Frozen Burgers in the Air Fryer take no planning, no effort, and no time at all. In just a few minutes, you’ll have perfectly juicy hamburgers that are in a league of their own. A dinnertime slam dunk!
Sometimes I don’t want to do a bunch of shopping for dinner, prepping for dinner, planning for dinner… Really, sometimes I don’t want to think about dinner at all!!
So when I learned how to cook frozen burgers in the air fryer, it felt like all my prayers had been answered! An easy, tasty dinner that everyone will love? Count me in!
Frozen Burgers in Air Fryer
You don’t need to thaw them, you don’t need to prep them, and just a pinch of salt for seasoning.
No grilling outdoors or cleaning up grease splatters when you make frozen hamburgers in the air fryer! And honestly?
Air fryer hamburgers are just as tasty as grilled burgers.
You can actually make frozen hamburgers in the air fryer to cut down on the time needed for so many burger recipes! Want pork instead? Try our flavor-packed breaded pork sandwich!
Sprinkle on the barbecue bacon smokehouse burger seasonings, or gather all the fixin’s for a belt busting cowboy burger!
Air Fryer Burger Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions
- Frozen Burger Patties – I use 4-ounce beef patties, and double them up, but you could use a couple of larger patties if you prefer!
Just give the meat a bit longer before flipping.
Want to use a different protein? You can follow the same recipe instructions and make turkey burgers, chicken burgers, or a plant-based alternative!
- Kosher Salt – Large grain salt will add more flavor than table salt. If you’d like, add a bit of black pepper and/or steak seasoning
- Optional Toppings – Cheese, Big Mac Sauce, tomatoes, pickles, onions… The works! Pile on your favorite hamburger toppings.
I always add bacon and BBQ sauce to my burgers.
Adding Toppings to Air Fryer Hamburgers
Don’t try adding toppings to frozen burgers in the air fryer, because you’ll end up with a mess inside the basket. Wait until the fryer is off before adding anything else.
If you want melted cheese, lay it on the still-hot air fryer hamburgers and cover them while it melts.
You can also transfer the air fried hamburgers to a plate, add the cheese, and cover with tented tinfoil – that should do the trick, too!
Storing and Reheating Leftovers
Keep leftover patties in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. I won’t give you any details for freezing leftovers, because… Well…
They were just frozen! If that’s the route you want to go, then just wait and follow the recipe as usual.
To reheat, the microwave is your best bet so as not to dry them out. Throw them in for 15 seconds once or twice until warmed through the center.
Add cheese if that suits your fancy!
Frozen Burgers in Air Fryer FAQ
It takes 14 minutes to cook four 4oz frozen burgers in the air fryer at 370°F. Be sure to flip them halfway through!
You absolutely can! You can start with the recipe for frozen burgers, but making raw hamburgers in the air fryer takes less time – closer to 3 or 4 minutes per side. As always, let the internal temp of the meat be your guide.
They certainly shouldn’t be. With high heat and even cooking, and making sure the center of the patty reaches 165°F, your burger should be nice and firm.
This may occur if the patties have defrosted a little, leaving the center frozen but the exterior thawed, or if they’ve been in the freezer too long and are freezer burnt.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
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Frozen Burgers in Air Fryer
- 16 ounces frozen burger patties, (4) 4 ounces each
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat the air fryer to 370° F.
- Line the air fryer with a parchment paper liner.
- Spritz patties with water, so the salt will stick.
- Place patties in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Sprinkle both sides with kosher salt.
- Cook for 14 minutes, flipping halfway through cook time, or until cooked to desired doneness. Internal temperature should reach at least 165°F.
- Remove the burgers from the basket and serve as desired.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published September 2022
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