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Air Fryer Burgers. The ultimate air fryer burgers guide. Teaching you everything you need to know about air frying burgers, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers and frozen burgers. Full of useful information to make the perfect air fryer burger.

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Air Fryer Burgers

Welcome to my ultimate air fryer burgers guide. Originally published in 2015 and updated with new and useful information. Plus, plenty more air fryer burger recipes to try at home in your air fryer.

When you first get an air fryer, you will often feel like that 6 year old in the kitchen with their grandma. In love with what she cooks wishing that you could make that.

But being reminded that you need to take beginner steps with your cookery.

That is what the air fryer can be like. It’s a new way of cooking and you need to learn it in baby steps. The phrase don’t run before you can walk comes to mind.

What I do suggest is that you have an air fryer bucket list. Delicious beginner air fryer recipes that you can grasp easily, and it will build up your air fryer confidence.

Such as our air fryer frozen French fries, air fryer onion rings, air fryer pork ribs, air fryer chicken breast and of course air fryer burgers.

Air fryer burgers are one of the best bucket list starting points and in the top 10 of what us Milners made first when we got into air frying in 2011.

Today is all about answering your air fryer burger questions, giving you our favourite fail safe air fryer burger recipe and enjoying how delicious air fryer burgers are.

Can You Air Fry Burgers?

Lets get the big question out of the way and this is can you air fry burgers, which I want to shout at you with a smile on my face and say ABSOLUTELY!

Not only can you air fry burgers, but they cook perfectly, taste like barbecued burgers and are so SIMPLE.

Best Air Fryer For Burgers

Many air fryers are fantastic for burgers. We have the Philips Air Fryer XL in our kitchen, and this is what we use the most for air fryer burgers. The Cosori air fryer is also a good choice and so is the Power Air Fryer XL.

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What I don’t recommend is the Tefal Actifry or air fryer ovens as they just don’t produce the same quality burgers. If burger is your thing focus on getting an air fryer with a basket.

Are Air Fryer Burgers Good?

Yes they are delicious. Here in the Milner house and as mum of 3 kids that also love burgers, we eat air fryer burgers a LOT. In fact, apart from our favourite instant pot frozen hamburgers all our burgers are cooked using the air fryer.

Are Air Fryer Burgers Healthy?

Air fryer burgers are as healthy as you want them to be. Our Mediterranean Paleo Burgers are probably the healthiest and our air fryer Zinger burgers are probably the unhealthiest.

But you can follow our basic recipe for air fryer burgers and not bother adding cheese and you have a healthy burger.

Another fact to consider is that the excess fat from a burger goes into the bottom of the air fryer, in a similar way to if you grilled a burger.

  • Air fryer burgers from frozen are not so healthy but still taste good. Avoid the frozen cheap supermarket ones and instead make your own and batch freeze them for later.

Air Fryer Burger Patty

It is assumed that when you make air fryer burgers you are focusing on a simple air fryer burger patty. Such as an air fryer burger 1/4lb. If you have a bigger or a smaller burger, remember to adjust the cooking time.

I tend to buy packs of ground mince to use in my burger patties and then freeze them in batches of ¼ pound. That way I can defrost, make into my favourite burgers and cook them in the air fryer.

How Do You Air Fry Burgers?

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Air frying burgers is this SIMPLE:

  1. Prep burger patty ingredients and load into a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix and use a biscuit cutter to make into burger shapes.
  3. Load into the air fryer basket and cook on medium.
  4. Add cheese if you want cheeseburgers.
  5. Load your homemade burgers onto burger buns and serve with your favourite sides.

How To Make Air Fryer Burgers For You?

We all like our burgers in a different way, don’t we? My favourite is air fryer stuffed burgers or air fryer chicken burgers.

If you like hamburgers, you might also like your hamburger cooked to a different style. I like my burger to a medium well, but you may prefer your air fryer hamburger well done.

To make an air fryer burger to your likening I suggest the following:

  • Air Fryer Burgers Medium Rare – 9 minutes at 180c
  • Air Fryer Burgers Medium – 11 minutes at 180c
  • Air Fryer Burgers Medium Well – 12 minutes at 180c
  • Air Fryer Burgers Well Done – 14 minutes at 180c

Though do note these cook times are for burgers made from beef as its essential that chicken burgers are fully cooked.

How Long To Cook Air Fryer Burgers?

Cooking burgers in the air fryer does not take that long. In fact, when we made our air fryer burgers the cook time was JUST 12 minutes.

You don’t have to flip your burgers and they are typical of a dump and go air fryer recipe.

What Temperature To Air Fry Burgers?

The best temperature for air fryer burgers is 180c/360f. This provides the air fryer with a medium heat and cooks the burgers through without worrying that they are overly well done.

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Air Fryer Burgers

Air Fryer Burgers. The ultimate air fryer burgers guide. Teaching you everything you need to know about air frying burgers, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers and frozen burgers. Full of useful information to make the perfect air fryer burger.

Prep Time5 minutes mins

Cook Time12 minutes mins

Total Time17 minutes mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Air Fryer

Servings: 4

Calories: 668kcal



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Air Fryer Burger Ingredients:



  • Peel and dice your onion and load it into a mixing bowl with the rest of your burger patty ingredients.

  • Mix well with your hands.

  • Add in the soft cheese and mix a little more.

  • Use a biscuit cutter to cut into burger shapes.

  • Load into the air fryer basket and cook for 12 minutes at 180c/360f.

  • Add your burger bun lid and serve.


The best ground mince for burgers is a mix of pork and beef. If you can’t get pork and beef already mixed, place half of each in the bowl.

Remember to slice your onion thin. Otherwise you will end up with big chunks of onion when you take a bite of your burger.

The addition of soft cheese stops your burger patty from going dry when air fried and improves the taste and texture of your burger.

12 minutes cook time is an approximate based on the size of our burger. If yours is bigger you should adjust and cook for a little longer if needed.


Calories: 668kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

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How long should I put hamburgers in the air fryer? ›

Air fry burgers at 375 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 155 degrees F, flipping them at the 6-minute mark.

Do burgers need to be flipped in air fryer? ›

Yes, you should flip burgers cooked in the air fryer halfway through so it cooks evenly on the top and the bottom. This also helps the internal juices redistribute better for the juiciest, most mouthwatering burgers.

How do you cook burgers in an air fryer without making a mess? ›

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 evenly at the same time.

How do you keep burgers from puffing in an air fryer? ›

Make an indentation in the center of each patty with your thumb; this prevents them from puffing up. Place in the air fryer basket and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Flip patties over and continue cooking on the second side, 8 to 10 minutes more.

How long does it take to cook a hamburger in an air fryer at 400 degrees? ›

Place beef patties in the air fryer basket. Set temperature to 400°F (200°C) and set time for 12 minutes. Cook burgers until a digital instant-read thermometer inserted sideways into centre of each burger reads 160°F (71°C).

Can I put aluminum foil in an air fryer with burgers? ›

Foil is safe to use in an air fryer so long as you follow three basic rules: never let foil touch the heating element; make sure the foil is weighted so it doesn't blow around the basket; and avoid contact with acidic ingredients, which can cause the foil to leach onto your food.

Are burgers better in the skillet or air fryer? ›

Air fryer burgers are incredibly juicy and tender, with all the same great flavor of skillet burgers, but with far less hassle.

Should you spray airfryer basket before cooking burgers? ›

It is not necessary to oil the air fryer basket before cooking burgers. Most burgers contain enough fat to prevent sticking. However, if you prefer a little extra non-stick surface, you can lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray or brush it with a small amount of oil.

Are burgers better in the air fryer or pan? ›

The air fryer is a hands-off method that often results in crispy quick-cooking burgers. For the juiciest and most flavorful results, opt for 80% lean ground beef. The cooking time depends on the desired doneness level, so use a meat thermometer.

Why does my air fryer smoke when I cook hamburgers? ›

Fatty foods will release grease and splatter on the heating element. This causes the air fryer to smoke and release white smoke, often following by burning smells and burnt food. But this doesn't mean that you can't cook higher fat air fried foods.

Are air fried burgers healthy? ›

Healthier - Not only have we used a lean beef mince, but cooking burgers in the air fryer means no oil and the fat from the meat drips under the basket of the air fryer. No need to fire up the BBQ - These air fryer burgers have all the flavour of a BBQ burger, but no need to fire up the BBQ.

What is the quickest way to cook a hamburger? ›

Air-Frying: Air-frying is the quickest and easiest method of the four. Since air fryers cook at a consistent temperature and pressure, your air-fried burgers will turn out the same every time.

Do burgers taste good in air fryer? ›

I have to say; the air fryer made a darn good burger.

I don't know if there's anything an air fryer can't do. I preheated it to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and cooked the patty for six minutes before flipping it over and letting it cook for two more. The cleanup was minimal since our air-fryer baskets are dishwasher-safe.

How do you make homemade burgers stay flat? ›

Place your thumb on the patty and press down gently. Make it so the patty is about 12 in (1.3 cm) thick in the center. Its edges will still be about 34 in (1.9 cm) thick. That small indentation is enough to help the burger hold its shape.

How long to cook frozen burgers in air fryer at 400? ›

I like to use a seasoning blend like Montreal Steak seasoning, or I also love a simple kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder blend! Place the four seasoned, frozen hamburger patties in the air fryer, evenly spaced. Cook at 400º F for 12 minutes, or until the meat thermometer reads 160ºF.

How long to cook burgers in the oven at 375? ›

How Long Do Burgers Take to Cook in the Oven? I use 2lbs ground beef to create eight burger patties, so each burger is 1/4lb. That said, eight 1/4lb burgers only take 20 minutes to reach 160 degrees in a 375 degree oven. This a true 30 minute meal: 10 minutes to season then shape the burgers and 20 minutes to cook.

How long to cook frozen burgers in air fryer at 200? ›

How to Air Fry Frozen Burgers. Start by preheating your airfryer at 390°F (200°C) for 3-4 minutes. Distribute the 4 patties across the airfryer, ensuring there is space between them to prevent steaming (Image 1). Pop in the airfryer for 10 minutes at 390°F (200°C) (Image 2 ).

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