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How to Cook Frozen Burgers in an Air Fryer

Want to know how to cook frozen burgers in air fryer? You can make a quick dinner at home for everyone with pre-frozen beef from the grocery store. This is such an easy way to make a low carb or keto dinner. Here’s how!

Stack of frozen burgers

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Can you cook frozen hamburger patties in an air fryer?

You’ll never need to worry about how to cook frozen burgers ever again with that amazing invention called the air fryer.

This kitchen appliance lets you deep fry anything without the mess of frying in oil – from wings to brats to zucchini fries, even frozen hamburgers!

Cook your favorite foods in minutes with this innovative device that’s made cooking convenient for everyone.

This blog post will show you how to cook frozen burgers in an air fryer. The air fryer makes it easy and healthy to get a burger that is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside without having to turn your stove up to high, turn on the grill, or use oil. 

Tired of cooking burgers on the grill? Don’t have time to stand over a stove flipping patties every few minutes?

The air fryer is your new best friend.

I’m not kidding, air fryers are easy and efficient. Cook frozen hamburgers in the air fryer in around 10 minutes! This is great news because it means you can make dinner for the family without having to spend hours in the kitchen or pay for expensive take-out.

Burger on a plate with lettuce and tomatoes, pickles

Are air fryer burgers keto?

Air fryer burger recipes are like any burgers, they are keto when you follow a few rules. Air fry and season frozen burgers with the appropriate cooking time to the perfect internal temperature.

When you prepare air fried burgers, use a good-quality grass-fed beef burger patty. Use lettuce for a bun or a good cloud bread bun recipe.

How many carbs are in a frozen hamburger patty cooked in an air fryer?

In one serving or one 1/3 pound cooked in air fryer frozen burger, there are 26 grams of protein, about 0 grams carbs, and 380 calories

This recipe makes 4 servings, and one nutrition serving is one frozen burger patty.

This information is based on the Kirkland brand grass-fed beef frozen hamburger patties I picked up the other day and my local Costco.

I recommend figuring your own macros using an app with the brand of frozen burgers you use. Also, don’t forget to count any toppings in for your macros.

This will give you the most accurate information and will help you keep within your macros set for your personal low carb or keto diet plan.

Overhead view of an air fryer burger

Equipment for air fryer frozen hamburgers

All you need to cook a frozen hamburger is an air fryer oven and something to get them out without burning yourself! In fact, I recommend using tongs to avoid burning your fingers on the hot air fryer housing.

However, to prepare the additional toppings, you might need a few more items, but not many!

🥘 Frozen burgers in air fryer ingredients

  • Frozen hamburgers (4 or as many as you need)
  • Salt
  • Garlic granules or other burger seasoning such as Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Avocado oil spray (optional)
  • Cheese, onion, pickle, etc. burger toppings
  • Bun, keto cloud bread, or lettuce wrap
ingredients for air fryer burgers

🧊 What frozen burger patties to buy for air fryer frozen burgers

I bought Kirkland Grass-Fed frozen burgers because that’s what they sell at Costco, but any good-quality beef should work just fine.

Also, I often use the pre-made frozen hamburgers from ButcherBox. I trust their meat and love the convenience of it being delivered to my front door. I’ve been buying their boxes and adding more options for more than three years now! Their member specials are great.

If you use my referral link to ButcherBox, right now they’ll give you $30 off and ground beef for life (with each box you order)! Love it.

Of course, making frozen burgers is an option too, but that does add another step in the process.

Just make sure they are grass-fed beef burgers – no mystery meats, please!

🔪 Instructions: How to cook air fryer frozen burgers

First of all, preheat the air fryer to 350°F. To do this, just set the temperature and turn it on for about five minutes before cooking frozen burgers.

Next, spray the basket and frozen burgers with avocado oil. You can do this over aluminum foil, a plate, or just the sink.

This is optional but helps them to not stick to the air fryer basket. Also, it helps the seasoning to adhere where it needs to be.

After that, season the frozen burgers on both sides with salt, garlic powder, Montreal steak seasoning, onion powder, or whatever you prefer.

Then, add the frozen patties in a single layer to the air fryer basket or tray.

In my example pictures, I’m using just one air fryer burger. These are 1/3 pound Kirkland brand grass-fed beef patties in the air fryer basket of a Ninja Foodi (I love this kitchen gadget!).

Overhead view of a frozen burger in an air fryer basket

Cooking time for frozen hamburgers

What’s the cooking time for air fryer frozen burgers?

Cook for 5 minutes and then flip the frozen burgers over and continue cooking 4 to 5 minutes more. This will mean flipping halfway through the cooking process. Just make sure the beef reaches an internal temperature of 160° – 165° F.

The cook time depends on the thickness of your frozen patty, and I advise using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.

I love air frying! The air fryer cooks so well using the air fryer basket or tray. The frozen hamburger patties cook evenly, and you don’t even get any air fryer smoke! It’s an amazing kitchen gadget.

Cooked burger in air fryer in basket

How to make air fryer cheeseburgers

If you choose to make the frozen burgers into cheeseburgers, leave the burgers in the air fryer and top with one slice of cheese each.

Close the air fryer and cook to let the cheese melt for 1 minute.

You can even turn off the air fryer, close the lid or door, and use the residual heat to melt the cheese.

Finally, serve each juicy burger with the desired toppings, bun, or lettuce wrap. Personally, I prefer a lettuce wrap, but a good keto cloud bread or other low carb bread can work well too.

Side view of burger with cheese

💭 Top tips for frozen burgers in air fryer

As mentioned, the cook time for a burger patty will vary depending on the thickness of the meat.

If you’re using 160°F as the ideal temperature, check to see if it’s cooked by checking at its thickest point with an instant-read meat thermometer. I’m saying this twice because it’s important!

Air fryers vary, so it’s also good to check your burger patties early and make sure they don’t overcook. If you have thick patties on hand then just add more time for cooking them fully before eating.

For those who prefer well-done meat, cook a little longer. On the other hand, reduce the time for a little pink in the middle.

Overhead view of air fryer cheeseburger cut in half

🦃 Can you air fry frozen turkey burgers?

Yes, you can cook frozen turkey burgers in the air fryer. You will use the same method as outlined for beef air fryer frozen hamburgers. They’re often a good alternative to beef if you’re worried about fatty foods or avoiding saturated fat.

The only difference is that with ground turkey, the internal temperature should be 165 degrees F so you will need to add a couple minutes, flipping halfway through so the frozen burgers cook evenly.

Use the tongs to remove the air fryer burgers from the air fryer basket.

Yum! Who doesn’t love a good turkey frozen burger?

But can I tell you a secret? I really prefer to make my own recipe for Keto Turkey Burgers with seasonings and fresh basil (or dried) from the garden. Of course, you can also cook fresh turkey burgers in the air fryer.

🥣 How to store cooked frozen burger patties

If you have any leftover cooked air fryer frozen burger patties, refrigerate them in an airtight container or zipper-type plastic bag. They will keep for up to 4 days.

Now that you know how quick and easy it is to cook frozen burger patties, are you ready to give this healthy keto recipe a try? It’s easy and quick too!

Bite out of frozen air fryer burger

👨‍🍳 Why make frozen burgers in air fryer?

I think we’ve all been there.

You want to make a quick weeknight dinner but can’t seem to find the time or energy to cook anything from scratch.

Well, you don’t need any more excuses because frozen burgers are an easy and delicious solution! They not only save time but also guarantee maximum flavor by using quality beef without additives like sugar, MSG, preservatives etc.

Quick and easy frozen burgers in air fryer have never tasted so good!

Make them for dinner tonight!

📋 More air fryer recipes

Try out some more of these awesome air fryer published recipes for a keto diet!

Brats in air fryer

Keto turkey burgers

Keto zucchini tots

Sour cream and onion keto chips

Keto mozzarella cheese sticks

Air fryer radishes (coming soon!)

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Air fryer burger on a bed of lettuce

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Frozen burger cooked in air fryer

Frozen Burgers in Air Fryer

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Here's how to cook frozen burgers in an air fryer. It doesn't matter the brand, as long as it has no added sugar or other additives. Use quality beef and you'll have a quick weeknight keto dinner that tastes like summer!

Ingredients

  • Frozen hamburgers (4 or as many as you need)
  • Salt
  • Garlic granules or other burger seasoning
  • Avocado oil spray (optional)
  • Cheese, onion, pickle, etc. burger toppings
  • Bun, keto cloud bread, or lettuce wrap

Instructions

    1. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
    2. Spray the basket and burgers with avocado oil. This is optional but helps them to not stick to the basket yet allow the seasoning to adhere where it needs.
    3. Season the frozen burgers on both sides.
    4. Add the patties in a single layer to the basket or tray of the air fryer.
    5. Cook for 5 minutes. Flip the burgers over and cook 3-5 more minutes or until the beef reaches an internal temperature of 160° - 165° F.
    6. If making cheeseburgers, leave the burgers in the air fryer and top with one slice of cheese each. Close the air fryer and cook to let the cheese melt for 1 minute.
    7. Serve with the desired bun or lettuce wrap.

Notes

Important!

The cook time for a burger patty will vary depending on the thickness of the meat. If you're using 160°F as the ideal temperature, check to see if it's cooked by checking at its thickest point with an instant-read thermometer.

Air Fryers vary, so it's important to check your burgers early and make sure they don't overcook. If you have thick patties on hand then just add more time for cooking them fully before eating.

For those who prefer well-done meat, cook a little longer. On the other hand, reduce the time for a little pink in the middle.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 30gCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 26g

*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe. *Nutrition facts are per serving, not including toppings.

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I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.  

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