Quick and easy grilled cheese in the air fryer will be your new favorite way to make this cheesy, crispy classic comfort food!

Melted cheese and crispy bread make this classic grilled cheese air fryer recipe everyone’s favorite!

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Easy Way to Make Grilled Cheese

  • It doesn’t take long to get a perfectly toasted grilled cheese sandwich with melty cheese in the air fryer, just 10 minutes!
  • No prep, no pan, and no stove or oven required, plus cleanup is a cinch!
  • Use a different type of cheese for a new sandwich every time.
  • Whether you own a Ninja, Nuwave, or Corsori air fryer, grilled cheese is a perfect beginner recipe and a great one for kids to make on their own!
  • Set up a grilled cheese station with different breads, cheeses, and add-ins, and let everyone help themselves! Perfect for a party, sleepover, or movie night! Serve ‘em with bowls of tomato soup, roasted red pepper soup, or some crunchy sweet potato fries.
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Ingredients and Variations

Bread – Any bread will do as long as it’s sturdy enough to hold the cheese in. A classic grilled cheese sandwich uses plain white sandwich bread, but bread like sourdough bread, french bread, wheat bread, or thick slices of Texas toast can make delicious grilled cheese sandwiches, too! Or get fancy and use rye bread or pumpernickel and pair them with a fancy cheese for a grown-up version!

Cheese Variations – Choose your cheese! Many types of cheeses can be used such as American slices, mozzarella, Swiss, Havarti, Provolone, sharp cheddar cheese (the classic!), gruyere, Monterey jack, or even shredded cheese can be used with success.

Extras – Cook your grilled cheese sammies with a few slices of deli ham, turkey, or strips of cooked bacon. For fancier sammies, thinly sliced red or green apples, tomatoes, pears, or a swipe of orange marmalade will add a touch of sweetness to saltier-flavored cheeses.

How to Make Grilled Cheese in Air Fryer

  1. Spread mayo on each bread slice.
  2. Put cheese between two slices of bread and secure with toothpicks. Place mayo side (or butter side) down.
  3. Cook in the air fryer until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, flipping halfway through.

Tips for the Best Grilled Cheese

  • Always preheat the air fryer to the proper temp before cooking
  • Use one or more toothpicks to stick the sandwich together as it cooks.
  • Place a coffee filter in the bottom of the air fryer basket or tray to catch any dripping cheese for easier cleanup.
  • Leftovers? Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

Air Fryer grilled cheese sandwiches are crispy on the outside and filled with cheesy goodness in the middle.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings



  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 slices cheese any kind
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or butter


  • Preheat the air fryer to 390°F.
  • Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the outside of both pieces of bread.
  • Place cheese slices inside and close the sandwich and place in the air fryer basket. Place a couple toothpicks in each sandwich to ensure the top slice of bread stays in place while in the air fryer.
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until the bread is golden on the outside and cheese is melted.


Depending on the brand of air fryer, you may need to use a toothpick to hold the top bread in place until the cheese melts.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 725mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 578IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 472mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Sandwiches, Snack
Cuisine American

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Holly is a mom of 4 with a love for all things air fryer! Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making recipes for the everyday home cook!
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  1. How do I make an open slice of toasted cheese and tomato in my Instant Vortex plus, and what temperature, etc.?

    1. Hi Marlette, I would follow these recipe instructions without flipping halfway through. But I would still check it for doneness halfway through to make sure you don’t overcook the cheese on top.