Braaibroodjie: South Africa's Beloved Toasted Sandwich

What is a Braaibroodjie?

A Braaibroodjie is a traditional South African grilled cheese sandwich, typically enjoyed at a braai (barbecue). These delicious sandwiches are made by layering slices of bread with your choice of filling (traditionally cheese, tomato, onion, and chutney, more on that later), then grilling them until golden brown and the cheese is perfectly melted. The name "Braaibroodjie" translates to "barbecue bread," which highlights its integral role in South African braai culture​.

How do you say Braaibroodjie?

The word "Braaibroodjie" might look challenging at first, but it's quite simple once you break it down. It is pronounced as "braa-i broy-kies", rolling off the tongue as you say it.

Why Use Cooking Grids for Braaibroodjies?

Braaibroodjie cooking in a grid, over a braai

Cooking grids are essential for making perfect Braaibroodjies. They keep the sandwiches intact while grilling, ensuring even toasting and melting of the ingredients. A grid also makes it easy to flip the sandwiches without losing any of the delicious fillings.

Traditional Braaibroodjie Recipe


  • 12 slices of white bread
  • Butter
  • Chutney (preferably Mrs. H.S. Ball’s Original Chutney)
  • 240g Cheddar cheese, sliced or grated
  • 2-3 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced into rings
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preparation: Spread butter on one side of each bread slice. Place half of the slices butter-side down.
  2. Assemble: Spread chutney on the unbuttered side of these slices. Add cheese, tomato slices, and rings of onion. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Top and Butter: Place the remaining slices of bread on top, buttered side up.
  4. Grill: Place the sandwiches in a cooking grid and grill over medium heat. Turn frequently to ensure even toasting until both sides are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  5. Serve: Slice the sandwiches diagonally and serve immediately​​.

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Traditional Braaibroodjie Cooking Over Braai

Braaibroodjies are a beloved part of South African braai culture, offering a delicious blend of melted cheese, tangy chutney, and fresh vegetables. Whether you stick to the traditional recipe or experiment, using a cooking grid will ensure your Braaibroodjies are perfectly grilled every time. If you still need to get your hands on a great quality braai, you can check out our store, for true South African braai's. Enjoy this South African delight as a side dish or a main event at your next barbecue!

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