Air Fryer Burgers (quick + easy cleanup!)

Thick and juicy air fryer burgers are a quick and easy way to get a supper ready in no time. Simply wrap your patties in foil and you’ve got air fryer cheeseburgers in 10 minutes with minimal clean up.

air fryer burger with tomato, lettuce, cheese, onion and special sauce

In the Air Fryer, juicy hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or sliders mean less struggle and more flavor. You’ll want to make these most and juicy and air fryer cheeseburgers time and time again! 

Cheeseburgers are just the best, am I right?

The air fryer creates an incredible taste that you simply cannot get enough of. The cool thing is, by making burgers in the air fryer, you don’t even need a stovetop or grill.

ingredients for air fryer burgers, including buns, ground beef, onion, lettuce, tomato, worcestershire sauce, mayo egg, and bread crumbs

Ingredients

Beef-I recommend using a lean cut of ground beef for this recipe. It has less fat and and it will produce fewer greasy spills/ fumes from your air fryer.

Garlic powder-This is entirely optional, but it adds a lot of flavor to the burger.

Cheese-Use your favorite slice of cheese. I prefer traditional American or pepper jack.

Worcestershire sauce– gives the burger a smoky, robust flavor.

Breadcrumbs– I use regular breadcrumbs.

Egg– gives body and structure to the burger.

hand holding a fully dressed burger with a sesame seed bun
the best buns for burgers include sesame seed or onion/poppy seeds

Ingredients for Spicy Mayonnaise Sauce

You’ll need the following simple ingredients for the spicy burger sauce:

  • mayonnaise
  • ground chili or chipotle
  • Sriracha or similar hot sauce (Frank’s)

How to make burgers in the air fryer

Air Fryer hamburgers are really simple and quick to prepare!

burger patties on a plate
make patties
burger patties wrapped in foil in the air fryer
wrap + air fry
special burger sauce in a bowl
meanwhile, prep sauce
  1. Mix all of the ingredients and shape the ground beef into 3-4 separate patties.

Tip: flatten the center of the patties even more as it helps them to cook evenly and prevents the middle from thickening too much. If you have a burger press/mold, then it will be even easier.

2. Air fry for approximately 10 minutes at 375 degrees. If adding cheese, place on directly after cooking and removing foil.

two juicy cheeseburgers on a plate next to a blue napkin

Air fry frozen burgers

How do I air fry frozen burgers, you ask?

Even frozen hamburger patties taste good with a little more cook time. Prepping patties ahead of time and freezing can be a time-saver in the long run!

You can air fry frozen burgers in 15-17 minutes, flipping halfway to make sure burgers are cooked evenly. Remember, each air fryer is different (I used a Ninja Foodi for this recipe).

Best sides for burgers

My family loves burgers with pickles, fries and potato chips.

If you want to offer air fryer french fries with your burgers, it’s best to air fry them while you dress your burger.

Fresh potato fries cook in 14 minutes at 380 degrees F (add 5-7 min. if frozen) in the air fryer.

burgers stacked on one another with a huge bite taken out of the juicy beef patty
simple recipe with easy clean up

Toppings

I serve my burgers with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and pickles. I love using muffin tins to serve the toppings.

Other toppings that are perfect for burgers include chili, mushrooms and Swiss cheese, beer cheese, onion fries, bacon, jalapeño, and banana peppers.

SEASONING 

Season with salt and pepper, along with garlic powder, burger seasoning or cajun seasoning blend for a spicy burger. I’ve also used red pepper flakes for extra spice.

hand holding a burger with a bite taken out exposing onions, lettuce, cheese and spicy mayo sauce
thick and hearty burgers are the best

FAQ

Freezing instructions – cooked beef patties will last in the freezer for up to 3 months in a sealed, zippered bag.

Raw patties will last for longer, about 6 months. Keep each patty separated with parchment paper or wrapped individually in plastic wrap and in an airtight container. 

Frozen burger patties should be in the air fryer for roughly 5 minutes longer, or until desired wellness. 

hand grabbing a thick burger with cheese, lettuce, mayo, onion and tomato
don’t forget to top it off with spicy mayo

Which beef should I use? 

I used fresh ground beef in this dish, and I’ve found the best quality is to buy directly from the meat counter at your local grocer.

An 80/20 blend of ground beef contains just the proper percentage of fat included to make the patties moist without allowing too much liquid to run off.

You may also use lean ground beef.

Can I make this recipe with ground turkey or chicken?

Yes, this recipe works perfectly with ground chicken or turkey burgers.

thick cheeseburger with sesame seed bun and lettuce, tomato, onion and burger sauce

Air Fryer Burgers

These easy air fryer cheeseburgers require no cleanup and are made in the air fryer in 10 minutes. Freeze for later or make ahead of time for a quick burger night with the family.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 527 kcal

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb ground beef 20% fat
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper to taste
  • tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium egg

Burger Dressing

  • 1 tomato large and ripe
  • 1 red onion
  • lettuce
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese or preferred cheese

Spicy Burger Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat air fryer to 375°F.
  • Season ground beef with salt, pepper in a medium bowl. Add Worcestershire sauce and breadcrumbs. Stir to combine (I like to do it by hand). Refrigerate for 10 minutes for flavors to blend. 
  • Divide the beef mixture into four equal parts directly in the bowl. Form 4 compact balls. Flatten the balls into 3/4-inch patties about 4-1/2 inches across.
  • Wrap in foil and place in a single layer in the air fryer.
  • Cook for 10 minutes. Immediately top with cheese, if desired.

Sauce instructions

  • Make the sauce by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

Notes

Freezing instructions – cooked beef patties will last in the fridge for 2-3 months. Raw patties will last for longer, about 6 months. Keep each patty separated with parchment paper or wrapped individually in plastic wrap and in an airtight container.
Make-ahead instructions – you can mix the beef with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and breadcrumbs 2 days prior, keep in the fridge, sealed.
 
Tip: flatten the center of the patties even more as it helps them to cook evenly and prevents the middle from rising during the cooking process. If you have a burger press/mold available then it will be even easier but the edges will be different, more ‘’flat’’. If you’re looking for round edges, form the patties using your hands. 

Nutrition

Calories: 527kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 22gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 981mgPotassium: 464mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 341IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 3mg
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