Brie, Fig, and Apple Grilled Cheese

By Maria Lichty

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Brie, Fig, and Apple Grilled Cheese-this is the perfect grilled cheese sandwich for fall! Enjoy with a bowl of warm soup! 

Brie Fig and Apple Grilled Cheese

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I have been on a grilled cheese kick. I think it has something to do with the cold temperatures. Or maybe because grilled cheese sandwiches are so easy to make and I have been feeling lazy when dinner time rolls around. Or maybe because grilled cheese sandwiches are just SO GOOD! Whatever the reason, I am so in love with my latest sandwich creation, Brie, Fig, and Apple Grilled Cheese.  It is the perfect fall sandwich!

Brie, Fig, and Apple Grilled Cheese Recipe

This sandwich is actually inspired by a grilled cheese I had at Deer Valley. I ordered it for lunch and instantly fell in love. I knew it needed to happen in our kitchen. Deer Valley used three cheeses, but I didn’t have three cheeses in my fridge, so I used brie instead. The king of all cheeses in my book:)

The melty brie with the tart, crunchy apple slices and sweet fig jam is the perfect package. Oh, and there is caramelized onions and arugula too on buttery sourdough bread! Why not go all out? This grilled cheese is exploding with flavor!

Grilled cheese equals classic comfort food and this Brie, Fig, and Apple Grilled Cheese is comfort food at it’s finest! This sandwich is SO gourmet, but SO easy to make! Don’t you love it when that happens! You don’t even have to leave your house to enjoy this gourmet sandwich…which is a big time bonus since it is cold outside. I hibernate in the winter and I am going to hibernate with this sandwich!

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This gourmet grilled cheese is so easy to make at home! Serve with a bowl of soup or a simple salad!
4.77 from 26 votes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoon soft butter, for brushing the bread
  • 4 tablespoons fig butter or jam
  • 5 ounces brie cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup baby arugula


  • Heat the olive oil in a small skillet. Add the onion slices and cook until caramelized, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • Butter the outside of each slice of bread. Spread fig butter or jam on the inside of each slice of bread. Layer the brie, apple slices, caramelized onions, and arugula. Top with the other slice of bread.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle pan over medium-high heat. Place the sandwiches, butter side down in the hot pan. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until browned and cheese melts. Cut sandwiches in half, if desired. Serve immediately.


Calories: 801kcal, Carbohydrates: 106g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 800mg, Potassium: 429mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 1088IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 206mg, Iron: 5mg

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This grilled cheese looks SO beautiful and full of flavors–any grilled cheese that isn’t plain old American cheese on white sandwich bread is a good thing. I can’t wait to make this!!

    1. 5 stars
      Excellent sandwich… Loved by all who have tried! Lovely blend of flavors, a party for your taste buds 🙂 Thanks for posting this.

  2. Gooey CHeese has a way with my heart — Mmmm this sounds like my perfect, comfort meal … so delicious!

  3. Can’t believe I have everything to make this…(yay for ingredients leftover from Thanksgiving recipes!) I think it’s going to be lunch tomorrow!

  4. I don’t think this counts as a lazy dinner, because you are so right grilled cheese sandwiches rock. I love the resurgence of this with all the versions. Why this wasn’t done in the ‘old days’ , I have no idea. Wonderful combo of flavors.

  5. Never thought to add apple to a grilled cheese before, you definitely have got me curious to know what the combination tastes like!

  6. This is just what I need post Thanksgiving weekend on a rainy day, I think I will add a bit of turkey to mine as well!

  7. Your recipes are always so appealing, and this is no exception.  I’m still chuckling over the exactly THREE potato chips on the plate–I hope you ate some while preparing the sandwich

  8. 5 stars
    Just finished eating 1.5 of these amazing sandwiches. They were so good! Such an amazing flavor combination. We didn’t have arugula on hand (because I didn’t read the ingredients list closely enough when making my shopping list) but subbed some green leaf lettuce and that worked well. Seriously so good! A keeper!

  9. 5 stars
    Awesome Sandwich!! Made it in a panini press and served with soup. The sweetness of the jam and the peppery flavor of the arugula and richness of cheese is amazing! Cant wait to eat it again!

  10. 5 stars
    Just made it. Oh WOW!!
    Received some Brie from France as a gift and thought this would be a good way to use it. It was heavenly!
    My only addition was salt and pepper To the carmelized onion. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  11. This looks delicious, and I’ll try it this afternoon. However, you need to upgrade your editing! This stood out to me:
    “…and there is caramelized onions and arugula too…”

    It should be “…and there ARE caramelized onions and arugula, too…”

    The verb IS is singular; the verb ARE is plural and refers to more than one object (onions and arugula). I love your site, but the grammatical and punctuation errors make it look like either you don’t care or that you’re in too much of a hurry to write properly.

  12. 5 stars
    One of best grilled cheese I’ve ever put in my mouth! Beyond yummy and so easy! Perfect for fall! Thanks for this winner!

  13. 5 stars
    One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever made. I thought my days enjoying this were over once I gave up dairy three years ago, but today I tried a vegan gouda in place of the brie and sooo good. I’ll be back to dreaming of this sandwich every day for lunch.

  14. 5 stars
    This was SOOOOO good. My husband and I loved it. We had it with butternut squash soup and a arugula salad.
    I used a gala apple, rather than granny smith.

  15. Your recipe is a delightful twist on a classic grilled cheese sandwich. The combination of creamy brie, sweet figs, and crisp apples is pure genius. Your step-by-step instructions and the personal anecdotes you’ve included make it feel like I’m right there in your kitchen,