Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

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This air fryer grilled cheese comes together in less than 10 minutes and turns out super crispy on the outside and gooey inside! Made with just 5 ingredients, it’s the perfect comfort food. 

air fryer grilled cheese.

What can you cook in an air fryer? Literally, ANYTHING!

We do anything and everything in it, including buttery biscuits, garlic bread, juicy steak, and even crispy Brussels sprouts

My favorite thing to make, though, is a crispy and cheesy grilled cheese sandwich. It’s so much faster than the stovetop, and there is almost ZERO risk of it burning or overcooking.

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed 
  3. How to make grilled cheese in the air fryer
  4. Arman’s recipe tips and variations
  5. Storage instructions 
  6. Frequently asked questions
  7. More fun air fryer recipes
  8. Perfect Air Fryer Grilled Cheese (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Quick and easy. Like a traditional grilled cheese, this air fryer version is super speedy and needs just a handful of sandwich staples.
  • Mess-free. No oil splutter, messy stovetops, or excessive clean-up is needed.
  • Everyone loves it. My family reckons my grilled cheese is the best ever, and I often make it for them as a quick and easy dinner with some salads or tomato soup.

What I love about this recipe is you can customize it any way you like! Like any good toasted sandwich, you can load it up with almost anything!

Ingredients needed 

This recipe is very simple and calls for just five basic ingredients which you’ll likely already have on hand. Here is what you’ll need: 

  • Sandwich bread. I used white bread, but you can also use sourdough, whole wheat, or any other type of bread. 
  • Mayonnaise. The secret ingredient that guarantees the exterior to be extra crispy and delicious. I used whole egg mayo as it has the richest flavor, but use whatever you like.
  • Butter. Unsalted and softened to room temperature.
  • Mozzarella and cheddar cheese. With any recipe that calls for melted cheese, it’s super important to use at least two kinds of cheeses- one for the melt and one for the flavor. These two are my classic go-to options.

What cheese is best? 

The best melty cheese options for grilled cheese are Swiss, havarti, mozzarella, provolone, and pepper jack cheese. You can also choose other types of cheese, but look for one that is strongly flavored (sharp) and melts well. 

How to make grilled cheese in the air fryer

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1: Prepare the bread. On one side of the bread slices, spread some mayonnaise and half a tablespoon of butter on top of the mayonnaise. It will be the outside of the grilled cheese.

Step 2- Add cheese. On the other side of each slice of bread, add half a cup of cheddar cheese and half a cup of mozzarella cheese. Cover the cheese-coated sides with bread slices while keeping the butter/mayonnaise side on the outside. 

Step 3: Prep the air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F. Generously spray the air fryer basket and place one sandwich in it. Add two toothpicks to prevent the bread from sticking.

Step 4- Air fry. Let it cook in hot air for 8-9 minutes, flipping halfway through. Once the outside is golden brown, remove it from the air fryer.

Step 5- Serve. Slice the sandwich in half and enjoy.

how to make air fryer grilled cheese.

Arman’s recipe tips and variations

  • Avoid pressing the bread while flipping, as you will risk the cheese oozing out and making a mess. I actually prevent this from happening by using air fryer liners or some parchment paper.
  • I have a Phillips XL air fryer that comfortably fits two full-sized sandwiches. If yours is more compact, cook the sandwiches one at a time to ensure maximum crispiness.
  • Use a toothpick to prevent the bread from falling apart while cooking in the air fryer. I’ve had many occasions where the bread flies off while air frying.
  • Add different fillings like ham, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, or some crispy bacon.
  • Make it dairy-free by using dairy-free cheese, mayonnaise, and butter.

Storage instructions 

To store. Place leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

To freeze. Avoid freezing sandwiches as they do not thaw and/or reheat well at all. 

Reheating. Reheat the refrigerated grilled cheese in the air fryer or a frying pan (don’t add oil). 

air fried grilled cheese.

Frequently asked questions

Why won’t my grilled cheese get crispy? 

f you remove the sandwich from the air fryer too soon or cook it at a low temperature, your grilled cheese won’t get crispy. Also, if you overcrowd the air fryer with sandwiches, the crunchy texture will be affected. 

What temperature do you cook grilled cheese?

Always cook grilled cheeses at a high temperature, around 200C/400F. This allows the exterior to quickly crisp up while keeping the cheese filling gooey.

More fun air fryer recipes

air fryer grilled cheese recipe.

Perfect Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

5 from 76 votes
This air fryer grilled cheese comes together in less than 10 minutes and turns out super crispy and gooey! Made with just 5 ingredients, it's the perfect comfort food. 
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 9 minutes

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Ingredients  

  • 4 slices bread white, whole wheat, or gluten free
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Instructions 

  • Spread mayonnaise on one side of each slice of bread. Next, add half a tablespoon of butter on top of the mayonnaise. This is for the outside of the grilled cheese.
  • On one side of two pieces of bread the non-mayonnaise/butter side, add half the mozzarella cheese and half the cheddar cheese on each piece of bread. Place the second piece of bread on each one, mayonnaise/butter side on the outside.
    shredded mozzarella and tasty cheese on bread.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F.
  • Generously spray the air fryer basket and place one sandwich in it. Add two toothpicks to prevent the bread from sticking.
    uncooked grilled cheese sandwich in air fryer.
  • Air fry for 8-9 minutes, flipping halfway through. Once the exterior is golden, remove it from the air fryer. Repeat the process with the second one.
    grilled cheese in air fryer.
  • Slice the sandwiches in half and enjoy.
    air fryer grilled cheese sandwich.

Notes

TO STORE: Place leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
TO REHEAT: Reheat the refrigerated grilled cheese in the air fryer or a non-stick skillet.  

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 406kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 22gFat: 23gSodium: 749mgPotassium: 134mgFiber: 3gVitamin A: 600IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 543mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 25g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Originally published November 2022 updated April 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is so yummy delicious especially for /autumn and winter nights .with a lovely creamy Herby basil tomato soup.also tried with lovely fruity chutney ,/pickles gherkins.yummy.😋😋😋😋🥰👏👏👏xx

  2. Good afternoon. Found your site by way of searching for Keto cookies for my son. I went looking at what else you have and came across air fry recipes which landed me here. We do grilled cheese a lot during the winter. In your instructions you said, “Add two toothpicks to prevent the bread from sticking.” Where exactly do you add them? No, I’m not a dummy, just a first timer with the air fryer. lol Thank You in advance.
    Ma G

  3. 5 stars
    Oops forgot to rate it! 10+ Thank you for sending this recipe to email and yes we made it and ate right away even though it is morning here! We eat when hungry and YUM~

  4. Thank you so much!
    We are starting to use our Air Fryer which is the size of our microwave and Hubby calls it “Our Easy Bake Oven” which it is!
    I think it will replace the microwave!

    We made our EZ Bake Grilled Cheese in the EZ Bake Oven and YUM!!!

    Now I know what to get the adults on our Christmas list-an EZ Bake including Armon’s EZ Recipe!

    Thank you again and I am so happy I am subscribed because I am printing the recipe now!
    <3