Air Fryer Hardee’s BIG HOT HAM ‘N’ CHEESE is amazing. If you have not made a sandwich in the air fryer, this is a perfect time! Easy and absolutely delicious.

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We’ve done it! Today, we’ve cracked the code to the famous Hardee’s: BIG HOT HAM ‘N’ CHEESE SANDWICH! We’ve added a twist, though, that will allow almost everyone the ability to make this sandwich at home! Since most of us don’t have a commercial meat steamer or industrial bread toaster, we’ve made this recipe so that you can use your air fryer! YES, just as good as the restaurant, but in your air fryer! You won’t be able to tell the difference.

Besides using the air fryer, the ingredients and how this sandwich is “built” (food industry lingo) is EXACTLY the same way that Hardee’s does things. You will definitely enjoy making this hot ham and cheese sandwich…and will enjoy eating it even more!

Looking for even more tasty air fryer sandwich recipes? Here are some of my favorites, AIR FRYER GRILLED CHEESE PIZZA SANDWICHES, AIR FRYER TURKEY CLUB SANDWICH, and AIR FRYER FRENCH ONION GRILLED CHEESE.

Watch How To Make Hardee’s Hot Ham and Cheese

Hardee’s Big Hot Ham ‘N Cheese Sandwich

If you do not have a Hardee’s around you, I am so sorry! You never got to taste this amazing sandwich, but today, with the help of the air fryer, you can make this tasty treat.

They sell two Hot Ham N’ Cheese Sandwiches, both the original and the Big Hot Ham ‘N” Cheese. They are prepared with sliced ham, and melted Swiss cheese is served on a toasted potato or sesame seed bun.

Air Fryer Hardee’s Copycat Hot Ham and Cheese

Why You Will Love This Copycat Recipe!

You’ll love this Copycat Air Fryer Hardee’s Hot Ham and Cheese sandwich because it captures all the flavors and textures of the original more healthily and conveniently. With the perfect balance of gooey cheese, savory ham, and soft buns, it’s a quick and satisfying meal that brings the taste of Hardee’s right to your kitchen.

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Hardee’s Copycat Hot Ham and Cheese

Experience the nostalgia of your favorite fast-food treat with these Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Hardee’s Copycat Hot Ham and Cheese sandwiches. With a few simple ingredients, you can recreate this beloved sandwich’s classic flavors and melty goodness right in your own kitchen. Say goodbye to long drive-thru lines and hello to a homemade delight that’s both easy and delicious!

Air Fryer Ham and Cheese Biscuit Sandwiches

Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below, in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.

  • Potato Hamburger Bun: The foundation of this sandwich, the potato hamburger bun adds a soft and slightly sweet element that pairs perfectly with the savory fillings.
  • Virginia Honey Ham: High-quality Virginia honey ham brings a sweet and smoky flavor to the sandwich, providing a hearty and satisfying protein.
  • Swiss Cheese: Swiss cheese is a classic choice for hot ham and cheese sandwiches. Its creamy texture and mild, nutty flavor complement the ham beautifully.
  • Butter (Salted): Butter gives the sandwich a golden, crispy exterior when air-fried, enhancing the overall taste and texture of this Hardee’s Copycat Hot Ham and Cheese delight.

How To Cook Hardee’s Big Hot Ham and Cheese In Air Fryer

To cook Hardee’s Big Hot Ham and Cheese in an air fryer, follow these steps:

How To Cook Hardee’s Big Hot Ham and Cheese In Air Fryer

Step One: Prepare The Air Fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F, Air Frye Setting. While the air fryer is heating up, melt 1 tbsp of salted butter in a small bowl in the microwave.

Open the potato hamburger bun and, using a pastry brush, brush the inside surfaces of the bun with a light coating of melted butter.

Once buttered, place the potato bun into the air fryer so that the buttered side of the bun faces up. Toast the bun for 2 minutes.

Set the toasted bun aside.

Step Two: Build Your Sandwich

To cook Hardee's Big Hot Ham and Cheese in an air fryer, follow these steps:

Having toasted the bun, measure out 5 oz. (approx.12 slices) of Virginia Ham. Divide the ham into two 6-slice halves.

To cook Hardee's Big Hot Ham and Cheese in an air fryer, follow these steps:

On two pieces of parchment paper, roll the ham into tubes to equal the width of the bun. If you have more ham than the width of the bun, just put the remaining ham on top of the bottom layer. Repeat this process with the other pile.

Having laid a foundation of ham, top the ham with a piece of Swiss cheese and lightly press down.

Step Three: Air Fry Your Sandwich

Place the parchment papers with the ham and cheese in the air fryer and cook for 1 minute or until the cheese is nice and melted.

Once the cheese has melted and the meat has warmed in the air fryer, remove the parchment paper from the air fryer basket.

Remove one pile of meat and cheese from the parchment paper using a spatula and place it on the bottom bun.

Repeat the process and place the other pile of meat on top of the first pile. 

Top the meat and cheese with the top of the bun, and ENJOY!

Add horseradish sauce or spicy mustard to the top of the bun for added flavor.

IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE THAT THE PARCHMENT PAPER IS JUST LONG ENOUGH TO PICK THE MEAT UP OUT OF THE AIR FRYER BUT NOT TOO LONG SO THAT IT BLOWS UP AND HITS THE HEATING ELEMENT. IT COULD CAUSE A FIRE!

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Recipe Variations

Here are some recipe variations for Air Fryer Hardee’s Big Hot Ham N’ Cheese:

  • Spicy Hot Ham and Cheese: Add sliced jalapeños or banana peppers to give your sandwich a spicy kick. You can also spread a thin layer of spicy mustard or hot sauce for extra heat.
  • Bacon Lover’s Delight: Enhance the flavor by adding crispy bacon strips to your hot ham and cheese sandwich. The combination of ham, bacon, and cheese is incredibly indulgent.
  • Hawaiian Twist: Add a pineapple slice to your sandwich for a tropical twist—the sweet and tangy pineapple pairs wonderfully with the savory ham and cheese.
  • Dijon and Honey Glazed: Mix Dijon mustard and honey to create a flavorful glaze. Brush it onto the ham before air frying for a sweet and tangy twist.
  • Double Cheese: Experiment with different cheese varieties or combine Swiss, cheddar, and provolone for an extra cheesy experience.
  • Garlic Buttered Bun: Spread garlic butter on the hamburger bun before air frying to infuse the sandwich with a rich garlic flavor.
  • BBQ Ham and Cheese: Drizzle your sandwich with your favorite barbecue sauce before air-frying it to add a smoky and tangy BBQ flavor to the classic ham and cheese combo.

Feel free to mix and match these variations or create creative ideas to customize your Air Fryer Hardee’s Big Hot Ham N’ Cheese sandwich according to your taste preferences. Enjoy experimenting with different flavors!

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Pro Tips

Here are some pro tips to make the best Air Fryer Hardee’s BIG HOT HAM ‘N’ CHEESE sandwich:

  • Preheat Your Air Fryer: Preheating your air fryer ensures it’s at the right temperature when you place your sandwich inside. This helps achieve even cooking and a crispy texture.
  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Quality ingredients make a difference. Opt for fresh, high-quality ham, cheese, and buns for the best taste.
  • Butter the Buns: Spread a thin layer of butter inside the hamburger buns before assembling your sandwich. This adds a rich, buttery flavor and helps achieve a golden, toasted bun.
  • Layer Ingredients Evenly: Distribute the ham and cheese evenly on the bun to ensure each bite has a perfect balance of flavors.
  • Add Condiments Sparingly: If you use condiments like mayonnaise or mustard, apply them sparingly to prevent your sandwich from becoming too soggy.
  • Seasoning: Consider adding a pinch of black pepper, a dash of garlic powder, or some dried herbs to elevate the overall flavor profile of your sandwich.
  • Monitor Cooking Time: Keep a close eye on your sandwich as it air fries. Cooking times may vary depending on your air fryer’s brand and model. Check it periodically to avoid overcooking.
  • Prevent Sticking: To prevent your sandwich from sticking to the air fryer basket, you can lightly spray the basket with non-stick cooking spray or use parchment paper.
  • Serve Fresh and Hot: Air-fried sandwiches are best enjoyed immediately while hot and crisp, so serve them as soon as they are ready.
  • Customize to Your Liking: Feel free to customize your sandwich with additional toppings like lettuce, tomato, onions, or pickles for added freshness and crunch.

By following these pro tips, you can make a delicious and satisfying Air Fryer Hardee’s BIG HOT HAM ‘N’ CHEESE sandwich that’s crispy on the outside and filled with flavorful ingredients on the inside. Enjoy!

Air Fryer Hardee’s Big Hot Ham N' Cheese

Faq’s

Can I use different types of cheese? Yes, you can customize your sandwich with your favorite cheese. Swiss cheese is traditionally used, but you can use cheddar, American, provolone, or any cheese you prefer.

How long does it take to cook the sandwich in the air fryer? Cooking times can vary depending on the brand and model of your air fryer. Generally, it takes about 5-7 minutes at 350°F (175°C) for the sandwich to become hot and crispy. Keep an eye on it to prevent overcooking.

Can I make this sandwich with different types of buns? Absolutely! While the original Hardee’s sandwich uses potato hamburger buns, you can use any bun or bread you like. Brioche buns, ciabatta rolls, or even sourdough bread can work well.

Can I add extra toppings or condiments? Yes, customize your sandwich with additional toppings such as lettuce, tomato, onions, or pickles. To suit your taste, you can also add condiments like mayonnaise, mustard, or ketchup.

How do I prevent the sandwich from sticking to the air fryer basket? To prevent sticking, you can lightly spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray or use parchment paper as a liner.

Can I make these sandwiches ahead of time? While these sandwiches are best enjoyed fresh and hot, you can prepare the ingredients and assemble them before air frying to ensure they stay crispy.

Can I use leftover ham for this recipe? Yes, you can use leftover ham or even deli-sliced ham for this recipe. It’s a great way to use leftovers and enjoy a delicious sandwich.

Can I freeze these sandwiches for later? Yes, you can freeze these sandwiches for later. Wrap them tightly in foil or plastic wrap and store them in the freezer. When ready to enjoy, reheat them in the air fryer until heated.

Can I make a vegetarian version of this sandwich? Certainly! You can create a vegetarian version by omitting the ham and using vegetarian cheese or plant-based alternatives.

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Air Fryer Hardee’s Big Hot Ham N’ Cheese Sandwich

4 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving

Description

Air Fryer Hardee’s BIG HOT HAM ‘N’ CHEESE is amazing. If you have not made a sandwich in the air fryer, this is a perfect time! Easy and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients 

  • 1 regular potato hamburger bun
  • 12 slices Virginia Honey Ham, thinly sliced, divided
  • 2 slices Swiss Cheese, individually wrapped, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter, salted

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • While the air fryer is heating up, in a small bowl, melt 1 tbsp of salted butter in the microwave.
  • Just as the air fryer has reached 400 degrees, open the potato hamburger bun and, using a brush, brush the inside surfaces of the bun with a light coating of the melted butter.
  • Once buttered, place the potato bun into the air fryer so that the buttered side of the bun faces up. Toast the bun for 2 minutes.
  • Set the toasted bun aside.
  • Having toasted the bun, measure out 5 oz. (approx.12 slices) of Virginia Ham. Divide the ham into two 6 slice halves.
  • On two pieces of parchment paper, roll the ham into tubes so that they equal the bun's width. If you have more ham than the bun's width, just put the remaining ham on top of the bottom layer. Repeat this process with the other pile.
  • Having laid a foundation of ham, top the ham with a piece of Swiss cheese and lightly press down.
  • Place the parchment papers with the ham and cheese in the air fryer and cook for 1 minute or until the cheese is nice and melted. IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE THAT THE PARCHMENT PAPER IS JUST LONG ENOUGH TO PICK THE MEAT UP OUT OF THE AIR FRYER, BUT NOT TOO LONG SO THAT IT BLOWS UP AND HITS THE HEATING ELEMENT. IT COULD CAUSE A FIRE!
  • Once the cheese has melted, and the meat has warmed in the air fryer, remove the parchment paper from the air fryer basket.
  • Using a spatula, remove one pile of meat and cheese from the parchment paper and place it on top of the bottom bun.
  • Repeat the process and place the other pile of meat on top of the first pile. 
  • Top the meat and cheese with the top of the bun and ENJOY!

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Parchment Paper, Cooking Spray

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 1053kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 82gFat: 78gSaturated Fat: 33gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 32gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 270mgSodium: 4146mgPotassium: 990mgFiber: 0.02gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 632IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 331mgIron: 3mg

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