Air Fryer Turkey Sandwich Recipe

I’m thrilled to share a favorite in my kitchen: the Air Fryer Turkey Sandwich. This isn’t just any sandwich; it’s a crispy, melty, flavor-packed delight that turns a simple meal into a gourmet experience, all thanks to the magic of the air fryer.

It is a perfect quick lunch and a great way to use leftover turkey for a delicious sandwich. The best part is that you can use up your best turkey from Thanksgiving leftovers for this air fryer sandwich recipe

Why the Air Fryer Turkey Sandwich Recipe Works

Turkey sandwiches are a super simple and easy recipe!

A delicious meal to use your favorite melting cheese 

You can experiment with different types of cheese, use up leftover slices of turkey


  • Slices of bread: 2 slices for each sandwich. Get sturdy textures perfect for holding up to the air fryer’s heat without getting too soggy or crispy.
  • Butter: Lightly brush the outside of the bread. It gives a wonderful golden color and rich flavor to the sandwich.
  • Mayonnaise: Just a thin spread on each slice of bread. It adds a subtle creaminess and helps to crisp up the bread in the air fryer.
  • Cheddar Cheese: 2 slices to layer in the sandwich. Cheddar melts beautifully, offering a creamy and slightly sharp contrast to the turkey.
  • Turkey slices: I use about 2 slices per sandwich. Turkey is a lean and flavorful protein that makes this sandwich both satisfying and relatively healthy.
  • Tomato Slices: A few slices add juiciness and a fresh, slightly acidic taste.
  • Lettuce: A leaf or two for crunch and freshness. I prefer romaine for its crispy texture.


  • Sliced Turkey: No turkey? Try chicken, ham, or a vegetarian deli slice.
  • Bread: You can use any bread you like – white bread, rye bread, Sourdough, or whole grain for a healthier option or brioche for a buttery flavor.
  • Cheddar Cheese: Feel free to swap with any type of cheese – Swiss, mozzarella, or vegan cheese.
  • Mayonnaise: Mustard or a mayo alternative can be used for flavor profiles.
  • Tomato & Lettuce: Swap these with your favorite sandwich veggies, like cucumber or spinach.
  • Butter – Substitute with peanut butter

How to make the air fryer turkey melt

Prep the Sandwich: Spread Butter on the side of each slice of bread. Layer one slice with turkey, cheese, tomato, and lettuce, then top with the second slice of bread.

Lightly brush the inside of the sandwich with Mayonnaise.

Place the first cheese on pieces of bread, followed by turkey slices.

Add the second cheese to the folded turkey.

Cover with the second piece of bread.  

Toast the bread slices: Place the sandwich in the air fryer basket. Cook at 360°F for about 4-6 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Enjoy: Let it cool briefly, cut it into two, and serve the crispy bread with melty cheese! Enjoy the yummy grilled cheese sandwich. Serve with a side salad or any other side dishes.

Turkey melts cheese air fryer sandwich

Can I make this sandwich without an air fryer?

Yes, you can use a panini press, a toaster oven, or a skillet over the stove, though the texture might be slightly different.

How do I prevent the sandwich from flying apart in the air fryer?

Use toothpicks to secure the sandwich before cooking, and remember to remove them before eating.

Can I add condiments to the sandwich?

Absolutely! Feel free to add mustard, pesto, or any other favorite condiments.

How can I make this sandwich healthier?

Use whole-grain bread and low-fat cheese, and add more veggies like spinach or cucumber.

What’s the best way to serve this sandwich?

It’s great alone or with soup or salad for a fuller meal.

How long does the air fryer sandwich melt last?

Keep in an airtight container. Keeps well for 1 – 2 days if stored in the refrigerator. 

Enjoy the TikTok – make the Air Fryer Turkey Sandwich. It has been easy to enjoy crisp sandwiches with a quick cooking time. The easy lunch is always a hit for hot sandwiches I can never get enough of. 

I hope you enjoy making and savoring this delightful creation as much as I do. Happy cooking! 🥪✨

About the Author

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I am Seun, and I love to share my first-hand experience using multiple air fryers. Stick around for yummy delicacies made from the air fryer and many amazing tips on using your newfound Kitchen appliance – the air fryer!

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