Air fryer hamburgers are a simple meal. It is easy to cook burgers in an air fryer and they come out juicy and delicious. Learn how to make fresh hamburger patties and cook gourmet burgers in an air fryer for a dinner the entire family will enjoy.
Air fryer hamburgers are a quick and easy low effort dinner the entire family will love. In about 15 minutes you can have juicy and delicious fresh burgers on the table!
Burgers are one of my favorite go to dinners when I need to make something that is fast and filling. I don’t have to plan or even think much, since there are no complicated steps.
And air fryer hamburgers taste delicious. They have a nice juicy texture since they aren’t overcooked but are still brown on the outside.
Why You Will Love Air Fryer Hamburgers
- You don’t need to stand over a hot grill flipping burgers.
- Customize the toppings for your family. Create a copycat In N Out burger for a gourmet experience or go with ketchup only for a picky eater.
- It is easy to melt a slice of cheese on top for the ultimate cheeseburger.
- The grease drips down into the basket so the hamburgers don’t swim in grease like they would if cooked in a frying pan.
- You can enjoy cookout taste even if the weather is rainy, snowy or too hot to leave the house.
You can add fancy buns, cheese and lots of toppings, but hamburgers are essentially a simple 3 ingredient meal, which is a large part of their universal appeal.
- Ground beef – Use 80/20 or 90/10 ground beef for your burgers. Patties made with 80/20 beef tend to stay together better during cooking as the fat helps bind them together.
- Seasoning – I like to use steak seasoning, usually Montreal steak seasoning or a Texas seasoning blend. You can also just go with salt, pepper and maybe some onion or garlic powder.
How to Make Air Fryer Burgers
1. Make the Patties
It doesn’t take very long to make the patties, so start the air fryer preheating at 360 degrees F while you make them. Preheat the air fryer for about 3 minutes.
Take a pound of ground beef and divide it into three more or less equal parts. This makes three burgers each around 5.5 ounces in size.
You can also divide it into four 4 ounce burgers or even two 8 ounce burgers. Choose what works best for your family.
Once you have the meat divided pat it into flat and round hamburger patties. You can buy a hamburger patty maker but I’ve never bothered.
It is best to handle the beef as little as possible. So don’t mix the spices into the beef before it is shaped, just divide it and pat it into circles.
2. Season the Hamburger Patties
Sprinkle some seasoning on the burgers, flip them over and sprinkle more on the other side. I use about 1 Tablespoon of seasoning per pound of meat.
I usually just use packaged steak seasoning because it is designed for beef! But if I am out just salt and pepper work fine too.
Keep it simple! For hamburgers I don’t like to mix in extras like onions or cheese. Turkey burgers need extras to be tastier but hamburgers really don’t.
3. Air Fry the Burgers
Put the burgers in the air fryer basket, being careful not to crowd them. My 5.8 quart air fryer fits about 1 pound worth of burgers, whether I make three of the 5 ounce or four of the 4 ounce ones.
How long to air fry the hamburgers depends quite a bit on how thick the burgers are. I cook mine at 360 degrees F for about 12 minutes, flipping them once after 6 minutes.
Hamburgers should be cooked to 160 degrees F to ensure food safety. At that temperature they might be a little pink, but not much.
Check the internal temperature of the burgers with an instant read thermometer. When you test the burgers make sure you test the thickest part of the burger, which is usually, but not always, the center.
Always use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature, don’t try to cook based just on time. A thermometer is not expensive and the peace of mind they give you is priceless. Food poisoning is not fun! This is my favorite inexpensive meat thermometer, which you can buy on Amazon.
4. Make a Cheeseburger (optional)
If you want a cheeseburger then the air fryer makes it easy to melt your cheese right on top of the hamburger. After the burger is fully cooked pull the basket out and put your favorite kind of cheese on top.
Then push the basket back into the air fryer and the residual heat will melt the cheese just a little bit, so it melts around the patty.
- Air fryer hamburger can generate a lot of grease. Stick a piece or two of bread under the air fryer basket before you cook the burgers and it will soak up the grease, making clean up easier.
- Only flip the burgers once! Flipping them more just gets messy grease everywhere and doesn’t affect how they cook.
How to Serve
Serve the burgers right away on your favorite type of bun with as many toppings or condiments as your family enjoys.
Just because you are serving hamburgers doesn’t mean that you need to have a basic boring meal. There are many ways to make your burgers a gourmet treat!
You can make some air fryer bacon and add some gourmet cheese on top of the patty for a classic bacon cheeseburger. Spicy pepper jack cheese goes perfectly with bacon.
Or make a copycat In N Out Burger by using Thousand Island dressing and piling the burger high with tomato, lettuce, American cheese and onion.
Add some healthy veggies to your hamburger by using sprouts and avocados to make the burger even more delicious. This burger is accented with mayonnaise, lettuce, avocado, Colby-Jack cheese and sprouts, all served on a whole grain bun.
Add some variety and you can serve burgers every week without it seeming boring!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can air fry frozen burgers, whether they are store bought or homemade. Cook them at 370 degrees F for 15-17 minutes. Check the temperature and make sure they have reached 160 degrees internally before serving.
While French fries go well with burgers, I wouldn’t cook them in the same air fryer at the same time. It would just make the fries taste like burger grease.
Cook the fries in the air fryer first. Then put them on a tray in the oven at 250 degrees F to keep them warm while you make the burgers.
The most important factors in making homemade burgers that don’t fall apart is using 80/20 beef, not adding a bunch of addins and only flipping once.
Higher fat beef will stay together better. In addition the more you handle the beef and stir in things like cheese or onions the more likely the burger is to fall apart.
Find More Easy Air Fryer Dinners
- 1 pound ground beef (80/20 or 90/10)
Seasoning option 1
- 1/2 Tablespoon salt
- 1/2 Tablespoon pepper
- 1/4 Tablespoon onion powder
Seasoning option 2
- 1 Tablespoons steak seasoning
Ingredients for assembling burgers
- 3 hamburger buns
- 3 slices American cheese
- 1/2 tomato, sliced
- 3 lettuce leaves
- 3 onion slices
- 3 slices bacon
- various condiments - catsup, mustard, mayonnaise, Thousand Island dressing
- Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees F.
- Divide the meat into three sections and pat them into three patties.
- Sprinkle your desired seasoning over top of the patties, putting half on one side and then flipping them over and putting the rest on the other side.
- Put the burgers in the air fryer basket, making sure they don't overlap and there is room for the air to circulate.
- Cook at 360 degrees F for about 12 minutes, flipping them over after 6 minutes.
- Check the burgers with an instant read thermometer, making sure they reach 160 degrees F.
- If you want a cheeseburger when the burgers are done add a slice of cheese on top, with the burgers still in the basket. Close the basket and the residual heat from the air fryer should melt the cheese nicely. To melt the cheese even more cook the burgers with the cheese at 360 degrees F for another minute.
- Assemble the burgers as desired using as many or as few toppings as you like.
You can also use 1 pound of ground beef to make four 4 ounce burgers or two 8 ounce burgers. Larger burgers will need more cooking time and smaller ones will need less.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 716Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 2409mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 50g
Nutrition facts are estimates.