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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese (3 Ways)

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Level up your grilled cheese game with your trusty air fryer, the results are out of this world and you will have the best grilled cheese on your hands in minutes. Choose from classic cheddar cheese, garlic butter grilled cheese or a BLT!

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Grilled cheese is one of my favorite things in the world, and I know I am not alone!

This air fryer grilled cheese recipe is one of the most popular in my kitchen, and let me tell you, once you make them like this, you will never cook them on the stovetop again!

The toast is so perfectly crisp and the cheese is melted all the way through, the hardest thing is choosing which sandwich to make!

If you love these, be sure to try my Breakfast Sandwiches and Garlic Butter Cheese Steak Sandwiches!

How to make air fryer grilled cheese

Cheddar Cheese or Garlic Butter Grilled Cheese

Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Place mayonnaise, butter, or garlic butter on one side of each side of the bread. Place cheese on the side of bread that does not have mayo or butter. Put the sides of bread with cheese on it together. Place in the preheated air fryer basket and cook for 3 minutes.

A grilled cheese in the air fryer basket before being cooked.

Open the air fryer basket, flip, and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until the bread is toasty and the cheese has melted.

The grilled cheese in an air fryer basket.

Remove from air fryer and enjoy.

A grilled cheese sandwich on a white plate cut into two triangles.

BLT Grilled Cheese

Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Place mayonnaise or butter on one side of each side of the bread. Place cheese on the side of bread that does not have mayo.

Lay the bread on top of each other in a way that they are partially covered. This will make it easier to open the bread to add the remaining ingredients.

Once slice of bread on top of cheese on a piece of bread in an air fryer.

Cook for 3 minutes. Open the sandwich and place bacon, tomato, and lettuce in the sandwich. Close the sandwich and flip the sandwich and cook for 2 minutes or until the bread is toasty.

A BLT grilled cheese sandwich in the air fryer.

Do you use mayo or butter for grilled cheese?

You can use either butter or mayo for your grilled cheese. I prefer to use mayonnaise and if you haven’t tried it yet, you must! The egg in the mayo helps to get the outside of the sandwich super crispy. It also has a higher heat point so you can easily get all the cheese melted without burning the outside. Butter also works well for this recipe. The garlic butter grilled cheese is one of my favorites.

What do you serve it with?

A grilled cheese is perfect for literally any occasion! This air fryer recipe is a great go to for a quick and tasty lunch. You can easily make it into a fuller meal by serving it with a side of fries and tomato soup.

Variations

A grilled cheese is so easy to make your own! These three recipes are always my go-to, but you can easily add in other ingredients that you have. Mix up your cheeses, or try adding in some shredded bbq chicken or thinly sliced steak.

A BLT grilled cheese cut in half on a wooden chopping board.

Recipe Notes and Tips

You can use whatever bread you prefer for your grilled cheese. If using sliced sourdough bread, you may need an additional minute or two to get the nice golden crust.

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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese (3 Ways)

Level up your grilled cheese game with your trusty air fryer, the results are out of this world and you will have the best grilled cheese on your hands in minutes.
Course Sandwich
Cuisine American
Keyword Air fried grilled cheese, BLT grilled cheese, how to make grilled cheese in an air fryer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 grilled cheese
Calories 365kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

Cheddar Cheese Grilled Cheese

  • 2 Slices of white bread
  • 2 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise or butter

Garlic Butter Grilled Cheese

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 1 slices of provolone
  • 1 slices of mozzarella
  • 1 Tbsp garlic herb butter

BLT Grilled Cheese

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 2 slices of cheddar cheddar cheese
  • 2 Slices of thick cut bacon cooked
  • 1 Roma tomato sliced thinly
  • 1 lettuce
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise or butter

Instructions

For Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Butter Grilled Cheese

  • Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Place mayonnaise or butter on one side of each side of the bread. Place cheese on the side of bread that does not have mayo. Put the bread together. Place in the preheated air fryer basket and cook for 3 minutes. Open the air fryer basket, flip, and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until the bread is toasty and the cheese has melted.

BLT Grilled Cheese

  • Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Place mayonnaise or butter on one side of each side of the bread. Place cheese on the side of bread that does not have mayo. Lay the bread on top of each other in a way that they are partially covered. This will make it easier to open the bread to add the remaining ingredients. Cook for 3 minutes. Open the sandwich and place bacon, tomato, and lettuce in the sandwich. Flip the sandwich and cook for 2 minutes or until the bread is toasty.

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Notes

  • You can use whatever bread you prefer for your grilled cheese. If using sliced sourdough bread, you may need an additional minute or two to get the nice golden crust.
  • Nutritional values are for one cheddar cheese grilled cheese sandwich.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 341IU | Calcium: 375mg | Iron: 2mg
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Marsha Spegal

Thursday 11th of February 2021

I love to spray the bread for my grilled cheese with Pam and sprinkle it with garlic powder before putting it in the air fryer. I love your combinations for grilled cheese sandwiches! Yum!

Tanya

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Thanks Marsha! Love that idea.

Susie

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Looks amazing and I’ll definitely try it. Would you consider posting an Air Fryer Quesadilla recipe? Thanks for sharing your delicious recipes with us❣️😋

Tanya

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Thanks Susie, hadn't thought of it but I'll be sure to give it a try.