Making frozen hamburgers in the air fryer is very easy. You’ll get an even finish every time without even having to fire up the grill.

vertical photo of a hamburger and bun with a knife stuck in it

Don’t Forget the Fries!

Our Air Fryer French Fries don’t take long and go perfectly with a burger!

How to Make Frozen Burgers

frozen burger in air fryer collage of 4 pictures. 1 raw burger stacked 2 burger in black air fryer basket 3 has 3 burgers in black basket one with cheese and picture 4 is burger with bun, cheese onion and lettuce
  1. Place your hamburger patty into the basket/tray of your air fryer.
  2. Cook for 8-10 minutes at 350F/176C.
  3. Flip the patty over at the 5-minute mark to ensure that it will cook evenly.
  4. When the air fryer is done cooking, you can add a slice of cheese and continue cooking for 1 minute to melt the cheese. (optional)
  5. Remove the hamburger from the air fryer and serve on a bun. (or not if that’s your thing)
a hand with red painted nails slicing through a hamburger with bun on a wooden cutting board

A Note on Cook Time

Cook time will depend on the size of patty you have and how you like your meat cooked.

raw frozen burger with tape measure on top. Measures to 4.5 inches

If your patty is average size (like this one here) it should be done in about 10 minutes.


Are air fryer burgers KETO?

It depends on the burger.
You need to check the ingredient labels of all burgers you purchase or all ingredients you purchase to make your burgers.

Why is my air fryer smoking?

That’s the grease draining off the burger and burning.

Try adding a tablespoon or two of water to the inner basket. Or…but a piece of bread in the basket to catch the grease.

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How to make Frozen Hamburgers in Air Fryer

Making frozen hamburgers in the air fryer is very easy.
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 231kcal


  • 2 burger patties frozen


  • Place your hamburger patty into the basket/tray of your air fryer.
  • Cook your air fryer burger for 8-10 minutes at 350F/176C. At the 5 minute mark (halfway through cooking your hamburger), flip the patty over to ensure that it will cook evenly. Burger is done when it reaches an internal temp fo 165F. You may need to adjust the time.
  • 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. (optional)
  • Remove the hamburger from the air fryer basket and place onto bun.Add desired toppings, and enjoy!


There are many different sizes and types of patties. This recipe gives you a “starting” point for 4 oz patties. You may need to adjust the recipe time up/down depending on your patty, each air fryer runs a bit differently.


Calories: 231kcal | Protein: 17g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 304mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg
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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.

A HUGE thank you for my friend Chrystal for shooting the stacked patty picture. She is an amazing friend and does amazing work. She writes at and You have GOT to check out the wonderfully creative and delicious recipes she shares!


    1. Great question, what I usually do if the cheese seems to fly, then I quickly put the cheese on and put back into the air fryer. But I don’t turn it back on, I like the heat that already in there melt it. You can also put a toothpick in it. 🙂

    1. Hi Tom, it is super easy to make frozen hamburger in the air fryer, isn’t it? We love the ease of doing this! Glad you did too!

  1. 5 stars
    Burgers in the air fryer are great. Being able to pop them in when frozen is such a time saver! Thanks so much for the tips.

    1. Sorry about that Vic 🙂 I added it into the notes section of the recipe card, thanks for bringing that to my attention. This recipe gives a starting point of temp/time for 8 oz patties. With the variety of air fryers out there they all run a touch different so you may need to adjust your time a bit, but that gives you a good idea :).

  2. My air fryer doesn’t have an adjustable temperature – it’s always 392. Should I still cook a frozen patty for 10 minutes or back off on the time a bit?

    1. Hello Chase, I would lessen the cook time. I haven’t tried it at a higher temp. I would do just one and test it to see how long. That way you experiment with just one and not a whole meal 🙂 If you find the right number of minutes for your machine at 392F please come back and let me know! 🙂

  3. I haven’t tried your recipe, yet. (I will). But, every time I cook a frozen Kirkland (Costco) hamburger in my air fryer, it comes out a bit rubbery. Any idea what I might be doing wrong?

    1. Hello Keith! Great question! I haven’t tried Costco burgers yet, but I know that when burgers are rubbery or chewy they are a bit over cooked. That happens when the fat in the burger heats up and the fat in the burger emulsifies. It may be that your air fryer is running a bit hot. So you might try turning your air fryer down 5-10 degrees and test it out. It may help to cook it with a lower temp 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I love hamburgers and so much more in my airfryer, since I’ve been cooking with my air fryer I hardley use my microwave anymore

  5. 4 stars
    FYI- using an Instant Pot Vortex Mini Airfryer and one Great Value 85% lean 4 oz frozen burger, it took 18 minutes at 350 degrees to get to medium-well. Not sure why it took so long because this air fryer cooks everything fast. Maybe it has something to do with thermal mass?

    1. Hi Yomi! It’s good to remember that often, machines work differently to each other so maybe you need to play around to find out what works best for you 🙂

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