How to make a delicious air fryer cheese and bean toastie. This cheese and bean toastie is brilliant for using up leftover beans and for a quick lunch in the air fryer.
Or if you prefer, follow our air fryer grilled cheese sandwich for an all cheese version.
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Cheese And Bean Toastie
I grew up in England in the 90s and the cheese and bean toastie was everywhere and most nights there would be beans in some shape or form when you came from school and your mum made you dinner.
There was the legendary Heinz baked beans pizza that was loaded up with lots of beans and cheese and tasted so, so good. That’s what you got if you were really lucky.
Or if you were unlucky, it was a can of baked beans in a bowl with some grated cheese on top.
But the best of them all was the cheese and bean toastie, which is now what I love to make for Jorge. He is a huge beans fan having had them for the first time when he started school and he fell in love, now he gets excited whenever beans are on the school menu!
If you have got an air fryer and love a bean and cheese toastie then this is how easy it is to air fry.
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Can You Make A Toastie In An Air Fryer?
Yes, you can make a toastie in the air fryer and you will love how golden and crispy an air fryer toastie goes. You can also add or take off the cook time depending on how golden you like your toastie.
What’s The Difference Between A Grilled Cheese And A Toastie?
A grilled cheese and a toastie are the same thing. Its just in the US they call them a grilled cheese and here in the UK we call them a cheese toastie.
Another difference is that we have a toastie machine here in the UK that gives it the unique look, whilst a grilled cheese that I had made for me in the US was simply done in a pan.
You may also find what it is buttered with can be different too. As my late American aunt would always use mayonnaise rather than butter over the bread.
How To Make A Toastie Without A Toastie Machine?
You can make any toastie without a toastie machine, with an air fryer instead. The air fryer does a brilliant job of crisping up the bread and I must admit an air fryer toastie is better than a toastie machine toastie.
You can do a simple cheese one, or if you have leftover gammon we do love our air fryer ham and cheese toastie.
Do You Butter Both Sides Of A Toastie?
No, just one side of the bread needs buttering when you make a toastie. Just like when you make a sandwich you would only butter one side.
Do You Butter The Inside Or Outside Of A Cheese Toastie?
You butter the outside of the toastie only. What I do is do it like I am buttering bread to make a cheese sandwich with.
Then I flip one over and place it into the air fryer basket and then when I have added the toppings, then flip over the other slices, it then makes less mess.
If you are wondering why you butter the outside of your baked bean toastie its because that butter layer gives it the golden look that it has. If you didn’t then the outside of the toastie would be dry.
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Bean Toastie Ingredients
Filling – We used sliced double Gloucester cheese and a few spoonfuls of baked beans. This is perfect if you used half a can of beans on dinner and have some spare for lunch the next day.
Bread – Then for the bread, I recommend anything that toasts well in the air fryer. I don’t recommend sour dough as this doesn’t toast very well and might disappoint you on the doneness and go with something else such as typical white sliced bread.
Spreading – Then for spreading onto the bread, I prefer some butter or margarine. Though I know some people love to use mayonnaise instead.
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How To Make Toastie In Air Fryer?
- Spread. Start by spreading a layer of butter over your bread. Then place two of the slices butter side down into the air fryer basket.
- Load. Next add your toppings to the bread. We had a layer of sliced cheese along with about one heaped tablespoon of baked beans. Then add the second layer of bread, butter side up.
- Cook. Then cook the bean and cheese toastie for 7 minutes at 200c/400f, flip with tongs then the same again for a further 5 minutes before serving.
Toasted Sandwich In Ninja Air Fryer
You can also make this toasted sandwich in the Ninja Air Fryer too. Simply follow this recipe and then add on a couple of extra minutes as the Ninja doesn’t perform as fast.
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Air Fryer Cheese And Bean Toastie
- Spread the bread with butter or margarine and then place two of the slices, side by side, butter side down in the air fryer basket.
- Cover the bread with sliced cheese.
- Spoon over the cheese, the beans.
- Then add the other slices of bread, butter side up.
- Air fry for 7 minutes at 200c/400f until golden then turn with tongs and do the same temperature again for another 5 minutes before slicing and serving.