Want to know how to make frozen burgers in air fryer? We make it simple in this tutorial. Just follow the steps and you will have your own perfect frozen burgers at home.
I’ve made burgers from fresh hamburger in my air fryer and they’re tasty but I have to admit – there is ALWAYS a box of frozen burgers in my freezer! I can’t help it. There are some nights when I’m just beat and don’t have the energy to cook all these amazing recipes and I just want to grab and go!
How to cook a frozen hamburger patty in an air fryer
Yeah – this is not complicated. You take it out of the freezer and put it in the air fryer basket! Bhahahahaha. Ground Beef patties shrink a LOT more than turkey patties. You want to turn them halfway through as well. Do NOT put cheese on them – it flies right off!
If you do want to add a slice of cheese, you’ll either need to toothpick the cheese or just microwave for 20 seconds to melt it.
How long to cook frozen hamburger patties in an air fryer
I’ve found that 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes is good but it’s always good to temperature check meat the first time you’re making something. The internal temperature should read 160 degrees. (Here’s my fav instant read meat thermometer and it’s under $15!)
Frozen hamburger patties don’t have to just be beef – there are sausage burgers (with cheese), turkey burgers, and yes – even those “plant-based” burgers. With any burger – try it out the first time and undercook – you can always add a few more minutes.
My favorite thing about cooking air fryer frozen burgers is that there is NO MESS! No grease splatter, no watching, no worrying about it burning, no oil – nothing!!!! And I’ll tell you – with the turkey burger – it’s far juicier! With the air fryer – just set it in the tray and you’re done!
Can you cook burgers straight from frozen?
Yes! There’s no need to thaw or defrost your hamburger patties – just pop them in frozen.
Should I season my frozen hamburger patty?
Seasonings like Montreal Steak Seasoning or Garlic Powder are great on hamburgers but they won’t really stick when the burger patty is frozen. Sprinkle the seasoning on at the halfway point when you flip the burger – then it will stick!
Should I line my air fryer with aluminum foil?
I don’t typically line my air fryer unless something is particularly sticky – and has a sauce. The reason being – the surface is non stick – so it’s easy cleanup. And you want the air to circulate – that’s why the tray has all the holes – so the liner blocks that air flow.
What air fryer should I get?
I actually have two air fryers!
I love my Paula Deen 9.5 quart air fryer (in red!). While this air fryer doesn’t have the bells and whistles – I love it! I bought it because of the capacity – it’s very hard to cook single layer items in the Philips XL. This Paula Deen is HUGE! Also – the cleanup is much easier. It’s got an easier to remove plate that is non-stick and nothing sticks to it!
I also have the Instant Pot Omni Pro Air Fryer Oven. I have really come to love this one too! The oven style doesn’t blow the world around quite as much – which is helpful with bacon and cheese. It also has a wider space so it’s nice for baking dishes or cake pans.
Making frozen beef burgers is now as easy as my old standby – the microwave burrito – pop it in and you’re done! Plus – you can still make all sorts of tasty additions and fun sauces besides just ketchup and mustard. I even added some of the Robert Rothschild Farms Bacon Chutney! It was one of the products they sent me a while back (salmon patties recipe) and I loved it! It really added so much flavor – especially on the turkey burger! You can even go keto and serve it in a lettuce wrap!
What sides go with air fryer burgers?
Salads to serve with burgers
Other Easy Air Fryer Recipes
Air Fryer Frozen Hamburgers
- 4 frozen burger patties
- 4 hamburger buns
- Lay frozen hamburger patties in air fryer
- Air fry at 350 for 7 minutes
- Flip patties and air fry additional 7 minutes
- Beef shrinks more than turkey patties
- If trying to melt cheese on top, use toothpick to stay on burger or put in microwave to melt for 30 seconds