Air-Fried Grilled Cheese

Hand holding a grilled cheese sandwich that has been cut in half

The Spruce Eats

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Yield: 2 sandwiches
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
647 Calories
31g Fat
68g Carbs
26g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 647
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 1165mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 420mg 32%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 208mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If a nice, even crispiness is your priority when it comes to grilled cheese, skip the stove and try the air fryer. You'll get a uniform texture and lovely melt without having to worry about burning your sandwich or any flipping mishaps.

Is Grilled Cheese Better in the Air Fryer or on the Stovetop?

While there's nothing wrong (and so much right) with grilled cheese cooked on the stovetop, grilled cheese made in the air fryer has a crispier texture as the bread becomes more thoroughly and evenly toasted. You also avoid the splattering and sputtering that comes with the stovetop grilled cheese territory.

What Kind of Cheese To Use for Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwiches are all about the melty, gooey cheese so choose a cheese (or cheeses) that melts really well. Cheeses that are more aged, like parmesan or an aged gouda, tend to have less moisture and do not melt as readily as younger cheeses like mild to sharp cheddar, fontina, edam, or havarti.

Also avoid pre-shredded cheese for the best grilled cheese sandwich. Cheeses sold already shredded are often coated with a type of starch or cellulose, which prevents the cheese shreds from clumping but also has the less than desirable effect of inhibiting melting.

What Kind of Bread To Use for Grilled Cheese

All kinds of bread can work for grilled cheese, from soft white sandwich bread to rustic sourdough bread to Texas toast. It all depends on the grilled cheese experience you want. Rustic breads will have more chew, while sandwich breads will be softer. If you do use sourdough bread, pair it with a more flavorful cheese like sharp cheddar. You'll need the cheese to be able to stand up to the more pronounced flavor of the bread.

Additions To Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

For a grilled cheese with a little more substance, add any of the following to your sandwich:

  • Roasted garlic spread on the inside of the bread
  • Thin slices of tart apple
  • Sliced dill or bread and butter pickles
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Roasted Hatch chiles
  • Pepper jelly, apple butter, or guava paste
  • A smear of Dijon mustard
  • Crisp cooked bacon
  • Caramelized onions


  • 4 slices sourdough bread

  • 2 tablespoons softened butter

  • 2 slices sharp cheddar cheese

  • 2 slices havarti cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the Ingredients. Preheat an air fryer to 375 F for 5 minutes.

  2. Spread butter evenly on 1 side of all 4 slices of bread.

  3. Place 2 slices of bread, buttered-side down in air fryer. Top each piece with 1 slice of Cheddar and 1 slice of Havarti.

  4. Place remaining bread slices on top of each sandwich, buttered side up.

  5. Cook for 7 minutes. Flip the sandwiches and cook an additional 3 minutes, or until golden and toasted all over.