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Air Fryer Hamburgers {From Scratch}

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These Air Fryer Hamburgers are made with fresh ground beef, ready in less than 30 minutes, and are piled high with your favorite toppings. 

Let’s talk about burgers. It doesn’t get much better than this classic American dinner. The toppings and condiments are endless, you can eat the food groups in every bite, and this recipe only takes 30 minutes from start to finish. 

air fryer hamburger topped with cheese onion tomato lettuce and pickles

Most people would probably choose the grill if they had to pick a favorite way to cook burgers. I did, too, until I discovered the air fryer version! Like most recipes before the air fryer, we were used to cooking things the traditional way. Check out some of the recipes we have transformed from the traditional way of cooking below. 

But by using the air fryer you can say goodbye to deep fried and lengthy meals, and hello to convenience and deliciousness. 

The outside of the patties have just the right amount of crisp, but the inside is juicy every bite. 

Recipes That You Can Make in the Air Fryer That Will Surprise You:

ingredients labeled for air fryer hamburgers

What You Need To Make Air Fryer Hamburgers 

Ground beef – we prefer a lean blend, you can also swap this for ground turkey or chicken

Spices: salt, pepper, paprika, garlic and onion powder

Optional Toppings and Serving Suggestions

  • Cheese
  • Red onion
  • White onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Bacon
  • Pickles 
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Barbecue sauce 
  • Buns
  • Large lettuce leaves for a bunless, low carb option

How To Make Hamburgers in the Air Fryer

Combine the ground beef and seasonings into a medium size mixing bowl and mix just until combined.

Divide the meat into four equal patties. Roll each portion into a ball then flatten them out. Make a slight depression in the middle of the patties – this keeps the burgers from puffing up.

two image collage showing fresh hamburger patties being made and placed in the air fryer basket

Preheat your air fryer, then add the patties in a single layer (after the air fryer has preheated) without them touching each other. 

Cook at 370 degrees F for about 7 minutes, then flip them until they finish cooking to the temperature of your liking.

To Turn Hamburgers to Cheeseburgers

After the burgers have cooked, place a slice of cheese on each patty. Close the basket, allowing the cheese to melt from the residual heat (about 1 minute).

Can You Freeze Air Fryer Burger Patties? 

Yes! You can freeze the patties after they’ve been cooked, or freeze the uncooked patties. This is a great way to meal prep and all you have to is toss them in the air fryer when you are ready to cook them. 

To reheat after they have been frozen, toss them in the basket and cook at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, flipping at the halfway point. 

air fryer hamburger patty on a bun with toppings

Tips for Making

  • I use a lean (93/7) burger blend and think the burgers are juicy. You can use 85/15 or 80/20 if you prefer.
  • Make patties the same size to ensure even cooking.
  • Don’t over knead the meat or the burgers will be tough.
  • Cooking temps (use a food thermometer for an accurate reading):
    145 degrees = medium; 155 degrees = medium well done.
  • If smoke is a problem, add 1-2 tablespoons of water in the bottom of the basket. You can also use a slice of bread in the bottom basket to soak up the grease.
  • You may need to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • When making the patties, use your thumb and press down in the middle of each pattie. This will keep the burgers from swelling up. 

Side Dishes to Serve with Air Fryer Burgers 

Here are several of our favorite air fryer side dishes that are delicious with burgers! 

air fryer hamburger on a bun with toppings with text overlay
air fryer hamburger topped with cheese onion and pickles

Air Fryer Hamburgers

These Air Fryer Hamburgers are made with fresh ground beef, ready in less than 30 minutes, and are piled high with your favorite toppings. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Lori @ I Heart Air Frying

INGREDIENTS

Burger Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

Optional Toppings

  • Cheese
  • Red onion
  • White onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Bacon
  • Pickles
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Buns
  • Large lettuce leaves for a bunless low carb option

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a medium bowl, combine ground beef and seasonings just until combined. Don’t overwork the meat or it will become tough.
  • Divide beef into 4 equal portions. Roll into balls and form into patties. Make a depression in the center of each patty with your thumb (this keeps the patties from swelling up).
  • Preheat Air Fryer to 370 degrees F.
  • Add patties in a single layer into the basket, making sure they aren’t touching. You may need to cook in batches depending on your basket size.
  • Cook for 6-7 minutes, flip burgers and continue cooking until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F (about 3-5 minutes more). Turn off air fryer.
  • For cheeseburgers, open the basket and place cheese slices on top of patties. Close the basket, allowing the cheese to melt in the residual heat (about 1 minute).
  • Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.

NOTES

  • I use a lean burger blend but you can also use 85/15 or 80/20 if you prefer.
  • Make patties the same size to ensure even cooking.
  • Cooking temps: 145 degrees = medium; 155 degrees = medium well done.
  • If smoke is a problem, add 1-2 tablespoons of water in the bottom of the basket. You can also use a slice of bread in the bottom basket to soak up the grease. 
  • Optional toppings are not included in Nutritional Information.
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NUTRITION

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.

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