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Learn how to easily make air fryer toast from slices of bread, bagels, English muffins and more. Add butter before toasting for delicius flavor.
stack of air fryer toast with butter

You can easily make air fryer toast from bread, bagels, English muffins, and more! An air fryer makes toasting bread easy, and gives you perfect toast every time with minimal cleanup!

You can even butter the slice of bread before toasting, so the butter melts and gives you warm, delicious, toasted bread dripping with melted butter.

Easily make toast for your favorite breakfast recipes, or make favorites like avocado toast with very little effort.

air fryer toast ready for breakfast

Air fryers come in two basic styles, basket style, and oven style. Clearly, if you have an oven style air fryer, you can toast things like bread slices and bagels, just like you would make toast in a toaster oven.

But if you are new to these kitchen gadgets you might be wondering, “Can you toast bread in air fryer?” The answer is yes. Making air fryer toast is quick and easy. Keep reading for all the details, or jump to my handy summary chart.

Looking for more breakfast air fryer recipes? Try Air Fryer French Toast, Air Fryer Home Fries, or Air Fryer Eggs.

❓Basket Style Air Fryer vs Oven Style

There are advantages and disadvantages to every style of air fryer. Personally, I prefer air fryers with a basket because they do a better job of making things really crispy.

I like to use my air fryer for things like sweet potato fries or a blooming onion, and those just don’t get as crisp in the oven style. But one of the misconceptions about this style of air fryer is that it can’t toast things, so you need a separate toaster.

But this isn’t true at all! So in this post, I will include specific directions on toasting bread, English muffins, and bagels in your air fryer.

English muffin with butter
Toasted English Muffins

🍞Making Toast in Air Fryer

To toast, put the slices of your favorite bread in the basket so that they don’t overlap. I can fit 4 pieces of sandwich-sized bread in my 5.8-quart air fryer or 2-4 slices of heartier bread like rye. Keep the bread in a single layer.

bread before toasting in air fryer
Before toasting
bread after toasting in air fryer
After toasting

Set the air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes for white bread or 6 minutes for thicker slices of bread. There is no need to preheat air fryer or flip bread slices over, it will brown on both sides.

peanut butter toast on a plate

When you are done, add your favorite toppings to the slices of toast, like peanut butter, almond butter, jelly, or avocado. This is a great way to toast multiple slices of bread at once!

🥐How to Toast English Muffins in the Air Fryer

English muffins are one of my favorite things to make for breakfast since they are delicious with egg sandwiches or with butter and jam. Toasting them is quick and easy.

english muffin in air fryer basket
Toasting English muffins in the air fryer

Split the English muffin with a fork, then put both halves in the basket without them touching or overlapping. Set the air fryer at 400 degrees F for 4 minutes.

English muffins on a plate with butter

Once they are warm and toasted, the butter will melt easily into all the nooks and crannies for deliciously buttery English muffins.

🥯How to Toast Bagels in the Air Fryer

Bagels are another easy type of bread to toast in the air fryer. Because bagels are thicker than bread or English muffins, they need to be toasted at a lower temperature. This ensures they don’t brown too quickly before they are heated through.

bagel in air fryer
Toasting bagels in the air fryer

Put the bagels in the basket with the cut side up, making sure there is space between them. Set the air fryer at 370 degrees F and toast the bagels for 3-4 minutes until they are golden brown.

bagel after toasting in air fryer
Golden brown bagels

If your bagels are frozen, reduce the cooking temperature even more. For frozen bagels, set the temperature at 330 degrees F and cook them for 6 minutes.

bagel with cream cheese

Spread them with cream cheese or make a breakfast sandwich and enjoy an easy meal.

🍞Handy Air Fryer Toast Temperature Chart

Here is a quick chart to help you keep the different air fryer toast cooking times and temperatures straight! This chart is included in the recipe card below, so you can print it out.

Bread TypeTemperatureTime
sandwich bread400 °F5 minutes
thicker bread slices (like rye)400 °F6 minutes
English muffin400 °F3 minutes
bagel370 °F4 minutes
frozen bagel330 °F6 minutes
Toasting Bread in a Basket Air Fryer

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🧈Adding Toppings

One huge advantage of making air fryer toast is that you can add toppings to the slices of bread without making a mess. This works especially well with butter, which will melt right in as the bread toasts.

buttered English muffin in air fryer
Buttering English muffins before toasting

Add a dollop of butter on your bread, English muffin, or bagel before you put it in the basket. Just make sure it is butter side up and toast it as directed above.

The butter will melt and give you a warm and delicious slice of bread dripping with softened butter. Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar or garlic powder into the warm butter for a yummy treat!

🍽️Things can Fly Around in the Air Fryer

An air fryer works by circulating hot air with a powerful fan. This means that very light things can actually be picked up by the air and blown around.

As bread toasts, the moisture is removed, which makes the toasted bread lighter. So theoretically, if the bread gets light enough, it could start flying around.

Now I’ve never had this happen with mine, which is a 5.8-quart Cosori. But air fryers differ in how powerful their fans are and how the air circulates, and it could happen.

So if you are toasting something and you start hearing funny noises like something is blowing around in your basket, stop the air fryer. If the bread is blowing around it is definitely toasted enough!

buttering toast

📝Don’t Use Parchment Paper when Toasting

You can buy parchment paper that is designed to fit into air fryers, with holes already cut out for air circulation. This is nice when you are making something messy or something like cookies that might stick to the basket.

But when you are toasting, don’t put parchment paper in the bottom of the basket. If the bread starts flying around the air fryer the parchment paper will too.

While the bread won’t hurt anything, the parchment paper can stick to the heating element and catch fire. And there is no need for parchment paper anyway because toasting isn’t messy.

⭐Key Tips for Making Air Fryer Toast

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Don’t overcrowd the basket with bread.
  • You don’t need to flip bread over.
  • Stay near the first time you toast a new type of bread to make sure it doesn’t get so light it starts flying around.
  • Use tongs or a spatula to take the bread out since the sides of the basket will be very hot.

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Air Fryer Toast

Learn how to easily make air fryer toast from slices of bread, bagels, English muffins and more. Add butter before toasting for delicius flavor.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time7 mins
Servings: 1
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Ingredients
 

  • slices bread bagel or English muffins

Toppings

  • butter jelly, peanut butter, cream cheese, avocado or more

Instructions

  • Put your bread, bagel or English muffin in the basket, being careful not to overfill the basket.
    slices bread
  • Air fry for the time indicated below.
    Sandwich bread: 400 °F for 4-5 minutes
    Thicker bread: 400 °F for 6 minutes
    English muffin: 400 °F for 3-4 minutes
    Bagel: 370 °F for 4 minutes
    Frozen bagel: 330 °F for 6 minutes
    butter
  • Serve the slices of toast with your favorite toppings.

Adding Toppings Before Air Frying

  • Add a pat of butter to your bread before air frying.
    butter
  • Make sure it is butter side up and cook as directed above.

Notes

  • Don't overcrowd the basket with bread.
  • You don't need to flip the bread over.
  • Stay near the first time you toast a new type of bread to make sure it doesn't get so light it starts flying around.
  • Use tongs or a spatula to take the bread out since the sides of the basket will be very hot.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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By on May 1st, 2021

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