Air Fryer Hamburger Patties for Two Recipe

Background and History

The hamburger patty is a beloved classic in American cuisine, dating back to the late 19th century. While its exact origin is debated, it’s widely associated with German immigrants in the United States. Over time, the hamburger patty has evolved into a versatile dish enjoyed worldwide. With the advent of air fryers, cooking these patties has become even easier and healthier, requiring little to no oil for a crispy exterior.

Serves: 2


  • Preparation: 10 minutes
  • Cooking: 12-15 minutes

Cooking Time: 12-15 minutes


  • ½ pound ground beef (80/20 blend recommended for juiciness)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • Optional toppings: cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, condiments of your choice


Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 3-5 minutes.

In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Gently mix until the seasonings are evenly distributed throughout the meat.

Divide the seasoned ground beef mixture into two equal portions. Shape each portion into a patty, about ¾ inch thick.

Place the hamburger patties in the preheated air fryer basket, making sure to leave some space between them for proper air circulation.

Cook the patties in the air fryer for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time, until they reach your desired level of doneness.

While the patties are cooking, lightly toast the hamburger buns in a toaster or oven, if desired.

Once the patties are cooked to your liking, remove them from the air fryer and let them rest for a couple of minutes.

Assemble your hamburgers by placing the cooked patties on the bottom half of each bun. Add your favorite toppings and condiments, then cover with the top bun.

Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious air fryer hamburger patties!

Nutrition Facts: (per serving, without toppings)

  • Calories: 320
  • Total Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 690mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 2g
  • Protein: 21g


  • For a leaner option, you can use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef.
  • Experiment with different seasonings and toppings to customize your hamburger patties to your taste.
  • Avoid pressing down on the patties while cooking to retain their juices and prevent them from becoming dry.
  • Make sure to preheat your air fryer for optimal cooking results.

Allergy Warning

Be cautious of any allergies you or your guests may have to ingredients such as gluten (found in hamburger buns) or dairy (found in cheese). Adjust the recipe accordingly to accommodate dietary restrictions.

How much ground beef for 2 patties?

For two hamburger patties, you’ll need about ½ pound (8 ounces) of ground beef.

Can you cook hamburger patty in an air fryer?

Yes, absolutely! Cooking hamburger patties in an air fryer is not only possible but also results in deliciously crispy patties with less oil compared to traditional frying methods.

What is the best ratio for burger patties?

A common and recommended ratio for juicy burger patties is 80% lean meat and 20% fat. This blend ensures flavor and moisture without being overly greasy.

How do you make homemade hamburger patties stay together?

To help homemade hamburger patties stay together, ensure the meat is properly seasoned and gently formed into patties. Additionally, chilling the patties in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before cooking can help them retain their shape.

What holds hamburger patties together?

Hamburger patties are typically held together by the protein strands in the meat, combined with the fat content. Proper seasoning and gentle handling during shaping also contribute to the patties staying together.

How to get hamburger patties to stick together?

Ensuring the meat is adequately seasoned and properly

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