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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

by Chad Campbell

This AIR FRYER GRILLED CHEESE has the perfect crisp outside, but the inside is pure melty perfection! This sandwich couldn’t be easier!

extra cheesy grilled cheese sandwich cut in half

A grilled cheese sandwich is a classic easy lunch. Pair with some homemade tomato soup or a bowl of chili and life. is. good.

The air fryer is a great way to cook just about everything…even the classic grilled cheese! Perfectly crispy outside, super gooey inside, and you don’t have to stand over the stove and babysit. This is a great option for kids to make themselves too!

cheesy grilled cheese sandwich on wooden cutting board

How to make grilled cheese in the air fryer:

The first thing to do is butter one side of two pieces of bread.

Put two pieces of cheese between the bread with the buttered side facing out.

You can use any type of cheese you like. We usually keep it simple with the Kraft singles…it’s what we grew up with!

If you want an EXTRA CHEESY sandwich, sprinkle a little shredded cheddar between the sliced cheese. It’s amazing.

Cook each side in the air fryer for four minutes. It doesn’t get much easier than this!

grilled cheese sandwich in air fryer basket

Common grilled cheese questions:

What type of cheese should I use in a grilled cheese?

Honestly, any cheese will work, even cream cheese! The classic grilled cheese calls for 2 slices of American cheese, but you can replace that with whatever sliced cheese you have on hand. Cheddar, havarti, and pepperjack are personal favorites of ours.

Which bread is the best for making a grilled cheese?

We usually have white sandwich bread on hand, but wheat also works well. French bread or any artisan bread will also work. Use what you like!

What can I use in place of butter?

Believe it or not, mayo makes a great grilled cheese! Slather the outside with mayo instead of butter and your sandwich will crisp up perfectly.

What should I serve with my grilled cheese?

Soup, chili, french fries, chips, and a side of ranch dressing to dip it in! There really is no wrong answer when it comes to grilled cheese…it goes great with anything!

extra cheesy grilled cheese sandwich

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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

We love a slightly crispy grilled cheese sanwich, heavy on the cheese! This recipe doesn't disappoint!


  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 2 slices deli-style American cheese
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees.
  2. Butter one side of each piece of bread.
  3. Place one cheese slice on one piece of bread. Sprinkle on the shredded cheddar and top with the remaining cheese and bread with the butter facing out.
  4. Place in the air fryer basket and cook for 4 minutes. Flip the sandwich and continue cooking for 4 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.


You may use any type of cheese or bread you prefer.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 919mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 12g

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elaine clarke October 26, 2021 - 7:57 pm

I am new to the airfryer way of cooking. I tried a grilled cheese sandwich…the only thing I couldn’t figure out was what program to use (bake, toast etc Can’t use toast on airfryer setting). The sandwich was ok but it never browned on either side. And I cannot find anything that suggests the right way to cook it. I will try something different tomorrow & see how that works out

Karly October 27, 2021 - 6:50 pm

Hi Elaine! Sorry you’re struggling! Every air fryer is a bit different, for sure. Sounds like maybe you have a different style than I do…ours just have an air fry setting and then you set the time and temp. I would think using the air fryer setting on yours would work just fine too.

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This is something New !

Diana Clower January 8, 2021 - 2:16 pm

looks yummy!

Karly January 8, 2021 - 5:38 pm

Thanks, Diana!


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