By far the easiest way to cook a bratwurst, these air fryer brats are ready in minutes so you can focus on preparing all of your fixings to top them with.
There’s nothing better than a brat slathered in all the fixings on a summer day. When I’m making a quick lunch for the kids, need an easy snack, or I’m having friends over for dinner, I need something that cooks quickly and tastes delicious. Whether served on a bun with mustard and slaw, on a snack platter, or cut up into a baked pasta, air fryer brats bring so many possibilities.
These bratwursts come out with crispy skin and a soft inside, making them infinitely better than a microwaved sausage and needing less time than it takes to set up a barbecue. All you need are your brats, toppings, an air fryer, and 10 minutes.
- 4 bratwursts
How to Make Air Fryer Brats // The Steps
Step 1: Preheat the air fryer to 350°F
Step 2: Use a sharp knife to cut shallow slashes along the side of the brats.
Step 3: Pop the brats into the air fryer in a single layer.
Step 4: Fry the brats for 10 to 12 minutes, turning over halfway through.
Step 5: Take the brats out of the air fryer and serve as you like.
Serving Suggestions //
There’s a million things you can do with an air fryer brat. Here are some ideas:
- In a bun with any (or all of) the toppings, like ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish, sauerkraut, fried onions, or hot sauce.
- Make a chili brat by adding chili and cheese to the top of your bratwurst.
- Slice up your brat and use it in pasta or a salad in place of other proteins.
- Season your brat and serve the slices on skewers as an appetizer with mustard dip on the side.
This cooking method will work for just about any sausage, be it chicken, hot dogs, chorizo, or a veggie sausage. Varying sizes may alter the cooking time, so keep an eye on them and follow package instructions when in doubt.
Air fryers have very intense heat and can make the brats burst open if there’s nowhere for the steam to escape. The cuts along the side help release the pressure in the sausage skin.
Bratwursts are a German sausage and they are usually made of pork or beef.
Air fryers vary in size, but you can add as many as you like as long as they are in a single layer in the basket and you don’t overcrowd them.
How to Store Air Fryer Brats //
If you have leftovers, seal your cooked brats tightly in cling film or a Ziplock bag and keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can reheat them in the air fryer, microwave, or in a pan over the stove for a few minutes, until heated through and sizzling.
They can also be kept in the freezer, wrapped up, for up to 2 months. Either defrost them in the refrigerator overnight or add a couple minutes to your reheating time.