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Air Fryer Brats Recipe

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Air Fryer Brats Recipe

Cooking bratwurst in an air fryer is a quick way to get a crispy, juicy sausage without much fuss. In just about 10 to 15 minutes, you can have perfectly browned brats with minimal effort.

Imagine biting into a brat with a golden outer edge and a juicy center, ready in less time than it takes to fire up the grill. Air fryers make this possible by cooking at high temperature, giving you a delicious meal in a flash. Plus, cleaning up is a breeze since there’s no need for extra pots and pans.

You’ll only need a few simple ingredients: bratwurst, buns, and some cooking spray. Whether you’re cooking them fresh, frozen, or cured, the air fryer handles it all and delivers consistently mouthwatering results.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

When making air fryer brats, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Bratwurst Sausages: Use your favorite brand. You can also try different flavors like beer brats or cheddar brats.

  • Cooking Spray or Parchment Liner: To prevent sticking. You can use olive oil spray or avocado oil spray as substitutes.

If you want to add some extra flavor, consider including:

  • Bell Peppers: Slice into strips. You can use any color (red, yellow, green) or even substitute with poblano peppers for a bit of heat.

  • Onions: Slice into rings or strips. Yellow onions are common, but red onions or sweet onions work too.

For seasoning:

  • Salt and Pepper: Basic seasonings. You can replace with seasoned salt or garlic salt for extra flavor.

  • Garlic Powder: Adds depth. You can substitute with onion powder or granulated garlic.

  • Olive Oil: To coat the vegetables. Avocado oil or canola oil are good alternatives.

Remember, mixing and matching these ingredients can give you unique and tasty results every time.


Preheat your air fryer to 380°F (193°C). This makes sure it’s nice and hot when you start cooking.

Spray the fryer basket with cooking spray or use a disposable parchment liner. This prevents sticking.

Place your brats in a single layer in the basket. Make sure they aren’t touching each other.

Tip: If adding bell peppers and onions, mix them with a bit of oil, salt, and pepper before placing them around the brats.

Set the air fryer to 400°F and cook the brats for about 10-15 minutes. Flip them halfway through to ensure even cooking.

Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. It should read 160°F (71°C) for safe eating.

Once done, carefully remove the brats from the air fryer. Serve them on buns with your favorite toppings.

Suggested Toppings:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Mustard
  • Grilled Onions

Enjoy your delicious air fryer brats!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Always preheat your air fryer before cooking. This ensures even cooking and perfect brats every time.

Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. Make sure you leave some room around each bratwurst for the hot air to circulate.

Flip the brats halfway through the cooking time to ensure they are evenly browned.

Add Veggies
For extra flavor, toss in sliced bell peppers and onions. Coat them in a bit of olive oil and seasoning, and spread them around the brats in the basket.

Checking Doneness
Use a meat thermometer to check if the brats are done. They should reach an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C).

Once cooked, let the brats rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps retain their juices.

Storing Leftovers
Store leftover brats in an airtight container in the fridge. They will stay good for up to 3-4 days.

To reheat, place the brats back in the air fryer at 350°F (175°C) for about 5 minutes, or until heated through.

Following these tips ensures that your air fryer brats will turn out delicious and perfectly cooked every time.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Want to mix things up with your air fryer brats? Here are a few ideas to try.


  • Classic: Sauerkraut, mustard, and diced onions.
  • Cheesy: Melted cheddar cheese and jalapeños.
  • Sweet & Spicy: Pineapple chunks and sriracha sauce.

Side Dishes:

  • Potato Salad: This creamy side pairs perfectly with brats.
  • Coleslaw: Adds a nice crunch.
  • French Fries: Always a hit.

Cooking Variations:

  • Peppers & Onions: Slice 1 bell pepper and half an onion. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook in the air fryer with your brats.
  • BBQ Style: Brush brats with BBQ sauce before cooking for a smoky flavor.

Serving Ideas:

  • On a Bun: Serve brats on a hoagie roll with your favorite toppings.
  • With a Salad: A side salad can make your meal lighter and healthier.
  • As a Snack: Cut brats into bite-sized pieces and serve with dipping sauces.

Experiment with these ideas to create your perfect meal!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.