How a full English breakfast cooked in an air fryer turned out

One thing we can all relate to is how good greasy frying is and while it may not be the healthiest option, it is one that warms the stomach. However, we wanted to test whether using an air fryer to cook an English breakfast would actually lead to a satisfied stomach.

Rebecca Astill, journalist on our partner site, BirminghamLiveput the Air Fryer to the test and here’s how its breakfast turned out.

I tried making breakfast in my air fryer in an effort to do healthier frying and the results were awesome. I cooked bacon, sausages, beans, hash browns and scrambled eggs from Morrisons in my Ninja AF100 Fryer .

Air fryers are designed to cook healthier meals in a snap without the need for oil, instead using rapid hot air circulation to crisp foods – and using approximately 75% less fat than usual cooking methods.

I really wanted to put it to the test, so I thought, ‘What’s the one meal that no one could put a healthy spin on? The one meal so deeply rooted in fat and grease that there’s no way to eat it without feeling a little pang of guilt?

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It came to me right away. An English breakfast.

There’s nothing like a greasy plate of fried food. It’s great on a weekend morning, hangover, and even as an all-day meal.

But there is absolutely nothing healthy about it. So far.

The method

There are many air fryer recipes online for English breakfasts, but none with all the timings for the exact combination of ingredients I was using. I think fries are very personal and my preference is bacon, sausage, beans, hash browns and eggs.

Here’s how long each of these components takes, cooking at 180 degrees Celsius.

15 Minute Air Fryer English Breakfast Ingredients

Hash browns – 15 minutes

Bacon – ten minutes

Sausages – 12 minutes

Beans – six minutes

Eggs – five minutes

The ingredients inside the air fryer minus the golden eggs


Set a target time and add each ingredient to the fry basket the above time before. The only part that needs extra care are the eggs, which need to be stirred every two minutes to prevent them from forming a skin.


As long as you spend time planning your method and timings in advance, the Air Fryer English Breakfast is quite easy and worth it for the results. Everything was crispy, and I honestly believe it was as crispy as it would have been if I had cooked it the traditional way.

The only difference was that nothing was coated with that layer of grease you expect from an English breakfast. I enjoyed my usual treat foods without the guilt.

English breakfast was fine although the egg was a bit dry

The air fryer

The Ninja AF100 Fryer is the smallest and cheapest air fryer Ninja shares, but not to sell it short. It’s easy to use, with every command self-explanatory without the need to read the instruction manual.

Plus, it’s fast, reasonably quiet for a kitchen appliance, and everything I’ve cooked in it has turned brown and crispy. It has four functions, air fry, dehydrate, reheat and roast.

The best part is the main rack and the inner rack are dishwasher safe. Overall the quality is great, it’s much smaller than other air fryers on the market, and I’ve had no failures with it so far.

The air fryer is currently for sale on Ninja’s website for £99.

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