Air Fryer Roast Beef on cutting board with slices cut from the roast

This Air Fryer Roast Beef is guaranteed to give you a delicious, medium rare roast beef in just over an hour. A delicious crust develops on the outside of the roast while the inside remains moist and delicious. From now on, you can have a perfectly cooked roast beef any day of the week with little effort. Bonus that it is naturally low carb and keto-friendly!

Air Fryer Roast Beef sliced on a wooden cutting board

My main method of making a roast been has been either in the oven or a slow cooker. Until now. I just consumed the most delicious Roast Beef made in the air fryer, and the best part is I didn’t have to do a ton of work, and I had very little mess afterward!

Why you should make Roast Beef in the Air Fryer

If you have been looking for a no-fail way to make the perfect roast beef, then you are done looking! Ever since I tried this Maple Glazed Pork Loin in the Air Fryer, I knew I had to try a roast beef. I don’t know why I waited almost a whole year to do it, but now that I have, I will be making this over and over again!

This Air Fryer roast is the juiciest, most tender, and flavorful roast beef I have ever eaten! It was as adding a light coating of oil on the roast, then giving it a rub down with some dried herbs. The rest of the magic happened right in the air fryer!

uncooked roast with dry rub

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What you need to make this recipe

Beef: You want a tender cut of beef for roasting. Go for tenderloin, top round, or a ribeye roast. The size will depend on the air fryer. I made a 2-pound roast beef in mine.

Air Fryer: I have a 3-quart size fryer. I love it so much that I will probably go bigger soon. The brand I started with is no longer available, but I bought my son and brother in law this one for Christmas and they both love it!

Meat Thermometer: I always recommend using a meat thermometer when cooking meat. I love the instant-read digital thermometer.

Spices: I used a blend of my favorite spices to coat this roast. Garlic powder, onion salt, parsley, thyme, basil, salt, and pepper.

Oil: I used olive oil to coat the roast beef before putting the rub-on. This was to give it a little more fat and help the rub to stick and seep into the meat.

uncooked and seasoned roast in the cooking basket
  • Line your air fryer basket with foil to catch drippings and minimize clean up.
  • Spray the fryer basket with cooking spray to ease the clean up of the basket.
  • Preheat your air fryer on 390 for 15 minutes before putting the roast in.
  • Air fry the roast at 390 for 15 minutes, then turn the heat down to 360 for the remainder of cook time. This is the “searing” process that will seal the juices.
  • Roast the beef for 20 minutes per pound (for rare) or 25 minutes per pound (for medium-rare), checking the temperature of the meat periodically.
  • Be sure you allow the roast to rest at least 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
partially cooked roast beef in the air fryer basket

What to serve with this dinner roast

A natural side to roast beef is the potato. We love this recipe for Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Chives. It is the only recipe I ever make for mashed.

Since this Roast Beef is naturally low carb, if you are following a low carb keto diet, then this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower with Browned Butter is the BEST!

If you love roasted potatoes, you may want to serve this Roasted Fingerling Potato or Roasted Red Skinned Potato recipe.

This Roasted Acorn Squash is another delicious veggie side you may want to serve, and we also love this recipe for Roasted Asparagus with Browned Balsalmic Butter.

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Air Fryer Roast Beef on cutting board with slices cut from the roast
Yield: 6 people

Air Fryer Roast Beef with Herb Crust

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
RestingTime: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

A moist, delicious, herb-crusted beef roast cooked to perfection in the air fryer.


  • 2-pound beef roast
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion salt
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Preheat the air fryer for 15 minutes at 390 degrees.
  2. Combine the garlic powder, onion salt, parsley, thyme, and basil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Rub the roast with the olive oil then rub the herb mixture over the entire roast.
  4. Place the roast in pre-heated air fryer. Set timer for 15 minutes.
  5. After 15 minutes, remove the basket and turn the roast over.
  6. Reduce the temperature to 360 degrees on the air fryer and return the roast. Cook for another 60 minutes, or until thermometer reaches desired degree of doneness.
  7. Let roast rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 336Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 5.5gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 136mgCarbohydrates 1gSugar 0gProtein 69g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


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  3. Anonymous February 4, 2020 at 2:30 pm - Reply


  4. Debra March 6, 2020 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Is your cooking time correct…I cooked a 3 lb roast and it was like a hard boulder. Totally ruined it. Had to throw it away.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan March 7, 2020 at 6:44 am - Reply

      There could be many factors involved. The temperature setting is one. It should only sear at 390 for 15 minutes. Then, depending on the size of your roast, the rule of thumb is 360 degrees with 25 minutes per pound. I check with a thermometer while the roast is cooking as well and check after the first 25 minutes is up. Also, I had a round roast. The type of roast you used could make a difference. In any case, the best way to be sure your roast is not overcooking is to check the internal temperature of the roast periodically.

      • Carol L Orzechowski May 9, 2020 at 4:50 pm - Reply

        I just put mine in the air fryer. But your directions don’t say anything about oil or pepper, only your ingredients do!

        • Shelby Law Ruttan May 19, 2020 at 10:39 am - Reply

          Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I corrected the recipe card. I hope you enjoyed the roast!

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  8. Tamsie Bingham August 27, 2020 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Hi can this beautiful roast beef be done in a Tefal 2 in 1 air fryer?

    • Shelby Law Ruttan August 28, 2020 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Hi Tamsie, I am not familiar with the Tefal 2 in 1, it would probably depend on the size and power of your airfryer. I would refer to the booklet that came with the airfryer to see what it says you can make in it. ˜Shelby

  9. Leigh October 6, 2020 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Shelby,
    I bought a bottom round. Will that work? I don’t know the difference.

  10. Lisa October 20, 2020 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Chuck roast must not be a good idea for this recipe. I followed recipe to the letter and the roast was entirely too done. I should have checked temp more frequently than every 15 minutes. I used drippings and added butter to serve over roast, it still could have been a lot better if air fryer temp was set at 320 15 minutes per pound after searing phase

    • Shelby Law Ruttan October 21, 2020 at 4:49 am - Reply

      Hi Lisa, Chuck roast is best for braising and roasting in a pot. It’s not a real tender cut of meat. I recommend a tenderloin, top loin, or ribeye in the post.

  11. Elaine October 22, 2020 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Just cooked this absolutely yum beef in a Ninja Foodie, went down an absolute bomb 👌

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