Next time you’re craving a restaurant-style hamburger, let your air fryer do the work! In less than 10 minutes you’ll have juicy, flavorful Air Fryer Hamburgers cooked to perfection right in your very own kitchen!

juicy hamburger with all the fixings on a sesame bun in a kitchen with a butcher block counter and plants and a window in the background

Why You’ll Love These Burgers

  • Quick and Easy: No more messing around trying to light the grill or worrying about propane.
  • Consistent: Perfect finish every time. No more guessing if the burgers are done.
  • Less mess: Forget scraping the grill. Keep the mess contained and easy to clean up.

How to Make Air Fryer Hamburger

a collage of four photos showing steps for cooking hamburger patties in an air fryer
  1. First, you need a couple of nice thick burger patties. If you’re making your own, start with your preferred ground protein and add whatever seasonings you desire. Using your hands, shape the ground meat into patties that are around 3/4 to one inch thick.
  2. Place your patties in the bottom of your air fryer basket and leave an inch between them.
  3. Cook your air fryer hamburgers for 4 minutes at 350 degrees, then open the air fryer basket and use a spatula to flip them. Cook them for another 4 minutes until they’re golden brown on the outside and cooked to a medium consistency on the inside.
  4. Add a slice of cheese and cook for one additional minute before serving.
Frozen Beef Patties in the Air Fryer

Got a FROZEN burger patty? No need to thaw it, just toss it in and cook.

Directions – click here

Assemble a World-Class Burger

a collage of six photos showing how to assemble a cheeseburger with a bun, lettuce, tomato slice, and three pickle slices
  1. Start with a bun on a sturdy plate.
  2. Layer a couple of pieces of fresh leafy green lettuce on top of the bottom bun piece.
  3. Place your cooked air fryer hamburger on top of the lettuce.
  4. Add a thick slice of fresh tomato on top of the burger.
  5. Layer on a few crunchy pickles. (You could also add onions and condiments at this point.)
  6. Top the burger with the remaining half of the bun, then serve and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

  • Use a meat thermometer to check doneness. Your air fryer hamburgers should reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F before consuming.
  • You can add a little water to the basket of your air fryer to prevent smoking.

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A thick cooked hamburger on a fluffy looking hamburger bun with a piece of green leafy lettuce
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Air Fryer Hamburgers

Next time you're craving a restaurant-style hamburger, let your air fryer do the work!
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 350kcal



  • 2 4 oz burger patties Or Plant Based Alternative
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • cheese or other toppings if desired


  • Place your hamburger patty into the basket of your air fryer.
  • Cook your air fryer burger for 8 minutes at 350 degrees F. At the 4 minute mark (halfway through cooking your hamburger), flip the patty over to ensure that it will cook evenly.
  • When the air fryer is done cooking, you can add a slice of cheese and continue cooking for 1 minutes at 350 degrees F to melt the cheese.
  • Remove the hamburger from the air fryer basket and place onto bun.
  • Add desired toppings, and enjoy!


  • If you are making your burgers from scratch, be sure to shape the patties into sizes that fit into your air fryer basket.
  • If you are using a frozen burger, add a few extra minutes to the cook time.
  • If you are making a beef or turkey burger, make sure to test the burger with a meat thermometer. For optimal safety, hamburger patties should reach a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees F before consuming.
  • If using beef, you can place a little water on the inside of the basket to help prevent smoking. 
Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 4mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.

We have updated this post!

Recently we took some new photos to add to this post. You can see the old photos below. This is the same recipe, but we have also added new tips and tricks to be sure that this is the BEST air fryer burger recipe yet!

a hand holding a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and pickles on a tan bun
air fryer hamburger with lettuce cheese tomato pickle and bun
a cooked round hamburger patty on a round white plate
air fryer hamburger with lettuce on a bun on a white plate and white background. This horizontal picture has a white and
side view of an air fryer hamburger with a bun on a white plate. a red and white napkin (striped) is at the front of the vertical picture.
a cheeseburger on a light tan bun with green lettuce, a red tomato slice, and a few slices of green pickle


  1. 5 stars
    I never knew you could make burgers in the air fryer. I’ve been a little nervous to use mine and have only made fries and nuggets, haha. Thanks for all the tips to give me the confidence to branch out and try it. Looks fantastic!

  2. 5 stars
    These are on the menu for tonight! I can’t wait to try them in our new air fryer. I bet they are just as delicious as they look in the photos.

  3. 5 stars
    Holy cow! I made these today for lunch and they were absolutely delicious. I’m never grilling a hamburger again.

    1. Hi Debbie! That’s great, I am so glad you found a new way to cook hamburgers. We love them in the air fryer too! Thanks for coming back and letting me know!

  4. 5 stars
    Made these tonight for my family. We cooked four at a time from frozen. Just added a couple extra minutes. Perfect!

    1. Thank you for being a part of our FB group! Thanks for coming and checking out the recipe and making it! Oh yes and for coming back to rate and comment, we really appreciate that!

  5. 5 stars
    Saw your post in the air fryer seniors Facebook group. My husband and I tried these burgers and loved them.

  6. 5 stars
    I keep seeing this in the air prayer group so I thought I should give it a try. It is definitely as good as everybody says it is

  7. 5 stars
    I cannot believe how easy and delicious it is to make hamburgers in my air fryer. I’m so glad I found your recipe weeks ago I’ve been making them several times a week since then

  8. 5 stars
    My grand kids sent me an air fryer recently. They wanted to make it easier for me to cook. Hamburgers are one of my favorite foods. I like the way they cook in the air fryer. Thank you.

  9. I cooked one burger (about 6oz) frozen. It never stopped bleeding. I cooked on one side about 8 to 10 minutes before flipping. It was still bubbling blood when I flipped it. I cooked the that side about 8 minutes, checked and flipped it again because blood was still bubbling to top of burger. By the time it stopped bleeding it was like a hockey puck . I cooked the burger on 380 degrees as recommended in a google recipe. Any recommendations? Best luck has been with a George Foreman Grill really like them better than burgers grilled on gas grill.

    1. Hi Tony, thanks for checking in and asking.I am wondering if the google recipe was for a smaller burger. When I do fresh 4 oz or 1/4 lb burgers, I typically do 10-12 minutes when fresh and that gives me a medium well burger. If its frozen I end up cooking the same for 18-20 and it comes out juicy. I also do a temp of 350F. It sounds like your burger was maybe a bit too big and the temp was too high 🙂

      1. I’m confused with your answer Cindy. The recipe says 8 minutes, but your response to Tony says you typically do 10 – 12 minutes for 4 oz….which is correct?

        1. Hi Linda, thanks for asking and sorry that my answer was confusing. I “personally” prefer my burgers at 10-12 minutes. That is my personal preference. It gives me more of a medium well burger. I have found and readers have reported to confirm that about 8 minutes typically gives you a medium. However, all air fryers run a bit different, so yours might way a minute or two especially if you are using an air fryer oven vs an air fryer with a basket. Another factor that may change things is the size and thickness of your burger. The time and temp are a jumping off point of where to start. A meat thermometer will tell you exactly when its done. I am honestly not sure what happened in Tony’s case. 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    This literally requires minimal effort on my part. Hands down the best way to make burgers. Thank you for this post, it sure helps this old guy out.

  11. 5 stars
    I use my bread machine and make my own big buns . I use the dough setting. I I also my ow n pizza them let them rise, and cook them in my air fryers . My bread machine and air fryer are good work mates.
    I make Yorkshire puddings, gravy. I have not use the oven on my range since I got my air fryer.

  12. I guess I am in the minority here, but I didn’t love it. It was just OK. I cooked it well done (as I like hamburgers) but it still doesn’t look as appealing as when it it fried or grilled and the taste wasn’t quite right for me. I like a nice crust and this just didn’t do it.

    One thing good, though. The shrinkage of the meat was minuscule as compared to grilling or frying. Virtually none.

    1. No worries at all! I am glad you tried it, we all have different likes and dislikes. That is what makes cooking fun is we can tailor it to our tastes and likes :). The key is to keep trying things, you never know if you find something that you’d love making with the air fryer vs other cooking methods 🙂 That’s great you didn’t see any shrinkage of the burger 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    In living alone, lots of things aren’t easy to make but with all the air fryer helps, I am cooking for me and enjoying it…thank you so much!!!!

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