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How to Cook Frozen Burgers in an Air Fryer (It’s Easy!)

Frozen burger patties are already one of the simplest proteins to get on the table fast–and now it’s even easier, thanks to the air fryer.

Grab a patty straight from the freezer, season it, toss it in the fryer, and get your accompaniments ready while it’s cooking–you don’t even have to flip it.

ButcherBox Frozen Burgers are ⅓ pound, 100% grass-fed and grass-finished. With a ratio of 80% meat and 20% fat, they’re juicy and full of flavor.

Pro tip: Aside from lunch and dinner, we’ve been known to enjoy a burger patty with eggs for a protein-rich breakfast.

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Air Fryer Burger

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Protein: Beef
Cut: Burger Patties
Diet: Gluten Free, Low carb, Paleo
Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 1 ButcherBox Burger Patty
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the air fryer to 390ºF. Season the burger generously with salt and pepper.
  • Add the patty to the air fryer and cook for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on how you like it. For medium-rare, check after 8 minutes; an instant-read thermometer stuck into the center should read between 120ºF and 125ºF.
  • Leave the burger in the air fryer with the drawer slightly open for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a plate and serve with any accompaniments you like.


  • Because the seasoning on frozen meat doesn’t have as much time to penetrate, you may need to season your burger again after cooking. Take a bite to see if it needs more.
  • You can double or triple this recipe, or more, depending on the size of your air fryer.

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Beth Lipton is a Brooklyn-based recipe developer and writer specializing in food and wellness. Her work has appeared in Clean Eating, Paleo magazine, FoodNetwork.com, Well+Good, Outside, Sleep.com and more. Beth's latest cookbook, Carnivore-ish, featuring 125 animal protein-forward recipes, is available now.