When you have an air fryer there are endless possibilities for quick, easy, and super scrumptious meal times.
And you don’t need to just eat the same old recipes time and time again when you’ve got to use up that ground beef that is sitting in the refrigerator.
There are so many new and exciting recipes that are guaranteed to go down a hit with the whole family.
So check out below all the amazing meals that you can serve with some ground beef and everybody’s new favorite kitchen appliance – the air fryer!
Over 20 Delicious Ground Beef Recipes!
Meatloaf is one of those classic feel-good meals that everybody loves.
There’s something really magical about when all those herbs and spices are combined with juicy ground beef and a generous serving of your favorite tangy sauce.
And thanks to the air fryer, all the hard work is done for you. It’ll take as little as 40 minutes from the time you start prepping to the time you’re sitting around the table with full bellies all-round!
2. Scotch Eggs
A tasty hard-boiled egg surrounded in deliciously moist ground beef covered in a thick batter and then fried…could anything sound better for breakfast? I think not.
Air-frying these bad boys will make cooking them not only easier but healthier too, and the crunch that you get from them is phenomenal.
It’s a flavorsome and filling start to the day!
Does a bite-size version of a meatball sub minus all the mess sound good to you? Of course, it does.
Then you’ll want to try this amazing party finger-food recipe. Juicy meatballs ooze with melted mozzarella cheese and are covered in a buttery, flaky, and crispy croissant coating.
And of course, you can’t forget the scrumptious marinara sauce dip!
Can’t decide between tacos or a soul-warming casserole. Why choose when you can have both? This meal is super fun and my kids adore it. It takes just 30 minutes to make and about 2 to lick the plate clean.
Those taco seasonings, melted cheese, chilis, peppers, tomatoes, and corn all blend together to make for our favorite casserole dish yet.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a complaint from any family member or friend when I’ve told them it’s hamburgers for tea! And they cook so quickly in the air-fryer so there will be no slaving behind a stove all evening.
And wait till you taste that crunchy crust that you can only get cooking them this way!
If you’re looking for a fancy little appetizer then look no further than this air-fryer ground beef wellington recipe. The beef is juicy and delicious on the inside and that outer puff pastry is so buttery and crispy.
This one is sure to impress your guests…don’t worry, I won’t tell them how easy it was to make if you don’t.
7. Chili Nachos
Whenever I have leftover ground beef, nachos are instantly my first thought. They’re just so easy to make, they’re super scrummy, and the whole family adores them.
And if you thought they were easy to make before, wait till you try making them in the air fryer.
You don’t end up with burnt chips, you don’t have to worry about multiple layers, and you can make a huge batch at once. It’s just the perfect quick and tasty meal.
I adore egg rolls so much but they’re just so high in calories. They aren’t exactly the best diet option. Well, I found this much lower-calorie egg-roll-inspired recipe and I’ve never looked back since.
They don’t need to be deep fried thanks to the trusty air-fryer and so they aren’t dripping in fat like the typical roll would be. But they are just, if not more, tasty!
These taquitos are essentially very crispy wraps filled with a scrumptious bean and beef filling that oozes with gooey cheese. And they are so very delicious.
These mini-tacos are sure to go down as an absolute treat at tea time!
Who would have thought that you could make a delicious lasagna in the air-fryer? I must say, even I took a double-take when I saw this recipe.
And though I was somewhat dubious at first it came out amazing. So much so that I can’t see myself ever slaving away for hours over a lasagna ever again!
Don’t forget to chuck some garlic bread in the oven either to scoop up that scrummy sauce!
11. Stuffed Peppers
If you’re looking for a nice healthy option for tea tonight then you can never go wrong with stuffed peppers. You’ll get all the protein from your meat and all your nutrients from your veggies.
I like to add some potatoes to go with mine and really ensure that I’ve got most food groups packed into one meal with the addition of some carbohydrates, but they work well as a stand-alone meal or pair well with a salad too.
12. Shepherd’s Pie
For the colder months, you can’t get a better winter warmer than a good old-fashioned shepherd’s pie.
There’s something about the ground beef alongside chunky vegetables sitting in a pool of delicious gravy and then topped with fluffy mashed potatoes that has my stomach instantly roaring.
And thanks to the air-fryer this meal can be ready and waiting for you in just 30 minutes!
13. Kofta Kebabs
If you’ve got a hankering for an authentic middle eastern dish but don’t want to splurge on the cost of takeout, you need to try this recipe. It is honestly so succulent and juicy and just downright delicious.
This is probably one of the best ‘fakeaway’ recipes that I’ve ever tried. Plus, no waiting a good 45 minutes for delivery tonight since these tasty treats can be ready in just over 10 minutes’ time!
14. Menchi Katsu
The last recipe was inspired by the east and this delicacy comes from the west.
This Japanese dish is definitely worth a try. Ground beef patties are covered in breadcrumbs and then fried till golden brown where they become super soft and oh-so juicy.
You won’t want to forget a nice generous helping of sauce with this dish.
Are you on a Keto diet or just generally trying to cut back on the carbs?
Then ditch that burger bun and swap it out for some deliciously baked Zucchini. I never knew healthy food could taste so good until I tried this recipe.
The fresh veg gives the meal that extra flavor and certainly brightens up the plate too!
16. Tater Tots Bake
Who does love a meaty and cheesy bowl of tater-tot goodness? This recipe is perfect for parents on the go as it is so quick to make. It always goes down as an absolute treat with the little ones too.
For a quick fix meal, you can chuck all the ingredients into one pot, but if you’re looking to fancy up the presentation, you could always serve this bake in individual ramekins.
17. Sloppy Joe Bombs
Not all food was made equal, and while some meals are so obviously made for eloquent and elegant dinners…some are not. And this one definitely falls under the latter category.
They may not look like the most appealing meal you’ve ever seen, but I guarantee you’ve not tasted anything quite as delicious.
In typical sloppy joe fashion, they’re ooey, gooey, and super messy. But also like a sloppy joe, they taste amazing.
Yep, you read that right, cheeseburger onion rings. Now, I’ll admit, they’re not the first choice I’d advise for someone looking for a healthy meal, but a tasty mouthwatering meal, yeah they’ve got you covered there.
I’ll warn you now though, you’ll want to make enough for seconds because I’ve never gotten away with just cooking one batch. They are so moreish!
19. Taco Pizza
Ask anyone their favorite meal and it’s probably either tacos or pizza. So I thought, as I do, let’s combine the two! And what an idea it was! It is super tasty and really easy to make as well.
All you need is some readymade pizza dough or even naan bread, and then you add all your favorite taco toppings, and voila! The best of both worlds.
Meatballs are always a great choice when you’re considering what to make with ground beef. But these meatballs should be the only ones that you ever consider making.
They make my mouth water and my stomach rumble just thinking about them. The sauce has this super sweet yet spicy and savory flavor that is just to die for.
I pair mine with some rice but they’d also go perfectly with buttered noodles or even pasta.
Ground beef and Mexican cuisine are just a marriage made in heaven.
And these air-fryer chimichangas are honestly just next level. They have a defined crunch and yet a surprisingly soft center that I personally always ensure drips with melted mozzarella cheese.
My best tip for making these beef & bean bad boys is to always spray them with cooking spray once in the air-fryer to ensure they turn the perfect golden brown color.
Who said super comforting pockets of puff pastry stuffed full of delicious fillings were only for kids? This recipe isn’t your average or typical filling but it definitely is delicious.
Sink your teeth into flaky pastry, creamy mash, gooey cheese, and tons of delicious seasonings!
If there was a hierarchy in wraps, there would be none that could compare to this magnificent creation. Delicious Doritos, tons of sour cream and salsa, and lots of succulent ground beef.
This wrap puts the likes of taco bell to shame. Honestly, this copycat recipe is so much better than the original and it’s healthier too.
The one thing I will say is that it’s pretty messy to make on the first try. Persevere with it, because come time to sink your teeth into it, it’ll definitely be worth the hassle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Cook Raw Hamburger In The Air Fryer?
Yes, you can. All you have to do is place your patties in the air-fryer and then leave them to cook for about 7 minutes in total. You’ll want to ensure that you flip them over around the halfway point.
If you don’t want your burgers to be medium and prefer a well-done patty then you’ll want to cook them for closer to 10 minutes.
Is Beef Nice In The Air Fryer?
Beef is delicious in the air fryer! Higher heat is preferred for cooking steak as the less cooking time the more tender it is. This makes the air fryer the perfect cooking apparatus.
Is It Safe To Put Aluminum Foil In An Air Fryer?
Yes, not only can you use aluminium foil, but it can actually make cooking much easier when you do use it.
The air-fryer is definitely taking most kitchens by storm. It is making cooking easier, simpler, and much quicker.
And that means less time standing around cooking and more time spending time with your family.
And each one of these ground beef recipes is not only quick and easy to make but also super tasty too.