Cheese-Stuffed Air Fryer Burgers

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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Cheese-Stuffed Air Fryer Burgers are guaranteed to be a hit at your next family dinner! Each hearty, savory burger patty is extra-juicy and filled with melty, cheesy goodness. Ready in just 20 minutes, the air fryer makes cooking burgers a breeze!

Why You’ll Love Making These Cheesy Air Fryer Burgers

Air fryers have revolutionized the way we cook, and burgers are no exception! Here’s why you’ll love using your air fryer to make some mouthwatering burgers. 

  • Quick Cooking: Air fryers are known for cooking food quickly, and these cheeseburgers are no exception. You can have perfectly cooked, juicy burgers in 20 minutes!
  • Crispy AND Juicy: With the quick cooking time and air circulating in the air fryer around the burger patties, you get perfectly crisp edges with juicy, cheesy centers.
  • Customizable: Feel free to get creative with your toppings or burger seasonings! Lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, sautéed mushrooms, and more can all be layered on top of these gorgeous burgers for even more flavor. Or try out some fancy sauces and cheeses, this is a great basic recipe you can easily make your own.
  • You Keep Cool: I don’t know about you, but down here in Florida if we are grilling, we are sweating! With the air fryer, you don’t have to stand over a hot grill. Stay inside the cool kitchen and let the air fryer do the hard work.
Ingredients for Cheese-Stuffed Air Fryer Burgers.

Recipe Ingredients

So what ingredients do you need to make these cheese-stuffed, juicy air fryer burgers? For full ingredient amounts and directions, scroll to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

For the Burger Patties

  • Ground Beef: For this recipe, we used 90/10 ground beef, but you can use any kind. The higher your fat percentage the more your burgers will cook down in the air fryer; however, they will not cook down as much as they would on a grill.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Optional, but incredibly savory!
  • Salt and Pepper: You can use regular salt, or substitute garlic salt for even more flavor.
  • Onion Powder: This adds an intensity of flavor with no extra hassle.
  • Cheese: Shredded cheese such as cheddar, gouda, or whatever you like.

For Serving

You can serve these however you like, using ingredients like hamburger buns, tomato, onion, cheese, lettuce, pickles, ketchup, barbecue sauce, etc.

Can You Air-Fry Fresh Burgers?

You might already be familiar with air-frying frozen burger patties, but not so sure about using fresh ground beef in the air fryer. But actually, air-frying fresh burgers works beautifully! Using an air fryer gives the burgers a juicy, well-cooked interior and nicely seared outside. Plus, cleanup is extra easy.

How to Make Cheese-Stuffed Air Fryer Burgers

Now for the fun part! Here are the steps for making air fryer burgers filled with cheese It’s super simple:

  • Season the Raw Ground Beef: In a large bowl, mix the beef with the Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Don’t overmix, or the beef may become tough.
  • Shape the Patties. Divide the beef mixture into four pieces. Form each piece into a large, thin circle, add some cheese to the center, and then fold the beef around the cheese to seal it inside.
  • Air-Fry the Cheeseburgers. Place the cheese-stuffed patties in the air fryer, and cook for 7 minutes on the first side. Flip, and cook for another 3 – 4 minutes, or until done (use an instant read meat thermometer to tell).
  • Enjoy! Serve the burgers with all of your favorite fixings.
A burger cut in half to show cheese in the center of the burger patty.

How Long Does It Take to Cook Burgers in an Air Fryer?

For stuffed cheeseburgers like these, I find about 11 minutes total to be just right in my air fryer. If you are cooking a frozen burger patty, slider patties, or really thick patties, you might need to adjust the timing. But in general, you can count on 7 – 11 minutes for burgers in an air fryer.

A bun split open. There is a burger patty on one half, and a tomato slice with onions on the other half.

Recipe Tips

Making air fryer cheeseburgers is a game-changer, and so is stuffing the burger with cheese! These easy, festive burgers are sure to become a family favorite, especially with these helpful tips.

  • Cheese Notes: In addition to sharp cheddar cheese, you can also use smoked gouda, pepper jack, mild cheddar, and colby jack cheese. I have even done them stuffed with sliced brie! Each of these cheeses melts down beautifully as the burger cooks.
  • Seasoning: We like to lightly season our burger patties in order to get the most natural flavor out of the patty as possible; however, if you are looking to add some extra seasoning to your burgers you can never go wrong with Montreal steak seasoning. It is great for flavoring burgers as well as steak.
  • Flipping: Flipping the burgers helps ensure that each side of the burger cooks all the way through. Remember to check to make sure your burger reaches an internal temperature of at least 160°F, using a meat thermometer.
A juicy lucy burger on a plate.

Side Dish Ideas

Need some side dish inspiration? We’ve got you covered. Try these dishes to complete your menu: 

  • Fried Pickles: As long as you’re air frying, why not make a batch of Air Fryer Fried Pickles to go with your meal? These tangy, salty, crunchy little treats are incredibly tasty, and sure to please.
  • Easy Coleslaw: We love basic cabbage slaw, but if you want something extra-bold, try making this Spicy Mango Slaw. It’s amazing! This Easy Broccoli Salad is another great chilled veggie salad that goes great with burgers.
  • Sweet Potato Fries: If you love regular fries, you’ll adore their sweeter cousin, Sweet Potato Fries! This is an easy baked side dish with all kinds of crispy, golden-brown goodness. Or try these Air Fryer Potato Wedges if you are more a regular fry fan!
A homemade cheese-stuffed air fryer burger.

How to Store and Reheat the Leftovers

While these patties are best served fresh, you can store them in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container. When you are ready to reheat your patties, simply add them back in the air fryer for about 2 minutes at 360°F, or until the center of the burger is heated through.

Can I Freeze Air Fryer Burgers?

Yes, you can freeze cheese-stuffed air fryer burgers cooked or uncooked. For uncooked burgers, form them and then freeze them with wax paper between each patty, in a freezer bag, airtight container, or just wrapped in a double layer of plastic wrap. They’ll keep for up to three months. Thaw for 24 hours before cooking for best results.

You can also freeze leftover, cooked patties the same way – just cool them down first. Thaw overnight before heating and serving.

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Cheese stuffed air fryer burger on a plate with a bun, lettuce, onion and tomato.
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Yield: 4 servings

Cheese-Stuffed Air Fryer Burgers

These Cheese-Stuffed Air Fryer Burgers are guaranteed to be a hit at your next family dinner! Each hearty burger patty is stuffed with melty, cheesy goodness. The air fryer makes preparing them a breeze!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Ingredients

For the burger patties:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, cheddar, gouda, etc.

Optional toppings:

  • Hamburger Buns
  • Tomato
  • Red onion
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Pickles
  • Ketchup or BBQ Sauce

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, use your hands or a wooden spoon to work the Worcestershire, salt, pepper and onion powder into the ground beef. Ensure that the seasonings are evenly distributed throughout the beef.
  • Preheat air fryer to 360°F.
  • Form the burger patties: Divide the beef into four equal sized pieces. Working with one piece of ground beef at a time, form the beef into a thin, disc-shaped patty and top with a spoonful of cheddar cheese. Wrap the patty around the cheese and roll in your hands to seal the cheese inside. Use your hands to press the beef into a patty about one inch thick.
  • Place all four beef patties in an air fryer basket and cook for 7 minutes. Flip the patties and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, until burgers are cooked through and an instant read meat thermometer reaches 160°F.
  • Top your burgers with your favorite fixings, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

Storage: Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Reheat: When you are ready to reheat your patties, simply add them back in the air fryer for about 2 minutes at 360°F, or until the center of the burger is heated through.
Freeze: For uncooked burgers, form them and then freeze them with wax paper between each patty, in a freezer bag, airtight container, or just wrapped in a double layer of plastic wrap. They’ll keep for up to three months. Thaw for 24 hours before cooking for best results. You can also freeze leftover, cooked patties the same way – just cool them down first. Thaw overnight before heating and serving.
Cheese Notes: In addition to sharp cheddar cheese, you can also use smoked gouda, pepper jack, mild cheddar, and colby jack cheese. I have even done them stuffed with sliced brie! Each of these cheeses melts down beautifully as the burger cooks.
Seasoning: We like to lightly season our burger patties in order to get the most natural flavor out of the patty as possible; however, if you are looking to add some extra seasoning to your burgers you can never go wrong with Montreal steak seasoning. It is great for flavoring burgers as well as steak.
Flipping: Flipping the burgers helps ensure that each side of the burger cooks all the way through. Remember to check to make sure your burger reaches an internal temperature of at least 160°F, using a meat thermometer.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 103mg, Sodium: 888mg, Potassium: 371mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 195IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 170mg, Iron: 3mg

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