Air fryer breakfast sausage


Perfectly cooked sausage links in the air fryer

Cooking breakfast sausage links in an air fryer is easy and creates a juicy sausage link that is evenly browned.

Breakfast sausage is probably the food I cook the most in my air fryer, if not second to only air fryer bacon. Making sausages in the air fryer is easy and quick. Since we are a family that is always on the go, I love that I can set some raw sausages in the basket of my air fryer and walk away. I can go on with my morning without standing over the skillet worrying if I’m burning the underside of the sausage.

breakfast sausages on a plate with hardboiled eggs

You can make breakfast sausages in your air fryer, smoked sausage, Italian sausage or brats! You’ll be serving breakfast in no time once you have mastered how to cook sausages in the air fryer with these tips.

How to cook breakfast sausage in the air fryer

Of all the recipes, I have made, surely, air fryer breakfast sausage is the easiest.

The minimum you need is your sausage links (or patties) and the air fryer.

How long?

If you are cooking breakfast sausage in the air fryer, cook the sausage for 8-10 minutes @ 360 degrees. This is assuming you are cooking a common breakfast sausage that has a similar width to a finger. For brats and thicker sausages you will need to cook longer, as long as 14 minutes, but start checking after 10. Cook until a safe temperature is reached on your meat thermometer.

Cooking Sausage in the Air Fryer Tips

For easy clean up, consider laying down parchment paper. You can poke some holes in the parchment paper  to allow for circulation under the sausages and air fryer basket.

You can also lay down aluminum foil in the air fryer and place the sausages on top. However, be careful because the grease released from cooking the sausages in the air fryer might circulate up and hit the heating element causing smoke.

Air fryer breakfast sausage Recipe Video

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Air Fryer Breakfast Sausage Ingredients

  • 1 pound breakfast sausage links or sausage patties
  • air fryer

Air fryer breakfast sausage Directions

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Air Fryer Benefits

  • Hands free cooking – I can load the sausages in the air fryer basket and walk away without worrying the sausages will burn or get overcooked. There is no need to stand in front of the skillet or to check on them after a few minutes in order to turn them. Along with that, it’s hard to get the timing right when you fry sausages in a skillet. Often times, you can easily burn one side if you aren’t paying attention.
  • Easy clean up – The mess from breakfast is contained to the air fryer basket, which is dishwasher safe in the majority of models. You don’t have to hand wash skillets or wipe up grease splatter.
  • Hot air circulation – This ensures your food gets cooked from every angle to create a nicely brown, crisp outside and juicy interior.

What kinds of sausage can I cook in the air fryer?

The air fryer makes cooking all sorts of sausage and meat franks in the air fryer easy! Really, any sausage link is fine; including brats, kielbasa, Italian sausage and even sausage patties and the type of sausage does not matter. Meaning, whether it is pork, beef, chicken sausage etc. You can even cook raw sausage or frozen sausage in the air fryer.

There is a distinction however,  for cooking vs reheating sausage in the air fryer.

This recipe includes directions for cooking, however reheating in the air fryer requires lower heat and less time. Experiment with 300 degrees and 5 minutes.

breakfast sausage links on a plate

Create perfectly cooked air fryer sausage patties

As mentioned above, you can form sausage patties by hand and cook them in the air fryer as well.

  • Add your favorite spices, like sage, garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes and paprika.
  • Then mold into patties or cook frozen sausage patties.
  • Cook in the air fryer for 10 minutes at 370 degrees.
  • There is no need to flip the patty since the hot air circulation cooks the sausage patty from every angle.

Air frying frozen sausage

Sausage can be air fried from fresh or frozen.

If you trying to make air fryer Italian sausage from frozen, it will take longer since it is a thicker cut of sausage. Start at 395-400 degrees for 12 minutes and increase if needed until the internal temperature is 160 degrees.

Smaller links, like breastfast sausage links or when making air fryer sausage patties, shouldn’t take as long to cook. Start at 10 minutes, flip if needed and increase time in the air fryer if needed.

Air fryer breakfast sausage: FAQS

Do I need to defrost sausages before air frying?

It's recommended to thaw your sausage before air fryer but not necessary, you can definitely cook frozen sausage. The time in the air fryer will have to increase depending on the thickness of the sausage.

Is it safe to cook sausage in the air fryer?

Yes! It's just like cooking sausages in the oven but faster. As long as you cook the sausage all the way through and the internal temperature is at least 160 degrees, it is safe to eat.

Can I put foil down first before the sausage?

Yes you can. Some of the air circulation can get blocked but it will still cook your sausage.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Air fryer breakfast sausage

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
Fat 13g
Protein 8g
Total Carbs 0g
Net Carbs 0g

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