Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Sometimes necessity is the mother of great recipe inventions. Such is the case with this Ultimate Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Turkey deli meat, smoked cheddar cheese, red bell pepper, and caramelized onions come together in an air fryer grilled cheese sandwich like no other. If you’re anything like me, you are going to love it!!


vertical photo of a grilled cheese sandwich with caramelized onions and red bell pepper on a white plate with a salad in the background.



This grilled cheese sandwich recipe can also be made traditionally in a skillet, so don’t let it hold you back if you don’t have an air fryer.

You need this sandwich in your life, so however you can make that happen is the right way to go!

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**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich is available at the end of this post. 


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The ultimate grilled cheese sandwich with turkey, smoked cheddar cheese, red bell pepper, and caramelized onions is calling your name for lunch, or dinner.

The ingredient list for the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich;

  • Bread (your favorite grilled cheese sandwich variety)
  • Butter
  • Turkey Deli Meat
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Smoked Cheddar Cheese Slices
  • Caramelized Onions

Additional grilled cheese ingredient suggestions;

  • Pulled Pork
  • Ham
  • Shredded Chicken
  • Pickles
  • Spinach
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Gouda Cheese
  • American Cheese
  • Apple Slices
  • Asparagus
  • Tomatoes
  • Bacon
  • What’s in YOUR fridge? 😉

Can this ultimate grilled cheese recipe be made in a skillet instead of an air fryer?


Assemble the sandwich just as shown.

Then heat a skillet over medium/high heat and cook the grilled cheese sandwich on both sides until it’s golden brown and the cheese is melted.

How long does it take to caramelize onions?


Other tasty recipes featuring caramelized onions (aka French onions)

French onion recipes have long been popular on my blog. These are some of my favorites!

How to caramelize onions in an air fryer;



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Below is the complete video version of the making of The Ultimate Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich;



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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s air fryer grilled cheese sandwich

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!


5 from 3 votes
Grilled cheese sandwich with red bell pepper on a picking table with a salad on a plate.
Ultimate Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: easy dinner, lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer grilled cheese sandwich, air fryer recipe, grilled cheese recipe
Servings: 2
Calories: 723 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 4 slices sandwich bread your favorite variety
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 8 slices smoked cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices deli turkey meat
  • ½ red bell pepper seeded and cut into narrow strips
  • cup caramelized onions
  1. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Lay two slices of bread, butter side down.

  2. Add two slices of cheese on top of each slice of bread and follow with the sliced turkey, red pepper strips, and caramelized onions. Top with the remaining cheese and the final slice of bread, butter side up.

  3. Place (one sandwich at a time) in the fryer basket of an air fryer and cook for 5 minutes at 350-degrees.

  4. Flip the sandwich. Increase the temperature to 400 and cook the sandwich for an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown. If desired, flip the sandwich and cook again for an additional 1-2 minutes to brown both sides.

  5. Continue the same steps with the second sandwich.

  6. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

This grilled cheese sandwich can also be made in a skillet.

Continue with the same instructions but heat a skillet to medium-high heat and cook the sandwich on both sides until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts
Ultimate Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 723 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Fat 50g77%
Saturated Fat 31g194%
Cholesterol 153mg51%
Sodium 1234mg54%
Potassium 320mg9%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 2405IU48%
Vitamin C 40.9mg50%
Calcium 947mg95%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s air fryer recipe for the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!


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Treat yourself to the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. You work hard. You deserve it!


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  1. 5 stars
    Wow, I never thought about making a sandwich in the air fryer before! What a fun idea! Love all the great additions to a plain-jane sandwich, too! I can’t wait to try this!

  2. 5 stars
    This sandwich is incredibly delicious! Love the flavor the onion and red pepper give and turkey is and always will be one of my favorites. And making in the air fryer makes it even better. We just did a cool grilled cheese style sandwich in the airfryer too.

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