Air Fryer Brats

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Air Fryer Brats are one of the easiest meals you can make in the air fryer. It always leads to crispy and juicy brats.

» Try these brats topped with Air Fryer Onions or try this Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Brat on a bun with sauerkraut

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? You might also try Italian sausage in the air fryer.

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.

  • Sauerkraut
  • Cole Slaw
  • Ketchup & mustard
  • Sautéed onions & peppers
  • Chili
  • BBQ Sauce
4 brats in 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.

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

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 in 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.

Super Useful Air Fryer Accessories

Once you’ve started using your air fryer more regularly, you’ll find there are so many other ways you *could* be using it, if you had a few extra useful accessories. Here are a few favorites that we use almost every day.


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Brat on a bun with sauerkraut

Air Fryer Brats

This air fryer brats method is the fastest and best way to cook brats. They turn out crispy on the outside with perfectly cooked centers.
5 from 10 votes
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 338 kcal



  • 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.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.


Calories: 338kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 13gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 771mgPotassium: 284mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 2mg
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One thought on “Air Fryer Brats

  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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