Easy Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Recipe

Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of those basic dishes that nobody seems to cook in quite the same way. Some favor pan frying, others use a toaster oven, but recipe developer Kit Hondrum makes use of an air fryer. Hondrum also likes to make her sandwiches with sourdough bread, since she loves the taste of it, but she tells us that "you can absolutely use another kind of bread if you don't have sourdough" or if you, yourself, are not a real fan of its flavor. For a similar consistency, a crusty loaf of Italian bread would work quite nicely.

This sandwich is made with three different types of cheese, which makes it somewhat fancier than the standard grilled cheese, but you can dress it up even more if you wish. Hondrum suggests "fresh, thinly sliced tomatoes for a tomato grilled cheese" or says you can "add prosciutto or turkey if you want to add some meat." You could also use deli ham to make an air-fried ham and cheese. As to what to serve with these sandwiches, tomato soup is classic, although Hondrum says she prefers a green salad herself.

Gather the ingredients for an air fryer grilled cheese

Ingredient-wise, this is a pretty simple recipe, requiring just five components. There's the bread, of course, sourdough or whatever kind you prefer. There's also some mayo for the outside to get a crunchy crust — Hondrum uses avocado oil mayonnaise, but any mayo will work. For cheeses, she uses mozzarella, cheddar, and Parmesan, although you can tinker with these, as well, using whatever cheeses you like best.

Prepare the air fryer and bread

Hondrum starts off by spritzing the air fryer with oil, but she doesn't worry about preheating it. If you've found that yours works better when you do preheat it, then by all means go ahead and do so — the cook temperature is 400 F.

Spread mayonnaise on one side of each bread slice, then put the bread in the air fryer, mayo side-down.

Add the cheese and begin frying

Sprinkle or layer the bread with the cheese depending on whether the latter is grated or sliced. It doesn't really matter as long as you've got the cheese pretty evenly divided among the bread slices. Set the air fryer to 400 F if you haven't already preheated it, then cook the sandwiches for about 3 minutes until the cheese has melted.

Fold the sandwiches and finish frying

At this point, Hondrum says to fold the cheese-topped bread slices, turning them from open-faced sandwiches into closed ones. Press them down with your hands or a spatula to flatten them a bit, then cook them for 4 minutes. Flip them, then cook them for 4 more minutes.

Hondrum says that she uses the Cuisinart TOA-65 air fryer, and that in this model it took 10 minutes for her sandwiches to be done. She does say, though, that your "cook time could be longer or shorter with different air fryer models."

Easy Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Recipe
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If you're looking for the perfect way to cook a grilled cheese, this easy air fryer recipe won't let you down.
Prep Time
Cook Time
toasted sandwiches with knife
Total time: 12 minutes
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 ounces mozzarella, sliced or shredded
  • 3 ounces sharp cheddar, sliced or shredded
  • 1 ounce shredded Parmesan
  1. Spray the air fryer basket with oil.
  2. Spread mayonnaise evenly on one side of each of the sourdough slices.
  3. Place the bread slices in the fryer basket, mayonnaise-side down.
  4. Evenly distribute the cheese over the bread.
  5. Air fry the sandwiches at 400 F for 3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  6. Fold the bread into sandwiches, pressing down a bit with your hand or a spatula.
  7. Air fry the sandwiches for an additional 4 minutes.
  8. Flip the sandwiches and air fry them for 4 more minutes or until they are crispy and slightly browned on the outside.
  9. Slice the sandwiches, if desired, and serve.
Calories per Serving 1,214
Total Fat 45.4 g
Saturated Fat 19.3 g
Trans Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 91.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 146.5 g
Dietary Fiber 6.1 g
Total Sugars 13.5 g
Sodium 2,492.4 mg
Protein 54.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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