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

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

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 in the air fryer as well. This cooking method is a great way to serve a holiday roast or to make a weekend family dinner any time of year.

Air Fryer Roast Beef sliced on a wooden cutting board

Why you should make Roast Beef in the Air Fryer

My main method of making a roast been has been either in the oven or a slow cooker. However, once I made this Air Fryer Roast Beef, I knew I would never cook a roast beef any other way again. This is 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!

This Air Fryer roast is the juiciest, most tender, and flavorful roast beef I have ever eaten! All I did was as add a light coating of oil on the roast, then rubbed some dried herbs over the entire roast. 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 Air Fryer Roast Beef

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: 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

All Air Fryers Are Not Alike

I have had many emails asking me about air fryers and temperatures. The specific air fryer I used in this post was a Cozyna 3.7 quart air fryer. Perfect for two people. I just bought a Pampered Chef air fryer, which I have not used yet, but look forward to trying!

When it comes to temperature, everything I cook is in Farenheit. Most of my readers are from the US and this is how we cook. The air fryer I used to make this recipe only goes up to 390 degrees F. Normally I do not preheat the air fryer, but for this recipe I did as I wanted it hot when I put the roast in.

I started my roast on the hottest setting to set the sear, similar to how it is done when making a prime rib roast. It is only at 390 degrees for 15 minutes. Immediately the temperature should be turned down to 360 degrees F after that 15 minute sear.

Only you know your air fryer. Unless you use exactly what I have, I cannot guarantee you will get the exact same results. Therefore, my biggest recommendation is you always use a meat thermometer and check on the internal temperature periodically.

Tips and Recommendations for Air Frying Roasts

  • Use a tender cut of meat for this air fryer recipe. I recommend a tenderloin, top loing, or ribeye.
  • 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

Great Beef Side Dish Recipes

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.

Other Roast Beef Recipes To Try

Holiday Prime Rib Roast with Pan Gravy

Prime Rib Roast with Brussels Sprouts

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Sirloin Roast with Red Wine Onion Gravy

Sweet Chili Braised Beef Short Ribs

Sweet Black Pepper Whole Beef Tenderloin Roast

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

Air Fryer Roast Beef with Herb Crust

A moist, delicious, herb-crusted roast beef cooked to perfection in the air fryer.
4.29 from 257 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Roast Beef
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
RestingTime: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 336kcal


  • 2 lb 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


  • Preheat the air fryer for 15 minutes at 390 degrees. Combine the garlic powder, onion salt, parsley, thyme, and basil, salt, and pepper.
    spices in mixing bowl
  • Rub the roast with the olive oil then rub the herb mixture over the entire roast.
    roast beef with herb rub before going in the air fryer.
  • Place the roast in preheated air fryer. Set timer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the basket and turn the roast over.
    roast in the air fryer.
  • 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. Allow the roast to set for 15 minutes before cutting.
    turned roast after halfway through cooking.


Tips and Recommendations for Air Frying Roasts

  • Use a tender cut of meat for this air fryer recipe. I recommend a tenderloin, top loing, or ribeye.
  • 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.


Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 69g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5.5g | Cholesterol: 136mg

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!

  5. Anonymous April 1, 2020 at 5:54 pm - Reply


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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 👌

  12. Janet November 3, 2020 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    So easy and so good,taste was like my mom’s roast. Saving this recipe

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  14. Im November 29, 2020 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    hi when you refer to 390 and 360 degrees do you mean degrees Fahrenheit or ceIsius im in scotland and my Ninja only goes too 200

  15. Im November 29, 2020 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Thank you look forward to cooking it slower lol and trying your other recipes


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  17. Tracie McKee December 12, 2020 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I have never cooked a roast in the oven but have done many pot roasts. I was scarred to try this but OMG this was amazing. Cooked by your recipe to med rare next time will cook to rare. Thank you soo much for sharing thins YUMMY

    • Shelby Law Ruttan December 14, 2020 at 6:01 am - Reply

      Hi Tracie! Thank you so much for letting me know you tried the recipe and how it turned out. I’m so happy the end results were great for you and that you make your roasts this way often! ˜Shelby

  18. Jenny Q. December 15, 2020 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Great! I’m always afraid to cook roast beef for fear of overcooking. I used a toaster oven/air fryer so it’s a smaller appliance and seems to cook faster. My roast was also 2.65 lbs, so a meat thermometer was a must. I cooked on high for the 15 minutes, then I cooked for another 30 minutes at 360F, as listed in the instructions which was way less than the instructions indicated. We like our meat medium, so took it out at 140F. Let it rest for 20 minutes. It was perfect … a little cooked on the edges but perfectly pink in the middle. The crust was perfectly seasoned and crispy. Served with roasted potatoes and corn. Definitely a hit, will make again.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan December 16, 2020 at 7:44 am - Reply

      Hi Jenny! Thank you for coming back to review the recipe. So happy it turned out perfectly for you. This is our favorite way to make roast beef!

  19. Taylor Rhonda December 17, 2020 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Gonna try tonight. Should be good.

  20. Kathleen A Crumpler December 21, 2020 at 11:21 am - Reply

    5 stars
    New air fry user here.
    Delicious recipe and beautifully done roast! I will never roast in the crockpot or oven again!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan December 21, 2020 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Kathleen! So happy it worked for you 🙂 Thank you for stopping by to review! ˜Shelby

  21. JaneDoeExperience December 26, 2020 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Just finished making mine. Turned out beautiful. I added red wine to mine. Rosemary, garlic, garlic powder, garlic paste. Splash of Mc Cormick steak season, Salt and pepper. I turned my up 400 for 15 mins. Then followed the 360 for 40 mins. Everyone loved it.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan December 27, 2020 at 5:43 am - Reply

      So happy to hear how you made this your own recipe and that it turned out beautiful!

  22. Lorna Mongan January 1, 2021 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Turned out Excellent

  23. Patsy January 4, 2021 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I didn’t feel like waiting for my Prime Rib Roast to cook in the oven, so I thought what the heck I’ll try cooking it in the Air Fryer. Boy, am I glad I did!! It was delicious, tender and ready in 1/2 the time. Now I can relax and enjoy my evening!!

  24. Carla M Gardner January 9, 2021 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    The seasoning was amazing but it was way over cooked, Followed directions to a T . 2 lb roast

    • Shelby Law Ruttan January 10, 2021 at 6:04 am - Reply

      Hi Carla, I’m happy you tried it, thanks for stopping by. I do want to point out that I indicate that it is important to check the temperature of the meat as it is cooking. Each air fryer will cook differently and you need to make sure you are checking the internal temperature of the meat and remove it when it meets the desired temp. Shelby

  25. Mary January 12, 2021 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Excellent!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Tried this recipe since it looked delicious & reminded me of my husband’s recipe (oven) however, he would use spicy brown mustard along with garlic as the ‘coating’ for the roast!
    I tried your recipe, it came out perfect! I’ve had an air fryer for awhile but didn’t really use it until this year when my son said why not try cooking chicken in it! I never realized how good the food would be! I’m a big fan of the air fryer!
    Unfortunately my husband has passed away some years ago but he would of gotten a kick out of the air fryer too!
    I Absolutely loved your recipe, followed it to a T and it came out juicy, flavorful and the seasoning was delicious!!
    Thank You!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan January 12, 2021 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Mary, thank you SO MUCH for stopping by to rate and comment on this recipe. I’m so happy it worked well for you, I appreciate you taking the time to come back here and let me know. <3 Thank you for sharing. ˜Shelby

  26. Lissa January 13, 2021 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    This recipe looks delicious and I am looking forward in trying it. My question is does the roast need to be completely thawed before cooking?

    • Shelby Law Ruttan January 13, 2021 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Lissa, yes, the roast needs to be completely thawed before cooking. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  27. Amanda January 15, 2021 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    The seasoning was really good but I overlooked it, a 2.8 lb roast at 60m was well done. I will to check the temp next time. Also, my air fryer has different settings like bake, roast, air fry. Does this Make a difference?

    • Shelby Law Ruttan January 16, 2021 at 5:11 am - Reply

      Hi Amanda, yes, I would read my manual for the air fryer to see what settings to use and how to use them. Glad you enjoyed the recipe! Shelby

  28. Robin January 17, 2021 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Delicious! Air fryed 2lb ribeye roast. Very tender and moist. Right blend of seasonings. As mentioned, monitor the temperature. Used a Ninja air fryer max xl. seared at 390 degrees for 15 min, reduced heat to 360 degrees. Roast was done (med well) in 30 minutes.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan January 17, 2021 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Hi Robin, thank you so much for coming back and reviewing the recipe! So happy it worked out well for you. Shelby

  29. Vincenzza Bubak January 19, 2021 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Excellent excellent excellent yummy

  30. veronica January 20, 2021 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    My oven has an air fryer option and basket rack. Would I follow the same directions. This is a gas range not electric

    • Shelby Law Ruttan January 21, 2021 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Hi Veronica, I would go ahead and follow the same directions but keep an eye on the internal temp of the meat to not overcook. A hot sear is always recommended – meaning put the roast in at a hot temp for the first 15 minutes, then lower to the roasting temp. The high heat gives a crisp crust and seals in the juices. Good luck! Shelby

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  32. Kathy Black January 28, 2021 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Hi Shelby,
    I did a three bone roast in my new air frying using your receipe for the Herb Crust. Best roast I have ever made. I made a sauce with horseradish, dijon mustard and red wine vinegar. I was sure I found it in your receipe. If this sauce was from your receipe could I get the amount of each ingredient used? Thank you.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan January 29, 2021 at 5:44 am - Reply

      Hi Kathy, I have a horseradish sauce, but it doesn’t have dijon or red wine vinegar. If you search prime rib roast with pan gravy on my website, you will find a few different horseradish sauce recipes. So happy the roast turned out great for you! Shelby

      • Kathy Black January 30, 2021 at 5:13 pm - Reply

        Thank you for getting back to me. I check out your other receipes.

  33. Pat Fair January 28, 2021 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I had a 3 lb chuck roast in the freezer, so went in search of a recipe to try in my new air-fryer. I am glad I saw another reviewer’s comment re temperature for a chuck roast. The spice mixture was delicious. I cooked at 390 degrees for 15 minutes, reduced the temperature to 320 degrees. Total cooking time was 44 minutes. Rare, bordering on medium rare, perfection. Delicious. I will definitely be using this recipe on different cuts of meat in the future.

  34. Debbie Downey January 29, 2021 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Hi Shelby. I want to try your recipe but first want to clarify your instructions. When you say to air fry at 390 degrees for 15 min then turn down the heat to 360 and roast for an additional 60 min are we still air flying or roasting. My air fryer has a roast option also. Thanks Debbie

    • Shelby Law Ruttan January 29, 2021 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Debbie, I don’t have the roast option on my air fryer, so I’m not sure how that works. I would continue on air fryer. I would check the temperature every 20 minutes during that hour to make sure you are reaching the internal temperature you want to reach. All air fryers are different which makes the timing different. Hope you enjoy the recipe! Shelby

  35. Claire Dwyer February 14, 2021 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    I followed your reciepe and I shoukd hve cooked it 20 minutes less, but it was very tasty and tender. I certainly will make beef this way again!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan February 15, 2021 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Hi Claire, thanks for stopping by, I am happy you are satisfied and will make it beef in the air fryer again 🙂 Shelby

  36. Sparky1353 February 15, 2021 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Delicious! We have a Ninja air fryer. The rub was awesome, seared it and cooked a small 3 lb prime rib. Done in 50 minutes. Used the drippings and the crispy bits to make a tasty gravy. Soooo good. Thanks! I’d post a picture, but don’t know how. Lol

    • Shelby Law Ruttan February 16, 2021 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Hi Sparky, thank you so much! I appreciate the review. Freel free to share on facebook or instagram and tag me! I’ll be happy to share it also!

  37. Beverley Al February 24, 2021 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    First time cooking a roast in the air fryer. It turned out great! It was delicious! My airfryer seems to cook a little quicker then the one in the recipe. Next timed I’d cook 5-10 minutes less.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan February 25, 2021 at 9:45 am - Reply

      Hi Beverley, so happy it turned out great for you! Thank you for stopping by and rating the recipe! Shelby

  38. Jay March 4, 2021 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Delicious! Excellent recipe. Thank you!

  39. Linda March 14, 2021 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Hi I’m Making a Prime for Easter & it’s going to be 17 lbs & l just purchased a Range w/ an Air Fryer!!! How will l be able to make it, l always did it in my conventional over on. 550 degrees for 1 hr, & shut the Over off & never opened it til 1/2 before l served it!, it analysts came out Perfect!! Do l do the same thing with the Airfryer Oven, or is different??? Please let me k know! Thank You!!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan March 15, 2021 at 8:50 am - Reply

      Hi Linda, I have never made a roast as big as you are doing. I would recommend following the instruction booklet you received with your range air fryer. I would not want to feel responsible for telling you how to do this with such a large roast for a special occasion. Good luck, I hope you use the herb crust recipe, I would just increase the amount of ingredients for the size roast you are making. Let me know how it turns out!

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