Here I’ll give you some tips and tricks to making a perfect grilled cheese in the air fryer!
If you’re anything like me, when you first got your air fryer there’s nothing that wasn’t tested in there. Multiple times a day a thought bubble would appear above my head with ‘I wondered if that can be air fried?’. Well my friend, for this recipe I did the testing so you don’t have to. Follow me…
Usual stuff here, just a couple of things to consider if it’s going in the air fryer:
Butter me up baby
A grilled cheese comes out ever so slightly more dry when made in the air fryer, so I tend to use a little more butter than I usually would. Some people swear by mayo, so you can use that if you fancy, but I’m team butter through and through.
Securing the sandwich
It’s only happened to me a couple of times, but you might find the top of the sandwich flies off when it’s in the air fryer. To prevent this, just gently press down to secure the sandwich before adding it to the air fryer.
What Cheese to use?
You can use any cheese you fancy, sliced or grated! Here I’ve used Cheddar and Mozzarella.
Process shots: slice bread (photo 1), add cheese (photo 2), add bread (photo 3), press down (photo 4), spread with butter (photo 5), flip then spread with butter (photo 6).
Air Fryer Grilled Cheese FAQ
What temperature to air fry a grilled cheese?
I find 190C/375F is the perfect temp to allow the inside to go gooey, whilst allowing the bread to crisp up perfectly.
How long to air fry for?
A total of 8 mins usually does the trick. All air fryers are different though, so just be vigilant!
Do I have to flip the sandwich half way?
You do indeed. The top will crisp up in around 5mins, but the bottom side will still be completely soft. Once you’ve flipped it the second side crisps up quicker, so another 2-3mins will be fine.
Can I make multiple grilled cheese at once?
If your air fryer is big enough then go for it! Just make sure they’re not touching or they’ll glue together.
Serving an Air Fryer Grilled Cheese
Like I mentioned earlier, air fryer grilled cheese sandwiches do come out slightly more dry than a regular grilled cheese, so I recommend serving it with a sauce/condiment or soup! (Tomato Soup or Roasted Red Pepper Soup work great).
Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this air fried grilled cheese shall we?!
How to make a Grilled Cheese in the Air Fryer (Full Recipe & Video)
Air Fryer Grilled Cheese
- Air Fryer
- Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
- 2 medium / large slices of Bread
- 3 - 4 square slices of Cheese (see notes)
- Butter, as needed
- Add cheese to a slice of bread then place another slice of bread on top. Gently press down, then butter both sides (around 1 modest tbsp per side).
- Place in the air fryer at 190C/375F for 5mins, or until golden on the top. Check after 30 secs - 1 min to check the top slice hasn't flew off.
- Carefully flip the grilled cheese, then fry for another 2-3mins, or until golden on the other side.
- Serve and enjoy!
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