Braaibroodjie  (South African Grilled Cheese Sandwich)

Braaibroodjie  (South African Grilled Cheese Sandwich)


What you need:

  • 8 to 10 slices of white bread 
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella
  • 1 to 2 sliced tomatoes
  • 1 Red or brown onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt & Black pepper 
  • 6 tablespoons of softened butter 
  • 4 tablespoons of Cross & Blackwell mayonnaise 
  • 4 tablespoons Mrs Balls Chutney



Butter your bread on both sides. This will prevent sticking later on when you head to the braai. Then arrange your bread into pairs (every two slices will be one sandwich) and spread one slice with mayonnaise, and Mrs Balls chutney.

Combine the cheeses in a bowl and add an equal amount to each sandwich. Next, layer a few slices of onion and tomato, seasoning well with salt and pepper.

Close the sandwiches and place them in a braai grid, ensuring you secure them tightly. Then head on over to your ready and waiting braai (low coals and no flames) and cook the sandwiches until both sides are browned to your liking. Depending on how hot your braai is, this will take between 2 and 5 minutes.


  • Ensure your braai is not too hot as this can lead to a burnt taste rather than a smoky taste. 
  • Butter can be substituted for margarine just be sure to spread it generously to avoid any sticking.

Other popular braaibroodjie fillings?

Many fillings are known to be popular in braaibroodjies, as they are also roasted sandwiches.

  • Chicken and mayonnaise
  • Tuna and mayonnaise
  • Egg and mayonnaise
  • Avocado with bacon and cheese
  • Biltong Canada Boerie Burger patties (think everything you would usually find on your favourite burger)
  • Ham and cheese
  • Sauerkraut with pastrami and cheese (Also known affectionately as a Reuben, which is my favourite)
  • Salmon with cream cheese and dill
  • Prego steak
  • Peanut butter and Jam
  • Ham and pineapple
  • Slices of tomatoes


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