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Air Fryer Hamburger Recipe

by Karly

Cooking HAMBURGERS IN AN AIR FRYER is going to quickly become a new favorite. The burgers turn out so juicy and then clean up is a breeze. With this recipe, the burger is seasoned well and cooked perfectly!

A close up side view of a cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato.

Raise your hand if you love a good, juicy burger but maybe don’t always want to go all the way out back, fire up the grill, stand out there in all the nature, wait for it to heat, grill the burgers, clean the grill, and then finally. after what feels like days of work, eat your burger.

Yeah, same here.

Enter the air fryer! It takes all of that work out of the equation! Also, clean up is an absolute dream. Everything is contained in the air fryer basket and it’s beyond simple to wipe it down or toss it in the dishwasher.

These burgers turn out nice and juicy, with loads of flavor.

You can season them however you like and, of course, switch up the cheese and toppings to suit your tastes. We kept it pretty classic, just to give you a good starting point.

We serve these with our air fryer tater tots. So good!

A cheeseburger with melted cheese, sliced tomatoes, and lettuce on it.

How to make hamburgers in the air fryer:

  1. In a mixing bowl mix together raw beef, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, and garlic salt.
  2. Form the beef into 4 patties that will fit in your air fryer and put small indentions in the top of the patties. This will make sure that they keep their shape while they are cooking.
  3. Cook the hamburgers for six minutes per side.
  4. If you would like cheese on your hamburger, you now shut off your air fryer but top the burgers with cheese and leave in the air fryer for one minute.
  5. Put the burgers on a bun and serve with your desired toppings.
Overhead view of raw hamburger patties in an air fryer basket.

Products Used:

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Air Fryer: We use this 6 quart air fryer. It has great reviews on Amazon, we’ve used it for a couple of years now, and it works amazing. Plus, clean up is a breeze since it can go in the dishwasher.

Liquid Smoke: This add a smoky flavor to your burgers. Gives it a deeper flavor that we love.

Seasoned Salt: We use a basic seasoned salt to season our burgers. Simple and classic.


How can you tell when the hamburger is fully cooked?

A well done burger should be cooked to 160 degrees. Use a meat thermometer to test.
For a medium rare burger, cook to 140.

Can I make these with frozen patties?

Probably, but we’ve honestly never tried. I would drop the temp by 10 degrees and cook for an additional couple of minutes.

What are the best condiments for a hamburger?

Our favorite sauce for cheeseburgers is fry sauce. This is basically just a mixture of ketchup and mayo, though we add a splash of vinegar.
A spicy barbecue sauce and a few slices of avocado make a great burger.
Some of my friends add butter to the burger and let it melt before adding their other toppings to the burger. Delicious!
Once, my husband even ordered a peanut butter burger from a local restaurant. We haven’t ordered it again, but it was fun to try!

A close up of a cheeseburger on a wooden plate with lettuce and tomato.

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A side view of a cheeseburger and tater tots on a wooden plate.
A close up of a cheeseburger on a wooden plate with lettuce and tomato.

Air Fryer Hamburger

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

These air fryer burgers turn out super juicy and so flavorful thanks to our simple mix of seasonings. Of course, you can add whatever seasonings you like and follow the same method for the air fryer.


  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 slices deli-style American cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Lettuce, tomato, pickles, for topping


  1. Add the ground beef to a mixing bowl along with the Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, seasoned salt, and garlic powder. Use your hands to gently mix the beef together.
  2. Form beef into 4 patties. Press your thumb into the center of the patty to make a small indention. This will help the patties hold their shape.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees. Cook burgers for 6 minutes per side.
  4. Turn off the air fryer, top burgers with cheese, and return to the air fryer for 1 minute to melt the cheese. 
  5. Serve on hamburger buns with desired toppings.


We like to grill our buns on the stove while the burgers are cooking. Spread with butter and grill until golden brown. It makes a huge difference and is totally worth the time.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 985mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 16g

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Stephen Glick April 5, 2022 - 9:30 am

I usually use a George Foreman Grill for my hamburgers because it takes most of the grease/fat out. What happens to the grease when you air fry?

Karly April 6, 2022 - 6:31 am

It drains down to the bottom part of the basket, under the insert.

Richard Stewart May 29, 2021 - 7:22 am

Hi! About using “Garlic Salt” this is an expensive way to buy
“Salt” You would save money buying the separate, & be able
to use a lesser amount of salt. Don’t forget there is normally
Salt & Pepper shakers on the table.

David June 2, 2022 - 10:30 am

i agree, i never add salt to anything, ever. unless its needed ie bread dough.

Dorothy Dyer October 8, 2020 - 11:01 pm

The recipes look delicious and will give it all a try. Thank you – Dorothy

Karly October 9, 2020 - 10:44 am

Thanks, Dorothy!

Debbie October 8, 2020 - 5:31 pm

Gotta try this!

Karly October 9, 2020 - 10:44 am

So easy! 🙂


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