Air-Fryer Grilled Cheese Recipe

Air-Fryer Grilled Cheese Recipe


Air-Fryer Grilled Cheese Recipe

This easy air-fryer grilled cheese recipe yields an evenly toasted exterior, crisped frico edges and a perfectly melted middle — in record time. As Julia Moskin points out in her stovetop recipe, some patience and attention are required to ensure that the outside doesn’t burn before the cheese melts. But the air fryer’s convection heat results in the ideal grilled cheese with minimum effort.

Like Ali Slagle’s sheet-pan recipe, this version is flexible: You can use any sliced bread or melting cheese. A schmear of your favorite condiment is also welcome here; try gochujang, kimchi or sauerkraut. If you have a larger air fryer, this recipe can easily be doubled to fit more than one sandwich.


  1. Heat air fryer to 400 degrees, if preheating is recommended for your air fryer.
  2. Thinly spread one side of each bread slice with mayonnaise. Place one slice of bread, mayonnaise side down in the air fryer basket and top with the desired amount of cheese. Top with the second slice of bread, mayonnaise side up. Cook until the sandwich is golden and crusty all over and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side.


  • Yield: 1 sandwich
  • 2slices sandwich bread, each no more than ½-inch thick
  • Mayonnaise, as needed
  • 2 to 4slices melting cheese (such as sharp Cheddar, American or pepper Jack), depending on thickness of cheese