Air Fryer Hamburgers Recipe

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What’s your favorite comfort food to make when you’re busy? It’s definitely air fryer hamburgers! While you can buy this popular treat at many fast food places, homemade burgers hit different and are always my preferred option.

Follow today’s recipe to whip up juicy and tender burger patties in just a little more than 30 minutes. Pair them with your favorite veggies, buns, and sauce, and you’ll have a mouth-watering hamburger that is just as good, if not better, than what you find in a restaurant.

Air Fryer Hamburgers

Reasons You Will Love Air Fryer Hamburgers

While the term “hamburger” originated in Hamburg, a city in Germany, the invention of hamburger is credited to various people living in different parts of the world and is still an ongoing debate among food enthusiasts.

Nevertheless, no one can deny that having a hamburger is one of the best experiences in the world. Meaty, flavorful patties sandwiched between layers of veggies and soft buns create the ultimate comfort food people can’t get enough of.

My hamburger recipe is made totally using an air fryer, which limits the use of cooking oil to a minimum. In addition to being a healthier version of the classic burger, the recipe is also incredibly quick and easy to make!

Hamburger Recipe

Tools

First, prepare the tools listed below. Among them, an air fryer is the most important one.

  • Air fryer: A good air fryer reduces the amount of oil used and allows you to make many tasty recipes with ease. I own a COSORI Pro first generation. If you can’t find the same model, opt for the COSORI Pro II instead.
  • Basting brush: For brushing olive oil on the patties.
  • Mixing bowl: For mixing the ground meat mixture. 
  • Spatula: For flipping the patties.
  • Food prep gloves: Wear these when mixing the ground meat to keep your hands clean and ensure food safety.
Basting Brush

Ingredients

  • Ground meat: I usually go for 80/20 ground beef, but you can also use ground pork.
  • Cheddar cheese: The classic choice for American burgers. It has an umami flavor that goes really well with beef. That said, any kind of cheese that you like will do.
  • Egg: Works as a binder to improve the patties’ texture.
  • Red onion: Since red onion is sweeter than white onion, it makes a great addition to a hamburger. Yellow onion is also a solid choice.
  • Vinegar: Use a mixture of vinegar and sugar to reduce the onion’s pungent taste and aroma.
  • Sauces: Soy sauce, oyster sauce, chili sauce, ketchup. You’ll use them for marinating the meat.
  • Other vegetables: Lettuce, tomato, and cucumber.
  • Spices: Ground pepper, sugar, salt, chili powder.
Cheddar Cheese
Vinegar And Sugar

Directions

Here’s my recipe for flavorful air fryer hamburgers. Let’s start cooking!

Step 1: Prepare The Ingredients

Wash the vegetables (lettuce, tomato, cucumber) carefully.

Slice the cucumber, tomato, and half of the red onion thinly. Dice the remaining red onion to mix with the ground meat.

Wash The Vegetables

Marinate the red onion slices with 2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of vinegar for 15 minutes. The sugar will boost the onions’ crispness and reduce the pungent taste.

Red Onion Slices

Step 2: Marinate The Meat

Season the ground meat with the diced red onion, ground pepper, salt, soy sauce, chili powder, egg, chili sauce, ketchup, and oyster sauce. Mix well and marinate for 5 minutes.

Ground Meat With The Diced Red Onion

Step 3: Preheat The Air Fryer

Preheat your air fryer for a few minutes. This step will ensure a stable temperature, which helps the patties cook more evenly.

Preheat Your Air Fryer

Once done, brush cooking oil on the basket to prevent the meat from sticking.

Brush Cooking Oil

Step 4: Shape The Patties

Put on your food prep gloves. Divide the ground meat mixture into 4 equal parts. Roll the meat into balls and press them between your palms into patties. Since the patties will shrink after air frying, they should be bigger than the buns.

Shape The Patties

Step 5: Air Fry The Patties

Place the patties into the air fryer basket and brush them with olive oil to prevent them from drying. Air fry the patties in “beefsteak mode” or at 400 degrees F for 6 minutes.

Air Fry The Patties

Then, flip the patties, brush them with olive oil, and air fry them for another 6 minutes at 400 degrees F.

Flip The Patties

Top each patty with one (or a few) cheddar cheese slices and air fry them for 1 minute at the same temperature to melt the cheese.

Cheddar Cheese Slices

Step 6: Present The Dish

Cut the burger buns in half horizontally. Add the lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and patty to the bottom half. Next, add chili sauce and mayonnaise, and finish with a few slices of red onion. Place the top half over the onions, and enjoy!

Cut The Burger Buns

Tips You Wouldn’t Want To Miss

The following tips will help you level up your air fryer hamburgers, so don’t miss out!

Your Air Fryer Hamburgers
  • Enjoy the hamburgers while they’re still hot and pair them with French fries for the ultimate comfort food combo. Also, feel free to add your favorite sauces.
  • Depending on the model of your air fryer, the cooking time might vary. Always check your burgers to prevent them from overcooking, and add a little more cooking time for thick patties.
  • If you own a thermometer, you can use it to check the patty’s doneness. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the patty and ensure that it reaches at least 160 degrees F.
  • You can store uncooked patties in the fridge for about 3 days and in the freezer for about 3 months. As for the cooked ones, I recommend storing them in the fridge for a maximum of 3 days.

Say Goodbye To Store-Bought Burgers

After today’s recipe, I believe that you’ll have no reasons to order hamburgers from a fast food restaurant again. I mean, why bother doing so when the homemade version tastes this good, right? In the long run, you’ll save a bunch of money and eat healthier as well!

What are your favorite dishes to pair with air fryer hamburgers? Share the answer with other readers and me in the comment section. If my recipe is to your liking, please give it a five-star rating and share it with more people.

Air Fryer Hamburgers Recipe

Easy, Quick, And Juicy Air Fryer Hamburgers

Air fryer hamburgers are super quick and easy to make at home. More importantly, they’ll taste just as juicy and flavorful as the ones you buy from a restaurant!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 322kcal

Ingredients

  • 14.1 ounces (400 grams) of ground meat
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 cheddar cheese slices
  • Lettuce
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar

Instructions 

  • Wash the vegetables (lettuce, tomato, cucumber) carefully.
  • Slice the cucumber, tomato, and half of the red onion thinly.
  • Dice the remaining red onion.
    Wash The Vegetables
  • Marinate the red onion slices with sugar and vinegar for 15 minutes.
    Red Onion Slices
  • Season the ground meat with the diced red onion, ground pepper, salt, soy sauce, chili powder, egg, chili sauce, ketchup, and oyster sauce.
  • Mix well and marinate for 5 minutes.
    Ground Meat With The Diced Red Onion
  • Preheat your air fryer for a few minutes.
    Preheat Your Air Fryer
  • Brush cooking oil on the basket.
    Brush Cooking Oil
  • Divide the ground meat mixture into 4 equal parts.
  • Roll the meat into balls and press them between your palms into patties.
    Shape The Patties
  • Place the patties into the air fryer basket and brush them with olive oil.
  • Air fry the patties in u0022beefsteak modeu0022 or at 400 degrees F for 6 minutes.
    Air Fry The Patties
  • Flip the patties, brush them with olive oil, and air fry them for another 6 minutes at 400 degrees F.
    Flip The Patties
  • Top each patty with one (or a few) cheddar cheese slices and air fry them for 1 minute at the same temperature.
    Cheddar Cheese Slices
  • Cut the burger buns in half horizontally.
  • Add the lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and patty to the bottom half.
  • Next, add chili sauce and mayonnaise, and finish with a few slices of red onion.
  • Place the top half over the onions, and enjoy!
    Cut The Burger Buns

Video

Notes

  • The total time is sufficient for making 4 servings.
  • The nutrition values don’t include the burger buns.
  • Enjoy the hamburgers while they’re still hot and pair them with French fries for the ultimate comfort food combo.
  • Depending on the model of your air fryer, the cooking time might vary.
  • Always check your burgers to prevent them from overcooking, and add a little more cooking time for thick patties.
  • If you own a thermometer, you can use it to check the patty’s doneness.
  • You can store uncooked patties in the fridge for about 3 days and in the freezer for about 3 months.
  • For cooked patties, I recommend storing them in the fridge for a maximum of 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 989mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 561IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg
Richie

Richie

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Home Cooking, Meal Planning, Food Styling, Food Photography, Cooking-video Maker, Beverage Evaluation Expert

Education

Saigon Culinary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Program: Diploma in Culinary Arts
  • Focus: Vietnamese and Asian cuisines with intensive training and hands-on approach.

Vietnam Australia Vocational School (VAAC), Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Program: Bartender
  • Focus: Basic knowledge on how to store, preserve and select ingredients, and practice cocktails, mocktails, hot and cold drinks.

Richie, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is a dynamic Content Writer with a talent for capturing the essence of culinary art.

Richie specializes in creating visually appealing and tasty content, offering a new angle on Vietnamese and other culinary traditions. With a background in graphic design and a love for food styling and photography, he expertly combines beauty with food narratives, encouraging his audience to discover the culinary world through his imaginative perspective.

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