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homemade instant pot hamburgers

Instant Pot Hamburgers

These easy istant pot hamburgers are the ultimate summer meal. You can still have juicy cheeseburgers even when you don't feel like firing up the grill.
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Keyword: instant pot hamburgers, instant pot burgers, instant pot cheeseburgers, instant pot hamburger recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 525kcal




  • First, start by seasoning the ground beef with salt, pepper, granulated garlic and smoked paprika.
  • Shape the ground beef into equal sized patties. Make an indentation at the center of each burger patty using your thumb. The center of the patties will rise up during the cooking process so this will help you achieve the best shape. I shaped 1.5 lbs of ground beef into 4 patties.
  • Place each burger patty inside a packet of aluminum foil. Place the patty at the center of a piece of aluminum foil and close it so it looks like a packet.
  • Add water to the instant pot. Check notes below for quantities.
  • Place the trivet inside the instant pot.
  • Place the burgers on top of the trivet. It’s fine to place them on top of each other if you need to.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Once the burger patties have finished cooking, engage the quick release button. For slightly rare burgers, cook on high pressure for 10 minutes with a quick release.
  • Remove the burgers from the instant pot using a spatula or tongs. Let them rest inside the packet for at least 5 minutes before opening. You may also broil the patties for 3-4 minutes for a crispy top after removing them from the foil.
  • Add cheese, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, onions and any other topping of choice. Serve and enjoy!


  • Use 1 cup of water for a 6 qt. instant pot, 1 1/2 cups for an 8 qt. and 2 cups for a 10 qt.
  • The quantities used for the seasonings in this hamburger recipe are posted as a general guide. Season your burger patties according to taste.
  • I used sharp cheddar cheese for this recipe but any cheese will work.
  • Toast the buns for an extra crunch.


Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1968mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 676IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 4mg