21 Best Summer Air Fryer Recipes

Looking for quick and easy dinners to cook in your air fryer this summer? These 21 Best Summer Air Fryer Recipes are perfect for a healthy delicious dinner on those hot summer days when you don’t feel like cooking.

Air Fried Steak, Corn, Hot Dog, Zucchini and S'mores.

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I couldn’t be happier that the lazy days of summer are just around the corner. The smell of freshly cut grass, the warmth of the sun, the longer days, and all the delicious barbecue.

However, despite how yummy barbecue is, after a long hectic day the last thing you want to do is pull out the grill in the heat. The solution is using your air fryer to get quick and easy meals you can have on the table without all the work. 

Recently, I’ve started putting together a list of all our favorite summer dishes that we could cook in the air fryer. These recipes are perfect for simple dinners on busy nights, but also great for the occasional summer party.

Why Should You Use An Air fryer in the Summer?

Nothing says summer like a barbecue. But, when you are short on time or just don’t feel like standing over a grill on a hot day then cooking delicious summer recipes in your air fryer may be just what you are looking for.

An air fryer has many advantages in the summer months, such as:

  • You are able to avoid heating up your home that can happen when you cook on the stovetop or in the oven.
  • Great for picky eaters who don’t love foods cooked on the grill (my youngest).
  • You can still enjoy summer foods on rainy days.
  • Easier option because of quicker cooking times.

But, probably one of the best reasons is that an air fryer is an amazing small appliance that allows you to cook your food in a healthier way. And who doesn’t want that? I know I have loved experimenting with new recipes in my air fryer over the years. So, honestly, any excuse to pull it out and use it I will take.

Besides these summer recipes, it’s also perfect for cooking quick breakfasts in the morning. This is the air fryer I have used for the last two years and has been perfect for my family of four plus it’s inexpensive and is a great way to try air frying if you are still on the fence about whether to buy one.

Do you have an older air fryer and you’re looking for a new affordable option? My son recently purchased this Ninja Air Fryer for me so I could air fryer multiple foods at once (using this one and my older air fryer). I am in love with how easy it is to use and I’m really enjoying the crisper plate vs. the removable basket that’s in my older air fryer.

Do you want more air fryer recipes for beginners?

21 Best Summer Air Fryer Recipes

You will find favorite summertime recipes such as hot dogs, burgers, barbecue chicken, and ribs. Along with delicious desserts like hand pies and s’mores.

Air Fryer Summer Main Dishes

steak with butter in air fryer

Hot Dogs Domestic Superhero

Chili Cheese Dogs- Air Fryer Eats

Sausage and Peppers– Air Fry Anytime

Brats- Curbing Carbs

BBQ Chicken Breast– Lemons+Zest

Barbecue Chicken Thighs– Fork to Spoon

Fried Chicken- The Kitchen Magpie

Chicken Kabobs– Stay Snatched

BBQ Burgers The Cookie Rookie

Steak– The Recipe Critic

BBQ Ribs My Forking Life

BBQ Pork Chops– Little House Big Alaska

You may also like:

roasted potatoes in air fryer

Summer Sides for the Air Fryer

Corn on the Cob Air Frying Foodie

Squash and Zucchini- Keeping the Peas

Fried Green Tomatoes- Spicy Southern Kitchen

Roasted Potatoes – My Baking Addiction

Fried Pickles– Adventures of a Nurse

Related:29 Delicious Air Fryer Side Dish Recipes

graham cracker with chocolate and marshmallow

Air Fryer Summer Desserts

Hand Pies– Show Me The Yummy

S’mores– Sparkles to Sprinkles

Air Fried Oreos– Everyday Family Cooking

Peach Cobbler– Thyme and Joy

There you go, easy and delicious summer recipes for your air fryer. I’m sure your family will love them as much as mine has. 

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