How to cook with a sandwich maker

Updated February 21, 2017

Sandwich makers are typically small countertop electrical appliances. Both the base and the hinged lid of the appliance are small grills. Food is set on the base, and the lid is closed, sandwiching the food between the two grills, so that both sides cook at the same time. These appliances are ideal for making hot sandwiches.

Close the lid on the sandwich maker and turn it on to heat the grills. Some models may have a light that indicates the appliance is heated and ready to cook. Some models have temperature settings, while others have one default temperature.

Size the bread according to the sandwich maker. Sandwich makers will have a maximum thickness that can be cooked on the appliance. If you choose extra-thick bread, you may not be able to insert 2 pieces of bread and the filling into the sandwich maker.

Choose filling for your sandwich. Lettuce may not be the best choice for a sandwich made in a sandwich maker. Slices of cheese, meat, tomato, peppers and onions will work.

Open the lid and brush olive oil over the hot grill, using a pastry brush.

Lay the first piece of bread on the grill. Add the filling and the final piece of bread. Do not pile too high, since the lid must be able to close. Close the lid.

Cook for about 4 minutes. Cooking times may vary, depending on the sandwich maker.


Use the sandwich maker to cook meats. Instead of cooking a sandwich, most sandwich makers can be used to grill small pieces of meat. When cooking meat, place the grease trap that comes with the grill in place to capture any juices that run off. Cooking times will vary, depending on the type of meat. Brushing the grill with oil may not be necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Electric sandwich maker
  • Olive oil
  • Pastry brush
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Sandwich filling
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Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.