Craving a breakfast that’s quick, flavorful, and satisfying? This egg in a hole air fryer bagel is the classic breakfast hack and kicked it up a notch with fiery chili oil, melty cheese, and fluffy everything bagel goodness, all cooked in under 15 minutes.
But this isn’t just any breakfast. This egg in a hole air fryer bagel recipe is easy to customize. It is easy to adapt to your dietary needs. Whether you’re gluten-free, low-carb, low-fat, or vegan, we’ve got a variation that’s perfect for you.
why you’ll love this recipe
- This egg in a hole air fryer recipe only uses One pan: minimal mess, minimal cleanup
- Only 7 ingredients: Grab an everything bagel, eggs, cheese, chili oil, and parchment paper. That’s it!
- Crack, sprinkle, air fry, enjoy: Minimal steps for maximum flavor. No fancy cooking skills required.
- Perfect for Busy mornings: Fuel your day with a quick, satisfying meal that’s ready in a flash.
- A great afternoon snack: Spice things up with a cheesy, chili bite anytime hunger strikes.
- Everything bagel without the gluten: This egg in a hole air fryer bagel uses a gluten free bagel to make it gluten free. If you are not gluten free you can use any bagel.
- Fat-free cheddar or dairy-free alternative: This egg in a hole air fryer recipe works great with any cheese.
- Air fryer magic: No grease, no fuss, just perfectly cooked eggs and melty cheese.
ingredients & substitutions
Everything Bagel: The base of our egg in a hole air fryer recipe is the bagel. Tt brings the savory crunch and everything-but-the-bagel flavor. Make sure to use a gluten free bagel for the gluten free recipe. No bagel? No problem! Swap in a slice of gluten free bread, toasted gluten free English muffin, or even a corn tortilla. If you are not gluten free you can use any bagel you want.
Eggs: These eggs are cooked to be soft in the center. Cook for longer for a fully cooked egg. Use vegan egg substitutes for a vegan egg in a hole air fryer recipe.
Cheddar Cheese: Feel free to go light with fat-free cheddar, or skip it altogether for a low fat recipe. You can even use dairy free cheese or vegan cheese. Craving a different flavor? Swap in crumbled feta, Monterey Jack, or even goat cheese.
Chili Onion Oil: A fun chili and onion flavor. Use regular olive oil or a drizzle of hot honey for another sauce option.
taste & texture
Bite into a fluffy everything bagel, toasted and crunchy. Spicy chili oil is a spicy wake-up call. Runny egg yolk bursts in your mouth. Melted cheddar cheese is gooey. This egg in a hole air fryer recipe is spicy, savory, and satisfying.
Top air fryer pan with parchment paper.
Add each tablespoon of chili oil in opposite corners. Spread into a circle.
Top each chili oil circle with a bagel half.
Crack an egg into the center hole of each bagel half.
Add to the air fryer and fry for 8-9 minutes in 375.
expert tips & tricks
- For extra crunch, sprinkle a teaspoon of chopped nuts or seeds over the cheese before air frying.
- Play with the heat! Adjust the amount of chili oil based on your preferred spice level.
- Want it cheesy? Double the cheese sprinkle for an extra gooey center.
- Serve with your favorite breakfast sides like avocado slices, fresh fruit, or a dollop of dairy-free yogurt.
how to make this lower carb
For a low carb egg in a hole air fryer recipe try a low carb, gluten free bagel!
how to make this low fat or healthier
Keep it low-fat by using fat-free cheddar or a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for cheesy goodness. Go light on the chili oil too, or swap in a drizzle of hot sauce for a spicy kick without the fat.
how to make this vegan
Make the egg in a hole air fryer recipe vegan by swapping the eggs with scrambled tofu or a JUST Egg patty. Use dairy free cheese on top.
how to serve, store and meal prep
Enjoy your egg in a hole air fryer bagel straight out of the air fryer for the best texture and melty cheese. Add a dollop of salsa, hot sauce, or Greek yogurt for dipping fun. Pair your bagel with sliced avocado, fresh fruit, or roasted veggies for a complete breakfast.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Separate the bagel halves to prevent moisture transfer and soggy bottoms.
Pop any left overs of the egg in a hole air fryer bagel half back in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 375°F to revive the crunch and melt the cheese when serving leftovers.
To meal prep the egg in a hole air fryer bagel, prepare the bagels and add chili oil, cheese, and cracked eggs (no yolks!). Store uncooked in individual air fryer-safe containers for up to 24 hours. Pop them in the air fryer when breakfast time strikes for fresh-out-of-the-oven goodness.
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Egg in a Hole (Air Fryer, Gluten free)
- 1 everything bagel gluten free
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese fat free or dairy free
- 2 tbsp Crunchy Chili Onion oil
- Top air fryer pan with parchment paper.
- Add each tablespoon of chili oil in opposite corners. Spread into a circle.
- Top each chili oil circle with a bagel half.
- Crack an egg into the center hole of each bagel half.
- Add to the air fryer and fry for 8-9 minutes in 375.