- 2 slices of bread (your choice, but white bread is traditional)
- 2 slices of your favorite cheese (common choices include cheddar, American, Swiss, or mozzarella)
- Butter or margarine (for spreading)
- Optional additions (like cooked bacon, tomatoes, or onions)
- Cooking spray or oil for greasing the air fryer basket (if needed)
- Preheat your air fryer to 350-375°F (175-190°C). The exact temperature can vary depending on your air fryer model, so consult your user manual for guidance.
- While the air fryer is preheating, prepare your sandwich. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place the cheese slices between the bread slices, with the buttered sides facing out.
- If you want to add any extras like bacon or tomatoes, now is the time to do so. Place them between the cheese slices.
- Once the air fryer is preheated, lightly grease the air fryer basket or tray to prevent sticking. You can use cooking spray or brush a bit of oil on the basket.
- Place the prepared sandwich in the air fryer basket.
- Cook the grilled cheese sandwich in the air fryer for 4-6 minutes. You may want to check it after 3-4 minutes to ensure it’s not getting too brown. The exact cooking time can vary based on your air fryer and desired level of crispiness. You can flip the sandwich halfway through if needed.
- When the sandwich is golden brown and the cheese is melted to your liking, carefully remove it from the air fryer. Be sure to use tongs or a spatula, as it will be hot.
- Allow the sandwich to cool for a minute or so before slicing it in half. This helps the cheese set a bit and prevents it from oozing out when you cut into it.
- Serve your air fryer grilled cheese sandwich hot and enjoy!