Air Fryer Monte Cristo Sandwich — Making the perfect Monte Cristo sandwich is not easy. The bread needs to be slightly crisp on the outside but has a soft interior that soaks up sweet maple syrup and melts the cheese. The ham needs to be perfectly salty while still tender enough to bite through without much effort. And then there’s the gooey melty Swiss cheese… it just doesn’t get better than this! But have you ever tried making one in your air fryer? It might sound crazy at first, but I swear it works! Check out my recipe below for details on how you can make this glorious sandwich in no time flat – with little mess or fuss!
An Air Fryer Monte Cristo Sandwich is one of my favorite air fryer sandwiches; my kids went crazy for them at Disneyland. Since they are home these days, I’m always looking for outstanding and easy lunch ideas; I came up with this version, which is delicious.
This is my copycat version made with the help of the air fryer, battered and fried up, right in your kitchen!!
I have to admit that I am a sandwich lover. Something is comforting about eating a sandwich, usually in the winter, making air fryer sandwiches and a comforting soup from the Instant Pot. My kid’s favorite choice is always Copycat Panera Broccoli and Cheese Soup, easy to make in the Instant Pot.
What Is A Monte Cristo Sandwich?
A Monte Cristo sandwich is a ham and cheese sandwich dipped in egg and fried. Typically it is served with powdered sugar dusting, and on the side, you can either do it with maple syrup, jelly, or preserves.
No one knows where the name comes from, but it’s probably first been sold at restaurants in Disneyland under the name Monte Cristo, as it appeared in a few of their restaurants, both the Blue Bayou and Tahitian Terrace Restaurants.
It is a variation of the classic Croque Monsieur, but this Monte Cristo Sandwich added ham and then dipped in egg batter and fried up.
The Best Recipe For Monte Cristo Sandwich Air Fryer Recipe
The ingredients are pretty similar. They have stood the test of time. Today’s air fryer you made with Monte Cristo Sandwich:
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Monte Cristo Sandwich
- Seasonings: Salt and Nutmeg
- Serving Suggestions: Powdered Sugar, Preserves
- Other: Olive Oil Spray
How To Make Air Fryer Monte Cristo Sandwich
Start by assembling the sandwich. Add one slice of turkey, Swiss Cheese, Ham, and American cheese to the bottom layer of bread. Add a top piece, and press together.
Break the egg and milk, salt, and nutmeg mix well in one bowl. Spray your air fryer basket with olive oil. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees F for 5 minutes. Dip your sandwiches into the batter and coat, leaving them in about 30 seconds.
Set your sandwiches into the air fryer and set the time for 8 minutes. Flip halfway.
Some Common Questions Asked About This Recipe
What Type of Bread Is Best?
I love great wheat or white bread. You do not want any thick bread for making this in the air fryer because you want the cheese to melt. And stale bread will prevent this from happening.
What Type of Cheese Is Best?
Traditionally this is prepared using Swiss and American Cheese, but you can use any cheese. Other great varieties commonly used are Provolone or Gouda. But you can use any cheese you prefer.
Can I Use Pancake Mix?
If you want a thicker sandwich pancake mix, make a great substitution. Follow the directions on your boxed mix and cover both sides with the pancake batter ann air fryer as directed below.
What Can I Serve For Dipping?
The most common things to serve are maple syrup, raspberry preserves, or red raspberry preserves.
This sandwich is usually dusted with powdered sugar before serving.
What Do You Serve With Monte Cristo Sandwich?
At Disneyland, they traditionally serve this with a side of fresh fruit, but you can easily change it out to a garden salad, some of my favorites:
Some Other Great Air Fryer Sandwich Recipes
- Air Fryer Egg Salad Sandwiches
- Air Fryer Lobster Grilled Cheese
- Easy Air Fryer Pepperoni Grilled Cheese
- Copycat Arby’s Beef and Cheddar Sandwich
DO NOT FORGET TO PIN:
An Air Fryer Monte Cristo Sandwich is one of my favorite air fryer sandwiches; my kids went crazy for them at Disneyland. Since they are home these days, I’m always looking for great and easy lunch ideas; I came up with this version, absolutely delicious.
- 12 slices honey wheat bread
- 6 slices turkey breast
- 6 slices Swiss cheese
- 6 slices sliced ham
- 4 slices American cheese
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Start by assembling the sandwich, add one slice of turkey, Swiss Cheese, Ham, and American cheese to the bottom layer of bread. Add a top slice, and press together.
Break the egg and milk, salt, and nutmeg mix well in one bowl. Spray your air fryer basket with olive oil. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees F for 5 minutes. Dip your sandwiches into the batter, and coat, leaving them in about 30 seconds.
Set your sandwiches into the air fryer and set the time for 8 minutes, flipping halfway.
Plate, serve, and enjoy!