Burger Wars, Instant Pot vs Air Fryer

Who doesn’t love a juicy burger? With a recent Instant Pot purchase we decided it was time for a little burger war. Who will win…The Instant Pot or the Air Fryer? Before I reveal the results. Let me share with you how we make them.

Dusti’s Burgers:


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 package Lipton Dry Onion Soup mix
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/8 cup BBQ Sauce
  • ½ cup shredded cheese (optional)


Combine all ingredients in a bowl, I use a kitchen aid mixer. Shape burger patties into 1” thick (I use a hamburger press).

Instant Pot Burgers:

  • Individually wrap each burger in foil or parchment paper and place them on the trivet inside the Instant Pot.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the pot.
  • Close and seal the lid, click on manual – high pressure and cook for 10 minutes.
  • When the Instant Pot completes cooking time do a quick release.
  • Carefully open the lid away from your face and take out the burger patties.
  • If you decide to brown the meat, place them under the broiler for 2-3 minutes.

Air Fryer Burgers:

  • Preheat Air Fryer on 400°F for 2-3 minutes.
  • Place hamburger patties in a single layer in the Air Fryer basket.
  • Cook on 400° F for 10 minutes.
  • Flip patties then cook another 2-3 minutes until fully cooked.

Dads Relish

I learned growing up about dads time in the air force and while on base they had a guy who would show up once a week and sell hotdogs with “relish”. Dad asked him for the recipe and he would make this periodically. If you aren’t careful this can get a little spicy. I vividly remember the longer it sits the hotter it gets. This is very similar to pico de gallo.


  • 1/3 cup jalapeño chopped (if you want less heat cut back to 1/4-1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 cup white onion chopped
  • 1/3 tomato chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

And the Winner is….

I have to admit we really liked both burgers, however it was unanimous…the Instant Pot burger won on flavor and level of juiciness. Give it a try and let me know which one you prefer.