When I was preparing for Rob to move in two years ago, I went on a little donating purge and added the maker to one of my donation bags. I've regretted it ever since.
But now, I have an excellent substitute - a waffle iron.
I made waffles Saturday morning (recipe to follow soon) and hadn't put the waffle iron away by lunch. It has the same basic construction as my departed (from me, at least) grilled cheese maker, so I figured I'd try it.
I warmed up the waffle iron, gave it a spritz with cooking spray and put in bread and cheese. The only bad thing - I put in too much cheese, as you can see from the photo. It melted all over. I'll fix that next time. The bread was a little long to get waffled, but the unwaffled sides weren't too different as far as toastiness went. I might try this again using a more square loaf of bread.
The resulting sandwiches were great - easy to make, no babysitting or butter required, toasty on the outside and gooey on the inside. Everything a grilled cheese should be.
I'll definitely be making waffled cheese sandwiches again.