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Air Fryer Brats are easy to cook and taste as they came just off the grill. Top them with peppers and onions for a flavorful dinner!

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Air Fryer Brats in a bun with sauerkraut on top

Cooking brats in the air fryer should become the new normal for everyone.

You can try air frying Johnsonville brats, beer brats, cheddar brats, or any other kind of brat you would like with this recipe as long as they are raw brats AKA uncooked brats.

Top them with a good mustard or any of my favorite toppings listed in this post for the most flavorful air fry brats you have ever had.

They cook much faster than cooking brats in the oven (but those are delicious too if you haven’t tried them!

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Raw bratwurst inside the air fryer

How to Cook Brats in the Air Fryer

STEP ONE: Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees.

STEP TWO: Place bratwurst in the air fryer in a single layer and air fry brats for about 8-10 minutes, turning them halfway through.

STEP THREE: Carefully remove the brats from the air fryer, place them in a roll, then top with desired toppings, and enjoy!

cooked bats in air fryer basket

TIPS For the Best Air Fryer Brats

  • Place a piece of bread under the air fryer basket to help catch any grease that drips — it helps with clean up
  • Check the air fried brats with a meat thermometer and pull the brats out of the air fryer as soon as they reach 160 degrees F
  • Cook the rolls in the air fryer for 1 to 2 minutes to get a crispy hot sandwich roll
  • Melt cheese on the air fryer bratwurst by putting the cheese on the brats and sandwich roll then letting it sit in the hot air fryer for 1-2 minutes while it’s off
  • Air fry bratwurst in a single layer to let the brats cook evenly
Air Fryer Brats with sauerkraut on top inside buns

What Condiments can You Top Air Fried Brats With?

Air Fryer Bratwurst in a row in buns with sauerkraut on top

How to Reheat Air Fryer Brats

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place bratwurst in the air fryer with a piece of bread underneath.
  3. Air fry bratwurst for 3-5 minutes until warmed thoroughly. Since they are already pre-cooked, they do not need to get to the full 160 degrees internal temperature.

How Long to Cook Brats in the Air Fryer

Cooking brats in the air fryer takes approximately 8 to 10 minutes to cook using thawed raw bratwurst.

What To Serve with Air Fryer Brats?

Air Fryer Brats in buns with sauerkraut on top and hand grabbing one

How to Cook Frozen Brats in the Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place them in the air fryer and air fry frozen brats for 13-15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking until cooked internally to 160 degrees.
  3. Remove the cooked brats from the air fryer and top with your favorite toppings!

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Yield: 2 to 4 servings

Air Fryer Brats

cooked bats in air fryer basket

A delicious bratwurst recipe that tastes like it came right off the grill! Directions for fresh and frozen brats.

Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • 2 to 4 bratwursts
  • 2 hot dog rolls


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees.
  2. Cook brats for 8-10 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, turning the bratwurst halfway through.
  3. Remove the brats from the air fryer, place in the hot dog rolls, then add back to the air fryer for 1-2 minutes to crisp up the rolls.
  4. Remove bratwurst from the air fryer and enjoy!


How to Reheat Brats in the Air Fryer:

Preheat air fryer to 320 degrees and cook for 3-4 minutes, until warmed thoroughly.

How to Cook Frozen Brats in the Air Fryer:

Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees and cook for 13-15 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bratwurst

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 428Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 976mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 17g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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7 thoughts on “Air Fryer Brats”

  1. Your recipe sounds great, especially in January, when grilling ain’t so much fun!
    I love brats, but I usually pierce them all over with a fork, before grilling them, to let the grease out & to keep them from splitting/exploding.
    On the grill, it just burns off, but after seeing your warning about piercing them with the thermometer, I’m rethinking my approach, with the air fryer.
    Is piercing them all over still a good idea (even with the bread in the bottom) when cooking them in the air fryer???

    • Hi John, great question. I do not recommend piercing them. It lets all of the moisture out which keeps them nice and juicy. You can however pierce them toward the end to make sure they’re done cooking.

    • Yes! I would toss them in a little oil first and lower the temperature a little bit if it will not fill the full bottom of the air fryer.

  2. I tried this and, of course, it was great, but the cooking times need to be almost doubled! I measured the temp with BBQ grill type device with multiple probes and monitored it and at 8 minutes, the brats were 90 degrees. I kept putting the cooking time up and finally after an extra 5-6 minutes, they reached 160 degrees.

    • Hi Nick, make sure you are preheating your air fryer before placing the brats in there otherwise the time will need to be adjusted. It’s also possible your air fryer doesn’t cook with as much power as the Cosori or the brats were a little crowded and touching. I hope this helps!

  3. I just did this with some German deli home-made Bratwurst.
    Pulled out the Ninja Foodi XL, and again blew me away.
    Rock solid brats were done to 175′ within about 18-19 minutes.

    Both our meat thermos broke recently, and forgot this one had a built-in one, so I usually err on the over done side.

    I’m on Keto, so in addition to whey isolate shakes, I need a fair amount of meat intake. Much easier when I can keep most things in the outside freezer and just cook from frozen.

    Thanks for the tip.


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