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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

Did you know you can use your air fryer to make delicious grilled cheese?! Such a fun and easy way to make a quick lunch for kids or an awesome side to serve up with a Instant Pot Tomato Soup.
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  • Using deli sliced American cheese and fresh sliced sourdough this grilled cheese is a step-up from the grilled cheese your mom used to make when you were a kid!
  • I love adding a little garlic powder to my butter spread to add even more flavor.
  • This sandwich cooks up quickly and is nice and crisp from the air fryer without the soggy buttery mess that sometimes comes from frying.

bread, cheese, garlic powder and butter to make grilled cheese sandwiches

Ingredient Notes

  • Instead of using the sliced and wrapped American cheese from the cooler case, head to the deli and grab some high quality fresh sliced cheese
  • If you don’t care for sourdough, feel free to swap out for another variety of bakery fresh bread

step by step prepping bread and cheese for grilled cheese

Preparation Notes

  • Butter the outside of the bread and sandwich the cheese inside on the non-butter part
  • Add to air fryer in single layer and cook at 360 degrees for 5-7 minutes and make sure you flip it once
  • Turn the air fryer up to 400 degrees and cook a few more minutes to crisp it up
  • Always monitor air fryer closely when cooking

uncooked grilled cheese in air fryer basket

Equipment Notes

  • A 5.8 quart or larger air fryer

2 cooked sourdough grilled cheese sandwiches in air fryer basket

Recipe Notes

  • You could always swap out the American cheese for other melty varieties like Gouda or cheddar

How To Store Leftovers

  • Let cool completely then store in air tight containers in fridge up to 3 days, reheat in air fryer to serve

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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

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Serve this up with a steaming bowl of Instant Pot Tomato Soup.

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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes


  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Stir garlic powder into butter
  • Spread one side of each slice of bread with 1-2 teaspoons of butter
  • Layer one slice of cheese on each non-buttered side
  • Stack two slices of bread with the cheese sandwiched between and place in air fryer basket
  • Cook at 360 degrees for 5-7 minutes, flipping once
  • Turn air fryer up to 400 degrees and cook an additional 2-4 minutes until desired brown and crispness achieved
  • Let cool slightly before cutting in half


  • Use other easy-melting cheese varieties: Gouda, cheddar
  • Cool completely, store in air-tight containers in fridge up to 3 days, reheat in air fryer to serve


Calories: 627kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1459mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 747IU | Calcium: 495mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 627kcal


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