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Air Fryer Hamburgers

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Air fryer hamburgers are so easy to make and create delicious results. Use your favorite sauce, sliced onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, cheese and bacon to create the perfect burger!

Air fryer hamburgers are one of the easiest ways to cook burgers at home. They come out perfect every time and taste oh so good! Serve them with air fryer brussels sprouts for an easy healthy meal.

air fryer hamburgers on a bun with lettuce cucumber and ketchup. tomatoes and kitchen towel in background.

Air Fryer Hamburgers

There’s no need to cook your burgers outside on the barbecue. You can easily cook them in your air fryer and get incredible results!

Air Fryers

Let’s talk about air fryers for a quick sec. If you already have one, you’re probably beginning to realize just how awesome and convenient it is to have this tool in your kitchen. You can air fry almost anything, and it’s not as easy to get the same crispy results when baked in the oven.

I have the Ninja Foodi Deluxe – it’s an all-in-one that allows me to use it as an air fryer, instant pot, sear, slow cook, steam and even bake food. The options are truly endless with this thing and I feel like I’m just getting started with it. If you haven’t purchased an air fryer yet, I highly recommend the Ninja Foodi Deluxe. I love that it replaces multiple tools which saves space in the kitchen. Today I’m using my Ninja Foodi Deluxe to create these ninja air fryer hamburgers.

three raw hamburger patties on a white plate.
cooked burger patties in an air fryer

How To Cook Air Fryer Hamburgers

Cooking your favorite hamburger patties is so easy to do in the air fryer. Everything including prep time and cook time is all done in less than 15 minutes.

  1. Lightly coat the air fryer with cooking spray or cooking oil on a paper towel. (this part is optional)
  2. Preheat the air fryer for two minutes at 400°F. Add in the hamburger patties and cook for 10 minutes, then flip them over. Cook for another 6-10 minutes, keeping an eye on them in the last couple of minutes so that they don’t overcook. I like my burgers crispy so I tend to cook mine on the longer side. The burgers will be cooked when the meat is no longer pink on the inside.

Tips For Perfect Air Fryer Hamburgers

  • Preheat your air fryer first. This will give you the best crispy burgers.
  • Always flip halfway through to get even cooking.
  • Check in the last couple of minutes to make sure the burgers aren’t overcooking. Every air fryer is different so it might take a little bit of practice getting used to your temperature and how it works. I like to write down all my cooking temperatures in an air fryer notebook so that I know for next time.
  • Blot the burgers with a paper towel after cooking to remove excess grease.
  • If you have a Ninja Foodi Deluxe you can easily use this recipe to make ninja air fryer burgers.
air fryer hamburgers on a white plate with fries and tomatoes on the side.

Hamburger Topping Ideas

There are so many things you can add to your burgers to make them extra delicious. Here are a few ideas:

  • Sauces – Ketchup, mustard, relish, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, mayonnaise, sauerkraut or special sauce dressing I use in my burger salad bowl recipe.
  • Homemade ketchup – it’s delicious and made with no refined sugar and whole food ingredients. See my ketchup recipe here.
  • Veggies – sliced red onion, lettuce, spinach, sliced tomatoes, mashed avocado, cucumber, radishes, pickles, and sprouts.
  • Bacon – bacon always tastes delicious on a burger.
  • Cheese – mozzarella, cheddar, marble, etc.
PRO TIP: Want your cheese to melt? Add cheese slices to the tops of the burgers in the last 1-2 minutes of cooking in the air fryer!
burgers with melted cheese in an air fryer

Air Fryer Hamburger Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Cook Frozen Hamburger Patties In Air Fryer?

Yes, you can! I usually cook mine straight from frozen. It usually takes a couple minutes extra to cook fully. You’ll have to keep an eye on them at the end to make sure they don’t overcook.

I Want To Cook 8 Burger Patties. Can I Cook Them All At Once?

No. It’s better to cook them in two separate batches to ensure even cooking. Air fryers tend to work better when the food is cooked in a single layer and not piled on top of eachother.

How Long Does It Take To Cook A Hamburger In An Air Fryer?

If the hamburger is fully defrosted, then it will take about 12-15 minutes when cooked at 400°F. If the hamburger is frozen, then it will take about 15-20 minutes.

Can You Put Raw Meat In Air Fryer?

Yes absolutely! An air fryer will reach high cooking temperatures similar to an oven. You can easily cook a variety of meats in the air fryer including your hamburgers.

What Is The Temperature To Cook Fresh Burgers In Air Fryer?

I cook my burgers at 400°F and they always turn out great.

hand holding hamburger bun with lettuce avocado and ketchup

Sides To Serve With Hamburgers

To make this meal healthier, add a vegetable side dish. Here are some of my favorite recipes:

  • BLT Pasta Salad – This recipe is perfect for summertime dinners out on the patio. It’s is a healthier version of the classic, using greek yogurt, mayonnaise and fresh parsley as the salad dressing.
  • Kale Caesar Salad – crispy homemade croutons and caesar dressing is so delicious! Easy to make and homemade. Perfect recipe for burgers!
  • Garden Salad With Herb Dressing – a combination of cucumber, tomatoes, radishes, parsley, romaine lettuce, and sunflower seeds and topped with savory thyme dressing.

Air Fryer Burgers

Air fryer hamburgers are so easy to make and create delicious results. Use your favorite sauce, sliced onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, cheese and bacon to create the perfect burger!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 hamburger patties


  • Preheat the air fryer for 2 minutes at 400°F. Add in the hamburger patties in a single layer.
  • Cook for 10 minutes then flip them with a spatula and cook another 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink on the inside.
  • In the last 1-2 minutes, place cheese slices on top of each burger pattie to melt (this part is optional).
  • Add burger buns to serving plates and use spatula to scoop the burger onto the bun. Add your favorite toppings including, cheese, greens, sliced onion, mashed avocado, and ketchup. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes:

  • Burgers should cook in a single layer to ensure even cooking. If they won’t all fit at the same time, then cook in separate batches.
  • I like to toast my burger buns with a bit of cooking oil in a frying pan to help give them an extra crunch. This is optional.
  • I haven’t included nutritional information because toppings are so personal and will be different for everyone. To know the nutritional information of the burger pattie, see the side of the package that it came from.
  • Make your own delicious homemade ketchup! It’s made with whole food ingredients and contains no refined sugar. See my recipe here. 

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving.

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