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A perfectly cooked air fryer grilled cheese.

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

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  • Author: Kelli Avila
  • Prep Time: 00:5
  • Cook Time: 00:08
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


Looking for an easy way to make multiple grilled cheese sandwiches? Try this Air Fryer Grilled Cheese recipe for a quick lunch (or dinner) made easy!


  • 8 slices bread (see notes)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (more as needed)
  • 12 slices cheese (such as cheddar, American, Havarti or other good melting cheese)


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF.
  2. Butter 4 slices of bread with half of the butter. Place them buttered-side down in the air fryer basket. 
  3. Place 3 slices of cheese on each piece of bread.
  4. Butter the remaining pieces of bread with the remaining butter, then place buttered-side up on top of the cheese.
  5. Place the sandwiches in the air fryer.
  6. Air fry for 4 minutes, then carefully flip the sandwiches, rotating as needed for even cooking.
  7. Return to the air fryer to cook for about 4 minutes, or until the bread is toasty and the cheese is melted.
  8. Serve immediately.


Preheating your air fryer will affect the amount of time needed to cook. Every air fryer is different, so you’ll have to monitor your cooking times the first time you make this. The same goes for the bread. Bread with more sugar will brown more easily and faster than bread with less. So while I provide exact times for this recipe, there are a lot of variables in play that will affect the timing. So, use this method, watch for the visual cues, and note the timing. once you have mastered it with your particular air fryer, you can then make air-fried grilled cheeses without having to monitor much!

For that classic grilled cheese taste, opt for thick and soft white bread, which turns golden in the oven; while sourdough works well too, it doesn't brown as nicely. Other bread options include brioche, Italian, and French bread, but remember, breads with higher sugar content, like brioche, are more likely to brown in the air fryer.