Cooking brats in the air fryer is an easy method that always leads to crispy and juicy brats.
If you’re a fan of brats but don’t love how long they take, or don’t like cooking them outside on the barbecue, this recipe is perfect. This method of making brats in the air fryer is super fast and consistent.
Cooking brats on the grill can be a hassle. You have to heat up and maintain this huge machine just to make brats! And when you can make them just as juicy and flavorful in the air fryer, why do it on the barbecue?
Ingredients and Toppings
As ingredients go this recipe is pretty simple.
The real magic is in the toppings for me. While these brats are tasty all on their own you really can’t go wrong with a great topping. They really are a blank slate for great flavor. Here are some ideas to spruce up your brat.
How to Make Brats in the Air Fryer
There are many kinds of brats to choose from. These are Johnsonville cheddar brats but they also make regular brats and beer brats. The cheddar ones are a family favorite because you get a burst of cheese in every bite.
First, add your brats into the air fryer. It’s super important to leave some space in between each one so that the air can circulate and cook the brats evenly.
Set the air fryer to 400 F and cook the brats for 4 minutes. Once that’s up, turn the brats over and continue cooking them at 400 F for an additional 4 minutes.
Voila, you’re done! Fast and easy. Serve on buns, by themselves, with a bit of sauerkraut, or any other fixing you enjoy.
Tips for Making Air Fryer Brats
All air fryers are a bit different. Cooking times may vary slightly, if you know your air fryer tends to run a little cold or a bit hot try to factor that into the recipe. It may take a time or two to find the perfect time.
Brats should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees to be safe to eat. It is okay for there to be a slight pink inside as long as they are up to the correct temperature. They should be a light golden brown when done. If they are leathery and wrinkled then they are overcooked.
No pre-heating is necessary in this recipe, which is great because there’s no extra time waiting for it to get hot!
I wouldn’t recommend making these in advance. Brats are best when they’re still hot and juicy, so try to make these as close to when you’ll eat them as possible.
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How to Cook Brats in the Air Fryer
- 5 brats 1 package
- 5 hot dog buns
- sauerkraut – optional
- Add brats to the Air Fryer making sure to leave room between each brat for the air to circulate.
- Cook at 400 degrees F for 8 minutes, turning them over half way through. They should be a golden brown and 165 degrees.
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Jillian Morris is the resident baker for A Food Lover’s Kitchen. She started baking when she was very little and found she had a great passion for it. She is a high-schooler in a small town in Oregon, where she enjoys music, writing, and baking in her spare time.