Another great use for the air fryer: making sliders and burgers. No need to fire up a grill, smoke up your kitchen or clean up greasy messes. You can use this recipe and add your favorite twists and toppings like onion jam, barbecue sauce or fancy condiments.
Divide the ground beef into 8 equal portions. Roll each into a loose ball, then press them flat until they are each just wider than the slider buns (they should be about 1/2 inch thick). Make a small indent in the center of each patty. Season the patties generously with salt and pepper.
Place the patties in a single layer of an air fryer basket. Close the fryer and cook until the patties are browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the patties registers 150 degrees F, 5 to 7 minutes.
Place a slice of cheese and a slice of bacon on each patty and cook until the cheese is melted and the patties are cooked to the desired doneness, about 1 minute.
Carefully remove the patties from the air fryer and place on the bottoms of the slider buns. Top each patty with lettuce, tomato, onion and 1 tablespoon each barbecue sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard. Cover with the top buns and serve.