Air Fryer Hamburgers are a quick and easy way to forgo fast food and make fresh, juicy, healthier burgers at home. This simple recipe can be customized to include all your favorite fixings and only takes 20 minutes to make when you need a fast, fuss-free meal to feed your family.
Table of Contents
- These are the best Hamburgers in the Air Fryer!
- Why we love Air Fryer Hamburgers
- Burger in Air Fryer ingredients
- Air Fryer Burger substitutions and additions
- Recommended tools for Air Fryer Hamburger Patties
- How to cook Hamburgers in Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Burger tips
- Air Fryer Hamburger Patties storage
- Air Fryer Hamburgers FAQs
- Other Easy Air Fryer Recipes
- Best Hamburgers in the Air Fryer Recipe
These are the best Hamburgers in the Air Fryer!
Making hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or sliders in an air fryer is my favorite way to cook the tastiest, most tender patties in mere minutes. This quick and easy fool-proof recipe simply combines ground beef with some seasonings and sauce, forms the meat mixture into patties, and lets the air fryer do all the work!
I love the ease and convenience of cooking this burger recipe in an air fryer; it’s the perfect substitute for deep frying or searing on the stove and a great alternative to the grill (especially in the winter).
Filled with flavorful ingredients, these patties are cooked to perfection in the comfort of your own kitchen, and make a fun meal option that you can assemble with a bun and layer with loads of toppings!
What’s better than a burger made in the air fryer? An air fried burger served with a side of Air Fryer French Fries of course!
Can you cook hamburgers in an air fryer?
Yes, you can cook hamburgers in an air fryer. Cooking hamburgers in an air fryer is a quick and easy way to make burgers without the need for a grill or stovetop. It also allows for healthier cooking as excess fats drip off the burgers during the cooking process. Additionally, the air fryer can give the burgers a crispy exterior while keeping the inside juicy and tender.
Why we love Air Fryer Hamburgers
- Quick and easy main dish in 20 minutes.
- Uses simple ingredients that you can customize to make your best homemade hamburger.
- Burgers air-fried require less prep work than cooking on a grill, pan frying, or broiling in the oven.
- Easy clean up with little mess.
- Tastes like a restaurant-style hamburger, but made at home.
- Fast, family-friendly protein-packed meal.
- Delicious weekday dinner you can make year-round without worrying about the weather.
Burger in Air Fryer ingredients
- Ground beef: I prefer to use fresh lean ground beef. An 80/20 blend has the right amount of fat to keep the patties juicy without too much grease runoff.
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Soy sauce
- Steak sauce: I also tried this with Worcestershire sauce, which was delicious.
- Potato burger buns: Potato burger buns are delicious, but you can also just use normal burger buns.
- Cheddar cheese: Choose your favorite type of cheese to make a cheeseburger.
- Red onion
- Roma tomato: If you like rounder tomato slices for your burgers, choose a tomato that will give you round slices instead.
- Romaine lettuce: Any type of large leaf lettuce will do here.
Air Fryer Burger substitutions and additions
- Tasty Toppings: You can top your burgers with any of your favorite burger toppings. Here are some of my go-to ideas: cheddar cheese, red onion, tomato, romaine lettuce (or any large leaf lettuce), mayo, mustard, ketchup, bacon, pickles, bacon, mushrooms, onion rings, jalapeños, sauerkraut, feta, french fries, relish, eggs, etc.
- Add Some Seasoning: Feel free to add some extra seasoning to your burger, such as minced onion, minced garlic, or even just salt.
- Swap The Sauce: Instead of using steak sauce, you can try barbecue sauce, salsa, guacamole, pesto, or a sauce from your favorite restaurant, or even mix sauces.
- Choose Condiments: Serve your burgers with a side of ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, or any other condiment you like.
- Non-Beef Burger: Feel free to use ground turkey or ground chicken instead of beef. You can even make veggie burgers, black bean burgers, or use Beyond Meat for a plant-based option with a similar texture of a classic grilled hamburger.
Recommended tools for Air Fryer Hamburger Patties
- Air Fryer
- Glass Mixing bowls
- Cutting board
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How to cook Hamburgers in Air Fryer
Cooking hamburgers in the air fryer is a quick and easy, fuss-free way to make the perfect protein-packed meal. Patties cook fast without sacrificing flavor or taste.
- Make The Meat Mixture: Combine ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, soy sauce, and steak sauce.
TIP: Try to make them about the same size so they cook evenly
- Cook: Form patties and place them in a single layer into the air fryer basket. Air fry patties at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 minutes on each side or until cooked to your desired doneness. If you are making cheeseburgers, top with slices of cheddar cheese as soon as you remove them from the air fryer.
Pro Tip: The patties will shrink while cooking. Make them slightly bigger than the burger bun.
- Assemble: Assemble each burger by placing the patty on a bun and layering it with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
Air Fryer Burger Temp and Time
Because all appliances are different, I highly recommend checking your burgers to make sure the internal temp registers 160 degrees. This recipe air fries burgers at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 minutes per side while others cook at 360 degrees for 5-8 minutes per side.
How long to cook hamburgers in air fryer?
To cook hamburgers in an air fryer, it usually takes around 10-12 minutes, depending on the thickness and size of the burgers. It’s recommended to preheat the air fryer to 375 – 380°F (190°C) and cook the burgers for 5-6 minutes on each side, flipping the burgers halfway through cooking to ensure even browning. The internal temperature of the burgers should reach 160°F (71°C) to ensure they are fully cooked.
Air Fryer Burger tips
- If you like your burger to be very well seasoned, double the amounts of seasoning from the recipe.
- This cook time will result in a well-done burger. If you like your burger less done, decrease the
cook time slightly. Use a meat thermometer to check the thickest part of a patty (160°F).
- If you don’t want to assemble the ground sirloin into patties yourself, you can find pre-made burgers in the butcher section of your grocery store! This will save you a bunch of time.
- For the perfect evenly cooked burgers press your thumb into the center of each patty so it doesn’t swell in the center during cooking.
- Frozen burger patties can be cooked in the air fryer, but you’ll need to add about 3-5 minutes to the cook time (it just depends on how thick they are.)
- Place the patties in a single layer in the basket to ensure that there is plenty of circulation and the food cooks completely and evenly.
- For easy cleanup, set the patties on aluminum foil and then place it in the air fryer basket.
Air Fryer Hamburger Patties storage
- To Store: You can store the cooked burgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. However, keep them separate from the burger buns and vegetables.
- To Freeze: You can freeze the burgers for 2-3 months. Stack them with squares of parchment in between so they don’t stick before putting them in a resealable zipper top freezer bag.
Air Fryer Hamburgers FAQs
If you are new to the Air Fryer world, I’ve got you covered. I answer all the questions, like how to use an Air Fryer, what you can cook in an Air Fryer, and even the best Air Fryers on the market. Make sure to check out my post How to Use An Air Fryer and Great Air Fryer Recipes for all the details.
An air fryer is a fast and easy way to cook just about anything. When you place your food in a fryer-style basket, hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp, similar to deep-frying, but without the oil.
Yes, frozen hamburgers cook well in the air fryer and you can cook them straight from frozen. Simply add a minute or two to the air frying time to make sure that the burgers reach a safe internal temperature.
I highly recommend flipping your burger in the air fryer at about halfway through to ensure the burger is cooked perfectly on each side.
Here are a few tips to keep burgers from drying out in the air fryer:
– Use ground beef with a higher fat content: The fat helps keep the burgers moist during cooking. Choose ground beef that is 80% lean and 20% fat.
– Don’t overwork the meat: Overworking the meat can result in tough, dry burgers. Mix the seasonings and other ingredients into the meat gently and avoid compressing the meat too much when shaping the patties.
– Brush the burgers with oil: Before cooking, brush the burgers with a little bit of oil to help retain moisture and prevent them from drying out.
– Don’t cook for too long: Overcooking the burgers can also cause them to dry out. Cook the burgers for around 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C), flipping them halfway through cooking.
– Let the burgers rest: Allow the burgers to rest for a few minutes after cooking to let the juices redistribute throughout the meat, making them more tender and juicy.
Yes, you can put aluminum foil in an air fryer, but it’s important to use it correctly to ensure safe and effective cooking. Here are some tips:
– Use only a small amount of foil: Place a small piece of foil in the air fryer basket to line it or to cover food, but do not completely cover the basket or obstruct the air flow.
– Do not put foil on the bottom of the air fryer: Do not line the bottom of the air fryer with foil as it can block the air vents and cause uneven cooking or damage to the unit.
– Avoid using heavy-duty foil or crumpling the foil: Heavy-duty foil or crumpled foil can interfere with the air flow and cause uneven cooking or damage to the air fryer.-
– Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions: Always check the manufacturer’s instructions before using aluminum foil in the air fryer as some models may have specific guidelines or restrictions.
More Burger Recipes
Other Easy Air Fryer Recipes
- Air Fryer French Toast Sticks
- Air Fryer Donuts
- Air Fryer Fried Chicken
- Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks
- Air Fryer Turkey Breast
- Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower
- Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets
Best Hamburgers in the Air Fryer
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp steak sauce
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 4 burger buns
- 4 slices cheddar cheese
- ½ red onion sliced
- 1 tomato sliced
- 4 leaves romaine lettuce
- 4 tbsp mayonnaise, yellow mustard, and/or ketchup optional
- 4 slices bacon cooked and cut in half, optional
- 8 slices pickles optional
- Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, soy sauce, and steak sauce. Mix everything until fully combined.
- Form patties and then place into an air fryer basket. (For an easier cleanup, set the patties on aluminum foil and then place it in the air fryer basket). The patties will shrink while cooked. Make them slightly bigger than the burger bun.
- Air fry patties at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 minutes on each side or until cooked to your desired doneness.
- As soon as they are out of the fryer, top with slices of cheddar cheese.
- Assemble each burger by placing patty on potato burger bun and then layering with red onion, tomato, lettuce, bacon, pickles, and 1 Tablespoon of mayonnaise, mustard, and/or ketchup on the inside of both buns.
- Plate and serve.
- If you like your burger to be very well seasoned, double the amounts of seasoning from the recipe.
- This cook time will result in a well-done burger. If you like your burger less done, decrease the cook time slightly.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the thickest part of a patty (160°F).
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