Air Fryer Hamburgers

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Want to know how to easily make these Air Fryer Hamburgers? You’ll be surprised how easy it is and how delicious burgers in the air fryer turn out!

» Serve these up with air fryer potato wedges or sweet potato fries, for the perfect meal.

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Air fryer hamburgers

Burgers are one of the things we make the most in our air fryer. You might not know that the air fryer isn’t just a substitute for deep frying. It’s a great alternative to the stove or oven for things like burgers.

These air fryer burgers are so easy to make. They come together super quick and are just as tasty as a restaurant burger. Try them with these quick and easy frozen French fries.

Of course, there are various ways you can go about making a burger in the air fryer. The easiest possible method is to use pre-formed patties that you can buy at the store, already made up. These come either fresh or frozen.

If you choose to use a pre-formed patty, all you need to do is fire up the air fryer and cook it for 8 minutes on 350° F (180° C). If you’re cooking from frozen, cook them at 375° F (190° C) for 10 minutes.

Ingredients You’ll Need

hamburger ingredients
  • Ground chuck – Go for ground beef chuck with 15% fat content. The higher fat content will help keep the burgers moist and full of flavor.
  • Seasonings – Garlic powder, salt, and ground black pepper.
  • Butter – Use salted butter here. It is used for basting the burger and adding flavor.
  • Buns
  • Cheese – Optional. We like to use Tillamook cheddar slices but you could use American, provolone, or Monterey Jack.
  • Condiments

Equipment Information

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Making Your Own Burger Patties

I prefer to make my own burgers. It’s very simple to make a great burger, and it’s cheaper to buy ground beef and form the patties yourself. If you want to make your own, we have a quick recipe you can mix up.

It requires 1 pound of ground beef chuck with 15% fat content. This will make 2 good-sized burgers. It’s pretty hard to stretch 1 pound of meat into 4 burgers, but you’re making sliders, that’s definitely possible.

raw burger

Mix the ground beef with garlic powder, salt, and ground pepper. Then form the patties.

Be sure to flatten out the patties into even discs. They shouldn’t resemble a flattened ball. If they’re uneven (such as more meat in the middle section), they won’t cook evenly and they’ll swell up into an even thicker ball. So flatten them out into a 1/2-inch-thick disc.

If you like turkey burgers try making these from scratch, or try these hamburger stuffed mushrooms to lay off the buns. They cook to perfection in the air fryer.

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

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Cooking Air Fryer Hamburgers

Fire up your air fryer to 350° F (180° C). It’s not necessary to pre-heat the air fryer.

Spray the basket lightly with oil and set in your patties. They might overlap in the center, depending on the size of your air fryer. That’s not a problem.

Burger patties in air fryer

Cook them for 4 minutes. Then open up the basket and baste the burgers on both sides with half the butter. Believe me, this is the step that makes the burgers really sing.

Cook on the other side for 4 more minutes.

burger in air fryer being basted

If you wish to add cheese, be aware that it can be pushed off the burger while cooking in the air fryer due to the forced circulating air. For this reason, I add the cheese after the cooking time has finished.

Open the basket, lay your cheese on and close the basket for a minute or two. The residual heat will melt the cheese perfectly with no worry of your cheese blowing off.

two burger halves

You can also toast the buns in the air fryer if you want. I butter them lightly and then set them facing up in the tray and put them in for 3-4 minutes on 380° F (190° F).

Now you can assemble your burgers with whatever condiments and extras you like.

If you liked these burgers you might try these air fryer brats. They cook up quick and easy while staying nice and juicy. Chicken patties are another great lunch to cook up in the air fryer. From frozen or homemade they are cooked to perfection.

What Oil & Oil Sprayer is Best for the Air Fryer?

The biggest issue most air fryer lovers face is finding the right oil and oil sprayer to use on food cooked in the air fryer. A fine mist of oil will help the entire piece of food crisp evenly, so it’s very important.

My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has no harmful aerosols or chemicals.

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Tips For Making Burgers in the Air Fryer

  • Not all air fryers cook the same way. For this reason, your burgers might cook faster or take a bit longer. You can check the internal temperature of the patties as they near completion to make sure they reach your desired doneness. I aim for 135° F for medium rare, which takes about 8 minutes.
  • The burgers will cook slower if the meat is chilled straight from the refrigerator when you put them in, or if they are frozen. Add an extra minute or two.
  • If you can ask your butcher for a custom blend, we recommend 85% beef chuck and 15% brisket for a super tasty burger.
  • Gordon Ramsey shaves frozen butter into his patties for extra juiciness. Why not give it a try!
  • Be careful when adding cheese to the burgers in the air fryer. It often will just get blown off into the tray. A better way of adding cheese would be to stuff the burger with it!
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do burgers take in the air fryer?

Hamburger patties will take between 8-12 minutes to cook. We like to cook burgers for 8 minutes at 350° F. While all air fryers cook differently 8 minutes is perfect for a medium-rare burger. Use a meat thermometer to test for the desired doneness.

Do you need to flip burgers in the air fryer?

Yes, flipping the burger half way through cooking allows you to baste the burger on both sides adding more flavor and allowing both sides to crisp up.

What temperature should I set the air fryer at for ground beef patties?

These hamburgers are cooked at 350° F for 8 minutes. Make sure to leave room between your burger patties for air to circulate and don’t stack them.

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Air Fryer Hamburgers

Want to know how to easily make burgers in the air fryer? You'll be surprised how easy it is and how delicious burgers in the air fryer turn out!
5 from 63 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 675 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 12 ounces ground beef chuck 15% fat
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter softened
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • 2 slices cheese optional
  • condiments as desired

Instructions
 

  • Combine the ground beef, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix it all together with your hands. Break the meat into 2 balls. Form uniformly flat patties that don’t bulge in the middle.
  • Set the air fryer to 350° F (180° C) for 4 minutes. When ready, spray the basket lightly with oil. Set the patties in the basket. Cook for 8-12 minutes (times will vary based on your air fryer and desired degree of doneness. I find that 8 minutes is perfect for a medium-rare burger. Halfway through, baste the burger with butter, then flip it over and baste the other side. Finish cooking.
  • Butter the buns and lightly toast them on the stovetop, or in the air fryer after the patties are done cooking.
  • Assemble your burger, dressing it with your desired condiments.

Notes

  • If you wish to add cheese, be aware that it can be pushed off the burger while cooking in the air fryer due to the forced circulating air. For this reason, I add the cheese after the cooking time is finished.  Add the cheese and close the basket and let is sit for a minute or two.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 675kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 41gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 1384mgPotassium: 576mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 296IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 319mgIron: 5mg
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18 thoughts on “Air Fryer Hamburgers

  1. Andréa Janssen says:

    5 stars
    This is great! I’m always looking for recipes to bake in my Airfryer. This hamburger recipe looks delicious and so easy. I’m going to try it for sure!

  2. Kim Guzman says:

    5 stars
    My son is always looking for fun ideas for the air fryer and he’s going to want to try this right away. Thanks for the tip about the cheese escaping. Great tip!

  3. prsmith says:

    5 stars
    Put a slice of cheese or two on each patty AFTER cooking is finished and close the fryer for 30 seconds. No blowing around that way.

  4. Jerry Kosmicki says:

    5 stars
    Laura, being somewhat new at Air Fry cooking, why is it when a recipe is given it doesn’t tell what wattage their Air Fryer is. That way we could adjust the time and temp. to our own Fryer.

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Hi Jerry. Good question. I have four air fryers, all with differing wattage. I’ve found that only one of them cooks significantly hotter than the others and needs to have time/temp adjusted. I want to keep it easy for readers to not have to do a lot of adjustment for my recipes, and since I use different air fryers all the time, it wouldnt’ be feasible to say the wattage every time.

  5. Harrison says:

    I’m a big fan of cheeseburgers. Should I add the cheese before or after cooking the burgers in the air fryer?

    • Angela Morris says:

      Hi Harrison. We have found that the best time to add the cheese is after the burger patty is fully cooked. Open your air fryer basket, add the cheese, and close the basket without turning it back on. The residual heat will melt the cheese in just a minute or two. This way you don’t have to worry about your cheese being blown all around the basket.

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