How to Make a Chicken Burger in Air Fryer- Juicy Burger!

If you have never made a chicken burger in air fryer, then you are truly missing out because this delicious juicy air fryer chicken burger recipe is going to blow your mind.

It is extremely easy to make a chicken burger in the air fryer, and I have used frozen chicken burger patty for this recipe, but you can also use homemade chicken patty.

Just that you need to cook the homemade chicken patty for a bit longer, depending on the thickness of the patty, if you make thin chicken patties, which I love, then you can follow these cooking directions.

Make sure your chicken patty is fully cooked, though, and you have to be careful not to overcook it, as that will dry the burger patty.

Cooking the burger patty in the air fryer is a game changer as it is easy and quick, and you get the best results every single time. Also it is hands off, so you can cook your patties in the air fryer while getting other ingredients ready.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

There are so many reasons why you should make chicken burger in your air fryer but some of them are-

1. Healthy, Crispy, and Time-Efficient: Air frying chicken burgers combines the health benefits of using minimal oil with the crispy texture of traditional frying, all while significantly reducing cooking time, making it a triple win for those seeking a quick, nutritious, and satisfying meal option.

2. Easy Cleanup: With no messy oil splatters or greasy residue, cleaning up after air frying chicken burgers is much easier, especially if you use parchment liners or silicone liners.

3. Kid-Friendly: Children often love the crispy texture and familiar taste of air-fried chicken burgers, making them a hit with the whole family.

4. Reduced Odors: We are all familiar with how deep frying leaves cooking smells; air frying minimizes odors, keeping your kitchen fresh during and after cooking.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • 2 frozen chicken patties
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • Chipotle sauce or cream cheese
  • Lettuce leaves
  • 2 slices of cheese
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • 4 slices of onion
  • Pickles (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How To make a Chicken burger in Air fryer

1. Toast Hamburger Buns:  First slice the hamburger buns in hald and toast them in teh air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 200°C (400°F) until they are lightly crispy.

This helps to avoid the bun getting soggy and keeps it firm and crispy for a longer time. This trick works like a charm if you pack your burger for lunch or a trip.

2. Cook Chicken Patties: Place the frozen chicken patties in the air fryer basket. Cook at 200°C (400°F) for about 12 minutes and flip the patties halfway through the cooking time which is around 6 minutes per side, until the patties are golden brown and cooked through.

3. Assemble Burgers: Assembling the burgers the right way is quite important; otherwise, the buns can easily go soggy, and no one wants that. So, once the buns are toasted, smear some chipotle mayo or cream cheese on the bottom half of each bun.

This creates a barrier between the moisture that comes from the onions and tomatoes.

Then, a chicken patty, a cheese slice, a layer of lettuce leaves on top(least moisture), tomato, onion, and pickles if desired. Spread more chipotle sauce or cream cheese on the top half of the buns.

4. Serve: Place the top half of the bun on each assembled burger and serve immediately.

Enjoy your delicious air-fried chicken burgers! You can toast these final assembled burger buns if you want for 2-3 minutes with some butter on top.

How long to cook a burger patty in air fryer?

There are different meat burger patties, so it becomes a bit of a task since different kinds of burger patties need different cooking times.

I have used a nonbreaded frozen chicken burger patty for this recipe, and it took me 10-12 minutes to cook it at 200°C.

Just remember, if your burger patty doesn’t cook well, then it is thicker, and you should cook it for a bit longer at a lower temperature. The ones recommended below are for thin to medium-thickness burger patties.

Meat Type Temperature (°C) Time (minutes) Internal Temperature (°C)
Chicken 200 12 75
Beef 200 10 71
Turkey 200 12 75
Pork 180 12 71
Veggie (e.g., black bean) 190 10 N/A

Variations and add-ons for this Chicken Burger Recipe

Here are some unique ways in which you can make this chicken burger more fun and creative-

1. Spicy Chicken Burger: Add some diced jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce to the chicken patty mixture for an extra kick.

2. BBQ Chicken Burger: Brush the chicken patties with your favorite BBQ sauce before air frying for a smoky flavor.

3. Mushroom Swiss Chicken Burger: Top the cooked chicken patties with sautéed mushrooms and a slice of Swiss cheese for a rich and savory twist.

4. Caprese Chicken Burger: Top the chicken patties with fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, basil leaves, and a balsamic glaze for an Italian-inspired twist.

5. Guacamole Chicken Burger: Spread some homemade or store-bought guacamole on the bottom bun before assembling the burger for a creamy and flavorful addition.

6. Bacon Avocado Chicken Burger: Add crispy bacon slices and sliced avocado to your chicken burger for a decadent and satisfying combination.

7. Asian-Inspired Chicken Burger: Top the chicken patties with Asian slaw (made with cabbage, carrots, and a sesame ginger dressing) and a drizzle of Sriracha mayo for a fusion of flavors. You can even add some hot sauce to give it that spicy kick.

How to serve Chicken patties

1. Classic Style: Serve the chicken burger on a toasted bun with some lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles. Add condiments such as ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise on the side for guests to customize their burgers.

2. Buffet Style: Set up a burger bar with a variety of toppings, veggies, and condiments so guests can build their own chicken burgers according to their preferences. Include options like cheese slices, bacon, avocado, sautéed mushrooms, different types of cheeses, and specialty sauces.

3. Wrap Style: Serve the chicken burger in a lettuce wrap or whole wheat tortilla for a lighter option. Add avocado slices, diced tomatoes, and a drizzle of ranch dressing or tzatziki sauce for extra flavor.

4. Slider Style: Make mini chicken burgers and serve them as sliders for appetizers or as part of a party platter. Top with a toothpick and garnish with a cherry tomato or olive for an elegant touch.

5. On a Salad: For a healthy and light option, serve the chicken burger sliced on top of a bed of mixed greens or kale salad. Add sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and a balsamic vinaigrette for a refreshing and delicious dinner.

Storing and reheating leftovers

 Allow the cooked burgers or burger patties to cool down slightly at room temperature for about 30 minutes before storing them. 

Place some parchment paper/wax paper between each layer when storing multiple burger patties to prevent them from sticking together.

1. Refrigeration: If you plan to eat the leftovers within a few days, store the cooked burgers or burger patties in a container or wrap it in a plastic wrap(container is much easier) and place them in the refrigerator. These cooked burgers can last for up to 4 days in the fridge.

2. Freezing: You can freeze the cooked burgers or burger patties by wrapping each burger individually in plastic wrap, parchment paper, or aluminum foil and freezing them.

Once frozen, transfer the wrapped burgers to a freezer-safe bag or container. Frozen cooked burgers last for 2-3 months.

Reheat the burger patties separately in case you want to reheat the entire burger. You can microwave the frozen burger for 30 seconds, so you get all the components apart in case they are stuck frozen.

Then, place the burger patty in the air fryer and reheat it at 200°C for 12 minutes. You can wrap the burger in the aluminum foil and reheat it for 5-6 minutes.

Tips to get a Juicy Chicken Burger in Air Fryer

1. Avoid Overcooking: Cook the chicken burger in the air fryer just until it reaches an internal temperature of 75°C (165°F) to prevent dryness.

2. Flip Halfway: Ensure even cooking by flipping the chicken burger halfway through the cooking time.

3. Use a Liner: Place a parchment paper or silicone liner in the air fryer basket to prevent the burger from sticking and to absorb excess oil, keeping it juicy.

4. Check Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to verify that the chicken burger is cooked through before serving, ensuring it’s juicy and safe to eat.

Are chicken burgers already cooked?

1. Frozen Pre-cooked Chicken Burgers: Some chicken burgers available in stores are pre-cooked and frozen. These burgers are fully cooked and only require reheating before consumption. You can heat them in the air fryer oven, pan or microwave. 

Frozen Burger Patty

2. Fresh Raw Chicken Burgers: Other chicken burgers are made from raw ground chicken meat and require cooking before consumption. These raw chicken burgers should be cooked until it reaches an internal temperature of 75°C to ensure it is safe to eat and to prevent foodborne illness.

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Air fryer Chicken Burger

Air fryer Chicken Burger

If you want an excellent juicy chicken burger, then try cooking a chicken burger in the air fryer. Not only is making air fryer chicken burgers easy, but the cooking process is hands-off, giving you a lot of time to assemble and get ready other burger components. It is a fun, easy, and quick recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people


  • 1 Philips Air fryer


  • 2 frozen Chicken Patties
  • 2 Pieces Hamburger Buns
  • 2 tbs Chipotle sauce or cream cheese
  • Lettuce leaves
  • 2 Slices Cheese
  • 4 Slices Tomatoes
  • 4 Slices Onion
  • 2 slices Pickles


  • Slice and toast hamburger buns in the air fryer at 200°C (400°F) for 2-3 minutes until lightly crispy to prevent sogginess, especially if packing for lunch or a trip.
  • Cook frozen chicken patties in the air fryer at 200°C (400°F) for about 12 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Assemble burgers by spreading chipotle mayo or cream cheese on the bottom half of each toasted bun to create a moisture barrier. Layer with chicken patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles if desired. Spread more sauce or cream cheese on the top half of the buns.
  • Serve immediately by placing the top half of the bun on each assembled burger. Optionally, toast assembled burgers in the air fryer for an additional 2-3 minutes with butter on top for extra crispiness. Enjoy your delicious air-fried chicken burgers!
    How to make a chicken burger in air fryer
Keyword Air fryer chicken burger

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