Sliced cheese, such as cheddar, pepper or Monterey Jack, or provoloneoptional
Sliced red onion or white onion
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the air fryer to 375°F.
In a medium bowl, add the ground beef, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. Using your hands, work the ingredients together. Shape beef mixture into four thin patties. Using your fingers, make a slight indent into the middle of the patties so they don't rise during cooking.
Arrange burger patties in the air fryer. Cook for 5 minutes.
Flip the burgers and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until an instant read thermometer inserted horizontally into the burger patties registers 155°F. After removing the patties from the air fryer, their temperature will rise 5°F to a safe eating temperature of 160°F.
If using sliced cheese, place cheese on top of the patties and cook for 1 more minute or until cheese is melted.
Transfer patties to prepared hamburger buns. Serve with desired toppings and condiments.
Worcestershire sauce adds salt to the ground beef so be careful when adding any additional salt.
You may want to use a hamburger press in step 2 to shape your burgers. This helps to get even thickness and sizing.
Burger patties can be prepared in step 2 and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 4 months. Place a piece of parchment paper in between each patty and put them in an airtight, freezer safe container.
To cook frozen burger patties, defrost in the refrigerator overnight or follow the steps below for air frying frozen burgers.
To toast your hamburger buns, place them in the preheated air fryer, before step 3, for 3 to 5 minutes or lightly browned. Set aside until finish with toppings and the cooked burger patties.
VariationsSeasoned Salt Burgers: Omit the Worcestershire salt. Replace with 2 teaspoons seasoning salt such as Lawry's Seasoned Salt.Lean Ground Beef: You can use an 85/15 or 90/10 ground beef if you prefer. The burgers will not be as juicy or full flavored. If you are used to eating a leaner beef, then feel free to use a leaner grind.Garlic Patties: Omit the granulated onion and replace with 2 teaspoons granulated garlic. Or, add 1 teaspoon of each.Mushroom Powder: Add 2 teaspoons ground mushroom powder to the mixture in step 2 for an added punch of umami.Smoky Patties: Add 1 teaspoon liquid smoke to add some grilled flavor to your burgers.Cheesy Patties: Add ⅓ cup shredded cheese, such as cheddar, Monterey or pepper Jack, or Provolone.Air Frying Frozen Patties:Preheat your air fryer to 325°F not 375°F as listed in the recipe. Omit step 2. Go to step 3 and cook for 10 minutes on the first side. In step 4 after flipping the burgers, increase the heat to 375°F and cook, for 7 to 10 minutes or until done. Follow the doneness tests in step 4. Continue with the remaining steps.