Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Maybe. Is it easier to make it happen on those super busy mornings with the help of an air fryer? Most definitely.
I’ve compiled some of the easiest, laziest, throw it, set it and fuggin forget about it easy air fryer breakfast recipes so you can eat something delicious, healthy, and most importantly, FAST!
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What is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer is a small appliance that cooks food by circulating hot air around it. This allows for food to be cooked quickly and evenly, without the need for added oil or fat.
Air Fried foods tend to come out crispier but without the excess of heating up your entire kitchen via an oven, and with a much faster fridge-to-table timeline.
Using an air fryer to throw together a Sunday brunch or for busy mornings or an easy breakfast option that is a healthier alternative to butter and oil in the pan, or getting fast food on the way into work but it does require the SLIGHTTTTEST bit of preparation to make sure you can have air fryer success. Speaking of…
What Do You Need for these Air Fryer Recipes?
The recipes that I have chosen for this post are all air fryer recipes that you can make with very little-to-no preparation. However, as with most things in life, there are a few basic things that you will need before you can get started:
-An Air Fryer (I’ve got a list of recommended Air Fryers below if you don’t have one yet, don’t stress!)
-Ingredients for the Recipes (Be sure to click through and check out the individual ingredients!) Luckily many of these recipes require breaky-type things you likely already have on hand like eggs, potatoes, bacon, butter, milk, cream cheese, crescent dough (or crescent rolls), or store-bought puff pastry.
-Olive Oil, butter, or some sort of fat
-Bowls, Plates, or Casserole Dishes (depending on the recipe) that are oven safe and fit in your air fryer. Parchment paper or tin foil (depending on the fryer-style basket)
A clean air fryer basket, and a hungry belly!
Let’s get started!
Recommended Air Fryers
While I’m not going to spend a lot of time going into the ins and outs of all the air fryers on the market, I am going to make five recommendations based on budget and counter space.
As quick and convenient as they are (and energy-saving, because you’re not heading up an entire oven- merely using some electricity) they do take up quite a bit of counter space. So it’s important that you consider the weight of this thing (if you’re going to be putting it away and taking it out for every use.)
Or if you’re leaving it out for all the world to see, then it’s important to factor in some qualities about the size and dimensions as well as the cost.
Best all-around and more affordable option.
Most air fryers typically function the same. However, Philips’ Premium Digital Airfryer is one of the very few air fryers that can remove unwanted, unhealthy, excess fat!
Dash Compact Air Fryer Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non-stick Fry Basket, Recipe Guide + Auto Shut off Feature, 2 Quart
This little guy is cheap and adorable and gets the job done.
It’s beginner-friendly too! It has an auto-shut-off function that’ll keep owners from making accidents.
Instant Pot Duo Crisp XL 8Qt 11-in-1 Air Fryer & Electric Pressure Cooker Combo with Multicooker Lid that Air Fries, Roasts, Steams, Slow Cooks, Sautés, Dehydrates & More, Free App With 1300 Recipes
If you’ve already invested in an instant pot, this is a solid attachment/addition that can help you cut down on counter/storage space. Or if you’re in the market for an instant pot, this is an ideal addition to your kitchen appliance collection. Be sure to also check TK link about instant pot one-pot recipes that are so yummy here.
Ninja Foodi 10 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone XL 2-Basket Air Fryer with 2 Independent Frying Baskets, Match Cook & Smart Finish to Roast, Broil, Dehydrate & More for Quick, Easy Family-Sized Meals, Grey
Great for families and cooking quickly
Apart from its main functions, it’s also easy to clean. Just remember to wash the trays and baskets with warm soapy water before using them for the first time. This is a power air fryer that doesn’t disappoint.
Ninja DZ401 Foodi 10 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone XL 2-Basket Air Fryer with 2 Independent Frying Baskets, Match Cook & Smart Finish to Roast, Broil, Dehydrate & More for Quick, Easy Family-Sized Meals, Grey Buy on Amazon
Best looking/multi-functioning countertop air fryer that doubles as a toaster oven and a convection oven.
Apart from its ELEVEN cooking functions, it has a large 18.9 x 16.5 x 10.9 interior. This is more than enough for all your dishes and delicacies!
Where to Save These Easy Air Fryer Recipes
Now that you’re fully prepared with an amazing air fryer on the way, let’s figure out the best way to save them so you can easily reference them again in the future.
That’s where my meal planner using Trello comes into play. (We’ll get into that in a second).
You’re gonna wanna store this list of easy dinner ideas somewhere that you can reference it when you’re staring down the barrel of 5 o’clock and just. Don’t. Wanna.
Bookmark this page.
Or pin it to your favorite Pinterest recipe board.
(A handy pin is below and there’s another one after the list of dinner ideas)
But if you want to get even more organized with these easy air fryer breakfast recipes, lucky you, the easiest way to stay organized and have all the dinner ideas at your fingertips?
It’s so easy. Just open up the Trello app or website (whatever works best for you) every week and spend 5 to 8 minutes planning your meals, your grocery lists, and your snacks and other staples–Then get ready because there are no limits: choose what recipes sound most appetizing from lists that have been curated in advance of that you’ve saved because it’s fully customizable!
You’re gonna want to check out my Lazy Bitch Meal Planning System. Or you can download this editable and printable meal planner template here.
You read that right. It’s called Lazy bitch for a reason;).
Air Fryer Bacon
One of the most classic breakfast dishes that needs its own entire category, let’s get into some options for air frying bacon. It may seem simple and straightforward but let me tell you, making the perfect bacon is to some, an art form.
For those who want their bacon done in small batches and within 10 minutes, this is it! You get the delicious-looking, crispy, and wavy bacon! This is definitely one of those easy summer dinner ideas.
Air-fried crispy bacon is great! Not only do you not sacrifice the taste, but the mess is so much easier to clean as well! All you have to do is to set it and forget it. The air fryer does the work for you.
This method works great with turkey bacon too.
Whether you’re going for a BLT sandwich or not, this recipe might just be for you. It’s great for a snack, mixes well with salads, and even on plates of pasta!
Ham and steak. Do I need to explain why you’ll love this?
Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes
There’s a theme here and we’re building up to a feast of a brunch or just a lazy Sunday morning breakfast. Or maybe breakfast potatoes are your one and only go-to morning snack. Either way, these ideas are creative, quick, and healthy.
Crispy and golden tots are probably something you like. Because, why not?! Want a quick snack just for right now? Go for tots!
So you love tots, but you’re a fancier bish? Then, garlic parmesan potatoes are for you. This is a dish you’re sure to be proud to serve to your guest/s.
Air-fryer hashbrowns are honestly a magical snack. Delicious and crispy!
Twice-baked breakfast potatoes are an absolute treat. Apart from being delicious, they’re the kind of crispy potatoes we’d love to have during a movie or even a quick social get-together.
Mashed or roasted potatoes? What hits that sweet spot for you? Even if you like the latter better, we think that’ll still be worth your time! This can even be a sweet potato hash!
IYKTYK…okay but no, they’re not exactly potatoes but if you’ve ever had a chance to eat these deliciously savory and sweet plantains perfectly crispy on the outside and sweet and chewy and soft on the inside, then you know…
Potatoes in 15 minutes? Not a bad idea! Air-fried potatoes are awesome. They pair well with bell peppers.
Air Fryer French Toast & Waffles & Pancakes
These classic recipes for breakfast are all you need to start your day right. All of these do well alone but pair them with fruits and vegetables, and you have a meal worthy of being served in a restaurant. Now to get you from where you are to where you wanna be, i.e., surrounded by delicious food, here are recipes that’ll surely satisfy!
French toasts are a classic breakfast go-to. After all, who doesn’t love the smell and taste of hot bread right when you wake up?
Pro-tip, add some low-fat vanilla ice cream on the side and oh man this is a treat.
For the gluten-free breakfast serve, be sure to check the nutritional information if you have any sensitivities to coconut!
These work really well in one of the fryer-style baskets.
Frozen waffles might be the best thing to come to the frozen food section, or maybe that’s just according to my kids.
These are my boys’ personal favorites, and the perfect way to get out of the house fast with a healthy breakfast in their bellies.
Don’t forget the Maple Syrup!
Air Fryer Breakfast Sausage
Breakfast sausages! The Sumerians we’re really right about this one. If you’ve not had air-fried breakfast sausage in the past, it’s a must-have! Sausages are known to be high in protein and an easy way to stay full for a long workday. Here are some great recipes to get you started.
Sausage patties are a good idea for a brunch buffet.
I love serving these with home fries and other side dishes.
Air Fryer Banana Bread and Other Baked Bread Recipes
For all our bread-loving friends out there, here are our recommendations for great-to-awesome air fryer bread recipes.
This simple recipe will have you from brown bananas to yummy snacks in no time.
This is a fun recipe that is a great way to create simple on-the-go snacks.
We did include a range of things in this recipe round-up and a cheese danish had to be
The full recipe of these awesome blueberry muffins is in some ways easier to make than pouring a bowl of cereal.
An easy recipe that is sure to please the whole family.
Air Fryer Eggs
Eggs! Is it really breakfast without them? Apart from having a substantial amount of protein and vitamin D, they just taste good, no? The best part is that there’s more than one way to cook an egg. These are some of our favorite recipes to cook eggs in the air fryer.
Cooked egg in a bite side dish? Yes, please!
Hard-boiled eggs are the perfect addition to your weekly meal prep and now, even faster.
The air fryer version of this oven meal prep hack is super yummy. Serve with sweet rolls or air fryer hash browns.
The pie crusts in this recipe is the thing though…
Fast, delicious, and sure to please.
Some more great ideas for breakfast.
Fun fact, my favorite mommy hangover cure is a breakfast burrito.
Air Fryer Bagels & Donuts & Cinnamon Rolls
When going for breakfast meals, sometimes, all you need is the perfect one. Thus, if one is so perfect, how much more if you have three?! Bagels, donuts, and cinnamon rolls. Get yours today by trying out one of the many fantastic air-fried recipes neatly outlined for you below!
This looks honestly so easy and so delicious.
Serve with Peanut butter or jam for a switch on the cream cheese and bagel.
I imagine these could be an awesome after-school snack too, keep them in mind for after your littles come home from school. TK LINK to kindergarten post.
Dipped in strawberry jam or sprinkled with powdered sugar these are really incredible.
Ever smell these things in the mall and be pulled to them? This is gonna do the same thing in your house.
Monkey bread is that pull apart delicious savory-sweet treat that’s perfect for your Mother’s Day brunch spread. And while you’re at it check out some of these easy mother’s day crafts to complete the day.
Other Delicious Air Fryer Breakfast Recipes to Try
There’s so much you can do with an air fryer plus Nutella, pop tarts, or even pizza rolls. Below are ones that are so easy, you can ask your household pet to come and help! (I hope they have clean paws/beaks)
For the British readers: do you go cream, jam? Or jam and then cream?
Don’t be alarmed if the Nutella doesn’t last very long in your pantry after this one.
We are obsessed with these air fryer pop tarts.
Pair these with the egg bites and you’re good to go.
Not gonna lie, I imagine these topped on the banana bread would be sort of insane.
Vanilla Ice cream sounds good with these.
Making your own granola at home is a money saver and in some ways an even healthier option.
Substitute ingredients in this recipe to create the ideal breakfast pizza.
Savory and delicious.
Air fryer breakfast bombs are so fun to make.
The pop tarts fancier cousin, this is such a surprisingly easy recipe.
As far as easy air fryer breakfast ideas go, I think we hit the nail on the head pretty hard! We’ve outlined all the recipes you could probably need. You might require an entire year to go through each. That said, the invention of the air fryer really did open up a slew of breakfast recipes that are easy AF.
And don’t forget to check out this downloadable meal planner template to help you get organized with your meal planning.
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Try going through some of these. And if those didn’t suit your taste, try going for the rest that you haven’t yet. My point is, this article is all you need. Sooner or later, you’ll find that one recipe that’ll keep you fed for months! Just try not to hoard the Nutella. Stay safe and happy air frying!