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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

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Our Air Fryer Frilled Cheese Sandwich is a fast and easy version of the classic. You can make this any night of the week for a quick, satisfying dinner that the whole family will love. And when it is cold outside, it is delightful to dip the crunchy, cheesy sandwich into your favorite soups for the ultimate cozy, comforting meal. When you make this, you can have some fun with it, mixing and matching cheeses and breads to make the perfect combination for you!

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Why grilled cheese in air fryer 

Making grilled cheese in the air fryer is quick, super easy, and a treat the kids love! Unlike the stovetop, where you can easily burn the top or bottom, the air fryer creates an even toasty crust with a melted center.

It’s crunchy and satisfying, especially when you dip it into your favorite soups, like tomato soup. 

In our house, grilled cheese sandwiches in the air fryer are as popular as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The kids love them and they make a great lunch or dinner, particularly when heading back to school.

Can you make grilled cheese in air fryer

Yes, grilled cheese air fryer is a thing- a delicious thing! And yes, you don’t need to do anything fancy to make it either. All you need is your air fryer, two pieces of bread, some sliced cheese, and butter.

The result is a crispy, gooey grilled cheese perfect to pair with French fries, mozzarella sticks, or your favorite sides and soups.

Ingredients to make Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients for Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese air fryer needs only a few ingredients, and you likely already have them on hand, which makes this a great lunch or dinner option just about any  day of the week. When you are ready to make them, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bread slices - You need two for the sandwich, but they can be just about any variety you like including white, whole wheat, rye, and so on. 
  • Spreadable butter - You could use margarine if you prefer, but we find that real butter tastes better. To use a stick, you can let it sit for a few minutes on the counter to help soften it as you would for a baking recipe.
  • Melting cheese - You want to avoid shredded cheese and instead go for your favorite variety (American, swiss, cheddar, gruyere, gouda) of fresh block or sliced cheese.

When you make grilled cheese in the air fryer, you’ll need an air fryer oven. You may also like having these tools to help you out:

  • cutting board
  • knife
  • tongs

How to make Grilled Cheese in Air Fryer

When you are ready to take your grill cheese in air fryer to the next level, you’ll want to follow these easy instructions:

  • First, lay 2 cheese slices or grate fresh cheese in between the bread.
  • Next, spread the butter on the outside of each piece of bread.
  • When ready, preheat the air fryer to 350 F.
  • Next, place the sandwich in the air fryer basket  and air fryer for about 3 to 5 minutes or until the cheese melts and the top has a golden brown color.
  • After about 3 minutes, flip the sandwich and increase the heat to 380 F and then air fry for another 5 minutes. To help prevent burning, check on the sandwich often. Keep in mind, different breads with toast quicker or slower than others so until you know how fast yours will toast, it is best to check regularly.
  • Finally, allow the sandwich to cool before biting into the yummy air fryer grilled cheese sandwich.

On cool nights, make sure to pair it with our delicious Tomato Soup.  

Grilled Cheese in Air Fryer

How to grill Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Don’t have an air fryer for grilled cheese? No problem, here’s what you need to do to make a great tasting grilled cheese sandwich without the air fryer:

  • First, heat a griddle or skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
  • Next, toast each side for about 3 minutes on low to medium heat.
Grill Cheese in Air Fryer

Pro Tips to make the best air fryer grilled cheese sandwich

When you make grill cheese in the air fryer, you’ll want to use these pro tips and tricks for the best results:

  • The air fryer cooks the grilled cheese evenly, and though it is easier to avoid burns, you will still want to check it frequently, especially if using a new type of bread than normal.
  • Mix and match cheeses and breads to get the flavor you like or to pair with your favorite sides and soups.
  • Don’t want butter? You can brush on some olive oil for a slightly different flavor but still crispy sandwich.

Variations

Once you’ve made grilled cheese in the air fryer, you can try different variations of the sandwich to change the flavor a bit. When you’re ready, you can try these changes:

  • For a smokey flavor, try gouda or smoked mozzarella.
  • Add sundried tomatoes between the cheese slices.
  • Use more cheese or combining different flavors of cheese in the same sandwich.
  • Brush on some olive oil instead of butter.
Air fryer grilled cheese

FAQs

Best bread for grilled cheese sandwich

When you make grilled cheese sandwiches, you may want to consider a few things:
How easy do you want it to be? If you really want an easy dinner, use pre-sliced bread. You can use whichever brand you like, but slightly thicker pieces work well.
Bread freshness: You can use regular sandwich bread, but you may find that you love the flavor of fresh bakery bread even better.
Homemade bread: We sometimes use our ciabatta rolls as a base for the sandwich, or you can use your favorite homemade bread recipes to make a tasty grilled cheese in the air fryer.air fryer grilled cheese sandwich

Best cheese for grilled cheese

The best part about grilled cheese is that you can use just about any cheese you like. But we do recommend avoiding super soft cheeses since they will melt and go everywhere. Choices like American, swiss, cheddar, gruyere, and gouda are great starting points. 

You can also mix and match cheeses to change the flavor a bit. 

We do recommend using either cheese slices or grate a block of fresh cheese. These types of cheeses melt better than shredded cheese you buy in a bag.

What to serve with grilled cheese

We love to pair grilled cheese with our Tomato Soup. We also like to serve it with our French fries and mozzarella sticks.grill cheese in air fryer wit sou

How to reheat grilled cheese sandwich

If you made a few extra and need to reheat your sandwich, you can pop it back into the air fryer basket for about 5 minutes or until it has warmed through. When reheating, use a lower temperature to help prevent burning the outside of the sandwiches.

More Recipe
If you are looking for more ideas to try in your air fryer, check out these other options:
Tea sandwiches
Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich
Apple chips
Samosa
Nutella cookies

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grilled cheese in air fryer

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yield: 1 sandwich
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Our air fryer grilled cheese sandwich is a fast and easy version of the classic. You can make this any night of the week for a quick, satisfying dinner that the whole family will love. And when it is cold outside, it is delightful to dip the crunchy, cheesy sandwich into your favorite soups for the ultimate cozy, comforting meal. When you make this, you can have some fun with it, mixing and matching cheeses and breads to make the perfect combination for you!

Ingredients

  • • Bread slices 2
  • • Spreadable butter
  • • Melting cheese, either fresh block or slices (American, swiss, cheddar, gruyere, gouda)

Instructions

How to make Grilled Cheese in Air Fryer

When you are ready to take your grill cheese in air fryer to the next level, you’ll want to follow these easy instructions:

  • First, lay 2 cheese slices or grate fresh cheese in between the bread.
  • Next, spread the butter on the outside of each piece of bread.
  • When ready, preheat the air fryer to 350 F.
  • Next, place the sandwich in the air fryer basket  and air fryer for about 3 to 5 minutes or until the cheese melts and the top has a golden brown color.
  • After about 3 minutes, flip the sandwich and increase the heat to 380 F and then air fry for another 5 minutes. To help prevent burning, check on the sandwich often. Keep in mind, different breads with toast quicker or slower than others so until you know how fast yours will toast, it is best to check regularly.
  • Finally, allow the sandwich to cool before biting into the yummy air fryer grilled cheese sandwich.

On cool nights, make sure to pair it with our delicious Tomato Soup.  

How to grill Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Don’t have an air fryer for grilled cheese? No problem, here’s what you need to do to make a great tasting grilled cheese sandwich without the air fryer:

  • First, heat a griddle or skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
  • Next, toast each side for about 3 minutes on low to medium heat.

Notes

Pro Tips to make the best air fryer grilled cheese sandwich

When you make grill cheese in the air fryer, you’ll want to use these pro tips and tricks for the best results:

  • The air fryer cooks the grilled cheese evenly, and though it is easier to avoid burns, you will still want to check it frequently, especially if using a new type of bread than normal.
  • Mix and match cheeses and breads to get the flavor you like or to pair with your favorite sides and soups.
  • Don’t want butter? You can brush on some olive oil for a slightly different flavor but

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