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Best Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

These easy air fryer cheeseburgers are about to become your go-to! Ready in under 20 minutes and only three ingredients for the patties! 

Cheeseburger on a white plate with lettuce tomato and onion

Quick and Easy Air Fry Burgers

Well, it is official. I am completely obsessed with our air fryer. Truth be told, I bought it for my husband as a Christmas gift… Here we are, five months later, and I have used it about 1000 times while he has used it… zero. He claims that it is technically still his because all of the food I make is for him. Win win. 

But our favorite thing to make? BURGERS. 

They turn out so insanely juicy and full of flavor. From start to finish this recipe takes 20 to 30 minutes. Sometimes even less! Oh, and my VERY picky eleven year old, who has never ever liked my homemade burgers, raves about this dish! It is his all-time favorite thing to show up on our weekly menu. 

Air Fryer

What is an air fryer?

I really want to start this post by explaining what exactly an air fryer is, and why you should get one. 

An air fryer is basically a counter top convection oven. It pushes hot air around the food which imitates deep frying, without the oil. The rapid motion and quick cooking gives you that crisp finish that recipes get from a frying, which is awesome! Oh, and clean up is a BREEZE. Everything cooks in a fryer basket that wipes out with almost no-fuss. 

There are about a million air fry brands out there, but we really love our Instant Vortex . Along with the fry feature it has a roast, bake and preheat option. The basket is huge, which means you can fit SO MUCH inside, and it is not hot to the touch while it is cooking (big bonus for the mom to a very aloof child that touches everything).  

What can you make in an air fryer:

You can cook almost anything inside an air fryer. ANYTHING. 

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Frozen Mini Pizza
  • Corndogs 
  • French Fries
  • Pot Pie
  • Quesadillas
  • Ravioli 
  • Chips
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Bacon

Basically, if you can bake it, you can make it in the air fryer. If it has a liquid batter, you will need to freeze it first. 

Ground beef shaped into a patty on wax paper

Ingredients for this recipe:

  • Ground Beef or Ground Chuck- Chuck is always what I reach for. However, ground beef is a little more cost effective and what you will most likely have on hand. Both work and will give you outstanding burgers.
  • Burger seasoning- Pick your favorite. If  I had to share my go-to, it would be the beef rub from Traeger
  • Worcestershire Sauce- Adds a depth in flavor and enhances the beef.
  • Buns and toppings

How to make hamburgers in an air fryer:

  1. Combine the beef, burger seasoning, and Worcestershire in a medium bowl. Gently mix with your hands until combined. 
  2. Divide into four equal pieces. Use your hand to form a thin and large round patty. You want them to be larger than you think. They will shrink and thick up while cooking. 
  3. Preheat the air fry function of your air fryer to 375 degrees. Add the burgers when it is ready. 
  4. Cook 7 to 9 minutes. The longer you cook the more well done your burger will be. 
  5. Remove from the air fryer, pat with a paper towel to remove excess grease,  and add a slice of your favorite cheese. 
  6. Add to a bun with toppings and enjoy!

How long does it take to cook a hamburger in an air fryer?

Ready for this? Cooking a homemade hamburger in the air fryer takes 7 to 9 minutes. The longer you cook the burger the more well done it will be. 

air fried cheeseburger on white plate with toppingsTips for this recipe:

  • Toast your hamburger buns with a tiny bit of butter. This gives you an incredibly delicious restaurant flavor and helps keep the toppings from soaking into the bun. 
  • Start with the lowest time and work your way up. You do not want your burger to overcook. 
  • Use 80/20 ground chuck for the best flavor. 
  • No need to flip these burgers. The air fryer will prompt you midway, but you can ignore the alert and let it resume cooking. 
  • Try making homemade buns! This recipe is particularly delicious served on my Onion Buns.

More Burger Recipes:

More Recipes to Try in an Air Fryer:

These easy air fry cheeseburgers are about to become your go-to! Ready in under 20 minutes and only three ingredients for the patties! 
air fried cheeseburgers

Best Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

Yield: 4 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes

These easy air fryer cheeseburgers are about to become your go-to! Ready in under 20 minutes and only three ingredients for the patties! 

Ingredients

  • `1 lb. ground beef or ground chuck
  • 1 tablespoon burger seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

1. Combine the beef, burger seasoning, and Worcestershire in a medium bowl. Gently mix with your hands until combined. 

2. Divide into four equal pieces. Use your hand to form a thin and large round patty. You want them to be larger than you think. They will shrink and thick up while cooking. 

3. Preheat the air fry function of your air fryer to 375 degrees. Add the burgers when it is ready. 

4. Cook 7 to 9 minutes. The longer you cook the more well done your burger will be. 

5. Remove from the air fryer, pat with a paper towel to remove excess grease,  and add a slice of your favorite cheese. 

6. Add to a bun with toppings and enjoy!

Notes

  • Toast your hamburger buns with a tiny bit of butter. This gives you an incredibly delicious restaurant flavor and helps keep the toppings from soaking into the bun. 
  • Start with the lowest time and work your way up. You do not want your burger to overcook. 
  • Use 80/20 ground chuck for the best flavor. 
  • No need to flip these burgers. The air fryer will prompt you midway, but you can ignore the alert and let it resume cooking. 

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