Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese is a simple recipe that even the kids can make. Perfectly toasted bread with melted cheese, a classic sandwich that can be paired with many different side dishes for a delicious meal.

2 grilled cheese sandwiches on a plate


We love serving this air fryer sandwich with Air Fryer French Fries or Air Fryer Tator Tots for a fun family dinner. 

My air fryer has been working overtime lately. There are so many things you can easily make in it and best of all, even my kids can use it to cook. I like that they don’t have to turn on the gas stove, they just add food to the fryer basket and go. 

After making these grilled cheese in the air fryer, I don’t think I will be going back to the skillet.

Why these sandwiches are delicious

  • Forget the skillet, the bread get beautifully toasty in the air fryer.
  • A quick and satisfying snack or meal.

Ingredients needed

I have found that there are two different kinds of people, those who make grilled cheese with butter and those that make it with mayonnaise. I’m still not sure which way I prefer so this recipe includes both in the ingredient list.

Bread – Use your favorite like sandwich bread, french bread or sourdough. 

Cheese – For this recipe I used one slice cheddar and one slice Havarti. Some of the best cheeses to use are ones that melt well like Provolone, Mozzarella, Swiss and American. Feel free to also use your favorite shredded cheese. 

Butter OR Mayonnaise – They are both so good, you can’t go wrong. 

How to make air fryer grilled cheese

Scroll to bottom for full printable recipe, ingredients and video. 

  1. Spread: Spread one side of each piece of bread with either softened butter or mayonnaise.
  2. Build: Place bread spread side down in the fryer basket. Top with cheese and then top with another piece of bread, spread side up. 
  3. Cook: Air fryer on 370 degrees F for 4 minutes, flip the sandwiches over and cook at 370 degrees for another 4 minutes. 
buttered bread in air fryer basket with cheese on top and then cooked sandwich

Recipe tips

  • I did not preheat my air fryer for this recipe but if you machine requires it, preheat for 3-5 minutes.
  • Be sure not to overcrowd the basket. Two sandwiches should be able to fit depending on the bread size.
  • If the bread you are using is thin, you might want to insert a toothpick in the center of the sandwich to prevent the bread from coming off while cooking. Air fryers cook by circulating hot air and if the bread is light and then it could possibly blow off. 


  • To reduce calories and fat, replace butter with a light spray of olive oil. 
  • Change it up by trying different breads and cheeses. 
  • Try adding bacon or mustard to the sandwich.
grilled cheese sandwich cut in half

Best air fryer to use

There are so many great options on the market today. I use a Cosori 5.8 quart, you can read all about my experience and review here. A few other options to consider:

  • OMORC – 5.8 quart basket with a great price point. 
  • Ninja Foodie – This machine is an air fryer, slow cooker and pressure cooker in one. 
  • Instant Vortex – Made by Instant Pot, this is a 6-quart fryer. 

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Two grilled cheese sandwiches on a plate.
4.92 from 185 votes

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

By Heather
These easy air fryer grilled cheese sandwiches come out delicious every time.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 13 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 4 pieces sandwich bread
  • 4 slices cheese I used 2 cheddar and 2 Havarti
  • 3 tablespoons butter could also use mayonnaise


  • Spread butter or mayonnaise on one side of each piece of bread.
  • Lay a piece of bread, spread side down, in air fryer basket. Top with 2 slices of cheese and place another piece of bread, spread side up, on top of cheese.
  • Cook sandwiches at 370 degrees F for 4 minutes, flip the sandwiches over and cook at 370 degrees for another 4 minutes or until desired toast.
  • Serve warm.



Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 55mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1086IU | Calcium: 414mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. THE BEST GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH. EVER. Omg it’s delicious!!!!!!!! Thank you for this recipe!!!!!!! I followed it and it is PERFECTION. The cheese pull is DIVINE.

  2. 3 stars
    I used traditional brand name cheese cut at about 3 slices thick of individually wrap processed awful cheese. Used normal bread @370 4min in my consortia. It was not browned at all at 4 mins when I flipped it. Set it at 380 for 6 mins. Checked @4 min still not brown enough. At 6 min it came out beautifully brown and crisp perfect for a magazine front cover. Cut it diagonally and the cheese melted perfectly bulging out to show how yummy it was. The problem I found was the bread although crisp was dry. Not Carmelized as it would be when cooked in a Skillet. Like how toast is when you use a toaster oven instead of a toaster. It was not at all bad tasting, just not a mouth-watering as a proper grilled cheese. One upside is it more hands off than the Skillet method.

  3. 5 stars
    Used Wheat, didn’t have Havarti my favorite , used cheddar Sargento‘s, I brush the bread with olive oil, have for decades, grill’s crispy
    I have the Cosori Dual Blaze elements top and bottom, no flipping, 380 4 minutes. Tasty crispy cheesy with homemade chili.

  4. 5 stars
    I used a garlic butter spread mixed with mayo and a couple drops of hot sauce. Worked perfect. I have a nu wave 1800 w air fryer. Love this recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    I love to spread the snide of my bread with Boursin cheese, add Havarti cheese slice, then bake or fry. I love to make my own cream of tomato soup. Use a large can of petite diced tomatoes, a small can of mild green peppers. Microwave until hot, add 1/2 cup of whole milk, heavy cream, or half and half. The milk cools it off enough to drink from a mug or dip grilled cheese quarters. It’s very delicious. If you’re feeding a bunch of kids, bake the sandwiches in the oven. I put non stick foil on a baking sheet. Then, put Boursin cheese on inside of bread slices, shredded cheese sticks well to the soft cheese. Then add Mayo or butter to outside. Close sandwiches, then bake for 5 mins each side at 350F there’s plenty of time to make creamed tomato soup. This makes a fast and easy meal. I just thought that since I don’t not use heavy cream very often, I could make cream ice cubes, then drop one in the bottom of the cup for kiddos, so they don’t burn themselves on hot soup, it cools it fast. Plus it adds the creamy texture. Next cut sandwiches into fingers vs quarters, this makes very handy dipping pieces for little ones. I enjoy making up a whole tray of grilled cheese fingers, and leave them in the oven as it cools. Kiddos eat one sandwich for lunch, then I can give her another finger when she says she’s hungry an hour later.

    1. so basically you didn’t use her method at all and you thought you would share yours instead?

    1. I don’t know what she used, but I use weight watchers white if I’m in the mood for real bread- tastes just like wonder bread 😊

    2. 5 stars
      It was awesome!! My husband loved it. Served it with tomato soup I’ve also tried your air fryer bacon wrapped asparagus!! Loved them 2

    3. 5 stars
      Yes I sit here eating this grilled cheese, the recipe is definitely a keeper. I made with havarti cheese and Dave’s killer bread. Temperature and time was spot on. Thank you for this recipe!

      1. I used the ninja 12 in 1 air fryer at 370 for 8min then flip for another 8 min came out perfect

  6. 5 stars
    Best ever I did mozzarella and pepperoni.
    The cheese pull was great.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Definitely doing again and again.
    Next to the instapot, crockpot the air fryer is best thing invented. ❤️

  7. 5 stars
    Awesomely easy! I added a sprinkle granulated garlic in the middle of the cheese, yum! For me, it worked with better with the Mayo option rather than the first time where I used butter – crisped up great even with my gluten-free bread. Thanks!

    1. A spritz of butter flavored PAM or equivalent store brand makes a wonderful flavor and crunch to outside of grilled cheese sandwiches. Adding a can of mild green peppers to the blender when you’re making up a pitcher of Nutribullet soup, adds no heat, but a great tang. My kiddos always loved this fast and delicious meal. I fully agree to pin together layers, especially when you use Boursin soft cream cheese. I like adding grated 4 cheese or Asiago cheese on top of the soft cheese. Once you pin together layers with toothpicks, it keeps the meaty layers from slipping off. I let them cool a bit before cutting into their toast -fingers for toddlers to dip into a mug or a bowl. I buy handled soup bowls when I find them at the dollar store, since my kids love soup and sandwiches for lunch in the wintertime, especially after playing outdoors in the snow.

    2. 5 stars
      Hey all of you that have stupid comments post your own recipes on line. The rating is on this recipe not on how you rearranged it! I thought it came out awesome like the person that posted it ;).