Get the morning started with this traditional air fryer eggs in a hole recipe.

The best breakfasts are those that are tasty, simple, and quick. Its fun and quirky name will make kids excited to learn how to make it – even better for those hectic mornings.

Let the air fryer make the morning routine an easy one with this simple egg recipe.

Air Fryer Egg in a hole served on a plate with grapes

Easy Delicious Breakfast Recipe

  • Also known as egg in a basket or eggs in a nest, this recipe is always a hit no matter the name!
  • This easy breakfast needs just a slice of bread, eggs, and some cheese.
  • The air fryer circulates the air and so the slices of bread are perfectly toasted. While the eggs cook into the bread, the cheese melts and forms a golden and gooey topping.
  • Put the convenience of the air fryer to use with this recipe. Better yet, have the kids learn to make their own food for breakfast. The morning rush just got a little easier.

Ingredients and Variations

BREAD – Almost all bread tastes good in the air fryer – white, brown, and multigrain. Try sourdough, a bagel, or even a brioche for a variety of tastes and textures. Gluten-free? Then try gluten-free bread.

CHEESE – Cheddar cheese is the simplest and easiest. However, this would also taste good with some Gruyere, Havarti, and pepper jack.

VARIATIONS – Sprinkle the egg with some fresh basil leaves or some dill. Adding bacon will turn this into a whole new level of delish.

How to Make Egg in a Hole

A few simple steps to this easy recipe.

  1. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to press a “hole”  in the bread. Butter the edges of the bread.
  2. Crack an egg into the hole and cook (per the recipe below).
  3. Add cheese and cook until melted.

When making an egg in a hole in a frying pan, a circle is cut out of the bread. In the air fryer, the bread needs to stay intact to hold the egg so press and indent instead of cutting a hole.

Two Egg in a Hole cooked in an air fryer basket

What To Eat With Egg in the Hole

Serve with some ketchup, salsa, tomato, or avocado. This breakfast would also taste delicious with air fryer bacon, air fryer breakfast sausage, and air fryer home-fried potatoes.

Quick Tips & Tricks

To cut the hole, use a round cookie cutter, a glass, a lid to a mason jar, or another jar of comparable size.

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Air Fryer Eggs in a Hole

An easy air fryer recipe for eggs in a hole.
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 servings



  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat air fryer to 340°F.
  • Press a 2-inch hole in the middle of the bread using the bottom of a measuring cup. Butter the bread on both sides.
  • Crack the egg into the pressed in circle and cook for 6-7 minutes. You may need a minute or two more or less depending on how runny you like your egg.
  • Add the shredded cheese during the last 2 minutes of cooking time.


Note:  When making eggs in a hole in a frying pan, a circle is cut out of the bread. In the air fryer the bread needs to stay in tact to hold the egg so we press and indent instead of cutting hole.
Check your egg early as appliances can vary. The egg will still continue to cook a little bit once removed from the air fryer.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 448IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

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