Upgrade your grilled cheese game with our easy and delicious air fryer recipe. Perfectly crispy bread and ooey-gooey melted cheese in just minutes. Let the whole family indulge in this comfort food classic without any fuss.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are a classic comfort food that never gets old. Whether you’re a busy adult, a teenager looking for a quick snack, or a kid who loves to cook, this recipe for air fryer grilled cheese is perfect for you. The air fryer makes it easy to cook the sandwich evenly and quickly, resulting in a crispy exterior and perfectly melted cheese interior. Plus, it’s so simple, even older kids can make it themselves with minimal supervision. So, next time you’re craving a warm and comforting grilled cheese, skip the stove and try it in the air fryer. It’ll be ready in minutes and will hit the spot every time.
When it comes to grilled cheese, the options for cheese are endless! Some of the best cheeses for melting and creating that gooey texture include cheddar, provolone, gouda, and mozzarella. However, feel free to experiment and try out different types of cheese to find your personal favorite.
Bread is an essential component of any grilled cheese sandwich, and the type of bread you use can greatly affect the final outcome of your sandwich. Some of the best breads for grilled cheese include:
- Sourdough Bread
- White Bread
- Whole Wheat Bread
- Texas Toast
- Ciabatta Rolls
Sourdough and white bread are classic choices that give a crispy exterior and a soft interior. Whole wheat bread provides a nutty flavor and a denser texture, while brioche offers a buttery flavor and a delicate texture. Using Texas toast in this recipe is also a great idea as it is thicker than regular bread and can hold the cheese and butter mixture well without getting soggy. Ciabatta rolls are also a great option, as they are crusty and airy which gives a great texture to the sandwich. Experiment with different types of bread to find your perfect combination of flavors and texture.
Cheese and Butter Alternatives
While butter is a traditional choice for grilling sandwiches, there are many other fats that can be used as well. Some alternatives include margarine, mayonnaise, and even olive oil.
For those who are looking for dairy-free options, there are a variety of alternatives to cheese that can be used in this recipe. Some options include vegan cheese, avocado, or hummus.
Can I Add Other Ingredients to My Sandwich?
Yes, you can add other ingredients to the sandwich, like tomato or bacon, but keep in mind that this may affect the cooking time and the final texture of the sandwich. Additional ingredients can add moisture to the sandwich, which can make the bread soggy, so you may need to adjust the cooking time or temperature. It’s recommended to pre-cook bacon or tomato before adding them to the sandwich, to remove excess moisture and ensure the sandwich doesn’t become soggy.
Storage and Reheating Instructions
If you have leftovers, these sandwiches can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply place the sandwich back in the air fryer for a couple of minutes until heated through and the cheese is melted.
If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious sandwich recipes:
- Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich
- Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwich
- Italian Beef Sandwich
- Pineapple Chile Pulled Pork Sandwich
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Air fryer Grilled Cheese
- 4 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- A splash hot sauce
- 4 slices bread
- 4 slices medium or sharp cheddar cheese
- In a small bowl, mix together the softened butter, garlic powder, and hot sauce until well combined.
- Spread a thin layer of the garlic butter mixture on one side of each slice of bread.
- Place two slices of cheese on the non-buttered side of two of the slices of bread.
- Top each of these with the remaining two slices of bread, with the buttered side facing out, to create two sandwiches.
- Place the sandwiches in the air fryer and set the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the exterior of the bread is golden and the cheese is fully melted in the center.
- Remove and let cool for a moment before enjoying.