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How to cook frozen burgers using an air fryer

  1. Preheat air fryer to 360F
  2. Cook for fifteen minutes total at 360F
  3. Flip the burger after five and ten minutes

This recipe is based of using the COSORI Air Fryer (5.8QT model, affiliate link).

For the purpose of this recipe, I’m using pre-made, raw, third of a pound burgers from Kroger’s Simple Truth line. Cooking from frozen can be a tricky feat. The would be freezer-chef needs to hit three milestones:

  • defrosting the meat
  • cooking the meat evenly
  • cooking correctly to temperature without burning

For me, cooking frozen burger patties in the air fryer hits these three marks at around 360F. It’s enough to defrost the patty – which you will find happens at around the 7-9 minute mark. It’s hot enough to hit that “well done” 165F mark while not obliterating the patty into a charcoal mess.

I would say this technique is decent, but not ideal. Your patty will have some discernible extra crisping around the edges – air frying tends to accentuate the outward-in of cooking. For best results I’d recommend always defrosting your patty if possible.

Air fried frozen Simple Truth patty
Air fried frozen Simple Truth patty
Interior and edge of an air fried burger cooked from frozen
Interior and edge of an air fried burger cooked from frozen
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