Year round grilling – This easy air fryer recipe lets you have perfect air fryer hamburgers year-round without having to fire up the grill!
Customizable – Want cheeseburgers instead of plain hamburgers? Top the burgers with cheese and melt in the air fryer. Want to amp up the flavor? Add your own favorite seasonings.
Use frozen patties – If you bought already formed burger patties at the store, you can follow the same cook times.
Healthier than fast food – no one can argue that a fast food burger is tastes good. But I will argue that air fryer hamburgers are tastier, healthier and fresher, too!
Ingredients for Juicy Air Fryer Hamburgers
You only need three ingredients to make super juicy hamburgers. Grab the patty ingredients, some hamburger buns, and your favorite toppings.
Lean Ground Beef – You do want some fat to keep your air fryer burgers juicy, but go for an 85% or higher fat content.
Seasoned Salt – a blend of salt, paprika, garlic, onion powder and dried parsley. It’s a great spice blend to have on hand, but you can also make your own. Or, try my All Purpose Seasoning.
Hamburger buns and toppings– I am partial to good quality white or brioche buns. Feel free to use what you prefer, like wheat, sesame seed buns, or even gluten free.
Toppings: Traditional burger toppings include lettuce (a crisp iceberg or butter lettuce are my choices), ripe tomatoes, pickles and thinly sliced onions. You can also add a slice of cheese and make it a cheeseburger.
How to Air Fry Hamburgers
It takes no time at all to mix up the homemade hamburger patties then just 10 minutes, or less, in the air fryer. This dinner recipe doesn’t get any easier.
Preheat – Start by preheating your air fryer to 375 degrees F. If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheat button, then you can just let it run empty for a few minutes.
Make Hamburger Patties – Mix together the ground beef, seasoned salt, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. I recommend mixing with your hands so you don’t overmix which can lead to a tough patty. Divide up the meat mixture into four round patties. You can use the back of a spoon to press down in the center of each patty to make an indent.
Air Fry – Add the patties to the preheated air fryer and air fry at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until they reach the desired temperature.
Add Cheese (optional) – If you want to make cheeseburgers, you can just top your patties with cheese slices then close the air fryer. No need to turn it on. The residual heat will melt the cheese in just a couple of minutes.
Enjoy – Place the burgers in hamburger buns and top with your favorite toppings or condiments.
Can you cook frozen hamburger patties in the air fryer?
Yes, you can cook frozen hamburger patties in the air fryer! This is a great option for those nights when you forget to thaw some meat from the freezer. Just add your frozen patties to the air fryer (don’t overcrowd) and air fry at 375 degrees F. The cook time will be longer than fresh patties – about 15 minutes, but check the temperature to know when they are done.
What temperature should burgers be cooked to?
The temperature of the burger depends on your doneness preference. However the FDA does recommend that the internaltemperature should reach 155-165. Here are the different temperatures:
140℉-145℉: Medium (pink throughout) 150℉-155℉: Medium Well (a little pink) 160℉-165℉: Well Done (little to no pink)
Do you need to flip burgers in the air fryer?
Nope. The air circulates really well in an air fryer unit, so the burgers will cook evenly all the way around.
Do you need to preheat the air fryer?
Only if your unit calls for it, so check your manual to see. I do recommend preheating if you can.
How long does it take to cook a hamburger in the air fryer?
It’s take about 10-15 minutes to cook burgers in the air fryer. Thicker burgers will take a few minutes longer, and thinner patties will cook quicker.
Favorite Hamburger Toppings
The Standard: Classic crowd pleasing toppings like romaine lettuce, fresh tomato, onion slices, and pickles are always a good idea.
Condiments: You can’t go wrong with having lots of condiment options! Ketchup, mayo, mustard, and even BBQ sauce are great choices.
Lettuce Wrap: Forgo the bun and do it gluten free with a lettuce wrap instead.
Make Ahead and Storage Tips
You can form the patties in advance and either refrigerate or freeze to cook later.
Refrigerate: Cover with plastic wrap and air fry within 24 hours.
Freezer: For longer storage, you can individually wrap the patties in plastic wrap, place in a freezer bag, and freeze for up to 6 months. You can even air fry the patties from frozen – see the FAQs below!
Storing cooked hamburgers: Wrap cooled burgers with plastic wrap and place in a resealable storage bag or freezer bag. Keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days or in the freezer for 3-4 months. Reheat in the microwave.
Meat Thermometer – For best results, I recommend using a meat thermometer to tell when your patties are cooked. This lets you check the temp instead of having to cut them open to check the color. The internal temp for burgers and other ground beef recipes is 165 degree F.
Press Down the Center – Making an indent in the burgers prior to cooking helps prevent them from shrinking and keeps their flat shape. The indent also collects the juices and allows them to soak back into the burger before serving.
In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, seasoned salt and worchestire sauce.
Divide the meat into four sections and form round patties.
Use the back of a spoon to press down in the center of each patty.
Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches: 140-145 (Medium) 150-155 (Medium Done) 160-165 (Well Done)
If using cheese, place cheese slices on the meat, and close the unit for a few minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Place burgers on the bun along with desired toppings and serve.
You can form the patties in advance and either refrigerate or freeze to cook later.Refrigerate: Cover with plastic wrap and air fry within 24 hours.Freezer: For longer storage, you can individually wrap the patties in plastic wrap, place in a freezer bag, and freeze for up to 6 months. You can even air fry the patties from frozen – see the FAQs below! Storing cooked hamburgers: Wrap cooled burgers with plastic wrap and place in a resealable storage bag or freezer bag. Keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days or in the freezer for 3-4 months. Reheat in the microwave.Cook frozen hamburger patties in the air fryer: This is a great option for those nights when you forget to thaw some meat from the freezer. Just add your frozen patties to the air fryer (don’t overcrowd) and air fry at 375 degrees F. The cook time will be longer than fresh patties – about 15 minutes, but check the temperature to know when they are done.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.