8 Subway Cheese Types for Your Sandwich

People love Subway. Trust me, I should know. I worked there for a number of years. They love the bread and all the toppings, from yummy turkey slices to delicious buffalo chicken – and everything in between. But another draw to Subway is the cheese selection. But which cheese types does Subway offer?

Subway offers several cheese types to enhance the flavor of your sandwich. In the cheese section, you will most commonly find American, Swiss, shredded, Provolone, and pepper jack cheese. However, some stores also sell mozzarella, feta, and cheddar.

Hey! My name is Michelle, and I’ve enjoyed baking in my home for the past ten years. Before my adventures as a home baker, I was a Subway employee. Needless to say, I have plenty of knowledge when it comes to Subway, especially when it comes to cheese. What can I say? I’m a cheese fanatic!

Discover the different Subway cheese types below!

8 Subway Cheese Types You’ll Enjoy

No sandwich is complete without cheese, whether you order the Spicy Italian (untoasted) or the Meatball Marinara (toasted). But what options are awaiting you at Subway? Here are the eight cheese types you might run across.

1. American Cheese

American Cheese is one of the most popular cheese types at Subway. This semi-soft cheese isn’t overpowering. Instead, it provides a subtle deliciousness that’s impressively creamy.

The other perk of going the American route is that this cheese melts very easily. So, if you’re looking to drench your meat and veggies in plenty of ooey-gooey cheese, American will be the premier choice for your sandwich.

2. Swiss Cheese

Swiss Cheese is another popular option. It can easily be spotted by its iconic, extra-large holes. Aside from its appearance, Swiss Cheese is highly sought-after due to the combination of sweetness and nuttiness. 

Because Swiss Cheese has a distinct flavor that isn’t too powerful, it tends to pair best with intricate and powerful flavors. For instance, you might consider using Swiss Cheese on spicier or sweeter options, such as teriyaki.

3. Shredded Cheese

Sliced cheese isn’t great for all sandwiches. If you prefer to top your sandwich with shredded cheese, you’ll be glad to know that many Subway stores offer shredded cheese as an option.

Shredded cheese is scrumptious and easily melted – a winning combo for many sandwich options at Subway. For example, shredded cheese will work well with those that are toasted, like the meatball or BMT.

4. Provolone Cheese

Most cheese types mentioned so far have a subtle taste that will easily enhance any sandwich without taking over the flavor profile. 

But provolone is the way to go for those who want to add a robust cheese to their sandwich.

Provolone is a semi-hard cheese known for being buttery, sweet, and sharp. This combination ensures that the cheese makes a statement with every bite while pairing beautifully with all kinds of meats and veggies.

5. Pepper Jack Cheese

Are your taste buds craving some extra spice? Then pepper jack cheese is the ultimate way to go!

Pepper jack cheese is, well, spicy, thanks to the peppers. That said, it’s excellent for several sandwiches that could use a little extra “kick.”

6. Mozzarella Cheese

Subtle yet slightly sour, mozzarella cheese is another choice you might find at a Subway franchise. I use the term “might” because not all stores have it, and it’s not one of the most popular selections.

The great thing about mozzarella cheese is that it’s another option that won’t take over the flavors of your sandwich. It also pairs well with numerous meats and veggies, making it one of the most versatile cheese types on this list.

7. Feta Cheese

There’s no other cheese quite like feta. Bursting with tanginess and saltiness, this vigorous cheese type isn’t for the faint of heart – or the lackluster sandwiches. Feta cheese is best used in sandwiches that have bold flavors. 

Feta cheese is another cheese type that isn’t too common in Subway. However, if you’re lucky enough to have feta as a selection at your local Subway, consider using it the next time you order a very flavorful sandwich.

8. Cheddar Cheese

Last but not least, let’s discuss cheddar.

Cheddar is undeniably one of the most popular cheeses in the United States. It’s used for all types of sandwiches, from breakfast sandwiches to grilled cheese sandwiches. Unsurprisingly, it’s a go-to for Subway sandwiches, too.

Cheddar cheese is sweet and mildly tangy. It can accompany any veggie or meat with ease. So, whether you’re going with a Veggie Delight or a Cold Cut Combo, you can’t go wrong with this yummy cheese – you’ll just have to find it, considering some Subways don’t offer it.


With all this cheese talk, I’m sure you can’t wait to go to Subway and pile on the slices! If you want to continue learning about this topic, I encourage you to peek at the frequently asked questions listed below. 

Does Subway still have Swiss cheese?

Most Subway stores should have Swiss cheese. If you want specifics about what type of cheese is offered at your local Subway, check online or give them a call.

What is Subway’s healthiest cheese?

Of all of the cheese types offered at Subway, it’s noted that Swiss cheese is the healthiest option on the menu. So, if you’re looking to up the nutritional content of your sandwich, consider choosing Swiss cheese.

What cheese is steak and cheese at Subway?

The Steak and Cheese sandwich at Subway is typically topped with American cheese. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have the option of using other cheeses. Shredded cheese and Provolone are two other popular options for this sandwich.

Subway Offers Customers Many Yummy Cheese Types

When it comes to building a Subway sandwich, customers are in complete control – which is one of the draws to this fantastic sub shop. With this power, customers can choose between various cheese types, such as American, Swiss, Provolone, and shredded.

Which cheese do you prefer from Subway?

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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