Air Fryer Grilled Cheese and Tomato

Get ready to elevate your grilled cheese game with this Air Fryer Grilled Cheese and Tomato. This twist on the classic combines the irresistible crunch of golden brown bread and melty cheese with the juicy sweetness of fresh tomato slices.

It’s a flavor explosion that’s perfect for a quick and satisfying lunch or a delightful anytime snack. The air fryer cooks the sandwich to perfection, ensuring a crispy exterior and a gooey, cheesy center, all without the greasy mess of a pan. So ditch the stovetop and embrace this healthier, hassle-free way to enjoy this beloved comfort food.


  • 2 slices of bread (preferably sourdough or another sturdy bread)
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced (around 2-3mm)
  • 2-3 slices of mozzarella cheese
  • Pinch of dried basil or Italian seasoning (optional)
  • Butter or mayonnaise (for spreading)


1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).

2. Wash and slice the tomato thinly. Season the slices with a pinch of salt and pepper if desired.

3. Spread a thin layer of butter or mayonnaise on one side of each bread slice.

4. Place one slice of bread, buttered-side down, on a plate or cutting board.

5. Top the bread with a layer of mozzarella cheese.

6. Arrange the tomato slices on top of the cheese.

7. Add another layer of mozzarella cheese.

8. Sprinkle with a pinch of dried basil or Italian seasoning (optional).

9. Top with the other slice of bread, buttered-side up.

10. Carefully place the sandwich in the air fryer basket.

11. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the bread is golden brown. 


  • You can add a layer of pesto to one or both slices of bread for extra flavor.
  • If you like your bread extra crispy, you can pre-toast the slices in the air fryer for a minute before assembling the sandwich.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket, cook in batches if necessary.
  • For a melty cheese experience, use a cheese that melts well like mozzarella, provolone, or cheddar.
  • You can check the doneness of the sandwich by gently peeking inside. The cheese should be fully melted and the bread should be golden brown.
  • Enjoy your delicious air-fried grilled cheese and tomato immediately!

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