Impossible Burgers that are Plant based, vegan and a great burger alternative from regular beef. Our air fryer impossible burgers recipe is simple. Follow our tips and step by step photos when air frying Impossible burgers from fresh. These air fried impossible burgers have so much flavor and they’re super easy.

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What is Impossible Meat?

It’s not real meat and it’s a plant based, meatless alternative for protein. The company says on their website “Impossible Burger is made from proteins, flavors, fats, and binders. The key difference from your average beef burger? Our ingredients are derived from plants. ” It’s a vegan and vegetarian substitute for ground beef.

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Air Fryer Impossible Burgers Recipe (Fresh)

Our simple vegan recipe for air fryer impossible burgers uses fresh impossible ground meat from the 12 oz package. We like to add extra seasoning to the impossible meat for more flavor. We shape the mix into patties and then air fry the impossible meat patties. The juicy and crisp texture is amazing! Want to try something different? You can make the patties to what ever size you want from sliders to meatballs.

Impossible burger patties
vegan plant based burger patty on spatula

Can You Air Fry Frozen Impossible Burger Patties?

Yes, you definitely can! Impossible burgers are also sold in pre-formed patties. They are usually sold frozen as a two, six or eight pack. You can definitely learn how to air fry frozen Impossible burger patties easily. Check out our detailed instructions on–> How to air fry frozen Impossible burger patties.

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Tips on How to Make Air Fried Impossible Burgers Recipe

  • If you bought your Impossible meat that’s ground already and it was frozen, allow it to thaw first. Then you can form your patties once they are thawed.
  • Additional seasonings: Add your favorite seasonings in the plant based meat. We had garlic powder for a nice garlic flavor. Some other ideas to add for flavor add are onion powder, ground cumin, chili flakes, lemon pepper or dried herbs. There’s so many flavor possibbfilaites.
  • Consistent patty size: Make sure to form your patties to the same even size. That way, they will cook evenly and at the same time.
  • Want to make it a cheeseburger? If you’re adding cheese, press it into the cooked patty so that it sticks to the patty. This keeps the cheese from flying off the patty during air frying. Then air fry for about 1 minute until the cheese melts. If you’re using vegan plant based cheese, it might not melt the same as dairy based cheese.
  • All recipe details are in the recipe box below.

Easy Ideas for Burger Toppings

You can make a plant based burger party! Just add all your sides and toppings and it’s an instant vegan burger bar.

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  • Sauces: mayo, hot sauce, bbq sauce, ranch dressing.
  • If you like buffalo wing flavor, then drizzle some buffalo sauce on the burger.
  • Sliced raw onions or sautéed your onions.
  • Different types of cheeses like smoked gouda, pepper jack, fresh mozzarella.
  • Different types of greens: arugula, spinach, chopped kale, butter leaf lettuce, ice berg, green leaf
Air fryer impossible burgers on plate

Air Fryer Impossible™ Burgers (from Fresh)

Cooking time will vary depending on how thick your patties are. Air fry at the lowest timing we suggested and check the burgers. Continue cooking the patties to your preferred doneness. 
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  • 12 oz. (340 g) Impossible Burger
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) garlic powder , optional
  • salt , to taste
  • black pepper , to taste
  • oil spray , for coating

Burger assembly:

  • 3 Buns
  • Optional – cheese, pickles, lettuce, onion, tomato, avocado, cooked bacon, etc.


  • In a bowl, combine the Impossible™ Burger with optional garlic powder, mixing until just combined (if using pre-formed patties, just sprinkle garlic powder on top). Form 3 equal sized patties about 4-inches wide. Spray or brush both sides with oil and season with salt and pepper. (Tip: lightly oil your hands so the patties stick less to your hands when forming)
    Uncooked Impossible™ burger patties with salt and pepper
  • Spray air fryer basket or rack with oil. Carefully lay patties in the air fryer in a single layer. Air Fry at 380°F/193°C for 5 minutes.
    Uncooked Impossible burger patties in air fryer
  • Flip the patties and continue cooking for about 3-6 minutes or until cooked through and internal temperature is 160°F/71°C.  Timing will vary depending on thickness of patties and individual air fryer model.
    Cooked Impossible burger patties in air fryer
  • For Cheeseburgers: add the slices of cheese on top of the cooked patties. Air fry at 380°F/193°C for about 30 seconds to 1 minute to melt the cheese.
    cheese slice on top of cooked burger patty in air fryer
  • Warm the buns in the air fryer at 380°F/193°C for about 1 minute.
    Buns in air fryer being warmed
  • Serve on buns, topped with your favorite burger toppings. 
    Cooked Impossible burger being placed on a burger bun

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 381kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 587mg, Potassium: 671mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 245mg, Iron: 6mg


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