You don’t need a baseball game or a team to make plump and juicy brats in the air fryer!
Cook a few (or a few dozen!) and feed the family or the team. Air fryer bratwurst are so easy, they come out juicy with a nice crisp skin. Top it with your favorite condiments sandwiched in a soft bun.
Easy Air Fryer Brats
- The air fryer crisps the Bratwurst casing while circulating air all around, keeping in juices inside.
- Depending on the size of your air fryer, you can cook up to 12 brats at one time.
- The air fryer cooks faster thatn the oven with little effort (and no need to stand over watching and turning them like we do on the grill).
- Air fryer brats need almost no prep and clean up is easy!
- Cook them from fresh or frozen (just add extra minutes to the air fryer cook time if frozen).
- No get-together is complete without a hearty platter of DIY brats, buns, and toppings! Put together a ‘brat buffet’ with an assortment of condiments, toppings, and sides!
Brats – Brats are a German sausage and while they can contain veal, they’re most often made with raw pork. They have a natural casing that make them ‘pop’ when you bite into them.
Bratwurst has savory seasonings, oftentimes caraway, garlic, and/or marjoram although Johnsonville brats come in many different flavors, so choose your favorite!
Buns – A hearty bratwurst needs an nice sturdy roll! Use bakery rolls, brioche buns, hamburger buns, or hoagie rolls. They can be enjoyed on their own for a low carb or keto meal!
Toppings & Variations
We love to keep it simple with sauerkraut, chopped onion, and a grainy mustard. Here are some other favorites:
- Try caramelized onions or add sliced bell peppers to the air fryer for the last 8 minutes of cooking time.
- Sweet or dill pickles, pickled red onions, or relish.
- Add cheese, ketchup, or your favorite burger sauce.
How to Cook Brats in the Air Fryer
- Place raw brats in a single layer in the basket or on the air fryer tray (depending on your air fryer).
- Air fry for 13-14 minutes flipping after 8 minutes (per the recipe below).
- Continue cooking until brats reach 165°F with a meat thermometer.
Let them sit a few minutes before eating as they can burst and release hot juices. Serve them with slaw, beans, or fried potatoes!
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Air Fryer Bratwurst
- 1 pound uncooked bratwurst
- 5 hoagie rolls optional
- toppings for serving dijon mustard, sauerkraut, pickles, etc
- Preheat the air fryer to 360°F.
- Place the brats in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
- Cook them for 8 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
- Serve in rolls and/or with desired toppings.
- Ensure brats reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
- Do not pierce the brats before cooking or they will lose their juices. Use caution when checking the temperature, they can squirt hot liquid when pierced.
- Allow brats to cool for a few minutes before serving or topping.
- Nutritional information is for brats only and does not include toppings or buns. Information is an estimate and will vary based on brands.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Reheat leftovers in the air fryer for up to 5 minutes or until heated through.
- Leftovers are great added to pasta or pizza.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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