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Air Fryer Frozen Burgers Recipe

by Karly


AIR FRYER FROZEN BURGERS turn out flavorful and juicy in minutes! No need to thaw your burgers or fire up the grill – the air fryer does all the work for you!

Close up of a cheeseburger with toppings.

Don’t be turned off by cooking frozen products in your air fryer. The entire point of the air fryer is to make things as easy, efficient, and tasty as possible!

Frozen foods are a perfect choice for cooking in your air fryer. We have made frozen burritos, chicken patties, air fryer frozen shrimp, and many other frozen items in our air fryer and we loved them all!

Pretty sure that air fryer frozen french fries are made every few days in our house. 😉

For the burgers, it is no different. The air fryer will thaw out the meat and cook it. All you have to do is flip the burger one time, add a little seasoning, and you will have a burger just as good as anything you would cook on your grill or in your skillet!

Frozen burgers in the air fryer have saved dinner for us on multiple occasions! You’re going to love this one!

Ingredient Notes:

Cheeseburger ingredients spread out on a countertop.

Frozen hamburger patties– Our recipe makes two burgers using 1/3 lb patties. You can make more or less burgers, just be sure to place them in a single layer in the air fryer.

Cheese– Totally optional, but we always put cheese on our burgers! American, cheddar, provolone, and pepper jack are all good choices.

How to make frozen burgers in an air fryer:

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Step 1: Put the frozen patties in your air fryer basket and cook for 6 minutes at 380 degrees F.

Step 2: After 6 minutes, open the basket and season the burgers. Flip and season the other side. We’re using Kinder’s Buttery Burger Blend, but any burger seasoning you like will work well here.

Two cheeseburgers in an air fryer basket.

Step 3: Continue cooking the burgers for 5 more minutes, still at 380 degrees F. The burgers should be done at this point, but check them to be sure they are done to your liking. We use a meat thermometer and this is our favorite. It’s magnetic so it sticks right on the fridge and you never lose it.

Step 4: Turn your air fryer off and place a slice of cheese on your burgers. Close the air fryer basket and let sit for one minute. The heat remaining in the air fryer will melt the cheese for you!

Overhead view of cheeseburger and chips on a wooden plate.

FAQ:

What kind of burger seasoning blend do you use?

We use Kinder’s Butter Burger seasoning, but any seasoning you prefer will work well here. Feel free to adjust the amounts to suit your tastes.

My air fryer was starting to smoke while I was making these. What is happening?

Not all frozen patties are created equal. Some are fattier than others, this will potentially make excess grease. This shouldn’t happen with most brands of patties, but if it does you can add a couple of slices of bread under your basket to absorb the grease while it is cooking.

How can I be sure my burger is done?

Use a meat thermometer and check the center of the patty. It should be 160 degrees for a well done burger, but some people prefer there burgers at 145 degrees for medium rare.

Cheeseburger with onion, pickle, and lettuce

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Close up of a cheeseburger with pickles and onions.

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Side view of a cheeseburger on a wooden serving plate.

Air Fryer Frozen Burgers

Yield: 2 Burgers
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 12 minutes

On those nights when dinner time sneaks up on us, we love using the air fryer to quickly make cheeseburgers straight from the freezer. These are ready in about 12 minutes with no prep at all!

Ingredients

  • 2 ⅓ pound frozen hamburger patties
  • 1 teaspoon burger seasoning blend
  • 2 slices cheese, optional
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • Toppings, as desired

Instructions

  1. Add the hamburger patties to the basket of your air fryer. 
  2. Air fry the burgers at 380 for 6 minutes.
  3. Open the basket and sprinkle ¼ of the seasoning on each burger, flip the burgers, and season the other side with the remaining seasoning.
  4. Continue air frying for 5 more minutes or until burgers have reached your desire doneness.
  5. Turn the air fryer off. Place the cheese slices on the burgers and close the air fryer for 1 minute. The residual heat will melt the cheese.
  6. Serve burgers on a bun with desired toppings.

Notes

You may use smaller or larger hamburger patties, but the cook time will need adjusted accordingly. We recommend using a meat thermometer to test for doneness.

We use Kinder’s Buttey Burger seasoning, but any seasoning you prefer will work well here. Feel free to adjust the amounts to suit your tastes.

Suggested toppings: Ketchup, mustard, dill pickles, onion, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, or fry sauce.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1473Total Fat: 86gSaturated Fat: 34gTrans Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 473mgSodium: 1026mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 141g

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