How to make crispy chicken patties in the air fryer

How to make crispy chicken patties in the air fryer

Learn how to make homemade chicken patties in the air fryer so they turn out juicy and delicious. 

A ranch seasoned chicken burger on a wooden board.

This air fryer chicken patties recipe combines cheddar cheese, bacon and ranch seasoning for a delicious combination of flavor and texture. 

These burgers are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and cheesy and savory on top. 

The ranch dressing on top is a creamy and tangy touch that complements the chicken and bacon. 

This healthy meal is one the whole family can enjoy.

An air fryer isn’t just for frozen food. 

While I do use the air fryer to make chicken tenders and French fries in a pinch, I love to use it to make fresh dishes.

It’s a great appliance that can help you make delicious and healthy dinners when you don’t feel like heating up your oven. 

You can use it on a busy weeknight to cook a variety of dishes including meat, fish, chicken and vegetables. 

Ingredients on a table for making chicken patties.

Simple ingredients

Lean ground chicken. This recipe is also delicious with ground turkey.

Ranch dried seasoning. Head to the condiment and salad dressing aisle of your grocery store to find ranch seasoning packets.

Shredded cheddar cheese. These ground chicken patties are also delicious with shredded mozzarella cheese or Colby Jack. 

Bacon. I like crispy bacon on my burgers so I prefer to cook it prior to adding it to my burger mixture. No fatty bacon in these patties!

Favorite toppings of your choice. Top your sandwich with fresh tomato, red onion, lettuce and creamy ranch dressing as a dipping sauce or drizzle it on top of the sandwich.

Buns. Grab your favorite brand of hamburger buns or brioche sandwich rolls.  

How to make these crispy chicken patties

Follow these step by step instructions for the best burgers. The full printable recipe card is below.

A bowl full of ingredients to make ranch seasoned chicken patties.

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground chicken, ranch seasoning, shredded cheese, and crumbled bacon until well combined.

Step 2: Using your hands, form the mixture into patties.

Step 3: Preheat the air fryer and spray the air fryer basket with oil before cooking chicken patties. 

Two raw chicken patties in an air fryer basket.

Step 4: Place chicken patties in a single layer in the basket or on the air fryer tray. 

Two cooked chicken burgers in an air basket.

Step 5: Cook the air fryer chicken burgers until they are golden brown about 10 to 12 minutes. 

Tips for making crispy patties:

If you are having trouble getting the patties to form you can add a half a cup of Panko breadcrumbs to the chicken mixture for extra crispy patties. 

Preheat your air fryer for 4–5 minutes before adding the patties.

Don’t overcrowd the basket or tray. Leave some space between the patties for the hot air to circulate.

Flip the chicken patties halfway through cooking time. This will help the meat brown on both sides.

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature making sure the patties are cooked through to 165 degrees F.

Serving Ideas

You can serve them on toasted buns with lettuce, tomato, cheese.

Add a side. You can serve your chicken burger with some fresh corn salad, watermelon salad, or green salad.

Go traditional with some sweet potato chips, potato wedges, or onion rings for a classic side dish. 

You can also make some potato salad, macaroni salad, or quinoa salad for a more filling option.

You can serve them in lettuce wraps with boiled egg, avocado, onion and a side of ranch dressing.

Frequently asked questions

How long do you cook chicken patties in the air fryer?

The cooking time depends on the size and thickness of the patties, as well as the model and temperature of your air fryer. Generally, you can cook chicken patties in the air fryer for 10 to 15 minutes at 350°F to 400°F, flipping them halfway through. You can check the internal temperature of the patties with a meat thermometer to ensure they are cooked through.

Can you freeze the raw chicken patties for future dinners?

Yes, you can freeze the patties. Just thaw them in the refrigerator overnight or in the microwave for a few minutes. 

Do you need to spray oil on the air fryer before air frying them?

Spraying oil on the basket helps prevent the patties from sticking to the basket. You can also spray each side of the chicken patties before air frying. It can help them crisp up and prevent them from sticking to the basket. You can use any cooking spray or oil of your choice, such as olive oil, canola oil, or avocado oil.

How do you melt cheese on chicken patties in the air fryer?

There are a few ways to melt cheese on chicken patties in the air fryer, but one simple method is to place the cheese on top of the patties during the last minute of baking. Alternatively, you can add cheese after they are cooked. After the air fryer has shut off, add the cheese and close the drawer. The residual heat from the air fryer will melt the cheese in about a minute. 

A cheesy chicken burger topped with bacon on a brioche bun.

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A ranch seasoned chicken burger on a wooden board.

How to make crispy chicken patties in the air fryer

Ali Randall
Learn how to make homemade chicken patties in the air fryer so they turn out juicy and delicious. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1 Air Fryer


  • 1 packet dried ranch seasoning
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 8 to 12 pieces of cooked bacon chopped
  • 4 slices of American cheese
  • Brioche buns
  • Ranch dressing


  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground chicken, bacon, shredded cheddar cheese and ranch dressing.
  • Using your hands, mold the chicken mixture into patties and set on a plate.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 380° F. Use cooking spray on the bottom of the air fryer basket or air fryer tray.
  • Cook the chicken patties for 10-12 minutes cooking time flipping with a spatula halfway through. If topping with a slice of cheese, do so the last minute of air frying.
  • Transfer the chicken patties to hamburger bun buns and top with your favorite toppings and drizzle ranch dressing on top.
  • Any leftover chicken patties can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Keyword Air Fryer Chicken, Chicken patties
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