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32 Summer Recipes You Can Make in Your Air Fryer

Plug in your favorite appliance and get frying because these summer air-fryer recipes are perfect for any picnic.

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Air-Fryer Wasabi Crab CakesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Wasabi Crab Cakes

With wasabi in both the crab cakes and the dipping sauce, this appetizer brings its own heat to the party. —Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan

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Air-Fryer Bacon CheeseburgersTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Bacon Cheeseburgers

This juicy burger only takes minutes to cook in your air fryer. I enjoy topping it with crispy bacon and my special fry sauce. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Air-Fryer S'mores Crescent RollsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer S'mores Crescent Rolls

Want to score indoor s'mores? Try these air-fryer crescent rolls made with Nutella. The kids will love to help with this rolled-up version of the campfire classic. —Cathy Trochelman, Brookfield, Wisconsin

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Breaded Air-Fryer Summer SquashTaste of Home

Breaded Air-Fryer Summer Squash

Air-fryer summer squash is beautifully crispy. You don't have to turn the fried pieces, but do keep an eye on them. —Debi Mitchell, Flower Mound, Texas

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Air-Fryer Green Tomato BLTTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Green Tomato BLT

I have used this "frying" method with eggplant slices for years and decided to try it for my green tomatoes. It worked! Now my family loves them in BLTs. —Jolene Martinelli, Derry, New Hampshire

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Air-Fryer Coconut ShrimpTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Panko crumbs give this spicy air-fryer coconut shrimp its crunch. It’s perfect as an appetizer or for your main meal. —Debi Mitchell, Flower Mound, Texas

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Air-Fryer Okra with Smoked PaprikaTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Okra with Smoked Paprika

Smoked paprika gives this air-fryer okra even more roasty oomph. When you want to cook okra without frying it, roast it with lemon juice for a lighter version. —Lee Evans, Queen Creek, Arizona

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Air-Fryer Steak FajitasTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Steak Fajitas

Zesty salsa and tender strips of meat make these air-fryer steak fajitas extra special. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Air-Fryer Lime MacaroonsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Lime Macaroons

I took these lime and coconut air-fryer macaroons to our annual cookie exchange, where we name a queen. I won the crown! —Milissa Kirkpatrick, Angel Fire, New Mexico

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Air-Fryer Italian Bread Salad with OlivesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Italian Bread Salad with Olives

This quick and flavorful salad recipe always gets rave reviews from my friends and family. It’s a timesaver because it can be made ahead. —Angela Spengler, Niceville, FL

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Air-Fryer Tuna BurgersTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Tuna Burgers

My family was accustomed to traditional beef burgers before trying these fried tuna patties. At first they were hesitant, but all skepticism disappeared after one bite of this delicious air-fryer recipe. —Kim Stoller, Smithville, Ohio

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Garlic-Herb Fried Patty Pan SquashTaste of Home

Garlic-Herb Fried Patty Pan Squash

The first time I grew a garden, I harvested summer squash and cooked it with garlic and herbs. This fried patty pan squash recipe is a creative twist. —Kaycee Mason, Siloam Springs, Arkansas

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Air-Fryer Cheeseburger Onion RingsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Cheeseburger Onion Rings

This new take on burgers will have your family begging for seconds. Serve these cheeseburger onion rings with spicy ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Air-Fryer Crumb-Topped SoleTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Crumb-Topped Sole

Looking for a low-carb supper that's ready in a flash? These buttery sole fillets are covered with a rich sauce and topped with toasty bread crumbs. They're super speedy thanks to your air fryer. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Air-Fryer Chickpea and Red Onion BurgersTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Chickpea and Red Onion Burgers

When chilly days arrive and we retire the grill to the garage, I bake a batch of air-fryer chickpea burgers. Even die-hard meat eaters can't resist them. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Air-Fryer Caribbean WontonsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Caribbean Wontons

I first served these fresh and fruity air-fryer wontons as an appetizer at a summer luau. My family and friends now enjoy this fried wonton recipe for dessert at special occasions throughout the year. —Melissa Birdsong, Gilbert, South Carolina

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Air-Fryer Green Tomato StacksTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Green Tomato Stacks

This is for lovers of red and green tomatoes. When I ran across this recipe, I just had to try it and it proved to be so tasty! —Barbara Mohr, Millington, Michigan

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Popcorn Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage SlawTaste of Home

Popcorn Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

These healthy popcorn shrimp tacos combine classic flavors in a new way! It’s one of my family’s favorites. To make them low-carb, use lettuce instead of tortillas. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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Air-Fryer Nashville Hot ChickenTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken

I live in Tennessee and absolutely love our famous Nashville hot chicken. To make cooking it easier, I thought I’d try air-frying. I’m so glad I did—this is almost better than the original. —April Lane, Greeneville, Tennessee

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Bacon-Wrapped Avocado WedgesTaste of Home

Bacon-Wrapped Avocado Wedges

We all know almost everything is improved with bacon—and avocado is no exception. Since it's made in an air fryer, this appetizer is one to remember. It will definitely impress your friends! —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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Air-Fryer PicklesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Pickles

Like deep-fried pickles? You’ll love this version even more. Dill pickle slices are coated with panko bread crumbs and spices, then air-fried until crispy. Dip them in ranch dressing for an appetizer you won’t soon forget. —Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado

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Air-Fryer Shrimp Po'BoysTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Shrimp Po'Boys

My husband loves crispy coconut shrimp and po'boys, so I combined them with a spicy remoulade and voila! This air-fryer shrimp is a big hit with family and friends and is frequently requested. For catfish po'boys, substitute cornmeal for the coconut and add a few minutes to the cooking time. —Marla Clark, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Quentin’s Air-Fryer Peach-Bourbon WingsTaste of Home

Quentin’s Air-Fryer Peach-Bourbon Wings

My father and husband love bourbon flavor, so I add it to tangy wings air-fried in peach preserves. Stand back and watch these wings fly. —Christine Winston, Richmond, Virginia

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Air-Fryer French Toast Cups with RaspberriesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer French Toast Cups with Raspberries

These air-fryer French toast cups make any morning special. I made this recipe for my mom last Mother's Day, and we both enjoyed it. —Sandi Tuttle, Hayward, Wisconsin

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Air-Fryer ScallopsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Scallops

I never liked seafood until my husband urged me to try scallops, and now I love them. With the crunchy breading, my air-fryer scallops are the best you'll ever have. —Martina Preston, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

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Air-Fryer Southern-Style ChickenTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Southern-Style Chicken

I call this America’s best-loved air fryer chicken. The secret is in the breading, which makes the chicken super moist and flavorful, herby and golden brown. —Elaina Morgan, Rickman, Tennessee

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Air-Fryer Shrimp Caesar SaladTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Shrimp Caesar Salad

My friend Jane and I have a favorite lunch spot that serves a fantastic shrimp caesar salad on Wednesdays. I made my own version so I can eat it whenever I want. Save a lot of time by using your air fryer! —Marla Clark, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Air-Fryer Nacho Hot DogsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Nacho Hot Dogs

Adults and kids alike will love these Southwest-inspired air-fryer hot dogs. This meal is not only budget-friendly, but it's hot, cheesy and delicious, too. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Air-Fryer Coconut-Crusted Turkey FingersTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Coconut-Crusted Turkey Fingers

My granddaughter shared these turkey fingers with me. With a plum dipping sauce, they're just the thing for a light supper. —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario

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Air-Fryer Black Bean Veggie BurgersTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Meatless meals will be so tasty when these hearty air-fryer veggie burgers are on the menu. Guacamole and sour cream make them seem decadent. —Jill Reichardt, St. Louis, Missouri

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Air-Fryer Potato ChipsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Potato Chips

After I received an air fryer for Christmas, I discovered how simple it is to make potato chips in it. Good chips are an essential, crispy side for lunch. —Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York

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Air-Fryer Pretzel-Crusted CatfishTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Pretzel-Crusted Catfish

I love the flavor of this air-fryer catfish recipe. I'm not a big fish lover, so any concoction that has me loving fish is a keeper in my books. It's wonderful served with a nice buttery herb rice pilaf, and corn muffins with butter and honey! —Kelly Williams, Forked River, New Jersey

Annamarie Higley
Annamarie Higley is an Associate Print Editor for Taste of Home magazine, as well as the brand's special issue publications. A midwestern transplant originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys hiking, trivia-ing, and—you guessed it!—all things cooking and baking.

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