: You can make this pizza as spicy as you like! Some pepperoni brands are already quite spicy, but if you like it hot then you could always add some extra chili! 

Sauce Tip: Serve with sriracha or tabasco for even more kick! Or ketchup to cool down! 🙂

7. Barbeque Mixed Grill Pizza Toastie

Possibly not a pizza you’ll see at an italian restaurant, but definitely one that is fusion-style pizza worthy!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 2 tbsp of pizza sauce
  • 50 grams of shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 2 slices of (fried) bacon (cut in strips)
  • 1 slice of ham (cut in strips)
  • 3 slices of pepperoni (cut in strips) 
  • 1 slice of deli meat chicken (cut in strips)
  • 2 tbsp of barbeque sauce

Instructions: 

  1. On a preheated sandwich grill, fry the bacon (without closing the grill). Set aside
  2. Spread half of the sauce on one slice of bread. 
  3. Spread the barbeque sauce on the other slice of bread. 
  4. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese (evenly) over one slice of bread. 
  5. Place the bacon, ham, pepperoni and chicken on top of the cheese. 
  6. Place the second slice on top of the toastie (with the sauce on the inside) 
  7. Grill for 5-7 minutes or until the bread is crispy! 
  8. Good luck! 🙂

Tip: This pizza toastie will be quite dense. Make sure that you grill it long enough for the cheese to melt and everything to heat up sufficiently! 

Sauce tip: Serve with extra BBQ sauce! 

8. Four Cheese Pizza Toastie

A pizza menu is not complete without a Pizza Quattro Formaggi!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 4 tbsp of pizza sauce
  • 25 grams of shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 25 grams of ricotta
  • 25 grams of gorgonzola
  • 25 grams of parmesan cheese 

Instructions: 

  1. Spread half of the sauce on one slice of bread. The other half of the sauce goes on the other slice! 
  2. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese (evenly) over one slice of bread. 
  3. Crumble the blue cheese on top of the mozzarella. 
  4. Place some strategic scoops of ricotta between the blue cheese. 
  5. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top of the other cheeses.  
  6. Place the second slice of bread on top. 
  7. Grill for 5 minutes or until right before the cheese starts to get too runny. 
  8. Enjoy!

Tips: Feel free to change up the cheeses you use for this toastie. While mozzarella, some kind of creamy cheese, a type of blue cheese and parmesan are recommended, you can choose any kind of (combination of) cheese for this pizza toastie recipe! 

9. Veggie Pizza Toastie

The vegetarian friendly counterpart of the BBQ Pizza Toastie and the 4 Cheeses Pizza Toastie!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 4 tbsp of pizza sauce
  • 50 grams of shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 20 grams of bell pepper (cut in strips)
  • 20 grams of red onion (cut in strips)
  • 25 grams of mushrooms (cut in strips)
  • 1 tbsp of olives (cut in tiny chunks) 

Instructions: 

  1. Spread half of the sauce on one slice of bread. The other half of the sauce goes on the other slice! 
  2. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese (evenly) over one slice of bread. 
  3. Place all the veggies (bell peppers, onion, mushrooms) randomly on top of the cheese, with the olives spread across the other ingredients. 
  4. Place the second slice of bread on top.
  5. Grill for 5 minutes or until the veggies have grilled long enough.

Tip: Use different colors of bell pepper (orange, yellow, red and green) for a cool effect and use different types of olives (black and green) for a flavorful effect! 🙂

10. Salmon Pizza Toastie

Fish on a pizza is great. It is also great on a toastie! 🙂

Ingredients: 

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 4 tbsp of pizza sauce
  • 50 grams of shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 slice of smoked salmon
  • 2 tbsp of cream cheese
  • Handful of arugula 

Instructions: 

  1. Spread half of the sauce on one slice of bread. The other half of the sauce goes on the other slice! 
  2. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese (evenly) over one slice of bread.
  3. Place the salmon on top of the cheese. 
  4. Place some strategic drops of cream cheese on top of the salmon. 
  5. Place the arugula on top of the cream cheese. 
  1. Place the second slice of bread on top.
  2. Grill for 5 minutes or until the cream cheese starts to melt. 

Tip: A pizza with salmon can either have cold smoked salmon put on top of the pizza after it has been put in the oven. Other times, the salmon does go into the oven and will be warm. In the case of this Salmon Pizza Toastie, the salmon will be warm! 🙂

11. Goat Cheese and Zucchini Pizza Toastie

It might be a bit more effort, but totally worth it! 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 4 tbsp of pizza sauce
  • 25 grams of shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 25 grams of (soft) goat cheese
  • 25 grams of zucchini (cut in thin slices)
  • 25 grams of red onion (cut in thin half rings)

Instructions: 

  1. On a preheated grill, grill the zucchini slices. Set aside. 
  2. Spread half of the sauce on one slice of bread. The other half of the sauce goes on the other slice! 
  3. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese (evenly) over one slice of bread.
  4. Crumble the goat cheese on top of the mozzarella cheese. 
  5. Place some onion strategically on the cheese. 
  6. Place the grilled zucchini on top of all that. 
  7. Place the second slice of bread on top.
  8. Grill for 5 minutes or until the goat cheese starts to melt. 

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Toastie Lab is the collective effort of Jack and Eveline. We love making, experimenting with, and eating toasted sandwiches.

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