Air Fryer Ground Beef

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Learn the simple method of air fryer ground beef. Cooked quickly, is delicious, drains away the fat and is the easiest way to cook ground beef that you will ever find.

Then use this ground beef air fryer recipe for your air fryer lasagne, taco meat and so much more.

This ground beef air fryer recipe was originally shared with you back in 2020 and is updated for you today with new photos and even more air fryer tips and tricks.

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Air Fryer Ground Beef Recipe

Ground Beef In Air Fryer

A few years now I was perfecting my air fryer lasagne recipe. I wanted to make the best lasagne in the air fryer and make it much easier and cheaper to make compared to baking lasagne in the oven.

Around the same time, I made my first air fryer taco pie.

Two different recipe styles, but both recipes that required lots of ground beef, or as us Brits call it, minced beef.

I decided to do things a little different and see what ground beef cooked in the air fryer on its own would be like.

I cooked the ground beef, and it was amazing and realised, I was onto a great idea for something different compared to the usual air fryer frozen French fries or air fryer baked potatoes that most people wanted to know how to air fry.

A few years later, I still love air frying ground beef and it is fantastic for a quick recipe go to. Or if you only have frozen, then doing our defrost mince in the microwave recipe first.

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Can You Cook Ground Beef In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can air fry ground beef and you will love it. You can also cook other ground meats too such as ground pork, ground turkey, ground lamb and so on.

Even better, we often complain when cooking on the stovetop that we have to drain the meat before we can add sauces etc. Well thanks to the air fryer, the excess fat will go below, and it will make draining the fat even easier.

For example, this is how our fat looks at the bottom of our air fryer:

draining air fryer ground beef

You can also use the air fryer to season your ground beef, or even add in any extras you want to cook it with.

Air Fry Taco Meat

If taco meat is more your thing, then the air fryer can make your taco meat too. Simply make our ground beef recipe as instructed below and then add in your taco seasonings.

You then have air fryer taco meat!

Frozen Ground Beef In Air Fryer

If you only have frozen, you can cook frozen ground beef in the air fryer too. Simply load a block of frozen ground beef, cook at the lowest temperature for 10 minutes for a partial defrost and then start air frying it as usual.

Or follow our defrost mince in the microwave guide first.

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Ground Beef Air Fryer Recipe Ingredients

Ground Beef Air Fryer Recipe Ingredients

Mince – You will need about 500g which is just over lb of minced beef for making a good portion of ground beef in the air fryer. This quantity would then be good enough for a medium sized lasagne or a taco pie.

Garlic – I also recommend adding some frozen chopped garlic to add some flavour to your ground beef.

Seasonings – Then my favourite bit is the seasoning so that your air fried ground beef doesn’t taste bland. We just used salt, pepper, and some dried parsley.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this recipe for air frying ground beef it has just been our Cosori air fryer. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of air fryer recipes.

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How To Cook Ground Beef In Air Fryer?

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  • Prep. Load into the air fryer basket your block of ground beef (minced beef) and then season the top with your garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley.
  • Cook. Air fry your ground beef for 9 minutes at 180c/360f. Open the air fryer at minute 3 and minute 6 and then use a spatula to break it up.
  • Serve. After 9 minutes your ground beef in the air fryer will be cooked and ready for using in air fryer recipes.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to cook ground beef in air fryer and how you can be doing the same.

How Long To Cook Ground Beef In Air Fryer?

The ground beef air fryer time is JUST 9 minutes. This is for a medium sized pack of ground minced beef. If cooking more, you will have to adjust the air fryer cook time.

Note that you will also need to break up the ground beef at minute 3 and minute 6 to allow for an even cook on your ground beef.

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Cooking Ground Beef In Air Fryer

I love cooking with ground beef in the air fryer and here are a few other favourites that you can cook in the air fryer next time you have some ground beef that needs using up.

air fryer ground beef

Your ground beef air fryer recipe is below, note you can print it out with or without photos, adjust servings, or click between metric and imperial depending on where you are in the world.

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Air Fryer Ground Beef

Learn the simple method of air fryer ground beef. Cooked quickly, is delicious, drains away the fat and is the easiest way to cook ground beef that you will ever find.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time9 minutes
Total Time11 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 637kcal


  • 500 g Ground Beef/Minced Beef
  • 1 Tsp Frozen Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Tsp Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper

Kitchen Gadgets


  • Load into the air fryer basket your block of ground beef.
    How Long To Cook Ground Beef In Air Fryer?
  • Sprinkle on the top the chopped garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley.
    How Long To Cook Ground Beef In Air Fryer?
  • Air fry for 9 minutes at 180c/360f. Though on the 3rd and the 6th minute break up the ground beef so that it has an even cook as it is air frying.
    How Long To Cook Ground Beef In Air Fryer?
  • When the air fryer beeps drain the liquid from the bottom, and you now have perfectly cooked ground beef ready for adding to meals.
    How Long To Cook Ground Beef In Air Fryer?



Frozen. If your ground beef is frozen, follow our defrost mince in microwave instructions first.
Breaking. The breaking up the mince process is vital. This stops it from sticking together and from the middle not been cooked. I recommend a spatula or a wooden spoon for this.
Thanks for reading our ground beef air fryer recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to try more delicious mince recipes in the air fryer, then do check out our air fryer lasagne recipe next.


Calories: 637kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 681mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 5mg
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6 thoughts on “Air Fryer Ground Beef”

  1. 5 stars
    Quite remarkable how a 78 year old man can get so excited about recipes and NINJA air fryer. I am proficient in the kitchen but needs must in times of ensuing hardship! Recommending to all my group and causing quite a stir.

  2. Would love to try this but I have the power xl air fryer oven and won’t be able to do this till I get another air fryer lol.

    • Hi Lynn,

      If you have the oven you could try a baking tray small enough and then follow the instructions, keep stirring it more often and we have been doing some tests with regards to the air fryer oven and we can safely say if you add an extra 20% to the cook time then usually it works compared to the basket air fryer we are using 🙂


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