How To Air Fry Ground Beef

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Air Fryer Ground Beef. How easy it is to brown ground beef in your air fryer. Zero oil and perfect for a huge selection of your favourite ground beef recipes. Also perfect for Weight Watchers, Slimming World and other low fat diets.

How To Air Fry Ground Beef
How To Air Fry Ground Beef

Air Fryer Ground Beef

After sharing with you yesterday our air fryer ground beef chimichangas, I realised that I have yet to share with you the basics of cooking or browning ground beef in the air fryer.

Talk about teaching you to run before you can walk!

Ground beef in the air fryer is one of the first things that us Milners learnt to cook in the air fryer.

Well technically it was the ultimate air fryer burgers, but burgers count right? We learnt that burgers in the air fryer were the BEST and since then we have cooked so many different types of air fryer burgers.

We have also made so many different ground beef air fryer recipes too, but now looking back, I wish someone had said to me that browning ground beef in an air fryer is the business and that we should all do it.

Can I Air Fry Ground Beef?

Absolutely! Think of it in a similar way to oven baking, compared to browning meat on the stovetop.

Therefore, you dump it in the air fryer pan and come back when the air fryer beeps.

You can then use your ground beef however you like.

Is Air Fryer Ground Beef Healthy?

I often get asked what food you can cook in the air fryer without any oil that would traditionally be cooked with oil.

My first thought is always to air fryer pumpkin wedges as they are so delicious, and I can never stop eating them.

But one oil free air fryer cooking method is air fryer ground beef and it is often overlooked.

You can load ground beef into the air fryer basket, brown the ground meat until perfectly cooked and then use it however you want and today that is exactly what I wanted to show you.

This is particularly a favourite method if mine if you follow a low fat diet such as Weight Watchers. That is because you need zero oil.

I remember in my early Slimming World days adding Frylight to your frying pan to brown your minced beef (what us Brits call ground beef) and it ruined your pan.

However, load it into the air fryer baking pan and you have no spray to use and it cooks so well too.

Though, if you want to make your air fryer ground beef even healthier, then I recommend you purchase your ground beef from Butcher Box, and they will deliver direct to your door. You can also read our Butcher Box Review.

2 Ingredient Air Fryer Ground Beef

Air Fryer Ground Beef Ingredients

There are JUST 2 main ingredients when you make air fryer ground beef:

  • Ground beef
  • Tinned tomatoes

The tinned tomatoes provide moisture so that the ground beef can be cooked without oil.

It also gives you a basic Bolognese style ground beef that you can mix and match for what recipes you are making.

For example, add in seasoning, black beans and corn for burritos or add in a little cheese and oregano for a keto Bolognese.

Then you need a good baking pan that you can use in the air fryer such as the one we have below:

How To Air Fry Ground Beef in baking pan

We love this one and even though it was made for our Philips Air Fryer XXL it is perfect for other air fryer brands of a similar size.

Cooking Ground Beef In Air Fryer

How To Air Fry Ground Beef step by step

Cooking air fryer ground beef in the air fryer is this simple:

  1. Load your ground beef and tinned tomatoes into your air fryer baking pan.
  2. Cook for 10 minutes, stir and cook for a further 4 minutes at a medium temperature.
  3. DONE!

Ground Beef Air Fryer Time

The cooking time for air fryer ground beef is JUST 14 minutes. This includes the initial cook of 10 minutes and then a further 4 minutes while you add in your extras.

What To Make In Air Fryer With Ground Beef?

You can make any of your favourite ground beef recipes in an air fryer. My first thought is always with air fryer burgers but things like air fryer beef tacos and air fryer ground beef meatballs are also great choices.

Though my favourite choice for an air fryer ground beef meal would be air fryer taco pie.

How To Air Fry Ground Beef

How To Air Fry Ground Beef

Air Fryer Ground Beef. How easy it is to brown ground beef in your air fryer. Zero oil and perfect for a huge selection of your favourite ground beef recipes. Also perfect for Weight Watchers, Slimming World and other low fat diets.
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 278kcal


Air Fryer Ground Beef Ingredients:


  • Load your ground beef into your air fryer baking pan, along with your tinned tomatoes.
  • Set the temperature to 180c/360f and the time to 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes stir and cook for a final 4 minutes at the same temperature.
  • Serve and enjoy!


After the first 10 minutes, if you would like extra ingredients and seasonings, add them now. This is when I would add black beans and frozen corn if making burritos. Or oregano if I am making a classic Bolognese.


Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 161IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg
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