Air Fryer McRib—McDonald’s McRib sandwich is one of the most sought-after fast food items, so why not make it at home with an air fryer?

Air Fryer McRib
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It may seem like an impossible recipe to recreate. Still, if you have an air fryer in your kitchen—and all the right ingredients—you can enjoy a crispy, savory McRib that tastes almost identical!

Read our step-by-step guide to making a delicious air fryer McRib copycat recipe. You won’t believe how easy this classic restaurant favorite is to whip up at home!

Air Fryer McRib

What Is A McRib Sandwich?

A McRib sandwich is a popular fast food menu item at McDonald’s. It consists of a shaped, reformed pork patty on a toasted hoagie-style roll with pickles and onions, barbecue sauce, and slivered almonds.

The McRib was first introduced in 1981 and has become a signature part of the McDonald’s menu. It is available at select locations throughout the year and is a fan favorite among McDonald’s patrons.

As with many of its menu items, McDonald’s advertises the McRib to appeal to adults and children alike. The sandwich stands out from other hamburger-style items on the McDonald’s menu due to its unique shape and toppings.

The McRib is well-known for its sweet and tangy flavors, making it a popular choice among McDonald’s patrons.

Why You’ll Love This Copycat McRib Recipe

This copycat McRib recipe gives you the excellent taste of a McDonald’s classic without any of the hassle. The spicy and sweet flavors marry perfectly to make this replica sandwich one your whole family will love. The bonus is that you can make it in the comfort of your own home with minimal effort!

All you need is BBQ sauce, onion, garlic, and other pantry staples. This copycat McRib will quickly become your go-to meal for lunch or dinner! With this recipe, you can enjoy the classic flavors of the McRib without having to leave the house. It’s the perfect way to indulge your cravings without breaking the bank.

The best part of this copycat McRib recipe is that it won’t take too much time in the kitchen. Combine all of the ingredients, shape the patties, and bake them. In no time, you’ll have a delicious homemade McRib that tastes almost as good as the real thing!

This copycat McRib recipe is sure to become a favorite in your home. With its easy-to-follow instructions and delicious flavors, you won’t be able to resist making this sandwich repeatedly. So what are you waiting for? Try this recipe and get ready to be blown away by the deliciousness of a McRib!

Air Fryer McRib

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer McRib Sandwich Copycat Recipe

Does biting into a juicy McRib sandwich instantly make your mouth water? Not surprisingly, these delectable sammies have captured hearts and taste buds since their launch in 1982.

But why spend extra time and money driving to your nearest fast-food joint when you can prepare this beloved classic at home with an air fryer? In this post, we’ll outline the ingredients you need to create an air fryer version of the iconic McRib Sandwich — so get ready to delight your taste buds from day one!

Air Fryer McRib

Remember the step-by-step directions are below in the printed recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Baby Back Ribs: Fully Cooked and Debones, remember the McRibs are boneless
  • BBQ Sauce: Use your favorite BBQ sauce. I love Sweet Baby Rib Sauce; it’s the perfect Copycat Ingredient.
  • Onions: Use either yellow, white, or sweet onions
  • Dill Pickles: Use fresh sliced dill pickle slices
  • Sandwich Buns: Use regular hamburger buns, hot dog rolls, or Brioche Sandwich Hamburger Buns

How To Cook McRib Sandwich In Air Fryer

Here are the step-by-step directions to make a homemade McRib in your air fryer.

Air Fryer McRib

Step One: Cook The Ribs For The Sandwich

Add the ribs to the air fryer basket and cook at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes or until fully cooked. Brush with BBQ sauce during the cooking.

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Step Two: Prepare The McRib Sandwich

Then add the hot rib meat to the sandwich bun, add more BBQ sauce, and add sliced onions and dill pickles.

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Step Three: Serving

Serve with homemade BBQ sauce, extra BBQ sauce, or homemade air fryer potato chips!

Air Fryer McRib

Pro Tips

  • Ribs: There is no better way to cook your ribs than in an air fryer. Here are some great recipes I have made in the air fryer. They are oh-so-good and juicy!
  • Buns: This recipe can use hamburger buns, Brioche rolls, or even potato rolls.
  • Serving: For the best taste and flavor, serve these McRib Sandwich right after serving!
Air Fryer McRib


Can you make them ahead of time?

These McRib copycat sandwiches are best served hot. You can always cook the ribs beforehand and reheat them right before serving! Just remember to keep them moist and delicious. Brush frequently with barbecue sauce to help.

What are the fillings for McRib Sandwiches?

Mcrib sandwiches are a popular fast food item known for their unique shape and flavor. They feature a boneless pork patty slathered in tart barbecue sauce and topped with pickles and onions. This combination of flavors makes the McRib an unforgettable experience for many customers. For added flavor, the patty can be accompanied by cheese, bacon, and/or jalapenos. The McRib sandwich is a classic fast food item that will continue to water mouths for years.

What to serve with a McRib Sandwich

The combination of flavors makes it an incredibly tasty meal, but plenty of sides can be served alongside the sandwich to make it even more delicious.

If you want to make your McRib sandwich experience a bit more traditional, some classic sides include coleslaw, potato chips, and french fries. All three of these items pair perfectly with the sandwich’s smoky-sweet flavors and add a layer of flavor to the meal. If you’d like to get more creative, try serving a side of baked beans or macaroni and cheese. Both of these options will add some heartiness to the plate while still playing off of the sandwich’s flavors.

A side salad or some fresh fruit slices are also great options for those looking for something with a bit more crunch and freshness. The crispness of the greens or the sweetness of the fruit will contrast nicely with the savory flavors from the sandwich and add a bit of welcomed texture to your meal.

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Air Fryer McRib

Air Fryer McRib

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


Air Fryer McRib—McDonald’s McRib sandwich is one of the most sought-after fast food items, so why not make it at home with an air fryer?


  • 3 pounds baby back ribs, cooked and deboned
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce, more for serving
  • 3 slices onions
  • ½ cup dill pickles, sliced
  • 4 long sandwich buns


  • Add the ribs to the air fryer basket and cook at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes, or until fully cooked. Brush with BBQ sauce during the cooking.
  • Then add the hot rib meat to the sandwich bun, add more BBQ sauce, and add sliced onions and dill pickles.


  • Air Fryer
  • Cooking Spray
  • Parchment Paper, optional


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 551kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 41gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 705mgPotassium: 649mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 160IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 91mgIron: 2mg

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