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Easy Air Fryer Hot Dogs

I’ve tested these air fryer hot dogs more than 100 times in air fryer baskets and air fryer ovens and they always come out perfect. Why so much? My kids keep asking for them!

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Two Air Fryer Hot Dogs on a white plate

Quick and Easy Air Fryer Hot Dog Recipe

The first time I made air fryer hot dogs was actually a mistake. My husband went to put them on the grill and he realized our grill had run out of propane.

Our kids were hungry, so I threw them in the air fryer. Turns out when you air fry a hot dog, it tastes even better than grilling! Since then we’ve never grilled a hot dog and only eat them when they’re air fried.

My daughter absolutely loves hot dogs, so I’ve literally made this recipe more than a hundred times in the past few years because she requests it so much.

There’s just something about the skin, texture, and juiciness of the hot dog that the grill doesn’t replicate for us, so we’re obsessed!

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I pair them with my french fries, corn on the cob, and watermelon salad recipes for a full everyday meal!

Ingredients for Air Fryer Hot Dogs

  • Hot dogs — I’ve used skinny hot dogs such as Ball Park and jumbo hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns — optional, but I love them
Fresh Hot Dogs inside Air Fryer

How to Cook Hot Dogs in the Air Fryer

STEP ONE: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.

STEP TWO: Place the hot dogs inside the air fryer in a single layer not touching and cook them for 4 minutes.

STEP THREE: Place the hot dogs in a bun and air fry for another 1-2 minutes until the bun is slightly toasty (optional, but one of my favorite parts).

tips for the Best Air Fryer Hot Dogs

  • Cook the hot dogs in a preheated air fryer for even cooking
  • Cut slits in a diagonal line on the air fry hot dogs to look like they came off the grill — though this is not needed for even cooking. It’s just for aesthetics.
  • Use a silicone air fryer liner for an easy cleanup
  • Do not use parchment paper or foil unless your air fryer will be full of hot dogs. They are not big or heavy enough to hold them down.
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.
  • If you preferred a lesser browned hot dog, cook them at 380 degrees for about 5 minutes.
Hot Dogs in Buns inside Air Fryer

Hot Dog Variations

  • Use a vegan hot dog instead of the normal beef kind.
  • Use a turkey, chicken, or pork hot dog per your preference.
  • Add some BBQ sauce to the hot dogs to make an air fryer version of my BBQ hot dogs.
  • Top the hot dogs with chili and cheese to make a delicious chili cheese dog!
  • Wrap them in bacon for an extra bit of salty and savory flavor.

What to serve with Air Fryer Hot Dogs

I love to serve my hot dogs with some side dishes like baked beans, sweet potato fries, and fruit salad on a normal weeknight.

If I’m hosting a barbecue or party with some friends, I will also make some cucumber salad, potato salad, and pasta salad to go alongside them.

Hot Dogs in buns in air fryer basket

My Favorite Toppings For Hot Dogs

My kids love a ton of ketchup on their hot dogs, but I like to switch it up with other fun toppings and condiments such as relish, roasted peppers and onions, mushrooms, sauerkraut, habanero mango salsa, buffalo sauce with blue cheese, and my current favorite — coleslaw.

Cooking Hot Dogs in the Air Fryer FAQs

How long to cook Hot Dogs in Air Fryer

Skinny hot dogs, like Ball Park or Nathan’s beef franks, will cook in 4 minutes.

Thicker hot dogs, like our local Zwiegles, or jumbo hot dogs can take about 6 to 8 minutes.

Holding an air fryer hot inside bun in hand

How to cook frozen Hot Dogs in The Air Fryer

I’ve had to cook hot dogs from frozen in a pinch on those busy nights. Just cook them in a preheated air fryer at 350 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes until warmed thoroughly.

How to Reheat Hot Dogs in the Air Fryer

Reheat any leftovers in a preheated air fryer at 350 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes until warmed.

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Hot Dogs in Buns inside Air Fryer

Easy Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Samantha Erb
An easy way to cook air fryer hot dogs that turn out juicy every time!
4.57 from 62 votes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Air Fryer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 300 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 hot dogs or as many hot dogs as your air fryer basket fits
  • 4 hot dog buns sliced down the middle (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Cook hot dogs for 4 minutes until cooked, flipping the hot dogs halfway through cooking.
  • Place hot dogs into hot dog buns.
  • Cook hot dogs in buns an additional 1-2 minutes, still at 400 degrees.
  • Enjoy immediately.

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Notes

  • Skinny hot dogs, like Ball Park or Nathan’s beef franks, will cook in 4 minutes.
  • Thicker hot dogs, like our local Zwiegles, or jumbo hot dogs can take about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • If you preferred a lesser browned hot dog, cook them at 380 degrees for about 5 minutes.
  • Reheat leftovers at 350 degrees F for 2-3 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 11gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 666mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4g
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22 thoughts on “Easy Air Fryer Hot Dogs”

  1. I air fried some Nathan’s normal size wieners by your recipe 400 degrees for 4 minutes turning after 2 minutes. I didn’t cook them longer in the bun. We like our wieners cooked more and more of a grilled look. These were barely hot inside.
    Open for suggestions

    Reply
    • Hi Sandra, a few things could have caused that. Always make sure the air fryer is preheated. It can take a full 4 minutes for an air fryer to get to that temperature, so it needs to be preheated prior to putting the hot dogs in it. Also, make sure there are too many hot dogs in there at once or it can cause them to cook closer. Lastly, if this is an air fryer toaster style oven, I find that my food needs a few extra minutes to cook to get to what an air fryer basket does because of the size of the air fryer. Enjoy!

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