Our air fryer chicken burger recipe is an easy option for when you need a fast, hassle-free dinner. The buns and chicken are cooked in the air fryer, so once the button is pressed, you have plenty of time to clean and slice the veggies.
Is This Recipe Healthy?
The chicken in these burgers is typically battered then deep-fried, and the burgers themselves are served with fries and possibly topped with cheese. These ingredients contain large amounts of sodium, saturated fats, and calories — what we should regulate for a healthier body.
Taking it into account, we air-fried the chicken using very little oil and carefully adjusted each burger’s nutrition. As a result, we ended up with these amounts in each serving:
10.3 g saturated fat
Note the absence of sauce or cheese in our recipe; we believe the burgers taste just as good without them. If you prefer chicken burgers with sauce, we have a healthy recipe for it right here.
You’ll need nothing more than chicken, burger buns, veg, and a few seasonings.
Everyone knows that skinless chicken breasts are the healthiest option as they contain very little saturated fat. While this is true, we prefer using skin-on thighs for our burgers. Don’t worry — the level of saturated fats is within our calculations of a healthy amount.
For burgers, it’s important that each one has a whole piece of thigh. We recommend that you pick large ones (more than 4 ounces per piece) then trim them down a bit. The bits can be saved for soups or anything that requires minced chicken meat.
2. Burger Buns
If you have access to whole wheat buns, use them as they add a small number of nutrients to your diet. Otherwise, plain white burger buns are completely fine — the veggies will provide you with vitamins and minerals anyway.
Our veg mix is what you’d expect in a regular burger: lettuce, tomato, and red onion. We think these are the most suitable selections for chicken burgers, but if you have another favorite, add it to the mix.
We seasoned the chicken with some garlic powder, paprika for heat, salt, and pepper. These are simple ingredients, so feel free to alter the recipe to your liking with whatever seasonings you desire. Cajun, fresh thyme, and cumin are great options.
How Do You Cook Frozen Chicken Burger in an Air Fryer?
Since our chicken thighs are a little thick, we don’t recommend cooking rock-hard frozen meat in the air fryer.
Allow the meat to soften first by wrapping it in plastic wrap, placing it in a bowl, and leaving it under cold tap water until it becomes pliable.
After that, cook it as instructed and for about 5 minutes extra.
How to Store and Reheat the Leftover
Burger components should always be stored separately.
1. For Hamburger Buns
Place them in a bag and keep them in a dry area in your kitchen. Commercial bread typically lasts for longer than 7 days, while home-baked goods survive no more than 3 days.
2. For the Chicken and Toppings
Cooked chicken can be kept either in the fridge for 5 days or the freezer for 3 months. The veggies should not be frozen but kept in the fridge for a maximum of 5 days.
To eat, reheat the chicken and buns in the air fryer. The chicken should take 7 minutes and the buns should take just 2.
Like a typical meal built around burgers, we serve ours with French fries and a drink. To easily control the calorie intake, we cook our fries in the air fryer and make homemade drinks that also provide plenty of vitamins and minerals:
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Hidden behind the glossy sauce are these deep-fried chicken nuggets—crunchy on the outside yet juicy on the inside. The sauce is a delicious balance of sourness, sweetness, and saltiness coming from soy sauce, orange juice, vinegar, and sugar.
Personally, I think the salad that comes with this marinated air-fried chicken is delicious. The meat is sticky and flavorful and all, but the salad's multiple textures and freshness notes really bring out the flavor of the chicken. It's something I'd make frequently during the week.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
So easy to put together and the taste was absolutely great!