Meet your new favorite way to make hot dogs and brats! Cooking them in your air fryer gives them a nice crisp texture and takes just a few minutes. They taste better than any other version and are totally hands off when you make them.
We have cooked hot dogs in a wide variety of ways….boiled, microwaved, grilled, in a frying pan, in a toaster oven ( my kids love to do this) and steamed them.
This is by far the easiest, quickest and best tasting way they have been made. Plus, this way, I not only can make hot dogs quickly, but, bratwurst too. My husband is not a hot dog fan, so, brats are more his taste.
You can make a good size batch of both in about 30 minutes. A great option to feed a crowd or to simply cook them up and store away for lunch for the rest of the week.
WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE THESE?
- Air Fryer
- Hot dogs
- Pre cooked bratwurst
Hot Dogs: We prefer turkey hot dogs, but, if you like beef or pork, they will also work.
Bratwurst: There are two types of bratwurst, raw and pre cooked. This method is for pre cooked bratwurst. Can you cook raw brats in the air fryer? Honestly, I assume that you can, but, can’t say for certain, because, I have never done it. If you do chose raw brats, you most certainly are going to have to increase your cooking time.
A few notes:
- You cooking time may vary, depending on your brand of air fryer. It is recommended to test 1 hot dog/bratwurst first, to determine the full cooking time you will need.
- For both hot dogs and brats, work in batches. Don’t overcrowd your basket. Cooking about 3-4 at a time should be the limit. Of course, if you air fryer basket is larger and can fit more, go for it.
- You don’t need any oil or cooking spray when cooking these! Simply place them in the air fryer and get cookin’!
- Pay attention to the instructions in the recipe card! Cooking time for bratwursts is higher than the hot dogs.