Air Fryer Pot Roast

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Air Fryer Pot Roast. How to cook a pot roast in the air fryer. Load the air fryer with a beef roast, carrots, and potatoes for a delicious one pot easy air fryer meal.

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air fryer pot roast
air fryer pot roast

Air Fryer Pot Roast

I love to cook roast dinners in the air fryer. While many will cook the roast in the air fryer and use other gadgets for the potatoes and vegetables, I love to load up the air fryer and cook it all together.

It’s a lazy way to cook dinner and is as effortless as cooking your meals in the slow cooker or the instant pot. Do your prep and then come back when the air fryer beeps.

I love the way the juices from meat drips onto the roast potatoes or how the carrots taste like they have been roasted in fat when thanks to the air fryer they have not.

There are many combinations of roast dinners you can cook in the air fryer. To me it now feels alien the thought of cooking roast chicken (or other roast dinners) in the oven.

If you have not tried any of our air fryer roast dinners before then below are my favourites:

But my new favourite is air fryer pot roast. And today I am going to share with you how easy an air fryer pot roast is and why you will love it too.

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Can You Make A Pot Roast In An Air Fryer?

Yes you can, but don’t expect it to be like a slow cooker pot roast or an instant pot pot roast.

You see the air fryer is not meant for tenderising meat like a slow cooker does, instead it roasts your food.

I have found the best way to achieve a tender air fryer pot roast is to use a top round roast in air fryer.

Or as us Brits call it beef topside. It gives you a much better pot roast and the meat is amazing.

You can of course cook a chuck roast in the air fryer, but it will just not be as nice, and you will be wondering if your chuck roast would have been better in the slow cooker.

Air Fryer Top Round Roast

I got my air fryer top round roast from the butchers at my local supermarket. I recommend that you go with a top round roast that you know will fit in your air fryer.

If you have a smaller air fryer then go a little smaller, or if you plan to use an air fryer oven, you know that you can go much bigger.

You also want to consider not just that the top round roast just fits in the air fryer, but that it will also have enough space for potatoes and carrots.

Boneless Chuck Roast In Air Fryer

Alternatively, if you are going with a boneless chuck roast in the air fryer, go with a leaner cut.

Avoid a boneless chuck roast that is very fatty as it will often become chewy once you have finished air frying it.

Air Fryer Pot Roast & Potatoes

You can cook an air fryer pot roast and potatoes at the same time. The secret is to make sure you understand your pot roast and potatoes cook times.

I always focus on bigger sized potatoes that way the potatoes won’t be overcooked if it is cooked at the same time and for the same cook time as pot roast.

Or you can go with smaller potatoes and add them after the pot roast meat has already started cooking.

Air Fryer Pot Roast With Vegetables

I think of an air fryer pot roast and I am thinking about roast beef, potatoes, and carrots. Carrots is the better choice because not only are they traditional, but they also carry a longer cook time.

You can of course swap carrots for any root vegetable. Parsnips are also delicious when they are air fried and so is rutabaga.

How To Cook A Pot Roast In An Air Fryer?

air fryer pot roast step by step

Cooking an air fryer pot roast is EASY.

  1. Toss your beef in seasonings and load into the air fryer basket.
  2. Cook for 15 minutes on its own.
  3. Prep your potatoes and carrots.
  4. Toss in seasonings and load into the air fryer.
  5. Cook for a further 45 minutes.
  6. Allow to stand for a couple of minutes before serving.

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How Long To Air Fry Pot Roast?

The air fryer pot roast cook time varies depending on how you like your pot roast. We went with a medium to well done and it took 60 minutes.

If you would like more of a medium, then I recommend reducing the cook time to 45 minutes.

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Air Fryer Pot Roast

Air Fryer Pot Roast. How to cook a pot roast in the air fryer. Load the air fryer with a beef roast, carrots, and potatoes for a delicious one pot easy air fryer meal.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 546kcal


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Air Fryer Pot Roast Recipe Ingredients:


  • Slightly score your beef roast. Toss the beef in soy sauce and half the Worcester sauce. Season with salt and pepper, making sure the seasoning gets into the scored sections. Load into the air fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes at 180c/360f.
    Can You Make A Pot Roast In An Air Fryer?
  • While cooking peel and dice your carrots and roast potatoes. Load into a bowl and toss in the rest of the Worcester sauce, maple syrup, olive oil and a little more salt and pepper.
    Can You Make A Pot Roast In An Air Fryer?
  • When the air fryer beeps add the carrots and potatoes into the gaps.
    Can You Make A Pot Roast In An Air Fryer?
  • Cook for a further 45 minutes at 160c/320f.
    Can You Make A Pot Roast In An Air Fryer?
  • Allow to rest for 5 minutes then slice and serve.
    Can You Make A Pot Roast In An Air Fryer?



Scoring your beef helps get the flavours inside of your beef and not just on the beef crust. It gives a much better depth of flavour.


Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 1409mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 10204IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 7mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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7 thoughts on “Air Fryer Pot Roast”

  1. 3 stars
    I wish you’d specified “roast” or “air fry”. My Ninja has that choice. The vegetables were great. Meat over cooked. But I’d try it again.

    • Hi Judy,

      We cooked this recipe in a Philips Air Fryer XL which just air fries, no extra setting like a ninja foodie or ninja air fryer. We have a ninja foodie where we do explain which setting it needs to be on but on a basket air fryer if we have not got the setting we cannot state which to put it on as each air fryer is very different. If you would like to check out our ninja foodie recipes you can here:

      Thank you 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Your recipe saved me! I was doing 2×1.5 lb roasts in my crockpot. I underestimated the time and temperature because I was doing two separate ones instead of one whole.

    An hour and a half before dinner time I checked the temperature and it was a little over halfway done. So I use your instructions to cook each roast separately to get it up to the right time.

    Also, vegetables were still a bit raw and tender, so I put them in the air fryer and they came out wonderful. Not mushy like many crockpots make them, particularly baby carrots and celery.

    Thank you for your help!


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