Air Fryer Ham & Cheese Sandwich

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Air Fryer Ham & Cheese Sandwich. How to make a homemade cheese and ham sandwich in the air fryer. Loaded with melted cheese, this is the perfect use of leftover ham. If you want to make a panini, toastie or other cheese sandwich in the air fryer, then this is how it is done.

This air fryer sandwich was originally posted in 2018, but we are bringing you the updated version today with new pictures and new ideas.

air fryer ham and cheese sandwich recipe
air fryer ham and cheese sandwich

Air Fryer Ham & Cheese Sandwich

Welcome to our leftover ham week here on Recipe This. Yesterday we showed you how to make stromboli in air fryer and today is the turn of an air fryer ham and cheese sandwich.

Or as us Brits would call it an air fryer ham and cheese toastie!

Like many kids that grew up in the 1990’s the cheese toastie was a staple comfort food that you had on a regular basis.

I could write an essay on all the different places that I have had cheese toasties.

In the kitchen made lovingly by my mum, in British cafes, on holidays abroad and of course when we got our own toastie machine, we would make them ourselves.

You would butter one side and then it would cook while you sliced the cheese, that side would then have a lot more colour on it than the other! Then you would add the cheese, load up the other slice of buttered bread and then press down on the toastie machine.

It never closed properly though, as it could never cope with thick slices of bread! Then when it was cooked, and that cheese melted out of it, there was no better smell or taste in the world.

Looking back over everything that I ate throughout childhood I would say the cheese toastie was in my top 10 favourite comfort foods.

In fact, I am making myself hungry just thinking about eating air fryer cheese and ham sandwiches.

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Can You Make A Toastie In Air Fryer?

This is one of the first things we tried to do back in 2011 with our first Philips Air Fryer. Our toastie machine was broken and we were craving cheese toasties.

Quite often we don’t have ham in and will make air fryer cheese toasties like this one below:

Can You Air Fry Sandwiches?

Yes you can. Air fried sandwiches are delicious and are better than what you would achieve from cooking a sandwich under the grill.

The air fryer will do a perfect job of melting the cheese, making the bread crispy like a toastie machine, and of course warming up your fillings of choice.

What I love about my air fryer and instant pot, is how many other kitchen gadgets they replace and that I no longer need in my kitchen.

I no longer have a toaster for example and instead make air fryer toast.

Air Fry A Sandwich

What I find so interesting about having a worldwide audience at Recipe This, is when you have a famous food and its called different things around the world. Or you can be in the same country and have different names for it in different states.

When you air fry a sandwich this rule applies.

I asked my readers what they would call my air fryer ham and cheese sandwich, and these are the most common answers:

  • Air Fryer Ham & Cheese Melt
  • Air Fryer Ham & Cheese Sliders
  • Air Fryer Ham & Cheese Toastie
  • Air Fryer Panini
  • Air Fryer Toasted Sandwich

Though for me, I grew up with the amazing toastie machine and I would call it an air fryer ham and cheese toastie.

Sandwich In Air Fryer

You are probably wondering how different a sandwich in air fryer is to your regular method of making a grilled ham and cheese.

The most important thing to learn if you have an air fryer with a basket (not air fryer oven) is that because of the way the air circulates you need secure your bread and cheese in place otherwise it will do a runner into the air vents.

For example, you can see below the cheese being secured with cocktail sticks:

air fryer ham and cheese sandwich with cocktail stick

How To Make Grilled Ham & Cheese In Air Fryer?

air fryer ham and cheese sandwich step by step

Making grilled ham and cheese in air fryer is EASY:

  1. Load bread with butter, sliced cheese, ham and then more cheese.
  2. Secure with a cocktail stick and melt in the air fryer.
  3. Add bread, butter on top and then air fry again.
  4. Serve warm.

Air Fryer Sandwich Recipes

Our air fryer grilled ham and cheese isn’t our first air fryer sandwich. Here are a few other suggestions:

Air Fryer Ham & Cheese Sandwich
Air Fryer Ham & Cheese Sandwich
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Air Fryer Ham & Cheese Sandwich

Air Fryer Ham & Cheese Sandwich. How to make a homemade cheese and ham sandwich in the air fryer. Loaded with melted cheese, this is the perfect use of leftover ham. If you want to make a panini, toastie or other cheese sandwich in the air fryer, then this is how it is done.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 498kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Sandwich Recipe Ingredients:

  • 8 Slices Bread
  • 8 Slices Cheese
  • 200 g Ham
  • Butter optional


  • Butter a slice of bread.
  • Add a slice of cheese, ham, then another slice of cheese.
  • Place a cocktail stick in the top of the cheese to secure it.
  • Load into the air fryer and cook for 3 minutes at 200c/400f.
  • Remove the cocktail stick.
  • Add a slice a bread, add butter on top and air fry for a further 3 minutes at 200c/400f.
  • Serve.


You can mix and match fillings with what you have in your fridge. Leftover turkey, leftover chicken and leftover pork all work well.
If your cheese and ham sandwich is not crispy enough cook for another 2 minutes.
By adding the butter on top of the butter rather than under it helps keep the toastie crispy, just like a toastie machine does.


Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1232mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 561IU | Calcium: 485mg | Iron: 3mg
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2 thoughts on “Air Fryer Ham & Cheese Sandwich”

  1. 5 stars
    You just can´t beat a ham and cheese toasted sandwich, i was here looking for the timings and they worked great with my Power air fryer, thank you for the recipe.


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