3hamburger patties, frozen4 ounces (113g) per patty
hamburger buns and hamburger toppings(as desired)
Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (175°C). Put the burgers in a single layer on a hot air fryer tray. I was able to fit three burgers on the tray.
Air fry the burgers for 6 minutes (use the top rack if using an air fryer oven). Then flip the burgers, and air fry for an additional 6 minutes. (Thicker burgers and larger diameter burgers may require longer cooking times.)
For cheeseburgers, flip the burgers once more, top with a cheese slice, and air fry 1 more minute.
The safe minimum internal temperature for ground beef is 160°F (71°C). Check your burgers with a kitchen thermometer and add more cooking time if you want to be food safe.
This is a level 2 recipe (transition and weight maintenance). The frozen burger patties I’m using in this recipe are not lean beef. Because we’re using a fatty (higher calorie) meat, I’m giving this one the bump to level 2.You can find lean beef hamburger patties that are only 130 calories per 4 ounces (113 g). These patties have over double the calories because I did not choose a lean meat option. Choosing lean proteins is one method that can help you maintain the calorie deficit needed for a weight loss goal.Additionally, the leaner beef options are lower in saturated fat. If you want to lower your LDL cholesterol, lowering your intake of saturated fats can help.If you want a low-calorie meal, another thing I recommend is serving the burger as a burger bowl rather than with a bun. Pile your burger bowl high with veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and peppers. These will add low-calorie volume to your meal to help keep you full.Cutting back on refined grains and bumping up veggies is going to be a general health move for most people. That’s true whether your goal is trying to lose weight or just having a more nutrient-dense diet.The photos show a burger in a fluffy white bun because that’s what people who want a burger usually like to see. Some people aren’t really health-minded, others might be trying to find options for weight gain.For those who want an indulgent (and higher energy) burger option, you can top your burger as I did. Here’s how I layered the ingredients on my brioche bun:
Green leaf lettuce
Sliced red onion
SO GOOD. These were way tastier than fast food burgers, IMVHO.Nutrition information is for one Trader Joe’s Frozen Grass-Fed Beef Burger without a bun or toppings. The exact nutritional information of your burger will depend on the size and leanness of your burger, as well as the toppings and bun you choose.