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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!
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.
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 degrees f (180 degrees c). If you’re cooking from frozen, add 2-4 minutes.
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 lb of ground beef chuck with 15% fat content. This will make 2 good-sized burgers. It’s pretty hard to stretch 1 lb of meat into 4 burgers, but you’re making sliders, that’s definitely possible.
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. They cook to perfection in the air fryer.
Cooking Air Fryer Burgers
Fire up your air fryer to 350 degrees F (180 degrees 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.
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.
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 only add the cheese during the last 15 seconds of cooking.
You can give it a try, if you want. I usually find the cheese sitting in a pool at the bottom of the fryer, so it’s just a better idea to leave off the cheese, or melt it in the microwave and pour it over the burgers.
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 degrees F (190 degrees 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 not harmful aerosols or chemicals.
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 degrees 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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Air Fryer Hamburgers
- 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
- 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 degrees F (180 degrees 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.
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.
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Laura spends a lot of her time cooking and creating recipes to share. She loves traveling and learning about new foods around the world to bring into her own recipes at home.