Air Fryer Onions

Forget deep-frying or pan-frying – the air fryer delivers perfectly caramelized onions with a delightful crunch, using just a fraction of the oil.

These golden beauties are ready in minutes, making them the ideal topping for burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more. Air-fried onions offer a guilt-free indulgence that packs a punch of flavor, without sacrificing the crispy texture you crave.


  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)


1. Slice the onion: Thinly slice the onion into rings or half-moons. You can use a sharp knife or a mandoline for even slices.

2. Toss with oil (optional): In a large bowl, add the sliced onions and toss them with the olive oil. This helps them crisp up.

3. Preheat the air fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).

4. Air fry the onions: Place the sliced onions in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Avoid overcrowding, as this will prevent even cooking.

5. Cook in stages: Cook the onions for 10-15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. This ensures even browning.

6. Increase heat for crisping (optional): If you prefer them extra crispy, increase the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius) for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.

7. Season and serve: Once the onions are golden brown and tender, remove them from the air fryer and season with salt and pepper to taste (optional). Enjoy your delicious air-fried onions!


  • For caramelized onions: Cook the onions at a lower temperature (around 300 degrees Fahrenheit) for a longer time (20-25 minutes), shaking occasionally. This allows them to slowly caramelize and develop a deeper flavor.
  • Use parchment paper: Lining the air fryer basket with parchment paper can help prevent sticking and make cleanup easier.
  • Experiment with seasonings: You can add other seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika for extra flavor.

Enjoy your air-fried onions! They are a versatile topping for burgers, hot dogs, salads, or even as a snack on their own.

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