Can you cook a joint of beef in an air fryer?

In this brief guide, we’ll explore the query “Can you cook a joint of beef in an air fryer?” Also, we’ll review how a joint of beef can be cooked in an air fryer, what a joint of beef is, and if there are advantages to using an air fryer to cook a joint of beef. 

Can you cook a joint of beef in an air fryer? 

Yes, a joint of beef can be cooked in an air fryer. Air fryers are appliances designed to cook at high temperatures for much shorter periods of time than conventional ovens, and despite the appliance’s name, it doesn’t require additional oil or fat to give food a crispy texture. 

In the case of a joint of beef, air fryers can be used to make roast beef, as well as many other dishes including (but not limited to): air fryer roasted loin, air fryer meatloaf, and air fryer chicken breast. 

How can a joint of beef be cooked in an air fryer? 

Cooking a joint of beef will, of course, require a piece of meat that fits an air fryer’s capacity and allows the hot air to circulate without a hitch. Ideally, the piece of meat should have fatty marbling, as this will make the meat juicier and more savory once it’s been cooked. For this example, we’ll discuss the process of cooking a 25 Oz (708 grams) joint of beef. 

To be clear; the following specifications will yield a well-cooked roast, and the cooking time will depend on the joint of beef size, and to what term the reader wishes to cook it. This may require some tinkering with the air fryer settings and cooking time. 

The first step consists of seasoning the joint of beef, (in accordance with the recipe’s indications) to suit the reader’s taste. Conventionally, this can be done using salt and pepper, mixed with rosemary and thyme. Whichever blend has been mixed for the occasion, should be sprinkled onto the meat, and maybe rubbed in with olive oil to help it stick. 

Once the joint of beef has been seasoned, the air fryer can be preheated to a temperature of  360°F (182°C). This step is not strictly necessary, as air fryers reach high temperatures faster than conventional ovens, but this does help streamline the process. 

The seasoned meat can now be placed into the air fryer basket, where this 25 Oz joint will cook for thirty minutes total. It’s also important to note that for the joint to be browned evenly, halfway through the cooking time, the meat should be flipped in the air fryer basket. 

Ultimately, the term to which it is cooked will depend on the meat’s internal temperature. In the event that readers prefer well-cooked meat, it’s feasible to check with a meat thermometer that the inside of the beef joint reaches 160°F (71°C) and for medium-well done, the interior temperature should range between 135 to 150 °F (57 – 65.5 °C) 

What is a joint of beef

A joint of beef is a cut of meat that has been carved from a slaughtered cow. As such, it has yet to be sliced into individual portions; such as steaks or cutlets. 

Most commonly, a joint of beef can refer to meat taken from the chuck, rib, and loins, but it can also refer to uncut brisket, round, or any other part. In essence, a joint of beef is a section of meat that will yield several individual portions. 

What are the advantages of cooking a joint of beef in an air fryer? 

The main advantage of using an air fryer to cook a joint of beef is that it lessens the cooking time, as it allows the meat to rapidly cook at high temperatures. In fact, some maintain that it can cook in half the time a conventional oven would require. 

Also, another advantage is that the cleanup is less laborious, as it’ll only require the necessary maintenance for an air-fryer and the basket, rather than handling a scalding roasting tin and waiting for a conventional oven to cool. 

What is the nutritional value of a joint of beef? 

What is the nutritional content of a joint of beef

On average, once roasted, a 212g portion of a roasted joint of beef contains:

  • 546 kcal
  • 32g of fat
  • 14g of saturates, 
  • 15g of carbohydrates 
  • 11g of sugar
  • 4g of fiber 
  • 52g of protein 
  • 0.65g of salt. 

Of course, this content will vary depending on what section the joint of beef is cut from, along with the quality of the beef itself. For example, grass-fed beef is considered to be of better quality than grain-fed meat. 

As a dish prepared with red meat, roast beef is a rich source of protein, iron, saturated fat, and nitrates. It can be consumed as part of a balanced diet that also includes fiber unless otherwise indicated by a nutritionist or doctor. 

Notably, a joint of beef remains nutritious if cooked with a method that prevents it from being charred. Therefore, when using an air fryer to cook a joint of beef, it’s important not to let the meat be scorched by too high a temperature, or for too long a period of time. 


In this brief guide, we’ve explored the query “Can you cook a joint of beef in an air fryer?” Also, we’ve provided an overview of how a joint of beef can be cooked in an air fryer, what a joint of beef is, and if there are advantages to using an air fryer to cook a joint of beef. 

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