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.
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)
Yes I’m forgetful BUT I like for all 5 of us to eat together each night. Okay, that doesn’t always happen but it’s the goal right??!!
- Having cooking hacks in my back pocket like this one helps a lot!
- Now I am throw some frozen hamburger patties in my Ninja Foodi or electric air fryer and have a meal ready in under 15 minutes.
This is really all you need. As far as toppings are concerned the sky is the limit with burgers.
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.
Now…. 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
- Air fryer basket
- If you wanted to brush a bit of bbq sauce on top of each patty when you flip them over after 10 minutes.
These are the steps you’ll take to make air fryer frozen burger patties, so they cook properly.
- Place patties inside basket
- Close drawer and set to 360 degrees for 10 minutes
- Flip each one over at this time and continue with another 4-6 minute 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
- check internal temp. inside middle of cooked hamburger to determine whether they’re done to your liking or not
- At what temperature are hamburgers done?
- 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
- If air fried until cooked to 140 degrees in the middle, it will be closer to medium rare
Finish cooking frozen hamburger patties until they are the right “doneness” for you.
Looking for other easy hamburger recipes?
- Here’s our smoked burger recipe
- Hamburger casserole is fantastic
- Crockpot hamburger helper is a kid fave
- Our Instant Pot chili uses ground beef too
Printable recipe with nutritional information including total fat and calories is below. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
How Long to Cook Frozen Hamburger in an Air Fryer
- 1 lb hamburger 4 patties, frozen, 1/4 lb. each
- Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees.
- 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.
- Remove and load up the toppings on your bun.