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Air Fryer Sausage


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5 from 18 votes
Cook Time : 10 mins
Total Time : 12 mins
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Last Updated on October 31, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt

Air Fryer Sausage is a delicious, healthy, and easy-to-make meal that can be enjoyed any time of day. This dish is perfect for those who are looking for a quick and tasty meal that is always a family-friendly meal. 

If you love Instant Pot Sausage and Pasta then you may also enjoy this recipe. Crispy on the outside and juicy in the center these links are full of flavor. Serve as is or with your favorite dipping sauce.

Air Fryer Sausage on a serving plate.

Air Fryer Italian Sausage

The air fryer cooks these sausages with hot air, similar to how a convection oven cooks. The best thing about this recipe is that the hot air gives the sausage links a crispy outside but also allows them to stay juicy in the center. 

Why I Love This Recipe

The best part about the Air Fryer Sausage? It’s a delicious, healthy, and easy-to-make meal that you can enjoy at any time! This dish will quickly become one of your family’s favorite fast foods.

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love sausage, then you may also enjoy this Velveeta Sausage Dip recipe. 

Ingredients

Air Fryer Sausage ingredients on a wooden board.

You only need one ingredient to make this recipe. That’s it! It doesn’t get any easier than that! You may even already have these sausage links on hand, which can save you a trip to the grocery store. 

  • sausage – use your favorite type of sausage or bratwurst. 

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

If you want to, you can add some extra seasonings to the sausage before cooking. Some of my favorites are:

Italian seasoning – this blend of herbs goes so well with sausage!

Fennel seed – a little bit of fennel adds a nice anise flavor to the sausage.

Crushed red pepper flakes – for a little bit of heat.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

All you need is one or two kitchen tools to help you make this simple weeknight dinner recipe. This is a great way to cook your favorite sausage links when the weather is bad outside and you don’t want to grill or smoke up the house by cooking them on the stovetop. 

air fryer – any type of air fryer can work for this easy recipe. 

How to Make Air Fryer Sausage

Making these air fryer sausage links is so simple. Just follow the instructions below and you will have a tasty meal that your whole family will enjoy in no time at all. 

Step 1: Preheat the air fryer 

Pre-heat your air fryer to 400°F.

Step 2: Air Fry the sausage

Remove sausages from the refrigerator and place them right into the air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 8-10 minutes or until the links are a nice dark brown. 

Five sausages inside the Air Fryer.

Step 3: Let the sausages rest before serving

Remove your sausages and let rest until the swelling has subsided. 

Air Fried Sausage.

Serving Suggestions

I like to serve these Italian sausage links with simple side dishes like these:

a closeup of sausage on a serving plate.

Pro Tips

Here are a few tips that you can use to help make sure that this recipe turns out perfectly for you. 

  • You want to cook packed meat like sausage and hot dogs right away as opposed to steak and chops. Meats like steaks, chops, or muscle meats aren’t susceptible to bacteria forming but bring to room temperature before cooking. Sausages or packed meats are filled with ground meat, spices, and sometimes breading or grains, making these meats very susceptible to bacteria forming if left to warm up slowly. 
  • Packed meats like sausages retain natural juices and when cooked heat up under the pressure of the casing. Slicing a plump juicy sausage will allow those juices to burst and flow away. Letting them rest keeps that juice in for the meat to re-absorb and prevent drying out. Subsequently, biting into a plump juicy sausage will release all that lovely but extremely hot flavor into your mouth, ouch!
  • There is no need to flip these sausages they can cook evenly without being flipped.
  • If your links are frozen you will add additional cook time.
  • The internal temperature of the sausage should reach 160 degrees F, or 165 degrees if you are using chicken sausage. Make sure you get the thermometer inside the middle of the sausage. 
  • Make sure to place the links in a single layer so that they cook evenly. 

FAQs

Do you have questions about this sausage recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe. 

How to store

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for 2 months.

How to reheat

Reheat in the air fryer at 400°F for 3-4 minutes or until heated through. You can also reheat it in the oven at 350°F for 10 minutes.

How long does it take to cook sausage in an air fryer? 

It takes about 8-10 minutes to cook sausage in an air fryer.

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Air Fryer Sausage

Corinne Schmitt
These air Fryer Sausage Links turn out perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside everytime that you make them.
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 220 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 5 sausage links any kind

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat your air fryer at 400°F.
  • Remove sausages from the refrigerator and place them right into the air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 8-10 minutes or until the links are a nice dark brown.
  • Remove your sausages and let rest until swelling has subsided.

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Notes

  • You want to cook packed meat like sausage and hot dogs right away as opposed to steak and chops. Meats like steaks, chops, or muscle meats aren’t susceptible to bacteria forming but bring to room temperature before cooking. Sausages or packed meats are filled with ground meat, spices, and sometimes breading or grains, making these meats very susceptible to bacteria forming if left to warm up slowly. 
  • Packed meats like sausages retain natural juices and when cooked heat up under the pressure of the casing. Slicing a plump juicy sausage will allow those juices to burst and flow away. Letting them rest keeps that juice in for the meat to re-absorb and prevent drying out. Subsequently, biting into a plump juicy sausage will release all that lovely but extremely hot flavor into your mouth, ouch!
  • There is no need to flip these sausages they can cook evenly without being flipped.
  • If your links are frozen you will add additional cook time.
  • The internal temperature of the sausage should reach 160 degrees F, or 165 degrees if you are using chicken sausage. Make sure you get the thermometer inside the middle of the sausage. 
  • Make sure to place the links in a single layer so that they cook evenly. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 9gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 558mgPotassium: 230mgVitamin A: 4IUCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.3mg
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