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These Air Fryer Hamburgers are ready in less than 20 minutes and make for a juicy burger that can be topped with all your favorite burger toppings without firing up the grill!
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Table of Contents
  1. Best Burgers In The Air Fryer
  2. Why We Love Air Fryer Burgers
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Hamburgers in the Air Fryer
  7. Tips for Making the Best Hamburgers in the Air Fryer
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Air Fryer Recipes
  11. Air Fryer Hamburgers Recipe

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.

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Best Burgers 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!

Why We Love Air Fryer Burgers

  • 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.
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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.

Optional Toppings:

  • 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.

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. 
  • Air Fryer
  • Glass Mixing bowls
  • Cutting board

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How to Make Hamburgers in the 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.

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Assemble: Assemble each burger by placing the patty on a bun and layering it with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
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Tips for Making the Best Hamburgers in the Air Fryer

  • 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.
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Storage Tips

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use an Air Fryer?

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.

Why cook in an air fryer?

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.

Can I cook frozen hamburgers in my air fryer?

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.

Do I have to flip my burgers in the air fryer?

I highly recommend flipping your burger in the air fryer at about halfway through to ensure the burger is cooked perfectly on each side.

What temperature is best for cooking burgers in the air fryer?

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. 

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5 from 6 votes
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Air Fryer Hamburgers

Serves — 4
These Air Fryer Hamburgers are ready in less than 20 minutes and make for a juicy burger that can be topped with all your favorite burger toppings without firing up the grill!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins

Ingredients
  

Burger

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp steak sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 4 burger buns

Toppings

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Jenn’s Notes

  • 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).

Nutrition Info

Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 436mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 4mg
Jennifer Fishkind

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. 5 stars
    GREAT Recipe Jennifer 👏🏼👍🏼♥️Thanks FOR Sharing 😊LOOKS AWESOME ✝️❗️G-d♥️Bless