Take your turkey burger from frozen solid to fully cooked and ready to eat, in under 15 minutes! Air Fryer Frozen Turkey Burgers are incredibly easy to make and can be eaten with unlimited toppings!
Easy, ready-to-eat protein options in your freezer are necessary if you want to avoid last-minute takeout. That's when frozen turkey burgers are a lifesaver!
A frozen turkey burger can go straight from the freezer, into the air fryer, and be ready to eat in under 15 minutes.
- Frozen turkey burger patties - Typically, frozen burgers come as thin, preformed patties. They are only about ½ inch thick, making them very quick to cook. I used Bubba Frozen Turkey Burgers. I also love Applegate Organics and Shelton's Poultry.
- Salt & pepper - Adding a pinch of each salt and pepper will give the turkey burgers a little extra flavor.
- Optional toppings - Toppings for air fryer frozen turkey burgers include tomato, onion, lettuce, avocado, ketchup, mustard, mayo, cheese, and a delicious brioche bun or sesame seed bun.
- Air fryer - I love my Ultrean 6-quart Air Fryer!
- Silicone tongs - You'll need a good pair of tongs to flip the turkey burgers. Silicone tongs are needed so that you do not scratch the non-stick coating.
- Cutting board and chopping knife
How to make Air Fryer Frozen Turkey Burgers
Step 1: Place the frozen turkey burgers in the bottom of your air fryer basket. Lightly spray both sides with cooking oil to avoid sticking.
Place the turkey burgers in an even layer, and do not stack them. You may have to cook your burgers in a couple of batches.
Step 2: Air fry the frozen turkey burgers for 13 minutes at 370°F. Flip once halfway through cooking, at minute 6 or 7. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to both sides before flipping.
Step 3: Remove your turkey burger from the air fryer and check the internal temperature using a digital meat thermometer. The internal temperature should be 165°F or higher.
I like to add melty cheese to my turkey burgers! Place the burgers back into the air fryer, top with cheese, and close the basket. Leave the air fryer off, and let the cheese melt for a minute or two.
There are so many delicious ways to serve an air fryer frozen turkey burger!
- Classic burger toppings include lettuce, tomato, and onion on a hamburger roll.
- A deluxe burger is usually topped with bacon and extra cheese!
- Make it Mediterranean-style with feta cheese, red onion, and roasted red peppers.
- Spicy - Do you like some heat!? Top your frozen turkey burger with pepper jack cheese, jalapeno peppers, and sriracha mayo!
- Lettuce wrapped - Keep the carbs low when serving your turkey burger and skip the bun. Instead, wrap your turkey burger in large lettuce leaves. You could also serve it over salad greens.
Air fryer turkey burgers can be adapted to fit a number of different diets! Always check the ingredients on the box of turkey burgers that you are using. Take note of added ingredients that might not fit your special dietary needs.
As long as your frozen burgers do not have any added ingredients that don't work for you, then a frozen air fryer turkey burger can easily fit into a low-carb, gluten-free, keto, or whole30 diet!
Storage & reheating
How to store: Store cooked turkey burgers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
How to reheat: Reheat a cooked turkey burger in the microwave for 1 minute at a time, until desired warmth is reached. Do not reheat with your toppings on the burger, except for cheese.
- Add your seasonings halfway through cooking. At that point, the burger will have started to soften up, allowing the seasonings to stick better.
- Some air fryers require preheating. Preheat your air fryer for 3 minutes at the same temperature you cook your food.
- If you are cooking extra thick frozen turkey patties, you will most likely need to add some cooking time to this recipe.
- This recipe is for a basket-style air fryer. This recipe has not been tested with a tray-style air fryer.
Frequently asked questions
Frozen turkey burgers should cook in about 13-15 minutes, depending on thickness. Turkey burgers should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165°F.
Butterball turkey burgers are similar to the turkey burgers I used in this recipe. Cooking instructions and timing will be similar.
Yes, turkey burgers are a healthy choice! They're low-fat, high-protein, and have minimal additives.
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