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Air Fryer Biscuit Donut Sandwich

Air Fryer Biscuit Donut Sandwich- Canned refrigerator biscuits are formed into a donut shape, baked in the air fryer, covered in a smoky sugar, then used to make the most epic breakfast sandwich.

July 17, 2022 by Nicole Collins

Not all viral food trends are good ones.

Healthy coke trend, anyone?

Though not quite as offensive as drinking vinegar and trying to call it a soda, the “turn canned biscuits into a donut” trend was a whopper in my opinion too.

In theory, it’s a nice idea. It looks enough like a donut to fool your eyes. But when you bite into it, it’s still just a biscuit with chocolate on it.

Which isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s definitely not a donut.

So today, I’m turning this particular fail into a super winner by making it what it was destined to be…a sandwich.

Today, we’re making an Air Fryer Biscuit Donut Sandwich!

Though the viral air fryer biscuit donut trend was kind of a fail in my opinion; we’re turning that frown upside down, coating the “donut” in melted butter and a smoky sugar mix, then stuffing it with egg and cheese. And, that’s how we lemonade out of lemons folks.

Or, sandwiches out of biscuits.

Let’s start with the “donut” part of this sandwich. All there really is to it is cutting a circle in the center of a canned refrigerator biscuit to make it look like a donut, then popping it in the air fryer for just a couple of minutes to quickly bake up. Super simple! Now, could you leave the center hole in the biscuit and bake it in the oven like usual? Absolutely. This sandwich is not at all about the shape of the biscuit, but more about what we’re going to do to it after it cooks.

Once the biscuit is fully baked, we’re going to brush it all over with melted butter. As soon as it’s coated, we’ll dredge it in a smoky sugar mix made simply with white sugar and grilling seasoning. Yes, grilling seasoning.

One of my favorite grilling seasonings is the Smokehouse Maple seasoning from the McCormick Grill Mates line. It has a sweet component to it from the maple flavoring. But the smoky elements almost give it a meaty kind of vibe. Which make sense, because it was designed to season meat. But, by mixing this seasoning with some sugar and smothering our “donut” in it, it allows you to skip the meat in the actual sandwich, because you get the essence from the seasoning. With that being said, if you wanted to add some bacon or sausage to this sandwich, I’m certainly not going to stop you.

And, that’s pretty much all the work we have to do. Cook up an egg, add some American cheese, pile it all inside the donut, and you’re all set to eat! Now, I went a little fancy with my egg for this sandwich. I beat the egg scrambled style, I cooked the egg omelette style, then I folded the egg crepe style. This let me feel like I was getting layers and layers of fluffy egg without having to use more than one egg. But if you don’t feel like going all out with the egg, a good ol’ fried egg works perfectly here too.

I was pretty bummed about the air fryer biscuit donuts at first, but these sandwiches totally changed my mind. The biscuits are flaky and buttery. The sugary coating is sweet and smoky. The egg and cheese are creamy and savory. This is everything a breakfast sandwich should be in my opinion. It’s absolutely delicious!

Alright, everyone! We’re kind of on a roll with these viral foodie trends. I can’t wait to see what the next big thing is!

Until then, enjoy! And, let’s eat!


Air Fryer Biscuit Donut Sandwich

Serves: 4 Print


  • 4 buttermilk canned biscuits (I used Pillsbury Grands)

  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 tbsp Grill Mates Smokehouse Maple seasoning

  • 4 eggs

  • 4 slices American cheese

  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Make the Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts: Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees. Use a small biscuit cutter (about 1 inch) to cut a hole out of the center of each biscuit. Place biscuits in a single layer in the preheated air fryer. Cook for 3 minutes, flip, and cook an additional 3 minutes until the biscuits are golden brown.

  2. Mix the sugar and smokehouse maple seasoning together in a small bowl. Brush biscuit donuts all over in melted butter, and dip donuts in sugar mix, making sure to coat the entire donut. Set aside on a cooling rack.

  3. Make the eggs: Heat an 8 inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Take leftover melted butter, and brush a thin layer of butter in the skillet. Crack one egg into a small bowl with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper, and whisk until broken down. Pour the egg into the skillet, and swirl around to completely coat the bottom of the skillet. Tilt the pan to move any wet egg into any open crevices to cook. Once you tilt the pan and no more wet egg moves, the egg is finished cooking. Use a spatula to fold the egg in half, then in half again (like a crepe). Top with a piece of American cheese, set aside, and repeat the entire process (including buttering the skillet) with remaining eggs. The whole process takes no more than 1-2 mins per egg.

  4. Assemble the sandwich: Slice the biscuit donuts in half horizontally. Top the bottom half with egg and cheese, then place the top half on the egg to close the sandwich. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe notes:

*Making the eggs one at a time, kind of omelette style, is a fun and different way to serve the egg on the sandwich. Of course, you could just fry an egg or even fill the sammie with scrambled eggs.

*The smokehouse maple seasoning adds a meaty vibe to the sandwich, but you could absolutely add some cooked bacon or sausage to this sandwich too.

*Of course, you could skip the step of turning the biscuits into donuts and just serve them without the hole.

*This is my new favorite set of biscuit cutters. There is every size you could need included!

*I use the Ninja Foodi air fryer, and I absolutely adore it!

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