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Hamburgers with cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a black plate in front of a pressure cooker

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.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker hamburgers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 208 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


Hamburger Meat Mixture #1

  • 1 lb Ground Beef (I use 80% - 85% lean)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 cup Onion, finely chopped or grated (or 1 Tbsp dehydrated onion or 1/2 tsp onion Powder)
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika (optional)
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

Hamburger Meat Mixture #2

  • 1 lb Ground Beef (I use 80% - 85% lean)
  • 1 1 oz Packet of Onion Soup Mix (mix with the meat)

Fixings (use whatever you like!)

  • 4 Hamburger Buns
  • Cheese Slices
  • Tomato Slices
  • Lettuce
  • Mayo
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard

Tools You'll Need

  • 4 pieces Aluminum Foil or Parchment Squares
  • 6 qt or 8 qt Pressure Cooker
  • Trivet


  1. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the inner stainless liner of the 6 qt pressure cooker (Use 2 1/2 cups for the 8 qt).

  2. Place the trivet in the pot also.

  3. Mix all of the hamburger meat mixture ingredients together in a bowl with the meat.

    If making Version #2, mix the soup packet with the ground 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 or parchment. 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, or dial and then the + or - button, or dial to select:

    12 minutes for 4 oz patties (7 minutes for a touch rare)

    14 minutes for 5 oz patties (9 minutes for a touch rare)

    16 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!

Recipe Notes

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.