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Air Fryer Kale and Mushroom Egg Bites {Starbucks Copycat Recipe}

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Air fryer kale and mushroom egg bites are some of the most delicious, hearty, and versatile breakfast dishes that you can make, and they’re pretty easy to make, too!

Kale and Mushroom Egg Bites on a serving plate.

I’ve seen a lot of cafes offer egg bites as one of their food items. I’ve tried them, and they’re undeniably good. They’re filling, hearty, and comforting, and they make for a great breakfast headstart!

But you don’t have to go to a coffee shop just to get your fill of this yummy dish. It’s an easy, quick recipe you can replicate at home. You can even pair it with my delicious iced coffee recipe and eat it with these apple cheesecake pancakes for an enjoyable breakfast treat!

Air-fryer egg bites are convenient to make, too! Just pop them in the air fryer, after assembly, set the timer, and wait.

Other than this, one of the main draws of air fryer egg bites is that they’re easily customizable. Eggs can go with many things, and you can easily add or substitute the veggies, making it perfect for even the pickiest of eaters!

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Why Make Egg Dishes in an Air Fryer?

Back when the pandemic was in full swing, many people I know seemed to have entered an air-fryer frenzy. Well, that’s not surprising since this kitchen tool is not only convenient, it’s versatile too!

You can make a lot of things in an air fryer—egg dishes included. And one of the simplest and most customizable recipes that you can try out is egg bites.

But why cook eggs in an air fryer?

There are many advantages to using your air fryer for many dishes. The hype for this kitchen appliance is well deserved. With an air fryer, you enjoy these advantages:

  • Even heat distribution: Air fryers cook your food by circulating hot air, like a conventional oven. This provides a more even heat distribution throughout the cooking chamber. Because of this, air-fried eggs are cooked evenly and in less time, too.
  • Minimal mess and ease of cleaning: Most of your cooking is contained in a basket, so you also don’t need to worry about making a huge mess. No more skillets to clean!
  • Versatility: An air fryer is a versatile kitchen gadget for cooking eggs. You can easily make egg frittata, sunny-side-up, scrambled, hard-boiled, jammy, and poached eggs.

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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Filling, yummy, and versatile, these Starbucks copycat kale and mushroom air fryer egg bites are one of the tastiest air fryer breakfast recipes you can make. Here’s why I’m sure you’ll love them.

  • Ready in 20 minutes: You can make this as a tasty treat for the morning rush.
  • Easy to make: The steps in the recipe are easy to follow.
  • Perfect for picky eaters: Air fryer egg bites are versatile, and you can tweak the ingredients to your liking.

This egg bites recipe is perfect for veggie and mushroom lovers, but if you prefer more protein, you can make this recipe for meaty bacon and egg cups instead!

🥘 Ingredients

Air Fryer Kale and Mushroom Egg Bites Ingredients.

Finding the ingredients for this air fryer recipe is a breeze. They’re readily available at the grocery store, and you may even already have them at home!

  • Eggs: Of course, egg bites won’t be complete without eggs! This is your main protein source, and it binds all the other ingredients together.
  • Cheese (Cream Cheese and Guyere): Cheeses add some creaminess, saltiness, and a bit more savoriness to your dish, giving it a well-rounded flavor.
  • Mushrooms: Eggs and mushrooms go well together. On top of that, mushrooms also add some umami flavor to your egg bites.
  • Kale: You can make your egg bites healthier with some leafy greens like kale.

See recipe card for complete list of ingredients and quantities.

🔀 Substitutions

Sharp Cheeses: If you want more punch in the cheese department, try other types that go well with eggs. For bolder flavors, you can try sharp cheeses like cheddar cheese, feta, or aged goat.

Other Veggies: Not a fan of kale? You can easily substitute for kale with other leafy greens and veggies. Some tasty and popular choices include spinach and bell pepper!

🌈 Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Air fryer egg bites are some of the most versatile breakfast foods around. You can easily suit them to your taste. Here are some air fryer egg bites recipe variations you can try.

  • Make It Spicy: Add some spicy paprika or red chili pepper flakes if you want a hot kick to your egg bites.
  • Add More Meat: You can easily add more protein to this dish. You can add deli meats like ham or some bacon to the dish if you want.
  • Go Vegan: Following a plant-based diet? You don’t have to miss out. Why not try this vegan version of egg bites?

Don’t have an air fryer? No worries. You can make egg bites with an Instant Pot, too. Here’s a recipe for Instant Pot Egg Bites on my website that you can try

🥄 Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

Here are the things you need:

  • Silicone Muffin Cups/Liners: Instead of the conventional metal muffin pans that won’t fit your air fryer, you can use silicone muffin liners. They’re versatile; you can use them in air fryers and ovens.
  • Air Fryer: A trusty air fryer is where you’ll cook your egg bites. For best results, choose one with temperature control.
  • Food Processor: To create the egg mixture for your bites, having a trusty food processor will make things smooth and easy.
  • Knife: Use the right chopping knife to slice veggies and dice mushrooms for this recipe.

🔪 How to Make Air Fryer Kale and Mushroom Egg Bites {Starbucks Copycat Recipe}

Air fryer egg bites are super easy to make. The recipe is quite simple to follow, but the payoff is incredible. Here are the steps to making air fryer egg bites.

Step 1: Rinse and Chop Kale

First, rinse your kale leaves and remove the spine. Once your kale leaves are clean, chop them into small pieces.

A cutting board with chopped kale leaves and big knife.

Step 2: Rinse and Dice Mushrooms

It’s time to prepare your mushrooms. Rinse them to remove all the dirt and spores before dicing them into small pieces.

A cutting board with chopped mushrooms and big knife.

Step 3: Add Ingredients to a Food Processor

In a food processor, dump your eggs, minced garlic, cream cheese, sour cream, and all but 1 ounce of your Gruyere cheese.

Eggs, minced garlic, cream cheese, sour cream, and Gruyere cheese in a food processor.

Step 4: Blend Until Smooth

Add salt and pepper to taste. Blend it until you have a smooth mixture.

Egg mixture in a food processor on a wooden table.

Step 5: Pour Mixture into Silicone Muffin Liners

Prepare your silicone muffin liners by spraying them with oil. Then, pour the mixture equally among them. This recipe works best for 6 muffin liners.

Egg mixture in a silicone muffin liner on a wooden table.

Step 6: Pre-Heat Your Air Fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 300°F for around 5 minutes.

Step 7: Add Kale, Mushrooms, and Gruyere to Your Egg Mixture

Grab a few pieces of your chopped kale and push it into your egg mixture. Then, do the same with the mushrooms. Sprinkle your remaining shredded Gruyere on top of your egg mixture.

Egg mixture in a silicone muffin liner on a wooden table, topped with kale and  Gruyere.

Step 8: Cook the Egg Bites

Arrange the muffin liners with the egg mixture into your air fryer basket and cook for around 8 to 10 minutes at 300°F.

An air fryer filled with kale and mushroom egg bites.

Step 9: Let the Egg Bites Rest

Once cooked, let your egg bites rest on a rack until cool to the touch. Pop them out of the muffin liners, serve, and enjoy!

Overhead view of Kale and mushroom egg bites served on a white plate.

👩‍🍳 Pro Tips

There are some things you can do to ensure that your egg bites cook well in your air fryer. Here are some tips you can follow!

  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer. The air inside must circulate well to cook your food evenly. Overcrowding can prevent that and may result in uneven cooking.
  • Keep an eye on your food. While this recipe has a set temperature and time for cooking, this may not be exact. Some factors like crowding and air circulation can affect how evenly your egg bites cook. So, keep an eye on your food to avoid under or over-cooking.
  • Make sure your air fryer is thoroughly clean before cooking your egg bites in it. If some bits of grease or food are left behind, it may get burnt and produce smoke when you cook your egg bites. This will quickly leave an unwanted smoke flavor in your dish. Or better yet, use air fryer paper lines or parchment paper.

❓ Recipe FAQs

How long can I store air fryer egg bites?

If you have leftover air fryer egg bites or want to make them ahead of time, you can put them in airtight containers and keep them in the refrigerator for up to four days.

How do I reheat air fryer egg bites?

To reheat your egg bites, you can pop them in your air fryer basket and heat them up for a couple of minutes at 340°F or until they’re warm throughout.

Can I overcook eggs in an air fryer?

Yes. Eggs are easy to overcook, no matter how you cook them. So, for any egg dish, including these egg bites, it’s essential to monitor it closely.

🙏 Pairing

These are my favorite dishes to serve with air fryer egg bites:

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A plate of kale and mushroom egg bites on a white plate.

Air Fryer Kale and Mushroom Egg Bites {Starbucks Copycat Recipe}

Corinne Schmitt
A quick and easy air fryer egg bites recipe for veggie and mushroom lovers.
5 from 84 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 egg bites
Calories 212 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • 6 Silicone muffin liners
  • Food Processor
  • Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup fresh kale chopped
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms diced
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese shredded
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Prepare your kale by rinsing and removing the leaves from the spine. Chop into smaller pieces and set aside.
  • Rinse and dice your mushrooms into smaller pieces and set aside.
  • In a food processor, add your eggs, minced garlic, cream cheese, sour cream, and all but 1 ounce of your Gruyere cheese.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste, and blend until you get a smooth mixture.
  • Pour equal amounts of your mixture in each of the 6 muffin liners.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 300°F for around 5 minutes.
  • Add a pinch of chopped kale and diced mushrooms to each muffin liner. Top your egg bites mixture with the rest of your shredded Gruyere cheese.
  • Cook your egg bites in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes at 300°F.
  • Once done, let them rest and cool down. When they're cool to the touch, pop the egg bites out of your liners and enjoy!

Notes

  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer. The air inside must circulate well to cook your food evenly. Overcrowding can prevent that and may result in uneven cooking.
  • Keep an eye on your food. While this recipe has a set temperature and time for cooking, this may not be exact. Some factors like crowding and air circulation can affect how evenly your egg bites cook. So, keep an eye on your food to avoid under or over-cooking.
  • Make sure your air fryer is thoroughly clean before cooking your egg bites in it. If some bits of grease or food are left behind, it may get burnt and produce smoke when you cook your egg bites. This will quickly leave an unwanted smoke flavor in your dish. Or better yet, use air fryer paper lines or parchment paper.

Nutrition

Serving: 1egg biteCalories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 13gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 258mgPotassium: 159mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1748IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 296mgIron: 1mg
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