Air Fryer Hamburgers

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These air fryer hamburgers are tender, juicy, and flavorful and take half the time of grilling! Easy to customize to a hit amongst kids and adults.

air fryer hamburgers.

It’s no secret that we use our air fryer almost every night. It makes dinner prep ridiculously easy and we can make tons of our favorite protein in no time at all. This includes my air fryer lamb chopsair fryer chicken breast, and air fryer pork chops.

For something fun, we’ve recently been making air fryer hamburgers. Like with air fryer chicken patties and air fryer turkey burgers, they taste like they came off the grill but in a fraction of the time..and without the mess!

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed 
  3. How to air fry hamburgers 
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. How to store leftovers
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More air fryer dinner recipes to try
  8. Air Fryer Hamburgers (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Easy and fast. Made with simple ingredients and minimal prep time, these could not be any easier.
  • Healthier. With less oil used, this recipe is far healthier than grilled or pan-fried hamburgers. Keep the air frying love going and pair it with some air fryer French fries (or air fryer sweet potato fries) for the ultimate combo. 
  • Easy to customize. Use different cuts of meat and add different spices- there are endless possibilities.

What we love about this recipe is just how incredible the texture is. You’ll literally feel the flavors bursting into your mouth with each bite!

air fryer burgers.

Ingredients needed 

Like traditional hamburgers or cheeseburgers, these use very simple ingredients that you already have in your pantry. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Ground beef. I used lean ground beef, but any ground beef works.
  • Spices. Onion powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
  • Onion. Finely chopped or grated. I prefer the latter because it really does enhance the flavor.
  • Worcestershire sauce. Balances the acidic elements in the patties mixture.
  • Salt and pepper. To taste.
  • Burger fix-ins. American cheese, hamburger buns, mayonnaise, ketchup mustard, and burger veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles.

How to air fry hamburgers 

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- make beef patties. Start by taking a large bowl and adding the beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and spices. Make 4 equal-sized patties.

Step 2- Prep the air fryer. Next, preheat the air fryer for several minutes. Once hot, add the patties to the air fryer basket.

Step 3- Air fry. Air fry the hamburger patties for 4 minutes per side, for 8 minutes.

Step 4- Add cheese (optional). Now, remove from the air fryer and add a piece of cheese on top. Assemble the burgers and enjoy them immediately.

how to air fry hamburgers.

Hamburger cooking temperatures

The cook time of the air fryer hamburgers really comes down to your preferred level of doneness. The best way to check is to use an instant read meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. Use the following guide to know the temperature according to doneness:

  • Rare: 115 to 120°F
  • Medium-Rare: 120 to 125°F
  • Medium: 130 to 135°F
  • Medium-Well: 140 to 145°F
  • Well-Done: 150 to 155°F

Recipe tips and variations

  • While I prefer the natural grill marks the air fryer basket makes, for a completely mess-free experience, use air fryer liners or a disposable air fryer basket.
  • Shape the patties into equal-sized portions so that they cook at the same time and evenly.
  • Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket if you cannot comfortably fit four patties in a single layer. If needed, cook them 2 at a time.
  • Feel free to switch out the beef for ground turkey or ground chicken. You can even make my wagyu burgers or lamb burgers in the air fryer instead.

How to store leftovers

To store: Place leftover air fryer burgers in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

To freeze: Wrap the cooked and cooled burger patties in aluminum foil, then place them in a freezer-safe bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Reheating: Microwave the burger patties for 30-40 seconds or reheat in a skillet for a minute or two.

air fried hamburgers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you cook raw hamburger meat in the air fryer?

Yes, you can cook raw hamburger meat in the air fryer, provided it is sturdy enough to hold its shape throughout.

Is this low carb?

When served without the bun, this burger recipe is naturally low in carbs. Pair it with keto buns for keto burgers. You can even use a lettuce wrap.

Should you flip burgers in the air fryer?

You should flip burgers in the air fryer to cook them evenly. Check the temperature and time carefully to flip them halfway through.

More air fryer dinner recipes to try

air fryer hamburgers recipe.

Air Fryer Hamburgers

5 from 30 votes
These air fryer hamburgers are tender, juicy, and flavorful and take half the time of grilling! They are easy to customize and a hit amongst both kids and adults! Watch the video below to see how I make this in my kitchen.
Servings: 4 hamburgers
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 11 minutes

Video

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well.
  • Shape the mixture into four hamburger patties.
  • Grease an air fryer basket and place the four patties in there. Air fry at 200C/400F for 8-9 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Let the hamburger patties rest for 5 minutes, before assembling into burgers.

Notes

TO STORE: Place leftover patties in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. 
TO FREEZE: Put the cooked and cooled burger patties in a freezer-safe bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. 
TO REHEAT: Reheat in the skillet, air fryer or oven. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger pattyCalories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 25gFat: 6gSodium: 658mgPotassium: 442mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 248IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 3mgNET CARBS: 2g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Perfectly cooked at the temp and time suggested, very juicy and flavorful. Only needed two patties so formed and packed in parchment for the freezer. The best burgers ever with no mess or fuss.

  2. 5 stars

    Also, how can I keep the burgers from looking like a tennis ball after they are cooked. They start out as patties and then I get round balls when they are done. Great recipes. Thanks!!!