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Traditional South African 🥪 Braaibroodjies (BBQ Toasties) with Cheese, Tomato and Onion

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time3 hrsCook Time5 minsTotal Time3 hrs 5 mins

South Africans are known to Braai/BBQ some meat simply as an excuse to have some Braaibroodjies or Toasties as its called here in Australia. The Traditional Braaibroodjie or BBQ Toastie is perhaps the highlight of any "Braaing" experience.

The Camp Braai can take 6 Braaibroodjies so the following recipe serves 6 people.

Braai Requirements
 BeerCharcoal use 6 Beers pp. | Briquettes use 8 Beers pp. | Wood use 12 Beers pp.
 Camp Braai Toeknyp Rooster / BBQ GridA grid that can close
 Wood, Charcoal / Briquette Braai / BBQAlternatively use a gas BBQ but only on days where there is a Total Fire Ban!
 Braai Fuel - Wood, Charcoal, BriquettesI prefer wood because... 12 beers
Braaibroodjie Ingredients
 12 Slices of White BreadAlternative Bread: Sourdough Rye, Brown, Whole wheat, Ciabatta etc
 12 Slices Cheese2 slices per toastie but add or remove cheese as required
 2 Large Onions Cut in RingsOr finely chopped
 3 Tomatoes Sliced3 to 4 tomato slices on each toastie
 ButterEnough to spread 12 slices of bread
 Mrs Balls Chutney
Prepare the Braai

Get yourself a beer and tell your wife that you are going to start the fire. It is of utmost importance to inform your wife when you are going to start this step as this will ensure that the outside and inside cooking rituals are in sync. Not only is it important to tell her when you are going to start the fire but also what type of braai fuel you will be using i.e. Wood, Charcoal, Briquettes or Gas (Only use gas on days where there is a Total Fire Ban!). They all have different burning times! It is also good to check-in with your wife about 10 minutes before the coals are ready to check if she is finished preparing the braaibroodjies and if she took the meat out of the deep freeze. If not, add more braai fuel and get more beers!

Prepare the Braaibroodjies

Spread one side of each slice of bread with butter. Place half the slices buttered side down on a cutting board or bbq grid. Add cheese, tomato, onion, salt and pepper. Top each sandwich with the other slice of bread with the butter on the outside. The butter will give the toasty a nice golden brown colour.


Optional: Add Mrs Balls Chutney

"Braaing" the Braaibroodjies

Add the Braaibroodjies in a grid that can close. The OZ Braai Camp Braai grid can Braai 6 braaibroodjies at a time.


Braai over mild coals, regularly turning the grid until both sides of the toasty is golden brown and the cheese melted. Be mindful as it only takes two sips of beer to burn your toasties.


Serve immediately as a side with your Braai'd / BBQ'd meat.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 511
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32.4g50%

Saturated Fat 19.4g97%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 754mg32%
Potassium 328mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 35.9g12%

Dietary Fiber 2.9g12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 19.9g40%

Calcium 37%
Iron 14%
Vitamin D 73%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.