Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwich

Scrumptious fall-inspired grilled cheese bagel sandwich with sliced apple, pear, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, arugula, and sunny-side up egg – a melt-in-your-mouth experience for any meal of the day.

Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwiches | #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

There comes a time in every person’s life when he or she must throw caution to the wind, take a flying leap of faith off the trust cliff, and have confidence that his or her chute will deploy properly.

Or that your squirrel suit tear-free and ready to take flight…whichever’s your choice mode of gravity defiance.

M’dear, that time is now.

Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwiches | #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

This grilled cheese bagel sandwich is about to blow your mind in the best way possible. As you cross your arms, close your eyes, stiffen your body and intentionally fall backwards into my scrawny arms, remember that I have your best interest in mind. With pure intentions, I give you the bagel sandwich that changed my life.

It may seem odd – combining sliced apple, pear, and cheddar cheese with caramelized onions, arugula, a sunny-side up egg, and fig jam sandwiched between a toasty everything bagel, but my darlings, it jives.

When you take a bite, it’s like you’re sinking your teeth into a sweet, buttery, crunchy fantasy that you can hardly wrap your mind gnomes around.

And can you just imagine using a cinnamon-raisin bagel? Ohhhhh momma, now that would just jettison us into an alternate dimmension.

Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwiches | #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

Let’s talk cheese. Do you love the apple-cheddar combo? I certainly do! I find apples and pears were made for pairing with cheese, and a classic cheddar always whets my whistle. 

Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwiches | #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

I know what you’re thinking…caramelizing an onion for a sandwich seems like a lot of prep for just a sandwich. But folks, this isn’t just aaaaany sandwich, and I promise you, caramelizing the onion is well worth it!

Plus, you can multi-task while the onion is caramelizing, and you can also caramelize it ahead of time. I guarantee, taking the time to caramelize an onion will never result in regrets.

Change-ups to this Bagel Sandwich?

Boy oh boy do you have options.

  • If you’re vegan, omit the sunnyside up egg
  • If you’re a meat eater, throw on some crispy bacon or a hunk of ham
  • Use only apples or only pears if desired.
  • Caramelize the fruit in a skillet in coconut oil to heat it up, soften it, and give it a sweeter, buttery flavor.
  • Substitute spinach in for the arugula.
  • Use a cinnamon-raisin bagel or any multi-grain or gluten-free bread of choice.
  • Omit the fig preserves or use any jam/jelly of choice. Hot pepper jelly would be marvelous.

Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwiches | #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? I’m calling this bagel sandwich an anytime of day meal. Just be sure to go heavy on the cheese to help glue the grilled cheese together. Plus, the more cheese, the better I always say.

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Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwiches | #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwich

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bagel sandwich, breakfast, grilled cheese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 2 bagel sandwiches
Author: Julia

A grilled cheese bagel sandwich with egg, cheddar, pear, apple and more!



  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 2 heaping handfuls arugula
  • 2 eggs sunnyside up
  • 2 everything bagels toasted, I used gluten-free
  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese or cheese of choice
  • 1/2 ripe apple sliced (I used an Envy apple)
  • 1/2 ripe bosc pear cored and sliced
  • 4 tablespoons fig preserves


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the sliced onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to sweat and turn translucent, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle liberally with sea salt, reduce heat to medium-low, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden-brown and caramelized, about 45 minutes more.
  2. Preheat the oven to the high broil setting.
  3. Slice the bagels in half and place them on a baking sheet. Toast on the top shelf of the oven under the broiler until golden-brown, about 1 minute. Remove bagels from the oven and add a slice of cheddar on all four slices of bagel. Place back in the hot oven until melted, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Smear 1 tablespoon of fig preserves over each cheesy bagel slice.
  5. Top the bagel bottoms with wilted arugula, sliced apple, pear, caramelized onions, and a sunny side up egg. Place the bagel tops on top, slice in half and serve.


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  1. Anna Trombetta

    Here I am trying to ease my way into the heavier fall foods without going completely insane, and you come out with this. I think I may have died and gone to comfort food HEAVEN. Something tells me to save it for Christmas when I can make it with my brother and share the amazingness that is bound to be this bagel sandwich (also, everything bagels = life)

  2. Mary

    I’ve never had or heard of a grilled cheese bagel sandwich, where has this been all of my life? It aligns perfectly with my values lol. I love how you played with the sweet and savory, pears and 2 sunny side eggs you are a genius. 🙂

  3. Christina

    You guys, this is a REALLY good recipe! I made these sandwiches for my husband and me! I adapted the recipe a little and used Dave’s Killer seed bread rather than bagels but the basic flavors were the same! Seriously great sandwich, looking forward to making this again!

  4. Teri

    We made this for a big family brunch. We couldn’t find fig jam, so we omitted it but otherwise, we stayed true to the original. They were seriously awesome! So much flavour and complexity. Absolutely worth the extra time and effort!

  5. Treg2005

    My partner cooks part time at a friends B&B – he made this for guests one morning (adding roasted sweet potatoes as a side) and everyone nearly died it was so good. EVERY guest wanted the recipe.

  6. Gahlia

    Holy crap this is goooooooood! So, I didn’t have fig preserves……but I did have spicy mango chutney! Blew. My. Mind. Thank you thank you! ?

  7. Liz

    Ok so this was amazing. I ended up putting bacon on it and I for the life of me could not find fig jam so there’s 3 of us in my family and we all had a slightly different variation. My 8 year old had no dressing, my husband had it with guacamole, and I put some apricot jam I had in the fridge on mine. Delicious and highly recommended!

    1. Julia Post author

      OOOOH that sounds fantastic! Why have I never tried it with bacon?! Thanks so much for the inspiration…I’m happy you and your family enjoyed it! xoxo

  8. Kailyn

    this recipe looks and sounds so DELICIOUS!! i also have some sort of allergic reactions to pears and apples, could i leave them out?


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