How to Make a Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich Using the Air Fryer for National Grilled Cheese Day!

Make the perfect air fryer grilled cheese to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day!

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I don’t think there’s anything more comforting than a gooey and warm grilled cheese sandwich dipped in a little tomato soup! My kids seem to agree because it’s their go-to quick meal when we don’t have anything planned, and it’s one they can even make themselves.

And what better time to try one than today for National Grilled Cheese Day! 🧀🥪👏

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We’ve been making grilled cheese in the air fryer, and it’s LIFE CHANGING!

The result is a perfect buttery and crispy texture on the bread, combined with a gooey cheesy middle. In my opinion, it’s actually pleasantly more perfect than when cooked in a skillet. Plus, it’s super easy and convenient to just place in the air fryer for a few minutes on each side, instead of standing by the stove.

air fryer grilled cheese - ingredients on the counter

Hip tips for making air fryer grilled cheese sandwiches:

  • Experiment with different cheese combinations and bread! My kids tend to like a mild Colby jack cheese, but when I make a grilled cheese for myself, I love to use a smoked gouda, cheddar, provolone, or even muenster cheese. I also tend to grab sliced sourdough bread instead of white bread, for a more elevated grilled cheese experience.
  • If your top piece of bread flies away when air frying, simply use a toothpick to keep everything together.
  • Readers have shared the tip of spreading mayonnaise on the outside of the sliced bread instead of butter. I tried it and I love it too!
  • Your cook time may differ a little because different machine heats could vary, as well as the thickness of your cheese and bread, or how toasted you like it. Luckily with air fryers, it’s so easy to peek in and see if it needs more or less cooking time.

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air fryer grilled cheese

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich

yield: 1 SERVINGS

prep time: 2 MINUTES

cook time: 7 MINUTES

total time: 9 MINUTES

Try making a grilled cheese using the air fryer for an incredibly delicious crust with a satisfying gooey and cheesy middle.


  • 2 pieces bread
  • 2 slices cheese (I used Colby Jack)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or mayonnaise



Butter (or mayo) both sides of bread using a kitchen brush.


Place cheese in the middle and set inside the air fryer.


Set timer for 4 minutes at 390 degrees. Flip sandwich and set cook time for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until desired. That's it. Enjoy!

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air fryer grilled cheese - closeup of the sandwiches

If you’re new to air fryer cooking and don’t know where to start, this would be a great beginner meal!

One of the reasons I love my air fryer is that it’s so easy and convenient to use. Although this is a very simple idea, I think it’s definitely worth trying! My family LOVED it and it’s a perfect way to take your grilled cheese to the next level. This is how we’ll be melting ours from now on. 😋

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