Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

A grilled cheese may have been one of the first things you learned to cook. It’s an easy two ingredient (well, three if you include butter) recipe that’s been perfected by many home cooks. But even the best grilled cheese makers may struggle to create that picture perfect, diner-style grilled cheese with edge to edge golden bread and perfectly melted cheese.

Enter the air fryer. The convection provided by the air fryer displaces the heat throughout the entire sandwich, creating a crispy exterior and a perfectly gooey interior. Other than knowing the ideal grilled cheese is air fried for 8 minutes at 370 degrees F, the rest of your sandwich creation is in your hands.

We here at Delish swear by mayo as our cooking fat of choice for a grilled cheese, but salted butter can add a layer of richness that is hard to pass up. Choose any bread or cheese you’d like – white bread with cheddar and/or American, or something like a rye and Havarti combo. Toppings also work great. My personal fave is how my local diner did it growing up: two thick slices of tomato topped with two slices of crispy bacon.

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Yields: 1
Prep Time: 0 hours 2 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 10 mins

slices bread such as white, sourdough or wheat

2 tsp.

mayonnaise or softened salted butter, divided


slices melty cheese such as American, Cheddar or Colby Jack

  1. Spread 1 teaspoon of mayo on one side of each piece of bread, edge to edge. Build a sandwich by placing cheese in between the two pieces of bread, mayo side out.
  2. Place a piece of parchment that is slightly larger than the sandwich in the air fryer basket. Place the sandwich on the parchment.
  3. Set the air fryer to 370°, and cook for 8 minutes, flipping once, or until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden and toasted. Slice and serve. 

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