This is the easiest way to cook frozen waffles in the air fryer! They come out perfectly cooked—crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. And you can cook a bunch at once for a quick breakfast for the family! They are ready in minutes!
We use our air fryer daily and have found that we no longer need a toaster. An air fryer does everything a toaster can and more!
We've even make toast in the air fryer!
Frozen waffles are one of our go-to quick breakfast items when we're short on time. They become perfectly toasted in the air fryer and we can make more in less time than we could with our toaster.
Why make frozen waffles in the air fryer:
- Make more at once
- Perfectly toasted
- Quick breakfast, brunch or even dinner
- Easy to customize with different toppings
- No preheating necessary
- Ready in 5 minutes!
How to make frozen waffles in the air fryer
This step-by-step walkthrough shows the process of making these air fryer frozen waffles. A printable recipe card is available below.
There is no preheating of the air fryer necessary. Think of it like a toaster, you don't preheat your toaster do you?
Simply place your frozen waffles in the air fryer basket or tray (depending on the type of air fryer you have) in a single layer. Do no stack or overlap the waffles. This ensures they cook evenly.
Cook at 360F for 3 minutes, then flip the waffles over and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until desired crispiness is reached.
If you are making consecutive batches, reduce the time by a minute or two as the air fryer will already be heated which will cause the frozen waffles to cook even faster in the following batches.
You may need to adjust your cooking time depending on your air fryer model. I use this air fryer.
The key is to not let them thaw first. Take the frozen waffles directly from your freezer straight to the air fryer basket or rack. Allowing them to thaw can result in soggy waffles that don't crisp up well.
Don't overlap the frozen waffles. This will cause the spots overlapping to cook slower and unevenly.
I recommend cooking only what you plan on eating that day but if you happen to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a few days.
Reheat in the air fryer for a couple minutes. Just be aware that reheating frozen waffles may cause them to dry out.
Top with fresh fruit—I love raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or slices of banana.
Drizzle with pure maple syrup. Trust me, get real maple syrup instead of the corn syrup stuff. It tastes amazing and is better for you.
Peanut butter or almond butter is also a favorite in our house. Sometimes we will spread the waffles with a nut butter, then top it with fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup.
What to serve with
These frozen waffles can be served on their own or as a part of a full breakfast.
Chickpea Flour Scramble goes great with waffles. It's an egg-free scramble that's also gluten-free and filling!
Who doesn't love bacon with their waffles? This carrot bacon is smoky and sweet!
Which frozen waffles can you air fry?
Any brand or type of frozen waffle can be air fried. Whether it's Belgian waffles, homestyle, gluten-free, keto or whole grain. Even mini waffles can be air fried.
Van's, Eggo, Birch Benders, Annie's, O Organics, Kodiak, Good & Gather can all be air fried!
How long do you cook frozen waffles in air fryer?
This will depend largely on the model of your air fryer but typically it will take 4 or 5 minutes to cook waffles from frozen.
If preheating the air fryer first, it will take less time.
Can you make homemade waffles in the air fryer?
Yes, you will just need a mold! Use a silicone waffle mold and make sure it is one that fits your air fryer.
This pancake recipe works great in a waffle iron or waffle mold if you prefer waffles over pancakes.
More Easy Air Fryer Recipes
Perfectly Toasted Air Fryer Frozen Waffles
- 2 frozen waffles
- No need to preheat the air fryer. Place frozen waffles in the air fryer basket or tray (depending on the type of air fryer you have) in a single layer. Do not stack or overlap the waffles. This ensures they cook evenly.2 frozen waffles
- Cook at 360F for 3 minutes, then flip the waffles over and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until desired crispiness is reached.
- If you are making consecutive batches, reduce the time by a minute or two as the air fryer will already be heated which will cause the frozen waffles to cook even faster in the following batches.