Air fryer hamburgers always turn out perfectly juicy in no time at all!
Hamburgers in air fryer will be your new favorite way to make them! Make juicy and tender seasoned ground beef patties for burgers, cheeseburgers, or sliders with no oil, no mess, and cleanup is a cinch!
Easy Air Fryer Hamburgers
- Get that summertime grilled flavor for burgers any time of year using your Ninja XL, no need to turn on the grill.
- Even frozen burgers can be made in minutes!
- Meal prep homemade hamburgers for quick dinners and lunches all week long, even the kids can air fry leftover patties for a quick snack!
- Crowd-pleasing and party-ready air fryer hamburgers are perfect for a BYO (Build Your Own) Burger Bar! Serve them with toasted buns and set out a platter of lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and your favorite condiments. Keep extra burgers warm in the oven.
Ingredients and Variations
Ground Beef – An 80/20 blend produces a juicy burger without a lot of shrinkage but a 90-95% lean grind will also work. Or switch it up and make air fryer turkey burgers or chicken burgers by using ground turkey or chicken.
Seasonings – Use a little Worcestershire sauce to enhance the umami flavor of the meat. Ground onion and garlic powder are also good additions and if you want your burgers to be ‘extra’ try this DIY hamburger seasoning that you can make once and use all year long.
Variations – A quick brush of bbq sauce before the burgers are fully cooked will glaze onto the burger for extra flavor. Choose any brand or make it yourself and make it as tame or spicy as you like! Or make buffalo burgers with this tasty microwave buffalo sauce. Make this a low carb dinner by serving with a lettuce wrap.
How to Cook Hamburgers in Air Fryer
- Mix hamburger ingredients in a large bowl.
- Prepare hamburger patties and brush with optional bbq sauce.
- Cook for 5 minutes in air fryer basket, flip, and cook until burgers reach an internal temp of 160°F.
- Add cheese at the last minute of cooking, if desired.
Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature and cook to desired temperature.
- Rare: 120°F to 125°F
- Medium Rare: 130°F to 135°F
- Medium Well: 150°F to 155°F
- Well Done: 160°F to 165°F
For best results, always preheat the air fryer to the proper power before using it to cook any recipe. Frozen patties can be cooked the same way, simply add additional extra cook time.
Storing Tips & Tricks
- Keep leftover air fryer burgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Freeze them in zippered bags for up to 8 weeks.
- Hamburgers can be frozen (raw or cooked and cooled) with parchment paper between each patty for up to a month in the freezer.
- Reheat leftovers in the air fryer from fresh or frozen.
Air Fryer Hamburgers
- 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- salt & pepper to taste
- ¼ cup barbecue sauce optional
- 4 hamburger buns
- lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions
- Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
- Combine beef, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper. Gently mix to combine.
- Divide the mixture into four ½” thick patties and place in the air fryer in a single layer. Use your thumb to place a small indent in the middle of the burger patty.
- Brush the burgers with the barbecue sauce, if using.
- Cook 5 minutes, flip burgers, and cook an additional 4-6 minutes or until the burgers reach 160°F.
- When mixing burgers, mix gently.
- 1 tablespoon of grated onion can be added to the beef mixture for extra flavor.
- Air fryers can vary, check the burgers early to ensure they don’t overcook.
- Cheese can be added during the last 1 minute of cooking time.
- Nutrition information is for the burger with bbq sauce only and does not include the hamburger bun or toppings.
- Keep leftover air fryer burgers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Freeze them in zippered bags for up to 8 weeks.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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