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Smashed Cheeseburger and Crispy French Fries

Preparation time

6 Mins

Cooking time

14 Mins

Number of serves


Difficulty level



400g Crispy French Fries
2 corn on the cob
4 quarter-pounder beef burgers
1 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp ground cumin
Pinch of salt
8 slices of mature cheddar
Handful of fresh lettuce
2 tomatoes, sliced
8 mini gherkins, sliced
4 sesame burger buns
Mixed salad leaves
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Low-fat cooking spray
Ketchup to serve

How to cook

Step 1
Preheat both baskets of your air fryer to 200C.

Step 2
Tip the Fries into one basket and set to cook for 4 minutes.

Step 3
Put both whole corn in a microwave-safe bowl with half a cup of water and microwave on high for 2 minutes.

Step 4
Next, hold each cob of corn on its end and carefully slice down the middle with a sharp knife. Place flat side down on a chopping board and slice lengthways again, so each is in four ‘ribs’. In a bowl, sprinkle the corn ribs with paprika, cumin and salt, and spray all over with low-fat cooking spray. Put them in the base of the empty air fryer basket.

Step 5
’Smash’ the burgers. Lay each quarter-pounder between two sheets of greaseproof paper and use a fish slice or heavy saucepan to press it flat (to around 1/2cm thick). Lay the burgers on top of the corn ribs and set both baskets – the other containing the Fries – to cook for 5 minutes.

Step 6
Meanwhile, toss the salad leaves with the olive oil and balsamic.

Step 7
Shake the basket containing the Fries. Remove the burgers, shake the corn ribs, and return the burgers on top, other side up. Set both to cook for another 5 minutes.
Two minutes before the burgers are done, lay 2 slices of cheddar on top of each patty and return to the air fryer so it melts. You may need to do this in batches if they’re layered up.

Step 8
Slice your burger buns, spread with ketchup and layer them up with a cheesy patty, lettuce, tomato slices and gherkins.

Step 9
Serve with Crispy French Fries, corn ribs and the dressed salad.

Recipes written for a dual basket 2400W air fryer with 7.2l capacity. Please adjust the cooking time appropriately when using different model