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Air Fryer Frozen Jamaican Beef Patties

Make the most of frozen beef patties, and pop a pair in the air fryer or Ninja Foodi. Air Fryer Frozen Jamaican Beef Patties are crisp and golden on the surface and hot, juicy, and meaty in the middle -the perfect snack or quick meal.

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Can you air fry frozen Jamaican Beef Patties? Yes, frozen Jamaican beef patties can be cooked or reheated in the air fryer in no time following these easy steps!

But first, let’s go over the basics! If you like empanadas, you’ll love Jamaican beef patties. A buttery, golden pastry shell encloses a deeply savory, mildly spicy beef filling.

Traditionally, Jamaican beef patties are cooked fresh in hot oil. If you don’t have easy access to homemade Jamaican beef patties, cooking them from frozen in the air fryer creates the same crisp, flaky crust filled with a scrumptious beefy filling. No oil needed!

🤔 Why Make Frozen Jamaican Beef Patties In The Air Fryer?

  • No deep-frying & no baking. With the air fryer, you’re left with essentially no mess to clean up, and it takes a fraction of the electricity that an oven uses.
  • The hot and crispy goodness. The patties develop a crisp, flaky shell while the filling stays moist and tender.
  • It’s quick and easy. You’ll make Jamaican beef patties from frozen to flawless in less than 20!
  • Great on-the-go snack or quick meal.

🧾 Ingredients & Tools

Frozen Jamaican Beef Patties – Next time you’re in the freezer aisle, grab a box or two of Jamaican beef patties. See below for the frozen Jamaican beef patty brands:

  • Caribbean Food Delights
  • Golden Krust
  • Global Delights
  • Grace
  • Goya
  • Island Joe’s

Air Fryer or Ninja Foodi â€“ There are many air fryers to choose from these days. IMO, the Ninja Foodi is the absolute best. It’s an all-in-one air fryer and pressure cooker. It saves SO much time and valuable counter space. 

🥣 How To Make Air Fried Jamaican Beef Patties (From Frozen)

1️⃣ Preheat air fryer.
Give your air fryer a headstart and preheat to 350F for 3 to 5 minutes.

2️⃣ Add beef patties.
Place the frozen patties in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving space in between each.

3️⃣ Set timer and cook.
Set the timer between 10 & 12 minutes, flipping at the 8-minute mark. Cook until the outer pocket is crispy and the filling is warmed through.

4️⃣ Serve.
Carefully remove the beef patties (they will be hot!), and enjoy!

⌛ Best Cooking Time & Temperature For Frozen Beef Patties

The precise time and temperature to air fry frozen beef patties depends on the size of the patties and the functionality of your air fryer. Use these recommendations as a guide and adjust as needed:

  • Frozen Mini Beefy Patty: 350F for 8 to 10 minutes
  • Standard Size Frozen Beef Patties: 350F for 10 10 12 minutes
  • Fresh Jamaican Beef Patties: 325F for 15 to 18 minutes (if using fresh, you may need to use an egg wash).

👉 Recipe Tips

  • Preheating the air fryer isn’t always necessary, but it makes a big difference when air frying frozen foods.
  • The patties need space. Feel free to cook more than two at a time, but only if your basket is big enough.
  • For the quickest cleanup, place a sheet of foil in the bottom of the basket (only if it won’t damage anything).
  • Turning the patties over isn’t super important -just make sure they are cooked seam side up until golden brown before flipping.
  • If your Jamaican beef patties are not frozen, I recommend brushing the shells with an egg wash for browning.

🧊 Storing & Reheating

Storing: If by chance you have leftovers, wrap each Jamaican beef patty tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. Refrigerate for 2 days. Once reheated from frozen, do NOT refreeze.

Reheating: To reheat leftover Jamaican beef patties, pop them back in the air fryer at 350F until recrisped and juicy (5 to 8 minutes).


How long do you cook frozen Jamaican beef patties?

The packaging instructions will typically say how long it takes in the microwave and in the oven. In the air fryer, it can vary. A standard Jamaican beef patty will take about 10 to 12 minutes at 350F.

Can I cook Jamaican patties in the air fryer?

You sure can -from fresh or frozen! If thawed/fresh, coat the crust with an egg wash first. Frozen patties can be cooked in the air fryer as is.

Do you air fry beef patties with oil?

Nope! It’s already cooked into the crust.

More Air Fryer Frozen Recipes

Coconut Shrimp (from frozen)
Air Fryer Frozen Egg Rolls
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Air Fryer Frozen Burrito

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Air Fryer Frozen Jamaican Beef Patties

Make the most of a box of frozen Jamaican beef patties, and pop a pair in the air fryer. Ready in minutes, these air-fried beef patties are hot and crispy on the outside and filled with a savory beefy filling.
Cook Time12 mins
Preheat Time5 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Jamaican
Keyword: air fryer jamaican beef patties, frozen jamaican beef patties in air fryer
Servings: 2 beef patties


  • 1 air fryer or Ninja Foodi


  • 2 jamaican beef patties frozen


  • Preheat the air fryer to 350F for 3-5 minutes.
  • Place frozen beef patties in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Set the timer for 10-12 minutes. Flip the patties at the 8-minute mark, then continue cooking until hot on the inside and crispy on the outside.
  • Remove with tongs and enjoy hot.!


Recommended cooking times and temperatures: 
  • Frozen Mini Beefy Patty: 350F for 8-10 minutes
  • Standard Size Frozen Beef Patties: 350F for 10-12 minutes
  • Fresh Jamaican Beef Patties: 325F for 15-18 minutes (if the beef patties aren’t frozen, you may need to brush the outside with egg wash to get the patties golden brown and crispy). 

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