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Sausage in the Air Fryer

For an easy, well-rounded breakfast, I love making sausage in the air fryer! While they cook, I can whip up some eggs, toast some bread, and be ready to serve in 15 minutes flat.

Delicious and easy sausage in air fryer

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My family loves a good American breakfast with eggs, some kind of meat, and toast on the side. And when the craving strikes, that’s the perfect time to whip up quick and delicious sausage in the air fryer!

The links are ready in 15 minutes flat and cooked to crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside perfection. Plus, while they cook, I have plenty of time to make the eggs and toast. What an easy way to start the day!

Looking to make Air Fryer Sausage Patties instead? Check out this recipe for directions!

serve air fryer sausage with pancakes

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:

  • How to cook breakfast sausage in the air fryer
  • What to serve with your sausage links
  • What to do if you want to cook turkey sausage links in the air fryer
  • How to make frozen sausage links in the air fryer

Cooking sausage in the air fryer just made your mornings a whole lot simpler! You’ll love having a hearty, balanced meal for breakfast that doesn’t involve a ton of prep or clean-up. It’s a great way to spend some time with the family in the morning and give everyone the energy they need for the day.

I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.

How to Make Air Fryer Sausage

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees F. 

STEP TWO: Once preheated, carefully place the sausage links in rows in the air fryer basket, leaving room between each one for the air to circulate.

place sausage links in air fryer

STEP THREE: Cook for 7-9 minutes or until done to your desired level of crispiness and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. 

cook sausage in air fryer to crispy perfection

How Long Do I Cook Sausage in the Air Fryer?

Every air fryer model is going to vary a little bit. I found that 8 minutes was the sweet spot for my perfect links, but you may want to add a minute or so depending on how crispy you like the outside of your sausage.

If you buy breakfast sausage links from brands like Bob Evans or Johnsonville, they will be thinner than other kinds of sausages, which is why the cooking time is shorter. Cooking sausages like Italian Sausage in the Air Fryer will have a longer cooking time.

You just want to make sure that the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F and that the sausages are not pink on the inside.

Foods to Serve with Air Fryer Sausage Links

And check out these other Air Fryer Breakfast Recipes to make too!

sausage in air fryer

Can I Use Turkey Sausage Links Instead?

You bet! Just be aware that you want the internal temperature to reach 165 degrees F, just slightly higher than traditional pork breakfast sausage.

For that reason, you may want to add a minute or so to the cooking time.

How to Cook Frozen Sausage Links in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Once preheated, carefully place the frozen sausage links in rows in the air fryer basket, leaving room between each one for the air to circulate.
  3. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until done to your desired level of browning on the outside and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. 

NOTE: These are directly for precooked frozen sausage links. Frozen raw sausage links will take longer to cook.

How to Reheat Breakfast Sausage Links in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 320 degrees F.
  2. Lay the leftover sausage links in the air fryer, leaving room between each one.
  3. Cook for 2-3 minutes until heated through.
air fryer sausage with pancakes

Can I Cook Multiple Foods in the Air Fryer at Once?

Yes, you can! You just have to plan out the timing.

If you’re cooking two foods that require different cooking times and temperatures, start with the food that will take longer. Once the timer has reached the amount of time you need for the second food, add it to the air fryer. If necessary, drop the temperature to the lower of the two foods.

So let’s say Food A cooks for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F, and Food B cooks for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F. In this scenario, you’ll start with Food A at 400 degrees. Once Food A cooks for 10 minutes (meaning it only has 5 minutes left) add Food B and drop the temperature to 350 degrees F.

air fryer sausage on a plate

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Yield: 7 servings

Sausage in the Air Fryer

Delicious and easy sausage in air fryer

With air fryer sausage, you’ll have crispy, delicious links ready in less than 15 minutes! Serve with eggs for a balanced breakfast.

Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 to 14 Breakfast Sausage Links, raw and refrigerated

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees.
  2. Carefully place the sausage in the air fryer in rows leaving room between them for the air to circulate.
  3. Cook for 7-9 minutes. Depending on how done you like your sausage, you may add 1 more minute. The internal temperature should be 160 and not pink color in the sausage.

Notes

How to Cook Frozen Sausage in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.

2. Place the frozen sausage links in the air fryer and cook for 5 to 6 minutes until heated thoroughly.

How to Reheat Sausage in the Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 320 degrees F.
  2. Place leftover sausages in the air fryer and cook for 2-3 minutes until warmed thoroughly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

7

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 374mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g

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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