Can You Cook Burgers In The Air Fryer From Scratch?

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Air fryer beef burgers are so quick and easy.

With preheating times only a few minutes and cooking times ranging from 10 to 15 minutes, you can have a meal on your plate in no time.

The convenience of air frying allows you to prepare beef burgers for a quick lunch or dinner.

Oh and did I mention they are delicious?

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Can You Cook Minced Beef In An Air Fryer?

Gone are the days when you would need to brown mince on the hob before cooking any recipe.

The air fryer can brown the mince easily.

Simply place the minced beef in the bottom of the basket having removed the crisper tray.

Air fry at 200C/400F until the mince has browned.

The Right Minced Beef For Your Air Fryer Burgers

The quality of the minced beef plays an important role in the taste and texture of your burgers.

Consider the following when choosing your minced beef:

Lean to Fat Ratio

The ideal lean-to-fat ratio for beef burgers is generally around 80:20.

This ratio ensures a balance between juiciness and tenderness.

Leaner minced beef may result in drier burgers, while higher-fat content can lead to excessively greasy burgers.

Freshness and Quality

Opt for fresh, high-quality ground beef to achieve the best results.

Look for a bright red colour and avoid any meat with a greyish tinge or strong odour.

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Beef Burger Seasonings and Spices

Seasonings such as salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion or garlic powder are must-haves for a classic beef burger flavour.

You can also experiment with additional spices like paprika, cumin, or chilli powder to give your burgers a unique flavour.

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Air Fryer Beef Burgers

Classic Burger Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 454g beef mince
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 Brioche burger buns
  • Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onions

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How To Air Fry Beef Burgers

Mixing the Ingredients

In a large bowl, mix the minced beef with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce.

Optional -For extra flavour add some diced onions, minced fresh garlic, or grated cheese.

Gently mix the ingredients, being careful not to overwork the meat, as it can result in tough burgers.

Shaping the Burgers

Divide the beef mixture into 4 equal portions and shape them into burgers.

TIP: Make an indentation in the centre of each burger with your thumb. This will prevent the burgers from puffing up in the middle during cooking, ensuring an even thickness and consistent cooking throughout.

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Preheating the Air Fryer

Before cooking the beef burgers, preheat your air fryer to 180°C /360°F for 5 minutes. Preheating ensures that the burgers cook evenly and develop a crust on the outside.

How Long To Air Fry Burgers?

Line your basket with a liner or foil for easy cleanup.

Place the beef burgers in a single layer in the basket, making sure to leave some space between each burger for proper air circulation.

Cook the burgers at 180°C /360°F for approximately 8-10 minutes, and turn them halfway through the cooking process.

Adjust the cooking time based on your preferred level of doneness, thicker burgers may need additional time.

Checking for Doneness

To ensure that your beefburgers are cooked to perfection, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.

Level Of DonenessInternal Temperature
Rare52C (125F)
Medium Rare57C (135F)
Medium63C (145F)
Well Done71C (160F).

TIP: Avoid pressing the burgers with a spatula during cooking, as this can result in the loss of juices.

Storing Air Fryer Beef Burgers

After cooking the burgers, allow them to cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

Place the cooled burgers in an airtight container or wrap them tightly with plastic cling film.

Store the burgers in the refrigerator, ideally on a shelf rather than the door to maintain a more consistent temperature.

Eat the burgers within 3 days for the best quality.

Freezing Air Fryer Beef Burgers

For longer-term storage, freezing the cooked beef burgers is recommended.

You can also freeze the uncooked burgers ready to be freshly cooked when needed.

  1. Allow the beef burgers to cool completely before freezing.
  2. Individually wrap each burger tightly with cling film or place them in separate freezer-safe bags.
  3. Place the wrapped burgers in a freezer-safe container or bag to prevent freezer burn.
  4. Label the container or bag with the date of freezing.
  5. Frozen air fryer beef burgers can be stored for up to 3 months.

Reheating Stored Air Fryer Beef Burgers

Refrigerated Burgers

To reheat refrigerated beef burgers:

Place the refrigerated burgers in the basket at 160C/320F and cook for 5-6 minutes until heated through. Turn halfway through cooking time.

Pre Cooked Frozen Burgers

When reheating pre-cooked frozen beef burgers:

Place the frozen burgers in the basket at 170C/350F and cook for 10-15 minutes, flipping them halfway through, until heated thoroughly.

Serving Suggestions and Toppings

Delicious Toppings

During the last minute of cooking, place a slice of cheese on each burger and let it melt slightly.

Add classic options like lettuce, tomato, and pickles or caramelized onions, avocado slices, or a tangy barbecue sauce, the possibilities are endless.

Suggested Side Dishes

Pair your burgers with delicious side dishes to complete the meal.

Classic options like french fries, sweet potato fries, or coleslaw are always a hit.

For a healthier twist, serve your burgers with a side salad, roasted vegetables, or air-fried potato wedges.

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How To Air Fry Frozen Burgers

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You do not have to thaw frozen burgers or preheat the air fryer for frozen burgers.

Place the burgers in the basket. The amount will depend on the size of your basket.

Make sure you leave enough room between the burgers for air circulation.

Thick Burgers: Cook at 180C/360F for 15 minutes and turn halfway.

Thin Burgers: Cook at 180C/360F for 10 minutes and turn halfway.

Add a cheese slice one minute before the end of the cooking time.

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How To Reheat Mcdonald’s or Burger King In The Air Fryer

Just in case you have any leftover Mcdonald’s or Burger King burgers, reheat them in the air fryer and they will be as good as new.

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Put the burger in the basket without the bun. 

  1. Air fry at 160C / 320F for 4 minutes.
  2. After 4 minutes turn the burger and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the burger from the basket, reassemble and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can use frozen ground beef to make beefburgers. Thaw the beef completely before shaping the burgers.

The cooking time for beef burgers ranges from 8 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the burgers and your preferred doneness.

Air fryers are designed to cook with minimal or no oil. You can still achieve delicious and juicy beefburgers without adding oil to the burgers.

Apart from traditional toppings, you can get creative with alternative toppings such as avocado slices, caramelised onions, sautéed mushrooms, or even a fried egg.

While beef is the traditional choice for burgers, you can experiment with minced chicken, turkey, pork, or even plant-based alternatives.

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