Appetizers Grilling Side Dish

Grilled Cheesy Corn Cakes

July 1, 2011

Who’s ready for the long 4th of July weekend?! I know I am. I have two favorite holidays, one is New Year’s Eve and the other is the Fourth of July. There’s so much excitement around both and maybe I have a thing for fireworks and late-night celebrations. A plus about the 4th is the grilling. It’s easy and there’s just something about food cooked on the grill. These Grilled Cheesy Corn Cakes are no exception. Simple to put together and they take no time to grill.

Grilled Cheesy Corn Cakes

So, how’s it taste?

If you like cheese as much as I do, you will love these! Smoked Gouda is among my top five all-time favorite cheeses. It pairs beautifully with the corn and shares the spotlight. I like to really taste the sweet corn, so I don’t want a lot of stuff covering it up. What makes this recipe special, is the corn is the bulk of the cake. It’s not full of breading with just a few niblets here and there. Breadcrumbs and sour cream help with the binding, but this corn cake is seriously all about the corn. It’s crunchy, creamy, and chunky all in one bite! I used green onions in mine for a touch of heat, but chives work well, too. Topped with a dollop of sour cream, these are a winner. Surprise your family and guests by serving up something a little different on the grill this year.

How do you celebrate the 4th? What will be on your grill this year?

Grilled Cheesy Corn Cakes


2 cups fresh or frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup shredded smoked Gouda
3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs, divided
1/3 cup chopped fresh green onions or chives
1 tbsp. sour cream + 1/2 cup, for serving
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
extra-virgin olive oil


1. In a food processor, pulse the corn into a chunky puree. Place in a medium bowl. Add the cheese, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, green onions, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined. Form the mixture into 9 balls and flatten into patties, each about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and 3/4-inch thick. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. Coat the patties in the remaining 1/4 cup breadcrumbs and drizzle with olive oil. Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Grill until toasted, 4 to 5 minutes each side. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

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  • Velva July 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    This looks amazing! Perfect for a summer bbq. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy 4th of July to you.


  • Lesley Eats July 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm


    I think we’re grilling not dogs on the 4th. And I’ll make my 4-vinegar slaw, some potato salad and corn on the cob. But I’d like some of these, too!

    • Leah July 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      Yum, can’t go wrong with the classics! I’d love your slaw recipe. Is it on your blog?

  • Lesley Eats July 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Sorry–can’t figure out how to reply to your reply but yes!

    Of course, you can shred your own cabbage (if you really want to).

    • Leah July 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks! I’m intrigued by the four vinegars. I have to try it!

  • rachel July 6, 2011 at 9:04 am

    These are insanely good! I left out the green onions and used Italian breadcrumbs because I had in my pantry and they were awesome!!!

    • Leah July 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Awesome! So glad you liked them. I’ll have to try them with the Italian breadcrumbs.

  • Lannae July 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    These things look delicious!

  • Heather July 12, 2011 at 8:10 am

    This recipe is right up my ally! corn & cheese…two of my favorite foods!

  • laura barrow November 20, 2011 at 5:52 am

    I am new to this site and so glad I found it. I made this last week and just loved them so much. I have to say that I ate the leftovers the next morning, cold, and they were just as good then. I’m wondering how they would be do if I made a large batch and froze them. Any ideas? Laura

    • Leah November 20, 2011 at 10:35 am

      Hi Laura! I think they would freeze just fine. You might need to let them get to room temperature and put them in the oven or a toaster oven to crisp them up again. I think defrosting the cakes might make them soggy. Let me know how it turns out. Thanks for visiting!