Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

A how-to on making Air Fryer Grilled Cheese. It’s a new way to make a classic that is toasted up crispy with a cheesy, gooey inside!

A CLASSIC SANDWICH MADE IN THE AIR FRYER

It seems like air fryers can literally make anything – like this Air Fryer Grilled Cheese! It’s a fun change up from doing it on the stovetop and it makes the bread nice and crispy without being soggy that you can sometimes get when making it on the stovetop. It takes only 3 ingredients and you have a nice crunchy sandwich with perfectly gooey melted cheese. If you are looking for new ways to make some of your old favorites (or just enjoy experimenting with your air fryer), then you have to make this Air Fryer Grilled Cheese recipe.

Hands pulling Air Fryer Grilled Cheese apart showing cheese pull.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What kind of bread is best to use for grilled cheese?

Any plain bread will work for this recipe. I like to use artisan for this because it is a little sturdier but just plain off-brand white will work. Or you can use any bread of your choice.

How do I keep the bread from flying around in the air fryer?

This is why I like to use a sturdier bread. It holds in place better. But the easiest way to solve this problem is to just stick a toothpick in your sandwich.

Can I use a different type of cheese?

Absolutely! There are so many great ways to make grilled cheese with different cheeses or a variety at the same time. We defaulted to American for this recipe but you can use cheddar, pepper jack, gouda, provolone, mozzarella, etc.

How many grilled cheese sandwiches does this recipe make?

This makes a total of 2 sandwiches but you can easily double this for a family or halve this for just one for yourself.

Can I add anything else to this sandwich?

Yes! Sometimes we like to add sliced meat such as ham or turkey. You can pretty much add anything that you’d like. I love a good toasted ham and cheese sandwich!

How do I store leftovers?

While best eaten right when it is made, you can store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat just place back in the air fryer for 2 minutes.

Pinterest image of cut Air Fryer Grilled Cheese showing inside on plate with tomato soup.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • white bread, or bread of your choice
  • unsalted butter
  • american cheese
Ingredients needed: white bread, unsalted butter and american cheese.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER GRILLED CHEESE:

Preheat the air fryer to 350°F for 5 minutes. Spread ¼th of the butter on one side of one piece of bread. 

Butter being put on one slice of bread.

Place the bread butter side down into the basket of the air fryer. 

Buttered bread placed buttered side down in air fryer basket.

Add 3 pieces of cheese on top. 

Cheese added to top of bread in air fryer basket.

Butter another slice of bread on one side with ¼th of the butter. Place this piece of bread on top, butter side up.

Another slice of buttered bread placed butter side up over cheese.

Close the air fryer and cook for 4-5 minutes until lightly golden brown, flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes until toastiness of your liking.

Finished Grilled Cheese in air fryer basket.

Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Serve with your favorite sides.

Stacked Air Fryer Grilled Cheese on plate with side of tomato soup.

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One whole and one cut Air Fryer Grilled Cheese square image in air fryer basket.

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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

A how-to on making Air Fryer Grilled Cheese. It’s a new way to make a classic that is toasted up crispy with a cheesy, gooey inside!
Course Lunch, Main Course, Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Keyword Air Fryer Grilled Cheese, Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Recipe
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 469kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 slices white bread (or bread of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter very soft
  • 6 slices American cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F for 5 minutes.
  • Spread ¼th of the butter on one side of one piece of bread.
  • Place the bread butter side down into the basket of the air fryer.
  • Add 3 pieces of cheese on top.
  • Butter another slice of bread on one side with ¼th of the butter. Place this piece of bread on top, butter side up.
  • Close the air fryer and cook for 4-5 minutes until lightly golden brown, flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes until toastiness of your liking.
  • Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Serve with your favorite sides.

Notes

  • Use any bread of choice for this recipe!
  • We do not recommend freezing leftovers.
  • This can be doubled easily.
  • Mix up your cheeses, see some ideas above.

Nutrition

Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1293mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 946IU | Calcium: 767mg | Iron: 2mg