I swear, if one more person tells me that they make the best burgers in an air fryer, I’m gonna throw a frozen patty at them. Ok, that might be a little excessive, but enough is enough; I get it.
All this air fryer talk drove me to buy an air fryer right as the pandemic gained steam. We found ourselves cooking more at home, so it also seemed the right time to do it.
So I went online and bought the Cuisinart TOA-60BKS Convection Toaster Oven Airfryer in Black Stainless Steel. I have to be completely honest with you; I had no idea what I was doing initially.
It looks like I chose one of the most feature-rich air fryers out there. The function button includes Warm, Broil, Toast, Bake, and Air Fry. There was a learning curve here, but luckily, I did have the time to put in.
I made mistakes along the way, like when I cooked burgers using Broil and smoked out my entire house. What’s worse is I did this at 7 in the morning.
Who wants to wake up to a smoke-filled home, not my wife…that’s for sure! So don’t be like BEAST.
PRO-TIP: Add a little water to your air fryer drawer or basket when cooking foods like bacon and burgers; it will prevent the smoke-fest.
Cooking Air Fryer Burgers Table of Contents
Time to make Burgers in an Air Fryer
Differences between Fresh & Frozen Burgers
Choosing between a fresh or frozen burger might be the most crucial decision.
Fresh Burgers in an Air Fryer
My first attempts at cooking burgers in the air fryer were using half-pound patties from Sunshine Provisions, the same kind I sell in my BEAST Boxes.
If you can use fresh, never frozen, you will ultimately get the best results with the air-fryer. I have moved on to cooking fresh beef quarter-pound burgers, which I prefer.
The main reason is that they could cook faster, and I get impatient waiting. And if you prefer the half-pounders, you can always double up on the patties when assembling your cheeseburger.
Frozen Burgers in an Air Fryer
When I have no choice and must use frozen patties, Chop House By Holten Steak Burgers is my burger of choice. I’ve always got a backup box of these, so I’m always ready.
The patties are 1/3 pound, which puts them in a sweet spot between the sometimes not so filling 1/4 pound and the many times too filling 1/2 pound. There is no reason to defrost these; they go straight in the air-fryer.
Many Bubba Burger fans wonder why I didn’t mention or use them. The truth is, I’m not a fan, but you do you.
Air Fryer Burger Recipes aka Cooking Tips
You can find most of the products I use online if they’re unavailable in your area.
- Beef Burger Patty, preferably 1/4 pound fresh beef
- Salt & Pepper
- Your favorite cheese
- Hamburger Bun of some kind
If you keep it simple, you won’t have any issues. Fresh beef works best, but for monetary reasons, it might be difficult for some.
There’s no shame in any game as long as, in the end, everything tastes great.
Salt & Pepper?
Burgers in an air fryer tend to absorb the seasoning on them. Season the burger to your liking with Kosher Salt and Coarse Black Pepper for a little added texture.
I suggest you pat down the seasoning into the patties, which only work on fresh beef. Then, for a flavor upgrade, try using Lawry’s Seasoned Salt or McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning.
Kind of Cheese
There are two ways to approach this, and three if you wanna bring a microwave into play. You’re either going to melt the cheese in the air-fryer or let it melt naturally from the heat of the patty.
Let’s pretend I never mentioned the microwave option.
Choosing the cheese should be based solely on preference; I prefer a sharp cheddar for air-fried burgers. If we were smashing these burgers, I’d be all about American cheese.
I used Tillamook Swiss Cheese on this burger adventure. Most of the time, I use Tillamook since it’s a favorite of mine.
I like Kraft Deli Deluxe American Cheese Slices in the American Cheese space.
I used Nature’s Own Brioche Style Hamburger Buns on this burger, but I’d typically use old faithful, Martin’s Potato Rolls.
There’s a reason I use their soft pillowy potato buns in my boxes, and it’s cause they never disappoint. I do have a wandering eye, but I know where my bread is buttered.
Cooking the Burgers
I set my air fryer to 400 degrees and always keep an eye on it since my smoke-out disaster.
It takes anywhere between 7 minutes to 11 minutes to get in that Medium to Medium-Well area of doneness. When I open the air fryer, this is the time to place the cheese on it and give it a little more time to melt it.
I’ve taken the air fryer patties to my Blackstone a few times for a quick sear, but I think that defeats the purpose of using the air fryer in the first place.
The burgers, if cooked properly, should be juicy, so I suggest toasting the buns so the burger juice won’t soak through and cause a bun integrity issue.
No one needs that in their life.
Air Fryer Burger in Pictures
Use an air fryer if you’re looking for a “healthier” alternative to cooking burgers. Me? I’ll stick to making french fries and onion rings in them.
Burgers are meant to be made on a flat-top/griddle or a char-grill.