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Air Fryer Burger

Cooking a burger in an air fryer is a quick and easy way to enjoy this classic American dish.

Air frying your burger instead of grilling it gives it a crispy outer layer while preserving the juiciness of the meat.

air fryer burger in a bun with lettuce, cheese, onions and ketchup

How To Make An Air Fryer Burger

When it comes to burgers there are so many different types.

You can use beef, chicken, turkey, pork or for a non-meat version, a bean burger, sweet potato burger or even a halloumi burger.

For the purpose of this recipe, I’ll be showing you how to make a beef burger in your air fryer.

And if you want, you can add all of your favourite toppings; cheese, bacon, onion etc.

Related: More Air Fryer Recipes

What You Need To Make A Burger In An Air Fryer

ingredients for air fryer burger
  • Beef burgers – you can either buy fresh or frozen from the supermarket or butchers (I’ll cover the different cooking times below) or, you can make your own burgers.
  • Air fryer – I used my Ninja Foodi, but you can use any air fryer.
  • Brioche buns or burger baps
  • Cheese slices – optionally turn it into a cheeseburger by laying some easy to melt cheese on top towards the end of the air frying time.
  • Onions, lettuce, tomatoes – optionally add in some extras (you can even cook the onions in the air fryer at the same time).
  • Sauce – add your favourite sauce at the end, ketchup, mayo, burger sauce etc.

How To Make An Air Fryer Burger

The great thing about this recipe is you can cook the whole burger, complete with baps, onions and cheese in the air fryer making this a quick and simple meal to make – and the best thing is, it only takes about 10 minutes to make.

Below is a step by step guide to cooking a burger in an air fryer.

Step 1 – Place The Burgers In The Air Fryer

2 raw burgers in air fryer basket

Whether you are cooking fresh or frozen burgers, the only preparation you need is to add the burgers straight to the air fryer basket.

Step 2 – Optionally Add Onions

I like to air fry the onions at the same time as the burgers as it saves me time and washing up. Note that air fryer onions cooked at the same time as burgers will not be as soft and caramelised as when you saute them in a frying pan, they will be crispier – but I still think it’s worth doing them this way.

burgers with onions on top in the air fryer

You can either place the onions directly on top of the burgers or scatter them around, depending on the size of your air fryer basket.

Step 3 – Switch The Air Fryer On

Switch the air fryer on and cook at 180C for 8 minutes. At the 4 minute mark turn the burgers over. If you are not adding cheese, check if they are ready at this stage by inserting a sharp knife or metal skewer into the meat, the juices should run clear. If needed, cook for a further 2 minutes.

If you are cooking frozen burgers in the air fryer they should be cooked for 15 minutes, again, flip them halfway through and check they are cooked through at the end.

Step 4 – Optionally Add Cheese

At the end of the 8 minutes move the onions to one side in the air fryer basket, and if you are turning it into a cheeseburger, lay some easy to melt cheese on top of them.

burger with cheese on top in the air fryer with red onions to one side

I also like to lightly toast the buns at this time too. If you have a metal trivet or similar you can place it over the burgers and onions and lay the buns on top.


Step 5 – Air Fry For A Further 1 Minute

You should only need to air fry for a further 1 minute to melt the cheese and lightly toast the buns.

cheese melted over burgers with onions in air fryer

Now it’s time to assemble the burger!

Step 6 – Assemble The Burger

Add the burger, onions and any other toppings to the toasted bap and serve!

onions on burger in bap

I cooked 2 burgers at the same time, but I could have fitted more in. Cook as many as you need, depending on the size of your air fryer.

air fryer burger over a plate

More Air Fryer Recipes

air fryer burger in a bun with lettuce, cheese, onions and ketchup

Air Fryer Burger

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute

Make a quick and tasty burger in an air fryer! Use fresh or frozen burgers and get a juicy result every time.


  • 2 burger patties - fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 burger baps
  • 2 slices cheese (optional)
  • 2 lettuce leaves (optional)
  • 1 tomato, sliced


  1. Lay the burger patties in the air fryer basket. If you want to cook the onion at the same time you can also add these now.
  2. Set the air fryer off at 180C (350F) for 8 minutes.
  3. At the 4 minute mark, flip the burger over.
  4. At the 8-minute mark check whether the burger is cooked through, the juices should run clear.
  5. If you want to turn it into a cheeseburger, lay the slices of cheese over each burger. You can also lightly toast the burger baps at the same time by inserting a trivet and laying them on top of it.
  6. Air fry for a further minute, or until the cheese has melted and the baps are lightly toasted.
  7. Assemble the burgers in the baps with you choice of salad and sauces.

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