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!

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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.

Serve with potato salad or put the air fryer on double duty with french fries or sweet potato fries.

ingredients assembled to make hamburger patties

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

  1. Mix hamburger ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Prepare hamburger patties and brush with optional bbq sauce.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes in air fryer basket, flip, and cook until burgers reach an internal temp of 160°F.
  4. 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.

Burger Toppings

From favorite condiments like ketchup and mustard to cheddar cheese, jalapenos, roasted red peppers, crispy peppers, mushrooms, sliced cooked bacon, fried onions, or even a fried egg… Anything goes!

hamburger patty on a bun with lettuce, onion, and tomato

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.

More Beef Air Fryer Recipes

Air fryer burgers on a bun with lettuce and tomatoes
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Air Fryer Hamburgers

This air fryer hamburger recipe makes quick and flavorful burgers.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce optional

For Serving

  • 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.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1patty | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 352mg | Potassium: 664mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 4mg

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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    1. Hi Rick, you will find the full recipe at the bottom of the post. But 400°F for 5 mins, flip them cook for an additional 4-6 or until burgers reach an internal temp of 160°F

  1. Just bought the Vortex 6 qt. Yes, disappointed there is no quick reference cookbook . I’ve been on several sites looking for info. What a waste of time. This is not my first airfryer, but still would like the quick reference. I think I may take this back.

    1. Sorry to hear that, Debbie. We aren’t connected to Vortex but hopefully, you can find some recipes that you enjoy here. But most our recipes will work in any Air Fryer you choose to purchase. Hope that helps!

  2. Do these recipes also apply to the Vortex 6. It only has a basket so not sure when it says middle rack if these recipes apply to those with basket.

  3. I am very disappointed that there is no recipe book with my air fryer and these recipes on this website does not show how to cook pork chops

    1. I went by the settings for the lamb chops she the second diagram next to the french fries . I had to cook them a little more because my pork chops were so thick but they were so juicy and you know it is very hard to have juicy pork chops when you bake them. I did have to rotate the top ones to the bottom and vice a versa because the ones on the bottom were cooking faster . They were divine