Air-Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


2 servings

Updated: Oct. 06, 2023
Using the air fryer is a genius way to make these golden, toasty sandwiches. I think this method gets the cheese the gooiest. If I'm making only one air-fryer grilled cheese, I'll also pop in a few fries with the sandwich. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
Air-Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices sweet onion
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 6 cooked bacon strips
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened


  1. Preheat air fryer to 375°. Combine mayonnaise and mustard; spread over 2 bread slices. Layer with cheeses, onion, tomato and bacon; top with remaining bread. Spread outsides of sandwiches with butter.
  2. Place sandwiches in a single layer in air fryer. Cook until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes on each side.
Air-Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Tips

What can you serve with air-fryer grilled cheese sandwiches?

You can’t have crunchy delicious grilled cheese without the perfect soup to dunk it in! Our best tomato soup is packed with rich tomato flavor. You can also add some greens and protein to your meal with a salad topped with grilled chicken.

How can you prevent the bread from flying around the air fryer?

It can be hard to tell what’s happening inside the air fryer until you open it up! To save your hard work, all you need with this air-fryer grilled cheese recipe is a toothpick. Place one or two into the sandwich before you air fry and remove before eating.

Can you spread mayo instead of butter on the outside of the grilled cheese sandwiches?

Mayo can be a great change-up for toasting a sandwich. Our favorite stovetop grilled cheese recipe even includes mayo in the mix! Our blend is made with 3 tablespoons softened butter, 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons finely grated cheese and 1/8 teaspoon onion powder. The crust is crunchy and delicious!

What can you do if the cheese isn't fully melted before the bread is toasted?

If the bread starts to get too dark before the cheese is melted, consider turning the temperature down a bit. Flipping the sandwich halfway through should help the heat distribute evenly for the perfect sandwich. Read our best air-fryer tips to become an expert with your appliance.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Associate Recipe Editor/Tester
Air Fryer Cook Times
In our testing, we find cook times vary dramatically among brands of air fryers. As a result, we give wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 791 calories, 59g fat (29g saturated fat), 150mg cholesterol, 1470mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 37g protein.