Crispy chicken patties on a toasted bun topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and all your favorite toppings. This frozen chicken patty recipe is a fast and easy way to make dinner in under 15 minutes!
Cooking frozen chicken patties in the air fryer is a foolproof way to make them perfectly crispy every time! Plus, it is so quick and easy. Fried chicken sandwiches for dinner, coming right up!
You know I love an easy dinner. I like to add these air fryer chicken patties to hamburger buns and top with my family’s favorite toppings. Using an air fryer to cook chicken patties is a great alternative to making them in the deep fryer.
- For best results, add the chicken patties directly to the air fryer without thawing them.
- Check the package to see if your frozen patties are pre-cooked or not. This will affect the cooking time.
For this chicken patties recipe, you will need an air fryer. The air fryer works by circulating hot air around the food to ensure it is all crisped up to perfection.
Depending on the type of air fryer you have, it may have a basket or a tray. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can also make this recipe in a conventional oven, but I think using the air fryer is the best way. Plus, cooking in the air fryer cuts your cook time by less than half!
There are a lot of different brands of air fryers, but some popular ones are:
- Instant Vortex 4-in-1 Air Fryer
- Ninja Foodi
- Instant Pot Vortex Plus
- Cosori Air Fryer
For this quick dinner, you will need frozen chicken patties. You can use whatever brand you like, but some common brands are Tyson Chicken Patties, Perdue chicken patties, Morningstar Farms, and Trader Joe’s. I think the best-frozen chicken patties are Tyson brand. Aldi has a version of chicken breast filets in a red bag that is a great copycat version of Chick-Fil-A.
You can also use homemade chicken patties that have been frozen.
Additionally, you will need hamburger buns, brioche buns, or bread slices, and your favorite toppings. I like to use a slice of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and bacon. And don’t forget the condiments and sauces!
Some Great Sauces For Your Air Fryer Chicken Patty
- HOMEMADE BLUE-CHEESE DRESSING
- GREEK YOGURT BBQ SAUCE
- CILANTRO-LIME SOUR CREAM CREMA
- OUTBACK BLOOMIN ONION SAUCE
- TGIF CREAMY CUCUMBER-WASABI RANCH DIP
- SWEET AND SOUR DIPPING SAUCE
Did you know you can also make bacon in the air fryer? Check out how in this Crispy Air Fryer Bacon post.
What are chicken patties?
Chicken patties can come in different versions. Usually, they are made from ground chicken and other seasonings formed into a patty shape, like a hamburger, then breaded and fried. Some also come as whole chicken breasts that have also been breaded and fried.
Usually, frozen chicken patties come pre-cooked, and you just have to heat them up. Be sure to check your package, though. If your chicken patties are raw, this will increase cooking time.
Chicken patties can come breaded or un-breaded. They will both cook up at about the same time.
Check out these other popular air fryer recipes.
How to cook frozen chicken patties in the air fryer
Let’s make fried chicken patty sandwiches the easy way! Air frying these frozen chicken patties will save you time over making them in the oven.
Start by preheating your air fryer to 400 degrees F on the air fryer setting for 5 minutes—next, place chicken patties in the air fryer drawer or basket in a single layer.
Air fry for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking process. Patties are done when they are warmed throughout, crispy, and golden brown.
If your patties are not pre-cooked, you will need more cook time. Check the packaging before your start.
The thickness of your patties can affect the air fryer time needed. Thicker patties will take a little more time, while thinner chicken patties will take less time.
Remove your crispy patties carefully, as they will be hot. I like to use tongs for this.
You can also toast the bun in the air fryer by putting it in the basket and cooking for 1 minute until your desired level of toastiness.
How to melt cheese in the air fryer
If you want to add cheese to your chicken burger, you can melt it in the air fryer! Pick out your favorite sliced cheese. Some of my favorites are pepper jack, Swiss, American cheese, and cheddar.
Add the cheese slice to your already heated chicken patty, and place it into the air fryer for a few seconds at 300 degrees F on the air fryer setting. Once the cheese is melted, remove the chicken patty burger.
Now you are ready for the rest of your toppings and chicken burger assembly.
This recipe easily doubles or triples! You can make as many chicken patties as you need in the air fryer. Just remember to not overcrowd the air fryer basket or tray. If you have too many to fit, make them in batches.
What to serve with air fryer chicken patties
You can always go with the classic side for a hamburger, french fries, or tater tots! Here are some other ideas of side dishes to go along with your chicken breast patties.
- AIR FRYER FROZEN FRENCH FRIES WITH FRENCH FRY SEASONING
- CARROT FRENCH FRIES IN THE AIR FRYER
- COPYCAT MCDONALD’S AIR FRYER FRENCH FRIES
- AIR FRYER SPICY OVEN FRENCH FRIES
- AIR FRYER COPYCAT IN-N-OUT ANIMAL FRIES
If you have a chicken burger from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Chick-Fil-A, or Burger King, you can reheat it in the air fryer! Remove the chicken patty from the bun, and pace the chicken patty into the air fryer basket. Set the temperature to 350 degrees F on the air fryer setting. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the chicken patty is warmed throughout.
Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F on the air fryer setting for 5 minutes. Add frozen chicken patties to the air fryer drawer or basket in a single layer. Air fry for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking process. Patties are done when they are warmed throughout, crispy, and golden brown.
Making frozen chicken patties in an air fryer is super quick! It only takes about 8 minutes for them to be hot and crispy.
You can heat pre-cooked frozen chicken patties in the air fryer at 400 degrees F.
- 2 Frozen Chicken Patties, any type
- 2 hamburger or Brioche Buns
- Toppings: Cheese, Ketchup, Mustard, Pickles, Lettuce, Bacon, Tomato Slices, etc.
- Start by preheating your air fryer to 400 degrees F, air fryer setting for 5 minutes.
- Add your chicken patty into the basket, and air fry for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking process.
- Remove, and add your toppings!
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
To melt cheese on the patty: add the cheese slice on top of your already heated chicken patty, and place it into the air fryer for a few seconds at 300 degrees F on the air fryer setting. Once the cheese is melted, remove the chicken patty burger.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1172Total Fat: 57gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 233mgSodium: 2381mgCarbohydrates: 105gFiber: 4gSugar: 36gProtein: 59g
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