How to Make Grilled Cheese in an Air Fryer

Introduction: How to Make Grilled Cheese in an Air Fryer

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In this Instructable, I will show you how to make a grilled cheese sandwich in the air fryer. I love using my air fryer for all sorts of recipes, and air-fried grilled cheese sandwiches are awesome! From start to finish they are ready in about 10 minutes. Perfect for dipping into some yummy homemade tomato soup. If I can do it, you can do it. Let's get started!

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the video tutorial or do both.

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools


  • 2 slices of bread (used your favorite bread)
  • Cheese (use your favorite cheese, cheddar, American, Gouda, Jack, etc.)
  • Butter, Mayo, avocado, or olive oil


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Step 2: Butter That Bread!

Begin by spreading on butter, mayo, or spray a little avocado or olive oil on one side of each slice of bread. My air fryer basket can hold two sandwiches. So depending on the size of your air fryer, will determine how many you can make at one time.

NOTE: You can use whatever kind of bread that you want.

Step 3: Cheese Time

Now slide out the air fryer basket, if you happen to have that style. Some air fryers look like mini ovens.

Place one slice of bread butter side down. Then put on your favorite kind of cheese, in this case, I am using Tillamook cheddar. Definitely try out a variety of cheeses, each one will melt a little different as well. Feel free to combine them too if you like.

Place the other slice of bread with the buttered side up, on top of the cheese layer. It is ready to cook.

Step 4: Cook and Serve

Slide the basket back in place and set the heat to right around 350 to 375F. On my air fryer, I use the 360F setting, because that is what is labeled on the air fryer.

Turn the timer on, which will also turn on your air fryer, depending on the model. Set it for 3 to 4 minutes.

After the time is up, slide it out and check it. The top slice should be nice and golden brown. Flip it over with a spatula. The bottom slice probably won't be brown yet.

Slide the basket back into the air fryer and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. The times will vary depending on your air fryer and depending on how brown you like your grilled cheese.

Pull the basket out, and remove the sandwich with a spatula. Slice it in half if you like and serve.


*Print the air fryer grilled cheese recipe here if you want.

Step 5: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action with this video tutorial:

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