Easy Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

May 21, 2020Kristy
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Get ready to make a delicious air fryer burger with these Easy Air Fryer Cheeseburgers!

I love a good burger, do you?  I really love it when I can make a delicious burger in the air fryer and add to my list of air fryer beef recipes.

Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

It’s truly no secret how much I love the air fryer, I use it nearly EVERY day!  I am now using a Ninja Foodi, which does basically everything all in one great appliance.  Find out more about the Ninja Foodi here!

I use the air fryer option the most and they certainly did not disappoint with these Air Fryer Cheeseburgers.

How do you make Air Fryer Cheeseburgers?

The key here is picking the perfect cheese and adding some tasty seasonings to your burger.  I actually decided to use Head Country Seasoning on our burgers; however, you can use the seasoning of your choice.

Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

I went with a Colby Jack Cheese but Sharp Cheddar Cheese is also a great choice for these.

We eat gluten-free in our household but I splurged for my husband and decided to grab some Hawaiian Buns instead of traditional hamburger buns.  They have the burgers a great flavor.  My son and I used our gluten-free bread instead.  That just meant everyone was happy!

Making Air Fryer Burgers is very simple, you will want 1/4 pound patties and then season them.  These can be made using ground beef that you put together or you can use premade patties as well.  I actually prefer to buy the premade patties at the store that are fresh ground chuck.

Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

I’m not talking about the frozen ones in the freezer aisle but those made with fresh meat in the meat aisle at your local grocery store.  These just make the prep time a little bit faster and less mess.

Once I have the patties seasoned it’s time to cook them.  I went with cooking the burgers for 12 minutes at 375 degrees, turning them halfway through the cook time.

Can you use Aluminum Foil in the Air Fryer?

YES!  I use aluminum foil in the air fryer regularly.  The key here is you just want to be sure it’s rolled up on the sides so that the air can still easily circulate.

Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

I do think it is best to use it when making air fryer cheeseburgers.  It makes clean up easier since they are greasy, plus it catches any cheese that may melt over to the side as well.  In this picture, I didn’t use foil, which means the cheese gets on the basket quite a bit.

The key though is to be sure to spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray before placing the burgers on it.

What do you need for the burgers?

Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

  • Fresh Ground Beef Patties
  • Colby Jack or Sharp Cheddar Cheese Slices
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Pickles
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard

How long does it take to make Air Fryer Burgers?

I made these in 12 minutes at 375 degrees.  It’s important to note though that all air fryers heat a bit differently so it may take you more or less time.

Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

I always suggest checking on the meat you are cooking about halfway through the cook time to be sure it’s cooking properly and you will get an idea of if it’s almost done.

Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

I checked these at 8 minutes and they were still too pink for our liking, so we went with 12 minutes.  We like them well done though, so for more of medium doneness, you would want to check them around 8-10 minutes.

Also note that these were fresh hamburger patties, not frozen.

How do you make these Gluten-Free Air Fryer Cheeseburgers?

All you need to do is make sure your seasoning is gluten-free, then switch your bun out for a gluten-free bun.

I actually prefer to simply use gluten-free bread or no bun at all, makes it low-carb too!

What should you serve these burgers with?

Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

We like to serve ours with Air Fryer Potato Chips or Air Fryer French Fries.

More Air Fryer Beef Recipes:

Air Fryer Mongolian Beef 

Air Fryer Glazed Steak

Air Fryer Korean BBQ Beef


Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

Easy Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

Easy Air Fryer Cheeseburgers

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Make a delicious burger that taste as good as the grill but it's made in the Air Fryer!


  • 4 Ground Beef Patties
  • 1/2 Tsp Seasoning of Choice
  • 4 Slices Colby Jack or Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Toppings
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Sliced Onion
  • Pickles
  • Lettuce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Hamburger Buns


  1. Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray or the foil-lined air fryer basket.
  2. Place the seasoned patties in the air fryer basket.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes at 375 degrees, turn the patties and cook for an additional 5 minutes.  
  4. Add a slice of cheese to each patty and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until your desired doneness.Note - We used these cook times for well done. If you prefer more pink or red in your burger, add the cheese after 8 minutes.
  5. Remove the burgers and build your burger with your desired toppings.


Remember all air fryers heat differently, it's important to check the meat after about 5-8 minutes to be sure it does not overcook past your desired doneness.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 570mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 16g

Nutritional information is going to change based on the toppings along with the bun added to the burger.


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    Just bought on and haven’t used it yet. Just browsing a recipes. Can I make my own burgers that I mix with onions and other ingredients or do I have to buy the already made ones?

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      June 1, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      Yes, you can definitely make your own too!

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      Was given an air fryer/oven with racks for Christmas. Do you have any tips for this type of air fryer? Also…can any recipe be used in this type? Thank you.

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        December 26, 2019 at 10:01 am

        Hey there, you should be able to use any of the recipes in that air fryer, but may need a pan or something under it so it doesn’t drip to the bottom. Did one come with it?

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    Hi there. Recently bought a Ninja Foodi and have enjoyed looking at several of your recipes. I wondered about the ability to make the fries/chips at the same time as the burgers? If you use parchment paper, would that work (or your foil idea)? And did you use “air crisp” or “broil” function? Thank you.

    1. Kristy

      May 23, 2020 at 8:59 am

      I haven’t done it at the same time before so this would be kinda “trying” it to see if it works, but I would probably put the friends on the bottom of the air fryer, use the wire rack and put foil under it and then put the burgers on that. Similar to how I did this recipe for the meatloaf and the potatoes – https://www.mommyhatescooking.com/one-pot-ninja-foodi-meatloaf-and-potatoes. I’d use the air crisp function. The only thing I could see being a potential problem is if the grease drips all over the fries, but the foil under it should help with that.

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