How To Make Grilled Cheese In An Air Fryer  (Quick and Cheesy Recipe)

Originally posted on 26 March 2024 @ 10:56

How To Make Grilled Cheese In An Air Fryer  

Many of us have a special place in our hearts for cheese, with grilled cheese sandwiches being a particular favorite due to their simplicity and quick cooking time. There’s something uniquely satisfying about enjoying them fresh and hot.

While the classic stovetop technique for preparing a grilled cheese sandwich is highly effective, have you ever considered trying it in an air fryer, or are you curious about how to achieve the perfect grilled cheese in your air fryer? If so, there’s no need to worry. 

In this article, we will discuss and guide you on how to make grilled cheese in the air fryer. So let’s dive in!   

Ingredients You Need; 

To create a delicious grilled cheese in an air fryer you need  these ingredients  

Bread:   Pick your favorite bread but it must have thick slices, like whole-grain or sourdough 

Cheese: Now pick a cheese that will melt easily like cheddar, American, or gouda 

Butter:  Also pick a butter, it will give a nice golden brown appearance to sandwich

Optional Add-ons:   You can also add some sliced tomatoes, caramelized onions, or crispy bacon  if you like to take your sandwich taste to the next level 

Preparing and Assembling  the sandwich

Now you have all your ingredients, its time to make a sandwich, Start by placing the cheese between your bread slices, and press gently to ensure that it sticks together 

Butter Up  

Now pick your butter and start to butter off both sides of your sandwich. This step adds flavors and gives a good golden brown look to the sandwich and also prevents it from sticking to the air fryer basket.

Preheating the air fryer  

While you are doing the above four steps, at the same time start to preheat your air fryer to   360°F (182°C). This temperature will make sure that the cheese will melt completely in the bread slices and slices become brown without burning

Perfection  in air frying

Now place the prepared sandwich in the air fryer basket for cooking and then cook each side of the sandwich for 3 – 4 minutes. You may need to adjust the timing depending on the thickness of the slices of bread you are using and the performance and efficiency of the air fryer.

Perfect Meltt  

To achieve a perfect melt keep an eye on the sandwich during cooking. When you see the cheese starting to melt and bubble, it is an indication of grilled cheese perfection 

Cooling for a minute

Once the sandwich is cooked remove it from the air fryer and put it on a plate and let it cool for a minute or two. This step will help the cheese to set slightly and make it easier to handle 

Serving and Pairing  

The best time to serve and enjoy the grilled cheese is when they are hot and crispy so serve it immediately before it becomes cool. Try it with a bowl of tomato soup for enhancing your taste experience  

Cleaning Your Air Fryer  

After eating your sandwich, clean your air fryer. The nonstick is mostly dishwasher safe making cleaning a breeze   

Air fryer or Toaster Oven for Grilled cheese;

The best method for grilled cheese is a toaster oven because both air fryers and toaster takes the same amount of time but in the toaster oven cheese melts very thoroughly and gives the bread a crunch and crispy texture. which feels very good to eat. 

Why my cheese is not melting in the air fryer:

If you are cooking grilled cheese in an air fryer and your cheese is not melting then, check your air fryer that its heating element is working properly or try to use a thin slice if you face this problem.

Why my slices are burning:

If your slice is burning then try to put some extra butter to your bread slices and if your slice is still burning then put some oil using a brush in the air fryer basket so it will make it nonsticky and also lower the temperature of the air fryer  

How long to cook grilled cheese in the air fryer

The cooking time mostly depends on the thickness and on the air fryer’s performance but it is recommended to cook grilled cheese for 3 to 7 minutes if the air fryer is preheated. 

So, next time if you are looking for a quick and easy food recipe to satisfy your hunger, then give a shot to the air fryer grilled cheese


Can I use a different cheese, in my grilled cheese? 

Yes, you can use any cheese  you like, experiment with the different cheeses and find out which matches your taste

Is it possible to make a slice of grilled cheese in a toaster oven? 

Yes, why not you can make a slice of grilled cheese in the toaster oven, but the air fryer may give a better result. 

Can I add some other ingredients to my grilled cheese? 

Yes, you can add other ingredients to your grilled cheeses like tomatoes, onions sliced ham, bacon, and avocado, or presto for a personalized touch  

How to prevent your sandwich from sogginess?

Make sure that the sandwich is completely buttered and it is cooked at the right temperature

Should I freeze my leftover grilled cheese?

It is best to eat your grilled cheese when it is fresh and hot


Making grilled chees in an air fryer is a very simple, fast, and perfect way, that anybody can do without any extra effort. Which results in a very crunchy and good-quality taste of the grilled cheese.

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