This is my recipe for making succulent, flavorsome (and gluten free!) hamburgers in an air fryer. The whole family will love them! Using the air fryer to cook these burgers means they are super quick and easy to make.
What beef to use
Cooking hamburgers in an air fryer is a great option as extra fat can drain away during cooking. Having said that, the best option is for that fat not to be there in the first place. I always use lean ground beef (at least 85%) for this burger recipe.
How to air fry hamburgers
To air fry burger patties, first be sure to spray the air fryer basket with olive oil to help stop sticking before you place the hamburgers in the air fryer.
If you are air frying now than one burger patty, make sure that they are not touching. If you are short on space you could use an air fryer rack or you may need to cook them in batches.
Quite a lot of fat will often drain out of the hamburger patties when air frying. Sometimes this can cause white smoke to come from the air fryer. This isn’t an issue (other than making your kitchen smoky). Just stop the air fryer (noting how much cooking time remains), drain the fat out of the bottom pan, then put the burgers back in to air fry for the remaining time. If you are cooking in batches be sure to drain the fat out after each batch.
What toppings to use
A family favorite for us is cheese, bacon and mushroom burgers. I prepare the bacon and mushrooms in the air fryer before cooking the burgers. When the burgers are done I add a cheese slice on top of the patty and toss the other toppings back in to the air fryer basket with the burger and air fry for a minute or so. Then add to buns, a slice of tomato, and top with sauce. Just delicious!
Here are some other options we like:
- Blue cheese burgers – add a slice of blue cheese to the top of the patty when it is cooked, and air fry for 1 minute to melt. I also like to add some caramelized onions for a little sweetness to balance out the saltiness of the cheese, and a lettuce leaf or two for some crunch.
- Classic cheeseburger – add a slice of cheddar cheese to cooked patty and air fry for 1 minute to melt. Place in buns and top with sliced dill pickles, mustard and tomato ketchup.
- Cuban burger – a grown-up variation on the classic cheeseburger. Add a slice of swiss cheese to cooked patty and air fry for 1 minute. Place in burger buns and top with sliced dill pickles and a generous spoonful of dijon mustard.
- Avocado and chili burger – add cooked patty to burger bun, top with a slice of tomato, chili jam or sweet chili sauce, spread avocado onto the top half of the burger bun, and add a dab of mayo.
Basic Air Fryer Hamburgers
- 1 lb ground beef
- 4 burger buns or gluten-free buns
- salt + pepper
- your favorite burger toppings
- Preheat the air fryer to 390°F.
- Form the ground beef into 4 hamburger patties and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray to prevent sticking.
- Place the burger patties into the air fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes. You may need to drain the fat out of the air fryer during cooking if you notice it starting to smoke.
- While the hamburger are air frying, slice the burger buns and prepare any toppings you like.
- When the hamburger patties have finished cooking, remove from the air fryer, place in the burger buns and pile up you favorite topping.
To make sliders, just form 6 smaller patties and cook for 10 minutes instead of 15.
What to serve with air fryer hamburgers
Here are some great side dishes to go with these air fryer burgers:
Cook any air fryer side dishes before the burgers, leaving 5-10 minutes of cooking time to finish off while you put the burgers together.
You may also like: Cajun pork burgers.