Cooking Beyond Meat Burgers in an Air Fryer
I love cooking Beyond Meat Burgers in an air fryer.
Most people don’t have a flat grill in their kitchen to recreate the same grilled taste offered at restaurants. Cooking them in the oven doesn’t usually yield the results you’re looking for.
However, I’d argue that air fried Beyond Meat Burgers taste just as good, or even better, than restaurant-served patties. They’re fast and easy to make, require minimal prep and clean up, and taste absolutely juicy and delicious.
What You Need
All you need to cook great Beyond Meat burgers in an air fryer are meatless hamburger patties and your air fryer.
You will want your usual burger ingredients like buns, vegetables, and condiments. Salt, pepper, and your favorite seasoning blend will be added in as well.
How To Cook Beyond Meat Burgers in an Air Fryer
Take your frozen patties out of the package and arrange them in the air fryer. Leave at least an inch of space between them so they can cook thoroughly. Season them on both sides with salt and pepper. Feel free to add your favorite spices like cayenne pepper to give them some heat.
The steps below are very similar to cooking Impossible Burgers in the air fryer.
- Step 1: Lightly oil both sides of the patties. Add salt and pepper, or any kind of seasoning and hot sauces you want to add.
- Step 2: Lightly oil your air fryer basket. Spray or use a brush.
- Step 3: Place the frozen patties in the air fryer. Cook at 380°F/193°C for 8 minutes.
- Step 4: Flip the burgers. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
- Step 5: Once fully cooked, add cheese on the top of the burger for another minute.
- Step 6: Take out, add preferred toppings, and enjoy.
Should You Thaw Your Beyond Burger Patties?
You could air fry Beyond Meat Burger patties either thawed or frozen, but I recommend cooking them frozen. With an air fryer, the patties taste just as good whether you thaw them or cook them straight out of the freezer. No need to wait 30 minutes to an hour for them to thaw.
Beyond Burger patties are not cooked before they are frozen. If you were cooking them on a grill or frying them in a skillet, it would be wise to thaw them out ahead of time. That’s because the heat from those methods will not let them thaw as they cook, and you’re likely to get a burnt or become soggy.
But the air fryer has convection technology that evenly cooks the surface even when they’re frozen. So it will cook firmly without thawing it first.
Do You Need To Spray the Air Fryer With Oil?
This is based on preference. You don’t need oil, but if you prefer you could lightly oil your patties and air fryer trays before cooking.
Even though Beyond Meat patties don’t contain any real meat, they create enough oil when they cook that there is no reason to grease or spray your air fryer. The air fryer will remove oil from the burgers as they cook, making them healthier than when prepared by another method.
Make the Perfect Burger
While the Beyond Meat burgers are cooking, go ahead and get the rest of your ingredients ready.
Some of my favorite topings you may want to try are:
- Sliced red onions
- Sliced tomatoes
- Beyond Bacon
- Sliced Avocado
- Jalapeno Peppers
And don’t forget the condiments. Adding the right sauce to a burger can take it up a notch, so don’t just settle for mayo and ketchup. Mix in some sriracha with the ketchup, or turn your mayo into a garlic aioli. These ideas can give your burger a kick that tastes unbelievable.
Cheese is an important part of a burger. If you are vegan, your local supermarket has many cheese alternatives. If you are not, do not settle for ordinary American cheese. Go for the provolone, pepper jack, swiss, or sharp cheddar to give your burger a great flavor.
Don’t get a plain bun. To make a perfect burger, you need perfect bread. A toasted focaccia bun will be a great addition to this masterpiece. Slice up some potatoes and toss them with olive oil, salt, and Italian seasoning. Put them in the air fryer as well for 10 minutes, and you will have a great meal.
Cooking Beyond Meat burgers in an air fryer will be surprisingly simple, and fast. You can cook and enjoy in just 15 minutes, with minimal prep and clean up.
If you are not a vegetarian, eating a plant-based alternative to red meat is a good way to take control of your cholesterol. If you are living a vegan lifestyle, these burgers are a tasty way to stick to that while feeling like you’re having something new.
Pick up some Beyond Meat burgers at your local supermarket. Experiment with seasonings and cook times until you have figured out how to turn them into the burgers you love.
The air fryer will cook them evenly all around and give them that crisp, charred edge that you love about a fried burger.
Cooking Beyond Meat Burgers in an Air Fryer
- 4 Beyond Meat Patties
- toppings of your choice
- Lightly oil both sides of the patties. Add salt and pepper, or any kind of seasoning and hot sauces you want to add.
- Lightly oil your air fryer basket. Spray or use a brush.
- Place the frozen patties in the air fryer. Cook at 380 °F for 8 minutes.
- Flip the burgers. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
- Once fully cooked, add cheese on the top of the burger for another minute.
- Take out, add preferred toppings, and enjoy.