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Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Turkey deli meat, smoked cheddar cheese, red bell pepper, and caramelized onions come together in an ultimate grilled cheese sandwich like no other. If you’re anything like me, you are going to love it!!

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This ultimate 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!

**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. OR click on the “jump to recipe” text (found below) to be taken directly to the recipe.

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The ingredient list:

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

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

Additional add-in 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 be made in a skillet instead of an air fryer?

YES!!

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:


Sometimes necessity is the mother of great recipe inventions. Such is the case with this Ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.

Use what you have leftover in the fridge and see what great combos you can come up with! It’s all good!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information for today’s easy grilled cheese sandwich

5 from 5 votes
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Ultimate 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, grilled cheese recipe, ultimate grilled cheese
Servings: 2
Calories: 723 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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 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.

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Recipe Rating




Shadi Hasanzadenemati

Friday 19th of June 2020

This is absolutely delicious! I love that it’s such a crowd pleaser for the whole family

Renée

Friday 19th of June 2020

Right on! Thanks, Shadi!

Taryn

Friday 19th of June 2020

My husband and I both loved these! He would've eaten mine too if I let him. lol.

Renée

Friday 19th of June 2020

I'm glad you slapped his hand away. LOL Thanks, Taryn!

Nicole

Thursday 20th of June 2019

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.

Renée

Thursday 20th of June 2019

The air fryer is so fun to cook in! Glad you liked this sandwich, Nichole!

Jenni

Thursday 20th of June 2019

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!

Renée

Thursday 20th of June 2019

I know you're going to love it, Jenni! Have fun with your air fryer!!

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