How to Cook Brats in the Air Fryer

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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.

» Looking for more? Try air fryer bang bang shrimp and pork belly bites. See all our air fryer recipes.

Brat on a Bun with Sauerkraut

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?

These tasty brats come out succulent and are perfect for a cookout with some sides and drinks. Brats are also super versatile and can be eaten however you like them.

Ingredients and Toppings

As ingredients go this recipe is pretty simple.

  • Brats
  • Buns

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.

Brats on a Buns

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.

Raw Brats in the Package

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.

Raw Brats in the Air Fryer Basket

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.

Cooked Brats in the Air Fryer Basket

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.

Brat on a Bun with Sauerkraut

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.

» If you don’t have an Air Fryer yet (go directly to Amazon and order one!), you really should consider it. We have a free Air Fryer starter guide that you can download or check out our Air Fryer page for more.


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Brat on a Bun with Sauerkraut

How to Cook Brats in the Air Fryer

Cooking brats in the air fryer is an easy method that always leads to crispy and juicy brats.
4.6 from 10 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 5 Servings
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Jillian Morris


  • 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.


Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 771mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg

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Brats on a Buns

One thought on “How to Cook Brats in the Air Fryer

  1. Erin Gierhart says:

    5 stars
    My husband loves brats, but I have never tried cooking them in the air fryer! This was so easy and turned out delicious!

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