We’ve got the best toastie ideas you’ll ever need.
Nothing says student life quite like the humble cheese toastie. With a plethora of toastie ideas and fillings to choose from, you could probably get away with incorporating the dish into your weekly student menu a couple times a week.
Toasties are super easy to make, they’re affordable (most importantly), and they taste incredible even with the most simple ingredients. It’s also a cosy, homely dish that’s just what you need when you’re a little homesick or need something comforting.
There’s loads of toastie ideas to choose from. Whether you’re veggie, vegan, or eat anything and everything, the world truly is your oyster when it comes to this cheesy, gooey goodness.
Lunch, dinner, midnight snack — these toastie ideas will have you making toasties all day, everyday.
In this guide:
Best toastie ideas
Cheese and Marmite toastie
You either love it or hate it. And we love it.
A cheese and Marmite toastie is an old-school classic. A controversial choice for some, but the Holy Grail for others.
All you need is cheese (a mature cheddar works best) and Marmite. Grab that jar of Marmite from the back of your cupboard and you’ll see how delicious it can be.
Cheese and bean toastie
Of course we can’t give you toastie ideas without mentioning our name’s sake. Cheese and beans is another student staple and for good reason. Beans are cheap, everyone has a tin or two in their cupboard, and it makes the perfect pairing with cheese on toast.
Pizza toastie ideas
If you want to get more inventive with your toasties, you can try a pizza toastie.
For this, you’ll need tomato paste, mozzarella and all of your favourite pizza toppings like ham, red onion, courgette, peppers, pepperoni or even pineapple if you’re one of those people.
You’ll want to spread the tomato paste on your bread first then layer up the mozzarella and toppings. The result? A tasty pizza toastie which is quick to whip up and will satisfy any pizza cravings.
Perfectly customisable and one of those toastie ideas you’l keep revisiting.
If you want a more fancy toastie, you’ll need to make a béchamel sauce (or you can buy one if you don’t want to make it yourself). You can easily make it at home using flour, milk, cream, butter, garlic, bay leaves and dijon mustard.
The rest of the fillings you’ll need are smoked ham and gruyere cheese. This is definitely a more fancy toastie, but it’s one that’s sure to impress your friends if they come over for lunch.
Tomato and mozzarella toastie
Another classic that’s super easy to make. If you go to any coffee shop, they’re sure to be serving this up, but with a price point of at least £4. Save your money and make your own tomato and mozzarella toastie at home instead. All you’ll need is sundried tomatoes or tomato paste, mozzarella and spinach.
A similar take on the pizza toastie ideas. Simple yet delicious.
Brie, ham and fig jam toastie
Who said students can’t be boujee?
This toastie is one of the toastie ideas you’ll keep around for when you want something a lil’ more special. The ultimate trio: ham, fig jam, and brie. Anyone else super hungry all of a sudden?
This toastie idea is a little fancier but still uber-tasty — plus, it makes for a great festive treat if you don’t want to cook an entire Christmas dinner for your flatmates.
If you have leftover bolognese, you can use it to make a cheese toastie for lunch the next day! For spag bol inspired sandwiches all you’ll need is some leftover cooked bolognese in tomato sauce to add to both sides of your bread and sprinkle on a generous amount of cheese. This is a great way to reduce food waste and makes a pretty tasty lunch too.
Chilli cheese toastie
For this, you can customise your toastie however you want. You can opt for a spicy chilli cheese as the main ingredient, or you can use a regular cheddar with some chopped chillis or chilli jam instead to add the spice. If you find plain cheese toasties a bit boring, this is one to try out.
Bacon, brie and red onion toastie
Toasties aren’t just for lunch, this is a great one to start your day with. You can make a great bacon toastie with brie, bacon and red onion slices or red onion chutney. This can also easily be adapted into a vegan recipe too with some vegan bacon and cheddar.
Veggie toastie ideas
Use up whatever veggies you have lying around your kitchen to make a tasty lunchtime snack. You can pretty much use any vegetables you like in a toastie, as when paired with cheese and cooked it will taste great.
Some good toppings to experiment with are red onion, spinach, pepper or courgette.
Mayo, ketchup and cheese toastie
If you feel like a toastie but have limited ingredients in your kitchen and don’t want to go out, fear not as the mayo, ketchup and cheese combo is one that can easily be whipped up and requires minimal effort. It might not be for everyone, but you’d be surprised by how delicious it can taste.
Egg, tomato and onion toastie
Another chuck everything you have in your kitchen cupboard idea. Instead of a standard egg, tomato and onion sandwich, why not try toasting it instead with cheddar cheese?
You don’t have to stick to cheddar cheese when you’re making toasties. If you’re a halloumi fan you can try substituting cheddar for halloumi in most toastie recipes, or you can try halloumi on its own with chilli sauce or even pesto.
Gouda and chilli cheese toastie
Switch things up and use gouda slices instead of cheddar if you have a more acquired taste. You can use chilli cheese as well, chilli jam or sliced chillis to add the spicy element or you could even switch the gouda for brie or halloumi.
Pesto, cheese and chicken toastie
Pesto pasta is a student staple, so you should find that you have a jar of pesto in your fridge. You’ll need your favourite cheese, your favourite pesto and some grilled chicken to make this one and it’s a quick and easy lunchtime classic.
Fancy cheese toastie ideas
We love a simple cheese toastie as much as the next guy, but sometimes the occasion calls for something a little fancier. This cheddar, mango chutney and chard toastie idea is super easy to make and delicious, too. A trio made in heaven.
Best vegan toastie ideas
The good news is pretty much all of these toasties can be made vegan or adapted to be vegan!
You’ll want to get your hands on some vegan cheese first, as the staple ingredient as well as some vegan meat substitutes and veggies. Here are are a list of vegan ingredients that can be substituted or included in the above toasties:
- Violife cheese
- This isn’t Bacon
- Baked beans
- Mexicana vegan cheese
- Applewood vegan cheese
- Vitalite vegan cheese
- Cathedral City vegan cheese
- Sacla’ vegan pesto
- Quorn vegan ham slices
- Quorn vegan chicken slices
Our favourite vegan toastie ideas include:
- Mozzarella vegan alternative, tomato and pesto (a classic that will cost £££ on the highstreet)
- Vegan smoky cheese, pepper and avocado
- Hummus and red pepper
- Vegan cheddar cheese and red onion
- Vegan cheese and spinach
- Pumpkin and roasted onion
- Veggie pizza – tomato puree, any veg you fancy, and vegan cheese
- Jackfruit and vegan cheese (a pulled pork dupe)
How to make a cheese toastie
There are two ways to easily make a cheese toastie. The first way is a bit of a cheat way, but it’s definitely the easiest way and it’s to get your hands on a toastie maker. They’re affordable and easy to find on Amazon or in supermarkets and honestly? They’ll change your life and are a student kitchen staple. You can also do it pretty much the same way using a grill if you have one.
If you don’t have a toastie maker or grill, you can make a toastie the good old-fashioned way, either on the grill or on the hob. If you’re using the hob you’ll need to cook the individual ingredients such as chicken, bacon or vegetables separately first. Then you’ll need to butter one side of each of the bread slices (the outside of the toastie) and add your cheese and vegetables to the other side to assemble the sandwich. Then simply fry your sandwich on each side, butter side down until the cheese has melted.
Hopefully, these cheese toastie recipe ideas will give you some inspo for new lunch ideas to try out if you’re struggling to think of what to make.
Don’t forget to check out 50 easy healthy lunch ideas for students!