The Ultimate Air Fryer Burgers

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Air Fryer Burgers. The ultimate air fryer burgers guide. Teaching you everything you need to know about air frying burgers, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers and frozen burgers. Full of useful information to make the perfect air fryer burger.

Air Fryer Burgers Guide
Air Fryer Burgers Guide

Air Fryer Burgers

Welcome to my ultimate air fryer burgers guide. Originally published in 2015 and updated with new and useful information. Plus, plenty more air fryer burger recipes to try at home in your air fryer.

When you first get an air fryer, you will often feel like that 6 year old in the kitchen with their grandma. In love with what she cooks wishing that you could make that.

But being reminded that you need to take beginner steps with your cookery.

That is what the air fryer can be like. It’s a new way of cooking and you need to learn it in baby steps. The phrase don’t run before you can walk comes to mind.

What I do suggest is that you have an air fryer bucket list. Delicious beginner air fryer recipes that you can grasp easily, and it will build up your air fryer confidence.

Such as our air fryer frozen French fries, air fryer onion rings, air fryer pork ribs, air fryer chicken breast and of course air fryer burgers.

Air fryer burgers are one of the best bucket list starting points and in the top 10 of what us Milners made first when we got into air frying in 2011.

Today is all about answering your air fryer burger questions, giving you our favourite fail safe air fryer burger recipe and enjoying how delicious air fryer burgers are.

Can You Air Fry Burgers?

Lets get the big question out of the way and this is can you air fry burgers, which I want to shout at you with a smile on my face and say ABSOLUTELY!

Not only can you air fry burgers, but they cook perfectly, taste like barbecued burgers and are so SIMPLE.

Best Air Fryer For Burgers

Many air fryers are fantastic for burgers. We have the Philips Air Fryer XL in our kitchen, and this is what we use the most for air fryer burgers. The Cosori air fryer is also a good choice and so is the Power Air Fryer XL.

What I don’t recommend is the Tefal Actifry or air fryer ovens as they just don’t produce the same quality burgers. If burger is your thing focus on getting an air fryer with a basket.

Are Air Fryer Burgers Good?

Yes they are delicious. Here in the Milner house and as mum of 3 kids that also love burgers, we eat air fryer burgers a LOT. In fact, apart from our favourite instant pot frozen hamburgers all our burgers are cooked using the air fryer.

Are Air Fryer Burgers Healthy?

Air fryer burgers are as healthy as you want them to be. Our Mediterranean Paleo Burgers are probably the healthiest and our air fryer Zinger burgers are probably the unhealthiest.

But you can follow our basic recipe for air fryer burgers and not bother adding cheese and you have a healthy burger.

Another fact to consider is that the excess fat from a burger goes into the bottom of the air fryer, in a similar way to if you grilled a burger.

  • Air fryer burgers from frozen are not so healthy but still taste good. Avoid the frozen cheap supermarket ones and instead make your own and batch freeze them for later.
  • Air fryer burgers keto is easy to achieve. Many of our air fryer burger recipes such as our air fryer paleo burgers would fall under the rules of keto.

Air Fryer Burger Patty

It is assumed that when you make air fryer burgers you are focusing on a simple air fryer burger patty. Such as an air fryer burger 1/4lb. If you have a bigger or a smaller burger, remember to adjust the cooking time.

I tend to buy packs of ground mince to use in my burger patties and then freeze them in batches of ¼ pound. That way I can defrost, make into my favourite burgers and cook them in the air fryer.

How Do You Air Fry Burgers?

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Air frying burgers is this SIMPLE:

  1. Prep burger patty ingredients and load into a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix and use a biscuit cutter to make into burger shapes.
  3. Load into the air fryer basket and cook on medium.
  4. Add cheese if you want cheeseburgers.
  5. Load your homemade burgers onto burger buns and serve with your favourite sides.

How To Make Air Fryer Burgers For You?

We all like our burgers in a different way, don’t we? My favourite is air fryer stuffed burgers or air fryer chicken burgers.

If you like hamburgers, you might also like your hamburger cooked to a different style. I like my burger to a medium well, but you may prefer your air fryer hamburger well done.

To make an air fryer burger to your likening I suggest the following:

  • Air Fryer Burgers Medium Rare – 9 minutes at 180c
  • Air Fryer Burgers Medium – 11 minutes at 180c
  • Air Fryer Burgers Medium Well – 12 minutes at 180c
  • Air Fryer Burgers Well Done – 14 minutes at 180c

Though do note these cook times are for burgers made from beef as its essential that chicken burgers are fully cooked.

How Long To Cook Air Fryer Burgers?

Cooking burgers in the air fryer does not take that long. In fact, when we made our air fryer burgers the cook time was JUST 12 minutes.

You don’t have to flip your burgers and they are typical of a dump and go air fryer recipe.

What Temperature To Air Fry Burgers?

The best temperature for air fryer burgers is 180c/360f. This provides the air fryer with a medium heat and cooks the burgers through without worrying that they are overly well done.

Air Fryer Burger Recipes

We have lots of delicious air fryer burger recipes on Recipe This. We created a list with all our top air fryer burger recipes for you to check out. At the time of writing this today there were 24 on the list. It includes chicken burgers, copycat burgers, veggie burgers, hamburgers and so much more.

"Burgers cooked in the air fryer"
"Burgers cooked in the air fryer"
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Air Fryer Burgers

Air Fryer Burgers. The ultimate air fryer burgers guide. Teaching you everything you need to know about air frying burgers, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers and frozen burgers. Full of useful information to make the perfect air fryer burger.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 668kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Burger Ingredients:


  • Peel and dice your onion and load it into a mixing bowl with the rest of your burger patty ingredients.
  • Mix well with your hands.
  • Add in the soft cheese and mix a little more.
  • Use a biscuit cutter to cut into burger shapes.
  • Load into the air fryer basket and cook for 12 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Add your burger bun lid and serve.


The best ground mince for burgers is a mix of pork and beef. If you can’t get pork and beef already mixed, place half of each in the bowl.
Remember to slice your onion thin. Otherwise you will end up with big chunks of onion when you take a bite of your burger.
The addition of soft cheese stops your burger patty from going dry when air fried and improves the taste and texture of your burger.
12 minutes cook time is an approximate based on the size of our burger. If yours is bigger you should adjust and cook for a little longer if needed.


Calories: 668kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 4mg
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18 thoughts on “The Ultimate Air Fryer Burgers”

    • Hi Emma,

      Glad you like our recipe. We do love a large burger my hubby will not let me do small ones 😉

      Kind Regards


    • Hi Geneva,

      Unfortunately people can be nasty because the internet allows people to say what they like. You should see some of the comments we choose not to post, it makes you wonder what kind of people are out their, you have got to have a thick skin and we have been doing it along time now 🙂 We do get a lot of great comments as well 😀

      Kind regards


  1. Making a lot of homemade burgers in the air fryer right now. Thanks so much for this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    its magic. thats the scientific explanation lol. <3 excited for all the air fryer burger recipes!! I pretty much refuse to use any other kitchen appliance now…so those will come in handy.

  3. 5 stars
    This burger recipe looks so amazing that I finally bit the bullet and ordered an air fryer! I think this will be the first recipe I try and I can’t wait!

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