Bread slices, Butter or cooking spray, Cheese slices of your choice (cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss, etc.)
Preheat your air fryer to around 375°F (190°C). This ensures that your grilled cheese will cook evenly.
If you prefer a classic grilled cheese with a buttery exterior, spread a thin layer of butter on one side of each bread slice. Alternatively, you can use a cooking spray to cut down on added fats.
Place the cheese between two slices of bread, with the buttered side facing outward (if using butter).
Place the empty air fryer basket in the preheated air fryer for about 1-2 minutes. This helps the bottom of the grilled cheese crisp up faster.
Carefully place the assembled sandwich in the preheated air fryer basket. If your air fryer has a non-stick coating, you may not need parchment paper, but it can help prevent sticking.
Cook the grilled cheese for about 5-7 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time. The exact time may vary depending on your air fryer model, so keep an eye on the sandwich to avoid burning.
The grilled cheese is done when the bread is golden brown, and the cheese is melted and gooey. Adjust the cooking time if needed.
Carefully remove the grilled cheese from the air fryer, let it cool for a minute, then slice and serve. Enjoy the crispy exterior and the gooey, melted cheese inside.