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How Long to Cook Frozen Hamburger in an Air Fryer

How long to cook frozen hamburger in an air fryer so it’s juicy! If you forgot to defrost ground beef for dinner, don’t fret we’ve got you covered here. 

how long to cook frozen hamburger in an air fryer

Knowing how long to cook frozen hamburger in an air fryer comes in handy when you’re in a pinch. I am sure I’m not the only one who forgets to defrost dinner from time to time. Find this and many more air fryer recipes here! (affiliate links present)

How to make air fryer frozen hamburgers

Top with the best caramelized onions and they’ll be your favorite meal ever. This will save the day if you’re having a forgetful day and don’t remember to defrost meat for dinner.

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Frozen hamburgers in air fryer

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Can you cook frozen hamburger patties in an air fryer?

Totally! From rock hard to tender and juicy in just about 15 minutes. It is a great dinner idea when you forgot to defrost your meat.

You can cook Instant Pot hamburgers too if they’re defrosted.

Can you cook frozen ground beef in air fryer?

You’ll need to break it up and not put it in in one big pound chunk. This will ensure the meat is cooked all the way through and not just on the outside.

This is really all you need. As far as toppings are concerned the sky is the limit with burgers.

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Let’s start with a few basics shall we?

How long does frozen hamburger last?

The USDA recommends throwing away uncooked roasts, steaks, and chops after a year in the freezer. Uncooked frozen ground beef should be discarded after just 4 months.

  • Frozen cooked meat should be thrown out after 3 months.

How can you tell if frozen ground beef is bad?

If you’re not sure whether your hamburger is still good, smell it. If the meat smells unpleasant, it’s probably bad and you should throw it out. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Nobody wants the stomach yucks.

  • If it seems okay use your fingers to test the texture. Meat that has turned bad will feel sticky, tacky, or slimy and should be thrown out too. 
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How do you freeze raw hamburger patties?

I like this method where I form them into patties from a large chunk (it’s cheaper bought that way) and put them in between two pieces of press n seal.

I usually put 4 in one “batch” because that is how many we’d eat in one meal. Lay them flat inside your freezer drawer and then take one out when you’re ready cook frozen hamburger in the air fryer.

This is what you’ll need to cook a frozen burger in the air fryer:

  • Hamburger patties – ours are usually 1/4 lb. each
    • or frozen turkey burger in air fryer would work the same way
  • Air fryer basket
  • Buns
  • Toppings

If you wanted to brush a bit of bbq sauce on top of each patty when you flip them over after 10 minutes.

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Frozen Hamburger Air Fryer

These are the steps you’ll take to make air fryer frozen burger patties, so they cook properly.

Time needed: 15 minutes.

Air Fryer Frozen Hamburgers

  1. Preheat

    Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees F. for 5 minutes.

  2. Cook

    Place patties inside basket. Close drawer and set to 360 degrees for 10 minutes.

  3. Flip

    Flip each one over at this time and continue with another 4 minutes and then check internal temp. Cooking time timing will vary from 15 to 20 minutes total depending on whether you want medium rare (closer to 14 minutes) or well done.

  4. Check temp

    Check internal meat temperature inside middle of cooked hamburger to determine whether they’re done to your liking or not. It is recommended to cook burgers to an internal temperature of 160F

At this temp. it will probably not have any pink in the center 

At what temperature are hamburgers done?

If air fried until cooked to 140 degrees F in the middle, it will be closer to medium rare 

Finish cooking frozen hamburger patties until they are the right “doneness” for you. 160 is generally where you want it to be.

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If you have fresh ground beef, you can make air fryer hamburgers that aren’t frozen too! They come out juicy and perfect every time quickly. Air fryer frozen chicken patties are wonderful too.

  • Set to 375 degrees for 4 minutes per side!
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How Long to Cook Frozen Hamburger in an Air Fryer

How long to cook frozen hamburger in an air fryer so it's juicy! If you forgot to defrost ground beef for dinner, don't fret we've got you covered here.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, frozen ground beef, hamburgers, ninja foodi
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 288kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef made into 4 hamburger patties, frozen, 1/4 lb. each

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees for 5 minutes
  • Put frozen hamburger patties inside basket and close.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, then flip over and cook for an additional 4-6 minutes depending on how well done you like the insides. You can check the temp. or slice in the middle to check. Cook longer if you want it more well done.
  • You can also brush on some bbq sauce on the top once you flip it over to give it extra flavor.
  • ** If cooking fresh defrosted hamburgers, cook at 375 degrees for 4 minutes on each side. Remove and load up the toppings on your bun.
Nutrition Facts
How Long to Cook Frozen Hamburger in an Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 306mg9%
Protein 19g38%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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