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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

These Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwiches have melty cheese on the inside and buttery, perfectly toasted, golden brown bread on the outside. They're the best classic grilled cheese ever, and they're so easy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Calories: 480kcal
Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread, any kind
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 slices American cheese, or any easy-melting cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
    Note: If your air fryer doesn't have a preheat function, set it to 350°F and run it for 5 minutes to heat it up.
  • While the air fryer is preheating, assemble the sandwiches.
    Butter one side of each piece of bread with ½ tablespoon of the butter, making sure that you spread it right to the ends of the bread so that it is evenly coated and there are no bare spots.
  • Place two slices of the buttered bread on a clean work surface, buttered-side down, and top each slice of bread with 2 slices of cheese.
  • Top with the remaining 2 slices of bread, buttered-side up.
  • Place the sandwiches in the preheated air fryer in a single layer (don't stack), making sure to leave some space in between them for proper air circulation.
    Note: This recipe was tested using a 6-quart air fryer, and 2 sandwiches fit easily. If you have a smaller air fryer, you may have to cook one at a time.
  • Air fry at 350°F for 4 minutes.
  • Carefully flip the sandwiches over; air fry for another 4 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Although I've never had an issue, if your bread is super lightweight, there is a chance that the circulating air can lift up the top pieces of bread and blow them around the air fryer. Check shortly after putting the sandwiches in the air fryer to see if this is happening.
    • To prevent this, you can put wooden toothpicks (no plastic) in each sandwich to hold the bread in place (just remember to remove them before serving). You probably will only need to use them while the first side is cooking. After that, the cheese will have usually melted enough to hold the bread on.
  • All air fryers are different, and all bread is different, so use the suggested cooking time as a general guideline. Keep an eye on the sandwiches and adjust the time as needed.
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