The Diner Burger

By: Donna-Marie Pye

Diner burger with lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese made in Instant™ Vortex Air Fryer

Recipe uses Instant™ Vortex Air Fryer

Serves 4-6

Prep time 5 minutes


6 hamburger buns

6 cheese slices

1 pound extra-lean ground beef

½ pound medium ground beef

½ pound ground pork

⅓ cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons ketchup

2 teaspoons relish or chopped pickles 



sliced onions

cooked bacon



  1. In a bowl, combine all the meats, gently mixing so you don’t overmix. Shape and press into six patties, about ¼ inch (6 mm) thick. Press a divot into the center of each patty with your thumb. Season outsides of patties well with salt and pepper. Place three patties on each cooking tray, divot side down. Lightly spray both sides with cooking spray.

  2. Place drip pan in the bottom of cooking chamber. Using the display panel, select Air Fry, adjust Temperature to 375°F (190°C) and set Time to 9 minutes. Preheat Vortex until display indicates Add Food.

  3. Place cooking trays in bottom and middle positions. When display indicates Turn Food, flip patties over so they are divot side up and switch bottom cooking tray to top position and middle cooking tray to bottom position. Cook until lightly browned, juices run clear when pierced and internal temperature reads 160°F (71°C) on meat thermometer.

  4. Place cheese slice on top of each burger. Using the display panel, select Broil, adjust Temperature to 400°F (200°C) and set Time to 2 minutes. Preheat Vortex until display indicates Add Food.

  5. Place cooking tray one at a time in top position and cook until cheese is melted.

  6. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, ketchup and relish; mix well.

  7. To assemble, spread mayonnaise sauce over inside of buns, place burger on bottom and garnish with toppings of your choice.