can you make ground beef in the air fryer

Place ground beef in the air fryer and break it up. (We recommend using an air fryer basket or tray insert so grease drips to the bottom of the basket). Cook the meat in the air fryer at 380 degrees F or 193 degrees C for 5-6 minutes. You want the ground beef to be pretty much almost cooked through.

This is such an awesome Air Fryer Hack, which I have been doing for years. Today, I wanted to share this recipe for you on How To Cook Ground Beef In The Air Fryer.

I actually did this first with my son and his friends at a hotel, during a hockey tournament we made Taco Meat in the Air Fryer, and I thought, wow this is so, so cool.

If you have never made taco meat or cooked ground meat in the Air Fryer, let me tell you, it’s so easy, and best of all, you will only have one pan to clean! It’s truly easy peasy.

Video: Ground Beef In The Air Fryer

There are a few great reasons to cook ground beef in the air fryer. First, it’s very hands off. You put the ground beef into the air fryer basket, season it, close it up and let it be. When you cook ground beef on the stove you usually have to stir it much more often, and keep your eye on it.

The other reason to cook ground beef in the air fryer is that the fat gets drained away as it cooks. The perforations in the air fryer basket are perfect for the fat to drain off of the meat. This means that the meat isn’t cooking in fat the entire time.

Also, when the meat is finished cooking, you just lift out the basket and the fat is all left behind. That means that you don’t have to strain it or use a spoon to scoop out the fat, like you do when you cook it on the stove.

So by cooking ground beef in the air fryer, you get hands-free cooking with leaner meat and an easier clean up. Win-win-win!

The only drawback to cooking ground beef in the air fryer is that it can be a bit dry. That’s because of the fat draining away. If you’re using the beef in a sauce, like spaghetti sauce, that’s totally fine and you won’t notice. If it’s going to be more plain, like in tacos, you will probably want to add a sauce.

How To Cook Ground Beef In The Air Fryer

Use thawed ground beef for this. If it isn’t already defrosted, use one of the quick methods for defrosting ground beef from over here.

Put the ground beef, up to 1 and 1/2 pounds, into the basket of the air fryer. Season it with salt and pepper.

can you make ground beef in the air fryer

Use a wooden spoon to break it up and stir the seasonings in.

can you make ground beef in the air fryer

Let the ground beef cook in the air fryer set to 400°F for 5 minutes. Stir it up a bit. Cook some more for another 3-5 minutes, until cooked through. Use a wooden spoon to break it all up.

can you make ground beef in the air fryer

Then your ground beef will be cooked and crumbled. You can crumble it more or less.

can you make ground beef in the air fryer

Finally, lift the basket out and you’ll see that all the fat and liquid has been drained off. A little bit of meat might have gotten through the perforations of the basket, but not much.

can you make ground beef in the air fryer

And there you have it, perfectly cooked ground beef in the air fryer ready to use in your favorite meal.

can you make ground beef in the air fryer

Ingredients Needed For Cooking Ground Beef In The Air Fryer

  • Lean Ground Beef
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Other Seasonings

Place ground beef in the air fryer and break it up. (We recommend using an air fryer basket or tray insert so grease drips to the bottom of the basket). Cook the meat in the air fryer at 380 degrees F or 193 degrees C for 5-6 minutes. You want the ground beef to be pretty much almost cooked through.

FAQ

Can I cook raw beef in Airfryer?

It is safe to cook raw meat in the air fryer if it is fully defrosted, seasoned, and monitored. Some fully cooked foods, including chicken tenders or fries, can be placed frozen in the air fryer. However, with raw meat, it’s recommended to thoroughly defrost to allow more even cooking and a tasty final product.

Can you cook raw hamburger in an air fryer?

Set patties into the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches. Air-fry patties for 7 minutes, flipping halfway through, for medium doneness. For well done, air-fry for an additional 2 minutes.

Can you cook minced beef in an air fryer?

The answer is yes you can. There’s no fuss, no mess and it takes far less time than cooking mince on the hob. Once you’ve cooked your minced beef in this way, you’ll never want to cook it any other way again.

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