Air-Fryer Cheeseburger Onion Rings

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min./batch


8 servings

Updated: Nov. 09, 2023
This new take on burgers will have your family begging for seconds. Serve these cheeseburger onion rings with spicy ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Air-Fryer Cheeseburger Onion Rings Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 8 squares
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Cooking spray
  • Spicy ketchup, optional


  1. Preheat air fryer to 335°. In a small bowl, combine beef, ketchup, mustard and salt, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Cut onion into 1/2-in. slices; separate into rings. Fill 8 slices with half of the beef mixture (save remaining onion rings for another use). Top each with a square of cheese and remaining beef mixture.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix flour and garlic powder. Place eggs and bread crumbs and eggs in separate shallow bowls. Dip filled onion rings in flour to coat both sides; shake off excess. Dip in egg, then in bread crumbs, patting to help coating adhere.
  3. In batches, place onion rings in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown and a thermometer inserted into beef reads 160°, 12-15 minutes. If desired, serve with spicy ketchup.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this recipe in a deep fryer, electric skillet or on the stovetop.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 onion ring: 258 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 489mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.