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Frozen Burgers in Air Fryer (Hamburger Patties)

Summer Yule
Can frozen burgers go in an air fryer? Yes! Learn how to air fry frozen hamburger patties- they're an easy entrée that cooks in 12 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 290 kcal


  • 3 hamburger patties, frozen 4 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.
  • Top your cooked burgers as desired, and enjoy!


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: 
  • Chipotle mayo 
  • Green leaf lettuce 
  • Cheeseburger patty 
  • Sliced tomato 
  • Sliced red onion 
  • Cooked bacon 
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. 


Calories: 290kcalProtein: 19gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 75mgCalcium: 2% DVIron: 10% DV
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