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Air Fryer Hamburgers

Air Fryer Hamburgers

If you’re like me and you don’t like the mess and hassle of cooking hamburgers on the stove top, you’ll love these Air Fryer Hamburgers. They taste delicious and there’s no greasy mess to clean up. 

Air Fryer Hamburger

My family loves hamburgers, but I was often reluctant to make them at home because the grease would get all over the kitchen when I would cook the hamburgers in a skillet on the stovetop.

The Air Fryer eliminates all the hassles of making hamburgers at home.

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Hamburger Patties

My family loves it when I cook hamburgers in the skillet at home but it creates such a big mess in my kitchen that I don’t make them very often.

I finally found a solution!

Hamburgers from the Air Fryer (this one is the best seller on Amazon right now) taste great and there’s virtually no mess. 

And I can finally cook hamburgers in the kitchen without setting off every smoke detector in the whole house.

It’s a miracle!

Air Fryer Hamburgers

Key to Success #1 – Use Lean Ground Beef

When I make hamburgers, I like to use 93% lean ground beef when I’m making hamburgers at home.

I know that they say the flavor’s in the fat but I really don’t want to eat the fat. 

Even with 93% lean meat, you’ll get plenty of flavor and the burgers will still be juicy without being greasy.

Just look at the photo below with the hamburger patties in the Air Fryer basket.

They are plenty juicy and they were really delicious. 

Hamburgers in Air Fryer

Key to Success #2 – Form Even Patties for Even Cooking

I have a little trick for forming perfectly round hamburger patties and it’s this little gadget right here – a hamburger patty mold/press.

I take 1/4 pound of ground beef and press it evenly into the mold with my hand (or a piece of waxed paper).

Then I take the press and press it down to make those nice “grill” marks on the top of the burger. 

Then the fun part – I slap the mold face-down onto a piece of waxed paper on the cabinet to release the perfect patty.

It works perfectly every time.

You may be thinking that 1/4 pound of beef doesn’t sound like much but since you’re using lean ground beef you don’t get as much shrinkage due to fat loss during the cooking process. 

Tip! Don’t forget to season your meat on both sides!

Air Fryer Hamburgers

Key to Success #3 – How do you like your burger?

For a quarter-pound burger using lean ground beef, the cook time for a well-done burger in my Air Fryer is 13 minutes.

I suggest setting the timer for 10 minutes then checking to see if the burgers are done to your liking. 

It’s not absolutely necessary to flip the hamburger patties after 10 minutes, but I suggest it. 

Like bacon on your burger? Check out this post.

A Cheesy Tip

After I cooked our burgers, I put a slice of cheese on top of each hamburger patty then slid the basket back into the Air Fryer for a minute to melt the cheese. 

When I opened the Air Fryer again, the cheese slices had blown off the hamburger patties and into the bottom of the basket.

I’d forgotten about the powerful fan that circulates the hot air. 

The trick is to turn the Air Fryer OFF then slide the basket back into the Air Fryer for a minute or two.

The Air Fryer will still be warm enough to melt the cheese but the cheese will not fly off.

Tip! Melt the cheese on your burger by sliding the basket back into the Air Fryer with the appliance turned OFF.

Cute Boy Enjoying Air Fryer Hamburger
Hey, this is good!

For more information on choosing the best Air Fryer, check out this post.

Or for more great Air Fryer Recipes, look at this list

And did you know the Air Fryer makes the best Crispy Bacon ever?

And the best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches?

The possibilities are endless with this thing. It never ceases to amaze me.

Save this Air Fryer Hamburgers recipe to your favorite Air Fryer Board or your Burgers board.

Air Fryer Hamburgers
Air Fryer Hamburgers

Air Fryer Hamburgers

Yield: 4 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

If you’re like me and you don’t like the mess and hassle of cooking hamburgers on the stove top, you’ll love these Air Fryer Hamburgers. They taste delicious and there’s no greasy mess to clean up.


  • 1 pound ground beef, lean
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat Air Fryer on 400 degrees F for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Divide ground beef into 4 even portions and form into round patties. Season both sides to taste.
  3. Place hamburger patties in a single layer in the basket of Air Fryer. 
  4. Cook on 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Flip patties then cook another 2-3 minutes until fully cooked. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 32g

Nutrition Information Provided For Educational and Informational Purposes Only.

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Monday 20th of March 2023

Great recipe! Was looking for a way to use my air fryer for burgers for just the two of us instead of the grill. This was it! Cooked for 6 min., flipped and cooked for an additional 6 min. Came out perfectly medium rare and so juicy. Thank you !


Tuesday 27th of September 2022

My husband bought some premade patties, with cheddar n bacon in em from Kroger, n I used your cook times, n they turned out perfectly, thank you so much for sharing this, God bless all of you!!


Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Too much to read to get to the point and way too many ads to actually see the recipe itself... next


Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Thank you for the feedback ❤️


Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

when I cook my hamburgers they shrink into meatball like shape. I use very lean beef. Any suggestions?


Wednesday 28th of September 2022

@Grace, You can also make a hole in the center of your burger about the size of dime or a little smaller.


Tuesday 29th of March 2022


One other Pinterest site recommended pressing the middle of the burger down a bit to try for less “shrinkage”. Haven’t made ours tonight yet, but it might help


Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Try forming your patties into a thinner and wider circle so that when they shrink they will still fit the bun


Tuesday 1st of March 2022

Don’t know why but nobody ever seems to the setting do you put burgers or chicken fry baked there’s different settings it would be nice to know what setting to put this on thank you


Wednesday 28th of September 2022

@Tom, Those are just preset temperatures and times to make it faster to set the fryer. This recipe gives the temperature and time and you just manually set it. No need to worry about the presets.


Tuesday 1st of March 2022

The problem with giving instructions to use the custom buttons is that every air fryer manufacturer does things differently. I wouldn't be able to give instructions for every kind of air fryer that someone might have because some burger button might cook it at 350 degrees and another might cook it at 370 degrees. But I can test and re-test certain temperatures and cook times to make sure those will work for most people. Hope that helps.

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