Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich is n easy meal for lunch or a light dinner. A perfectly cooked grilled cheese sandwich has melty cheese and crispy slices of bread on the outside. When you make it in the air fryer you are going to have the best grilled cheese sandwiches you have ever taken a bite.

air fryer grilled cheese sandwich slices on parchment paper.

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Air Fried Grilled Cheese

The grilled cheese sandwich has been an American favorite for decades, yes, this is a simple recipe. This version eliminates the frying pan and replaces it with an air fryer. A crunchy grilled cheese in an air fryer sandwich is a new take on the comfort food classic you grew up with and have never stopped loving.

A grilled cheese sandwich in an air fryer gives you a classic sandwich made with perfectly toasted bread and gooey melted cheese.

Why Make a Grilled Cheese in Air Fryer Sandwich?

An air fryer is a great thing to have because there are so many things you can easily make in it, including grilled cheese. Even your kids can learn to cook safely with an air fryer.

They don’t have to turn on the gas stove; they just add food to the fryer basket, press the right buttons and go! When your son’s friends come over from baseball, you need something kid-friendly and easy to make.

Grilled cheese in the air fryer is a genius way to make these golden, toasty sandwiches. Using an air fryer to make grilled cheese streamlines the process and is much more hands-free. This recipe could be your favorite minimal-effort lunch.

Why Using the Air Fryer Is the Perfect Way to Make Grilled Cheese

If a good grilled cheese is a work of art (and I believe it is), then a grilled cheese in air fryer sandwich rates as a masterpiece! You won’t go back to the skillet after making a grilled cheese sandwich in an air fryer.

The bread gets beautifully toasty in the air fryer. It’s perfectly grilled to a crunchy golden brown on the outside and melty goodness on the inside. It’s life-changing!

With the air fryer, no one gets a little soggy spot that somehow the frying pan managed to miss. In contrast, each bite of your air fryer grilled cheese is crunchy-gooey-cheesy goodness.

What Makes the Perfect Grilled Cheese?

Many grilled cheesemakers may be challenged to produce that diner-style, picture-perfect grilled cheese with golden toasted edge-to-edge bread and perfectly melted cheese. Enter the air fryer. The air fryer uses convection to displace the heat throughout the whole sandwich. This creates a crispy outside and an interior that’s gooey perfection. So, here’s what the perfect grilled cheese is like:

  • The bread is deeply toasted and golden but not burned.
  • The sandwich is golden-brown on both sides. If you don’t flip, the other side won’t get kissed by the heating element.
  • The bread is sturdy enough to hold up to the cheesy interior but soft enough so that your teeth sink into it with delight.
  • The cheese is adequately melted. This may seem obvious, but if you’ve ever eaten a grilled cheese that’s charred on the outside with bits of still solid, room temperature cheese inside, you know that making a good grilled cheese is more nuanced than you might think.
  • The finished sandwich is buttery but definitely not greasy – ooey-gooey but never soggy.


To make a grilled cheese sandwich in the air fryer, here’s what you’ll need:

Bread – Use your favorite bread, e.g., sandwich bread, French bread, sourdough.

Cheese –This recipe uses Deluxe American, but you can use any cheese that melts well – cheddar, havarti, provolone, mozzarella, or swiss. Feel free to mix your favorite slices of cheese. For example, use a nutty cheese like gruyere and a classic sharp cheddar.

Keep away from those pre-shredded bagged cheeses. They tend to be coated with a powder to keep the shreds from clumping together and thus won’t melt well.

Butter or Mayonnaise – They’re both so good; you can’t go wrong with either. Or, try combining them – 2 tablespoons of mayo with 1 tablespoon of butter. You can also substitute mustard for the mayo.

air fryer grilled cheese sandwich ingredients.

Ingredients Substitutions

  • Mayo for butter.

How to Make Grilled Cheese in Air Fryer

You can make toasty, crispy grilled cheese in air fryer sandwiches in just a few simple steps:

  1. Spread butter or mayonnaise on one side of the bread.
a slice of buttered bread.
  1. Lay a piece of buttered bread in the air fryer basket, butter side down.
  2. Place 2 slices of cheese on the bread.
bread with cheese on top in an air fryer basket.
  1. Place another piece of buttered bread on top of the cheese, butter side up.
  2. Air fry the sandwiches at 370°F for 4 minutes.
  3. Flip the sandwiches over.
grilled cheese sandwich in an air fryer basket.
  1. Cook until the cheese has melted and the bottom is browned.
  2. Serve immediately and enjoy!
two air fryer grilled cheese sandwiches.

Recipe Variations

Expand your grilled cheese sandwich options. Make every recipe your own by adding ingredients of your choice. Here are a few ideas to jazz up your grilled cheese in the air fryer sandwich:

  • Air fried grilled cheese with bacon. Add a few slices of crisp, cooked bacon.
  • Air fryer grilled cheese and ham. Create your very own take on croquet monsieur by using a layer of thinly sliced ham. This is extra yummy combined with a fried egg!.
  • Air fried grilled cheese and tomato. Before adding tomatoes to your sandwich, thinly slice them, place them on a paper towel and pat them dry. This will prevent the grilled cheese from becoming watery.
  • Air-fried grilled cheese and pesto. Instead of butter or mayo, spread the insides of your bread with pesto. Use any combination of fontina, provolone, or gouda.

For grilled cheese air fryer sandwiches, you can also go for pepperoni, mushrooms, caramelized onions, avocados, cucumbers, and even thinly sliced apples or pears.

3 Tips for Making an Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

  1. When making air-fried grilled cheese, be sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. Two sandwiches should be able to fit depending on the bread size.
  2. A grilled cheese air fryer sandwich may have a tendency to fall apart. To prevent this, while toasting the first side, secure each corner with a toothpick. When ready to flip, simply remove the toothpicks, turn, and keep cooking. This trick is especially important if you are using thinner, softer bread.
  3. If you shred the cheese, no matter what variety you use, it helps it to melt faster and gives you that delicious cheese pull as you tear into your grilled cheese.

What to Serve With Grilled Cheese Air Fryer Sandwich

Air fryer grilled cheese can be paired with many different side dishes for a delicious meal. For a fun family dinner, try serving this sandwich with air fryer potato wedges or avocado fries.

And, is there anything that’s better than a crunchy, buttery, and melty grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of warm tomato basil soup? Just thinking about this classic comfort food combination should give you warm, fuzzy feelings.

closeup of an air fryer grilled cheese sandwich.

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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

You can make delicious grilled cheese sandwiches in an air fryer.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Grilled Cheese, Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 514kcal


  • 3 tablespoons butter or mayonnaise
  • 4 pieces sandwich bread
  • 4 slices cheese I love Kraft Deluxe American cheese


  • Spread the butter or mayonnaise on one side of each piece of bread.
  • Lay a piece of bread, spread side down, in the air fryer basket.
  • Top with 2 slices of cheese.
  • Place another piece of bread, spread side up, on top of the cheese.
  • Cook the sandwiches at 370°F for 4 minutes
  • Flip the sandwiches over and cook until the bottom is browned and the cheese has melted.



Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 740mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1086IU | Calcium: 506mg | Iron: 2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. June Sprague

    5 stars
    I have a fryer but have no clue how to use it I always see all kinds of food cooked in it but I have using something nobody showed me how to use :'(

  2. Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo

    5 stars
    Hello! Would you be able to tell me the temp for the grill cheeses in celsius?

    Thank you!

  3. John Brooks

    Would you tell me which Air Fryer you use? I currently don’t have one and don’t want to try an unknown out and then throw it away and try another one.

    • Stephanie Manley

      I have one of the Phillips models, which I love I think it is the best one for reheating and crisping things up. I also have a Beville Smart Oven which I also love because it does so many different things. I Hope that was helpful.

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