Crispy Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Make the crispiest air fryer grilled cheese with this easy and delicious recipe! You are never going to want to have another grilled cheese again!

Making grilled cheese in an air fryer really is a game changer. It makes the bread extra crispy on the outside and perfectly melty and gooey cheese on the outside. If you don’t believe me, just see the stringy cheese all over my grilled cheese in the photos. It speaks for itself!

Close up of air fried grilled cheese cut in half.
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I love a good grilled cheese. They are easy to make, filling, and please most children! You can make grilled cheese with whatever bread and cheese you have on hand. We often make ours with whole wheat bread and sharp cheddar. Again, because that is what I tend to have on-hand most often.

Other easy recipes in the air fryer we have made are air fryer bacon, air fryer sausage, air fryer frozen pot stickers , air fryer frozen hash browns, and air fryer frozen chicken nuggets.

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The Cheese in Air fryer grilled cheese

However, for today’s recipe, I upped my game a little. I made this amazingly crispy air fried grilled cheese with two thick slices of country-style white bread and a combination of cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese. 

You could also use a combination of cheddar and pepper jack or even muenster. You really can’t go wrong with this air fryer grilled cheese. All you need is two slices of bread, 3 slices of cheese, and butter. Oh, and an air fryer, of course. I have the Cosori Max XL Air Fryer and Cosori Air Fryer Toaster Oven. Both are amazing choices!

Two halves of a grilled cheese stacked up.

More Air Fryer Recipes

We have completely fallen in-love with our air fryer! Other recipes we have shared are Air Fryer Whole ChickenMaple Bacon Air Fryer Brussels SproutsAir Fryer CauliflowerAir Fryer Chicken Wings, and Air Fryer Bacon.

What to serve with air fried grilled cheese?

The natural answer is, of course, tomato soup! Try our recipe for Creamy Tomato Basil Soup or instant pot tomato soup. It is the perfect match for this yummy grilled cheese recipe.

A grilled cheese being dipped into a bowl of tomato soup.


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An air fried grilled cheese cut in half with one half leaning on the other.
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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Recipe

Make the crispiest air fryer grilled cheese with this easy and delicious recipe! You are never going to want to have another grilled cheese again!

Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword air fried grilled cheese, air fryer grilled cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Calories 530 kcal
Author Aileen Clark


  • 2 slices country-style white bread
  • 1 teaspoon salted butter
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 slice monterey jack cheese


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  2. Slather butter on one side of each slice of bread.
    Ingredients for air fried grilled cheese set out on cutting board.
  3. Buil the grilled cheese with the slices of bread (butter side out) and the three slices of cheese in the middle of the bread. The Monterey jack slice should be in the center.
    Built grilled cheese on air fryer tray.
  4. Place in preheated air fryer and cook for 8 minutes, flipping after 4 minutes.
  5. Remove grilled cheese from air fryer and serve immediatiately.
    Air fried grilled cheese on air fryer tray.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 530 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 868mg38%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 25g50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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