You can make tender, flavorful roast beef in your air fryer, perfect for a simple dinner, or making delicious roast beef sandwiches.

sliced roast beef fanned out on a plate with a cup of au jus and green lettuce garnish

Why You’ll Love It!

Air Fryer Roast Beef is a total shortcut to an amazing meal. A dinner classic, roast beef is served at holidays like Christmas, and at special occasions such as birthdays or dinner parties, but it’s also amazing as a simple, hearty dinner.

Roasting beef in the air fryer gives it a beautifully browned crust and tender inside without drying it out or making it tough. In about 35 minutes you’ll have a rare to medium rare beef roast, ready to serve.

I like to think of air frying meat as roasting it, but in half the time! The circulating hot air of the air fryer does the work that the oven would do, but way faster.

If you love making roasts, you should try my Air Fryer Pork Loin Roast too. Air Fryer Meatloaf and Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak are also classic favorites.

What You’ll Need

a raw beef roast on a white plate, next to another plate filled with herbs, spices, and olive oil.
  • Beef Roast – Two-pound roast fits best in my air fryer, and this recipe is tested with that size. If your air fryer is large, you may be able to fit up to a 3 lb. roast, but the cooking time will vary.
  • Garlic Powder – We’ll start to season our roast beef with garlic powder, which gives a warm, comforting flavor.
  • Onion Powder – This seasoning makes your meat taste like it’s been cooking all day long.
  • Parsley – Herbs and spices on the outside of the roast will create a flavorful crust. Parsley is a bright flavor note that I love.
  • Thyme– I prefer to use fresh herbs when making this recipe, but dried will work as well.
  • Oregano– Keep adding these lovely herbs, it’s going to smell so good in your kitchen!
  • Salt and Pepper – Well-seasoned meat is the goal here.
  • Olive Oil – A bit of oil will help the outside of the meat brown up perfectly, and help the herbs and spices stick to it.

How to Make It

photo collage showing 6 steps needed to make air fryer roast beef
  1. Preheat the air fryer to 390F/189C for 15 minutes.
  2. Combine the seasonings together in a small bowl.
  3. Pat the roast dry with paper towels, coat it with the oil, then rub it with the seasoning mix.
  4. Place the roast directly in the fryer basket. Cook for 15 minutes, then carefully flip the roast over.
  5. Reduce the temperature to 360 degrees F and cook for 20 minutes (for rare beef) or 30+ minutes (for medium rare to well done)
  6. Remove the roast from the air fryer and place it on a cutting board. Cover it with foil and allow it to rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
sliced roast beef on a white plate with a cup of au jus

Tips and Tricks

  • We are cooking the roast at two different temperatures to ensure a nicely browned crust and tender meat.
  • Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your preference.
  • Roast beef can be cooked to any level of doneness that you prefer. I find that a final cooking time of 20 minutes at a lower temperature is perfect for rare beef. Medium rare takes about 30 minutes.

How to Serve Roast Beef

For veggie side dishes, make some Roasted Brussels and Carrots, Air Fryer Green Beans, or Balsamic Air Fryer Mushrooms.

Try Air Fryer Baked Potatoes, Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, or Air Fryer Potato Wedges.

I like to serve my roast beef with some au jus, which is typically the flavorful drippings that come from the roasting pan.

Since we’re making this in the air fryer, we won’t really get pan drippings. It’s ok, make an au jus from scratch or buy a packet at the store.

Roast beef makes delicious sandwiches too! Pick up some hard rolls and serve sliced air fryer roast beef with horseradish mayo.

Have leftover roast beef? You can make some roast beef quiche to deliciously use your leftovers!

a white plate with sliced roast beef and mashed potatoes

What Cut is Best for Air Fryer Roast Beef?

This recipe will work with almost any type of roast. I’ve had excellent results with Rib-Eye roast, Sirloin roast, Eye of Round, and Tri-Tip roasts. I find that roasts with more marbling to the meat will be more tender after cooking.

I would avoid using Rump roast or chuck roast with this method for that reason. Using a tough cut of beef in the air fryer may result in tough meat after cooking.

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sliced roast beef fanned out on a plate with a cup of au jus and green lettuce garnish
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Air Fryer Roast Beef

You can make tender, flavorful roast beef in your air fryer.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Resting Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 316kcal
Ken

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Ingredients

  • 2 lb. Beef Roast
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Parsley
  • 2 tsp Thyme
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390F/189C for 15 minutes.
  • Combine the seasonings together in a small bowl.
  • Pat the roast dry with paper towels, coat it with the oil, then rub it with the seasoning mix.
  • Place the roast in the fryer basket. Cook for 15 minutes, then carefully flip the roast over.
  • Reduce the temperature to 360 degrees F and cook for 20 minutes (for rare beef) or 30+ minutes (for medium rare to well done), or until a meat thermometer reaches desired degree of doneness.
  • Remove the roast from the air fryer and place it on a cutting board. Cover it with foil and allow it to rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
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Notes

  • We are cooking the roast at two different temperatures to ensure a nicely browned crust and tender meat.
  • Start with a tender cut of meat, like sirloin, rib-eye, or tri-tip roast for best results.
  • Roast beef can be cooked to any level of doneness that you prefer. I find that a final cooking time of 20 minutes at the lower temperature is perfect for rare beef. Medium rare takes about 30 minutes.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 4578mg | Potassium: 689mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Vitamin C: 104mg | Calcium: 663mg | Iron: 6mg
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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.
Can I air-fry beef tenderloin?

You can air fry a beef tenderloin using this recipe. Simply cut the cook time in half, since it’s a more slender piece of meat.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This turned out so good! I reduced the time just a little bit to get it med-rare and it was delicious for sandwiches.

    1. Hello Letitia, I can’t say exactly, but I would increase the time by 10 minute intervals and check the internal temp with a meat thermometer to ensure it is safely cooked to consume. 🙂

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