Air Fryer Chicken Patties (Frozen or Homemade)

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Air Fryer Chicken Patties are quick and result in juicy patties perfect for your burgers. Whether you use homemade chicken patties or store-bought ones, these are cooked to perfection in an air fryer!

Chicken patty sandwich

Although store-bought chicken patties are convenient, I prefer making them at home. That’s because you can adjust the flavors according to your liking. So, it’s really up to you whether you use frozen or homemade chicken patties.

Why You’ll Love It

  • When you cook these chicken patties in an air fryer, they don’t require lots of oil. They cook evenly and are done in no time at all.
  • They are great made up ahead of time for a quick and easy lunch. Use these chicken patties to make a delicious chicken burger for lunch, or serve it on a bed of lettuce for a low-carb alternative.
  • Ground chicken is very versatile. You can add the flavors and spices that you like or experiment with new flavors.

»You might also like these Air Fryer Chicken Breast without Breading or these Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich.

Ingredients You Need

For homemade patties:

If you’re going to make your own homemade chicken patties, then you’ll need a few more ingredients.

  • Ground chicken: The main ingredient for this recipe is ground chicken. You can either buy minced chicken or boneless chicken and ground it at home. Moreover, you can go for frozen chicken mince as well.
  • Parmesan cheese: Parmesan cheese is a type of Italian cheese that has a hard texture. It usually comes in blocks. Parmesan cheese has a nutty yet fruity flavor and is very refreshing.
  • Garlic salt: Garlic salt is seasoned salt. It is a blend of sea salt and garlic powder and has a garlicky flavor. If you don’t like garlic flavor, you can also use any other seasoned salt. Celery salt also tastes good in this recipe.
  • Seasoning: Salt and black pepper are enough to bring out the flavor in this chicken patty recipe. However, if you like more flavors, add herbs, or chili powder, etc.
  • Spray cooking oil: Spray cooking oil is an amazing product for air fryers. However, if you don’t have cooking spray oil, you can grease the air fryer basket with olive oil as well.
  • Optional: Breadcrumbs and egg wash. If you want a crispy breaded chicken patty, you can coat it in breadcrumbs.

For store-bought patties:

If you’re using store-bought chicken patties, then that’s all you need. You can place as many chicken patties into the air fryer as can fit in a single layer. For me, that’s about 4 chicken patties at a time.

Equipment Information

Chicken patty sandwich

Helpful Tips

  • You can coat the patties in an egg wash and breadcrumbs if you want. That’s an optional step for crispy chicken patties. Spray with oil before cooking.
  • You can grate some onion into your meat mixture. It adds flavor and moisture to the patties.
  • Place the chicken patties in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to firm up before cooking.
  • If you want to add cheese, wait until the patties are fully cooked. Place the cheese on the patties and close the air fryer. Let them sit there for a minute. The residual heat will melt the cheese without worrying about it being blown around during cooking.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Patties

Step 1: Mix up the meat

Combine the ground chicken, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix until evenly combined. I just use my hands for this, because it’s easiest to make sure everything gets mixed together well.

Step 2: Make the patties

chicken patties

Form two flat, round patties with the chicken mixture. Put them in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to firm up before cooking.

You can double or triple this recipe to make as many chicken patties as you need.

Step 3: Cook

Raw chicken patties in the air fryer

Prepare the air fryer basket by spraying cooking oil on the bottom of the basket so the chicken patties don’t stick. Place chicken patties in the basket.

Cook the homemade chicken patties in the air fryer for 8 minutes at 400° F(205°C). Flip the patties over halfway into the cooking process, so they get evenly browned on both sides.

Remember that raw chicken should always be cooked to 165° F( 75°C)to be safe to eat.

Cooked chicken patties in the air fryer

Step 4: Enjoy

Serve immediately with your choice of toppings.

Keep in mind that all air fryers cook slightly differently, so the timing might vary for your chicken patties.

Chicken patty sandwich

How to Cook Store Bought Chicken Patties

If you’re using store-bought chicken patties, then that’s all you need. You can place as many chicken patties into the air fryer as can fit in a single layer. For me, that’s about 4 chicken patties at a time.

If you are cooking thawed chicken patties place them in the air fryer basket and cook for 8 minutes at 400° F(205°C). Flip the patties over halfway into the cooking process, so they get evenly browned on both sides.

From frozen, cook the chicken patties for an additional 2-4 minutes, for a total of 10-12 minutes.

Questions About the Recipe

Can you cook frozen chicken patties in an air fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen chicken patties in an air fryer. You don’t need to thaw frozen chicken patties. In fact, in my opinion this is the best way to cook frozen chicken patties. Place them, frozen, in the air fryer basket and cook for 10-12 minutes at 400° F(205°C), flipping halfway.

Can you add more spices to chicken patties?

Absolutely! You can add different spices to make your chicken patties even more delicious. You can add Italian herbs, jerk seasoning, cumin, paprika, etc., to make them spicy and flavorful.

Can you coat these chicken patties in breadcrumbs?

Yes, you can coat your homemade chicken patties in an egg wash and then add breadcrumbs on each side. This will give the chicken a crunchy exterior, but it will need to be sprayed with cooking oil before cooking in order to produce that nice crispy crust.

What Side Dishes to Serve?

You can serve some really easy side dishes with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. Sometimes, you can cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.

Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include:

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Chicken patty sandwich

Air Fryer Chicken Patties

Air fryer chicken patties are quick and result in juicy patties perfect for your burgers, whether you use store-bought patties or make your own.
4.8 from 36 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 390 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

For store-bought patties

  • 2 chicken patties homemade or purchased
  • Spray cooking oil
  • Salt & pepper

For homemade chicken patties:

  • 1/2 pound (227 g) ground chicken
  • 1/3 cup (33 g) Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) ground black pepper
  • breadcrumbs and egg optional
  • Spray cooking oil

Instructions
 

For homemade patties:

  • Combine ground chicken, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix until evenly combined.
  • Form flat, round patties and place in refrigerator to firm up for 15 minutes.
  • Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray and add chicken patties. Cook at 400°F (205°C) for 8 minutes, flipping halfway.

For store-bought patties:

  • Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray and add chicken patties.
  • Cook at 400°F(205°C) for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Notes

  • You can grate some onion into your meat mixture. It adds flavor and moisture to the patties.
  • Place the chicken patties in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to firm up before cooking.
  • You can coat the patties in an egg wash and breadcrumbs if you want. That’s an optional step for crispy chicken patties. Spray with oil before cooking.
  • If you want to add cheese, wait until the patties are fully cooked. Place the cheese on the patties and close the air fryer. Let them sit there for a minute. The residual heat will melt the cheese without worrying about it being blown around during cooking.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 390kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 46gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 206mgSodium: 985mgPotassium: 1203mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 132IUCalcium: 212mgIron: 2mg
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6 thoughts on “Air Fryer Chicken Patties (Frozen or Homemade)

  1. Ellie says:

    5 stars
    I’m always on the lookout for different recipes that my family will eat. Picky eaters in the house! These chicken patties came out great in the air fryer and everyone loved them.

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