Instant Pot Hamburgers

Instant Pot Hamburgers

Instant Pot Hamburgers are so easy to make, and reminiscent of those famous burger chains that make steamed burger patties. These pressure cooker burger patties are simple and fast to make, and you can make a big batch at one time.

I love that… 1. I don’t have to light the grill (somethings I’m a wimp about) 2. I don’t have to use my broiler in my oven because it smokes up my house. 3. I don’t have to try and fry them in a pan where I either add too much oil to make them not stick and then the burgers are greasy, or I don’t add enough oil and the burgers stick to the pan and fall apart.  These steamed patties are a win/win for me.

Yields: 4 servings


( Fast Prep pro-tip: I have used the Laura’s Lean Beef pre-made hamburger patties and called it good with no other mix ins and they were great)

  • 1 lb Ground Beef (I use 80% – 85% lean) 
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika (optional)
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
Fixings (use whatever you like!)
  • 4 Whole Grain Hamburger Buns
  • Cheese Slices
  • Tomato Slices
  • Lettuce leaves ( I use these for my bun)
  • Red Onion
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  1. Add 1 cup of water to the inner stainless liner of the 6 qt pressure cooker
  2. Place the trivet in the pot.
  3. Mix all of the hamburger meat mixture ingredients together in a bowl with the meat.
  4. Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal (4 oz) patties, 3 (5 oz) patties, or 2 (8 oz patties). press your thumb into the center of each patty to make an indentation.
  5. Wrap patties in foil (not heavy duty) or parchment paper. The wrapping and cooking under pressure is what steams them.
  6. Stack the wrapped patties on the trivet in a staggered pattern. Then place the lid on the pot and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
  7. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button, and press the + or – button to:
  • 10 minutes for 4 oz patties (7 minutes for a touch rare)
  • 12 minutes for 5 oz patties (9 minutes for a touch rare)
  • 13 minutes for 8 oz patties (11 minutes for a touch rare)
  • High pressure.

8. When the cook cycle is finished, do a Quick Release of the pressure/steam (that means turn the steam release knob to the Venting position right after cooking is finished).

9. Carefully remove the patties from the pot using tongs. Then let them rest for 5 minutes. Then unwrap them on a plate to catch the drippings, and make up your hamburger with all of your favorite fixin’s!