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


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.



TOTAL TIME3 hrs 5 mins

  • Braai Requirements 
  • Beer: Charcoal use 6 Beers pp. | Briquettes use 8 Beers pp. | Wood use 12 Beers pp. 
  • Camp Braai Toeknyp Rooster / BBQ Grid: A grid that can close 
  • Wood, Charcoal / Briquette Braai / BBQ: Alternatively use a gas BBQ but only on days where there is a Total Fire Ban! 
  • Braai Fuel – Wood, Charcoal, Briquettes: I prefer wood because… 12 beers

Braaibroodjie Ingredients 

  • 12 Slices of White Bread: Alternative 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 Sliced
  • 3 to 4 tomato slices on each toastie 
  • ButterEnough to spread 12 slices of bread Salt and Pepper
  • Optional 
  • Mrs Balls Chutney

Prepare the Braai

  1. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Optional: Add Mrs Balls Chutney”Braaing” the Braaibroodjies
  3. Add the Braaibroodjies in a grid that can close. The OZ Braai Camp Braai grid can Braai 6 braaibroodjies at a time.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve immediately as a side with your Braai’d / BBQ’d meat.