Air Fryer Bratwurst (Quick + Easy Air Fryer Brats)

Step up your sausage game with Air Fryer Bratwurst! Cooking sausages in the air fryer is a hands-off method that delivers crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside brats in under 20 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights and effortless summer entertaining!

Brats are often cooked on the grill, but when it’s too cold for grilling or you’re simply looking for a hassle-free weeknight dinner, air frying is where it’s at! 

This Air Fried Brats recipe swaps the hot grill for the convenience of an air fryer. It’s a hands-off cooking method that still gives you golden brown and crisp German sausages with their flavorful natural juices sealed in the middle. It’s as easy as placing the brats in the basket and waiting for the air fryer to work its magic!

Finished cooked brats in air fryer basket.

What is bratwurst?

Bratwurst is a savory German sausage made from a blend of ground pork, beef, and veal seasoned with spices, like salt, pepper, nutmeg, and ginger. 

These sausages are fantastic on their own, served in a bun with German-style condiments and toppings (sauerkraut and mustard, anyone?), or incorporated into recipes, like this Sausage and Sauerkraut Bake and Warm German Potato Salad.

How to cook brats in an air fryer

Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray, then lay the brats in a single layer in the basket. Leave space in between each one to allow the hot air to circulate.

Air fry the brats for 13 to 14 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Once the brats are cooked, remove them from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes. Serve them in a soft bun with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Tips and tricks

  • Make sure the brats are at room temperature before air frying. This helps them cook faster and more evenly.
  • The best way to tell when bratwurst is cooked through is with a meat thermometer. The brats are ready when their internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  • Leaving space in between each sausage in the air fryer basket helps the hot air circulate, resulting in even cooking. Crowding the basket will lead to soggy sausages. Cook in batches if you need to!
  • It’s normal for the fat drippings from the brats to smoke in the air fryer. To reduce the amount of smoke, make sure your air fryer basket is very clean before you get started.

Bratwurst topping ideas

Serving your bratwurst in buns? Make sure you have all of the right toppings for the best sausage dinner! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Serving suggestions

Make this air fried bratwurst recipe a feast by serving the sausages alongside any of these sides: 

Air fryer bratwurst on serving platter with buns.

FAQs

Should you boil brats before cooking them?

Boiling the brats ahead of cooking is an optional step, but not necessary if you’re short on time. Try simmering the brats in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes to help seal in their flavors, add moisture, and make the sausages extra juicy.

I want to serve bratwurst with peppers and onions. Can I cook them all at the same time in the air fryer?

Yes, you can cook fresh bratwurst, peppers, and onions together in the air fryer. Simply toss the veggies with salt, pepper, and oil, then spread them in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Place the brats on top of the veggies, and air fry as normal. 

Can you air fry frozen bratwurst?

Sure! You can air fry frozen brats straight from the freezer, although you’ll need to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time. But for the best results, thaw them in the fridge ahead of cooking. 

Storing

Wrap each cooked and cooled sausage in plastic wrap or place them all in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days or 2 to 3 months in the freezer.

Wine pairings for bratwurst

Bratwurst is traditionally paired with beer in Germany, like a lager or pilsner. But if you prefer wine with your sausage, use these pairing ideas:

  • These flavorful German sausages are complemented by the slightly sweet and acidic qualities of German Riesling and light-bodied red wines, such as Beaujolais or Pinot Noir.
Air fryer brats ready to be served.

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Cooked bratwurst in air fryer basket.

Air Fryer Bratwurst

Step up your sausage game with Air Fried Bratwurst! Cooking sausages in the air fryer is a hands-off method that delivers crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside brats in under 20 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights and effortless summer entertaining!
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Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 4 bratwurst (uncooked (or as many as can fit in your air fryer) )
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and add the bratwurst.
  • Cook for 13-14 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure the brats are at room temperature before air frying. This helps them cook faster and more evenly.
  • The best way to tell when bratwurst is cooked through is with a meat thermometer. The brats are ready when their internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  • Leaving space in between each sausage in the air fryer basket helps the hot air circulate, resulting in even cooking. Crowding the basket will lead to soggy sausages. Cook in batches if you need to!
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Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 558mg | Potassium: 230mg | Vitamin A: 4IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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