Air Fryer Hamburgers

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Air Fryer Hamburgers are a fast way to get a quick meal on the table!

Juicy hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or sliders in the Air Fryer mean less muss and fuss with all of the flavor.

close up of Air Fryer Hamburgers on a bun with pickles

Simple All Beef Patty

Pan-frying has nothing homemade Air Fryer hamburger patties! Even frozen patties turn out tasty with just a little extra cook time!

BEEF Just like our favorite hamburger recipe, we like to use fresh ground beef. An 80/20 blend has the right amount of fat that keeps the patties juicy without too much grease runoff. Try ground turkey for turkey burgers!

SEASONING Add in salt & pepper with a dash of onion and garlic powder. Fresh onion and garlic don’t have enough time to cook so we opt for powders in this recipe. Or try our signature Hamburger Seasoning!

BBQ SAUCE is optional but it helps with caramelization and tastes great. We prefer homemade barbecue sauce.

Air Fryer Hamburgers in the air fryer before cooking

How To Air Fry Hamburgers

Air Fryer hamburgers are super easy and quick to make!

  1. Combine all of the ingredients and form into 4 equally sized patties!

PRO TIP: For perfectly evenly cooked burgers press your thumb into the center of each patty so it doesn’t swell in the center during cooking.

  1. Put prepared hamburger patties in a single layer in the Air Fryer basket. Cook according to the recipe below, about 9-12 minutes depending on thickness.
  2. Top with cheese if desired, cook 1 more minute before serving.

cooked Air Fryer Hamburgers in the air fryer

Got Fries?

If you’d like to serve air fryer french fries with your burgers, cook the fries first and set them aside. Once the burgers have cooked, add the fries back to the basket and cook at 400°F for about 3-4 minutes while you top your burger. Alternatively, oven fries are great served with these burgers.


Make a DIY burger bar by arranging lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and pickles on a serving platter so everyone can help themselves!

Tips for Perfect Hamburger Patties

  • Ensure you use meat with a little bit of fat (80/20) so the burgers stay moist.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the thickest part of a patty (160°F).
  • Appliances can vary, check your burgers early to ensure they don’t overcook.
  • Frozen burger patties can be cooked in the air fryer, you’ll need to add about 5 minutes.
  • The hamburgers can be frozen with parchment paper between each patty. They’ll keep about a month in the freezer.

Did you enjoy these Air Fryer Hamburgers? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below!

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4.97 from 202 votes
Review Recipe

Air Fryer Hamburgers

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 hamburgers
These tender, juicy hamburgers are quick and easy to make, taking less than 10 minutes in the Air Fryer!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef 80/20
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce optional

For Serving

  • 4 hamburger buns
  • toppings as desired

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  • Combine meat, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder in a medium bowl.
  • Form into 4 patties, about 1/2" thick. Make a small indent in the middle of the patty with your thumb. Brush patties with barbecue sauce if using.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 370°F. Add patties in a single layer to the basket.
  • Cook 6 minutes. Flip burger over and cook an additional 3-5 minutes or until beef reaches 160°F.
  • Add cheese if using and cook 1 minute more. Serve on buns.

Recipe Notes

*Nutrition information does not include toppings
IMPORTANT: Cook time can vary based on the appliance and the thickness of the burger. Use a meat thermometer to check the thickest part of a patty (160°F).
  • Ensure you use meat with a little bit of fat (80/20) so the burgers stay moist.
  • Air Fryers can vary, check your burgers early to ensure they don't overcook. If your burgers are thicker, add more time.
  • These were tested in a Cosori 5.8QT Air Fryer
  • Frozen burger patties can be cooked in the air fryer, you'll need to add about 5-7 minutes depending on thickness. Use a meat thermometer to ensure doneness.
  • If you prefer them more well done cook longer, if you prefer them with a bit of pink, cook for a little bit less time.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1hamburger, Calories: 365, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 581mg, Potassium: 389mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 91mg, Iron: 4mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. These were great. I’m one of those people that doesn’t read through a recipe very well :) I mixed the bbq sauce into the meat with the spices. I realized my mistake after the fact. But, it was DELICIOUS!5 stars

  2. I liked the recipe. I added seasoning salt for my own taste. I also broiled for 1 minute since my air fryer had that feature, for more crisp.5 stars

  3. This was a great recipe I added paprika and Italian seasoning.
    Then instead of cheese, I served them on leftover, Texas garlic cheese toast!
    Very nice hint on the thumb depression in the middle of the paddy’s!!!4 stars

  4. Great recipe! I was a bit nervous making them in my air fryer, but they turned out great! So quick and no grease popping on me. Lol5 stars

  5. I made these for lunch and they were perfect. I added some cheddar cheese and diced jalapeños to the meat mixture before cooking and they were absolutely perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe.5 stars

  6. Just made these and they were delicious! Added a little more time because my husband is a “well done” guy. And guess what we used cheese…yummy temperature worked good for ours.5 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear that. Did you use lean ground beef (80/20)? If using ground beef with a higher fat content it can end up soupier. These burgers won’t have a pan-fried sear to the outsides but an air-fried crispy exterior instead. Hope that helps!

  7. Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers are not the same thing. Stop using the names interchangeably. Cheeseburgers are nasty because they have disgusting cheese on them. Everyone who loves such a horrible thing should not assume that everyone loves whatever they love. Cheese is the most vile and most disgusting “food” ever created by man. Any burger or sandwich with cheese is completely ruined. Millions of people actually despise cheese and most of those not lactose intolerant.

    1. There is no cheese in the recipe, this calls for “toppings as desired”. I love cheese so I added it but you can certainly leave it off! Enjoy the recipe!

    2. Wow Mitch, not sure why you are so repulsed by cheese but real cheese is actually very good. Not if you’re talking about processed cheese i can certainly relate. There is a big difference in the two. I’ll be praying for you as you sound as if you certainly need it !

      1. And recent research indicates that certain cheeses are very health promoting. That’s good news for those who enjoy one of mankinds’s long loved artisan foods, which has been made for 5,000 years. In 2018, archeologists from Cairo University and the University of Catania reported the discovery of the oldest known cheese from Egypt. Discovered in the Saqqara necropolis, it is around 3200 years old. I’m imagining them using Mutton slices placed on bread and dipped into the cheese, and thinking this is surely is the first cheeseburger ever!

        Now Mitch, I’ve told you ten million times not to exaggerate! :-)

      1. LOL that was the best comment Shelley, made me LOL. Some people have nothing better to do than troll recipe posts and be rude!

    3. You must be one miserable human being to post a comment like this. So you don’t like cheese? Ok! No one is forcing you to add cheese to your hamburger. This recipe clearly states that adding cheese is optional. Pathetic.

    4. Oh Mitch…. why the hate? Make your hamburgers the way you want. Each to their own.
      If “millions” supposedly despise cheese, as you claim, that still leaves a few BILLION that love it.
      I put DOUBLE cheese on mine. How do you like that?!?!

      Thanks for the recipe, Holly. I appreciate your time.

  8. Air Fryer Hamburgers are a quick and easy way to make burgers. Air Fryer Hamburgers are perfect for people who don’t have time to cook, but still want a quick meal. They’re also great for people with dietary restrictions because you can customize the ingredients to your liking.

    You can use any type of buns you prefer – gluten-free, vegan, or even cheeseburger buns! Whatever style burger bun you enjoy is now an option!

    1. I made this recipe in the air fryer! Fab! I used the idea of two cheeses, one sharp cheddar the other jack, and the sharpness was nicely mellowed, thanks for the commenter earlier who shared that. Air fryer makes them quickly and perfectly. Then set cheese on and leave for a minute in hot air fryer but done cooking – perfect melt. Oh and I add the pickles on top of the cheese so they warm up too. Love them that way, although I also like them cool-crisp… such a nice problem to have in life – should I warm the pickles or have them cold!

  9. Oh my, probably the best, juiciest hamburgers i’ve ever had. I did about 8 min on each side for medium well, other than that I didn’t change a thing!

  10. ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS RECIPE!! Made it after working all night on 12hr shift. Super easy and fast. Incredibly delicious. Used Air Fryer XL and done from start to finish in 15mins5 stars

    1. That is awesome Cynthia! A yummy, easy recipe is exactly what you need after a long day at work! So glad this recipe worked out well for you :)