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.

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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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Air Fryer Hamburgers

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


  • 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


  • 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.


*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.
4.98 from 511 votes

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. I’m not sure what’s up with this recipe. I made these burgers according to the directions twice (including the 1/4 bbq sauce) and they were good – everyone enjoyed.

    Then I tried to make them from memory and instead of 1 tsp of seasoning each I used 1 tbsp.
    That wasn’t a huge deal but by accident I used 1 cup of bbq sauce instead of 1/4 (or maybe I used 1/2 cup)? The burgers came out extremely crumbly, but I blamed that on too much liquid (and my fault).

    But then I made them again following the recipe exactly and the burgers literally fell apart while I was trying to flip them. I mean completely. I had to abandon them and used the crumbled meat for a pasta sauce instead.

    Still trying to recreate the first two times I made these again last night, once again following the recipe exactly (including the 80/20 beef). They didn’t fall apart, and were not quite as crumbly as the one time, but they were still pretty loose and began to come apart a little too much for my liking while eating.

    I’d like to give this a higher review, but I feel some guidelines are missing from the instructions on how to prepare or cook these that wouldn’t result in such wildly different burgers even while the instructions are followed the same.3 stars

    1. Hi BH, we have made these hamburgers many times and not had this issue. Did you use exactly the same beef every time? Are you adding the BBQ sauce into the mixture? The BBQ sauce is supposed to be a glaze on top. And be sure to not overcook them. I hope this helps!

  2. While I haven’t made burgers this way in the past, I am sooo looking forward to following you recommendations tomorrow. Thank you for posting the recipe and suggestions.5 stars

  3. I bought pre-made patties at Publix and was looking for air fryer instructions. This worked perfectly!! Thank you!!5 stars

  4. We were craving hamburgers and I definitely want going to start the barbecue in the middle on winter! So we decided to give this recipe a try. Followed your advice for cool g from frozen and oh wow. These were so juicy and delicious!5 stars

    1. I would make the recipe the same, but the cook time will need to be reduced. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out Tanvi!

  5. I live in a retirement community. I do not have a lot of ingredients because they cook our meals. Send simple recipes please.

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    1. The temperature is listed in step 3. Preheat the air fryer to 370°F. Add patties in a single layer to the basket.

    1. In my air fryer the grease can travel through the holes in the basket to the bottom of the air fryer. You can put a slice of bread in the bottom of the air fryer to soak up the grease to make clean up a cinch Mike!

    1. The temperature is listed in step 3.

      3. Preheat the air fryer to 370°F. Add patties in a single layer to the basket.

  6. The beef burgers were fantastic!! We like our beef well done and were very pleased with how juicy the burgers turned out. Thank you for the recipr.5 stars

  7. I made these this afternoon on the air fryer. Followed the directions exactly and the burgers turned out delicious. Very juicy not dry, and the flavor was fantastic.5 stars

  8. I use air fryer last night made the acorn squash. It was the best and the skin was so good. I just got the air recently so I am using every day with your recipes. I can’t have much dairy I try to work around it

    1. Hi Debi, with two patties you will still want to follow the recipe’s cook times and temperature to ensure they are fully cooked! Enjoy :)