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Air fryer sausages

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My air fryer is one of my favourite kitchen gadgets. I love cooking and the air fryer really helps to speed things up for me. I love to cook up air fryer bacon, air fryer hash browns and these air fryer sausages, for a tasty but slightly healthier cooked breakfast!

One of the main things I love about the air fryer is that it sits on my worktop, at a super convenient height for me, and I rarely ever have to move it. I just lift the basket and bowl out and place it straight into the sink to soak.

These sausages also go great in a bacon, sausage and egg wrap.

I’ve made a whole host of food in my air fryer and some of my favourite recipes are airfryer chips, air fryer roast potatoes, air fryer pigs in blankets and air fryer parsnips.

Lately, I have been making lots of hash browns too and they’re a real breakfast maker! I love to cook up a packet of sausages to serve on my breakfast grazing platter too.

I’m sharing more of my recipes, from the air fryer beginner recipes to the more complicated, and today I’m going to give you all my pointers for cooking sausages from frozen, cooking sausages in the Actifry and even cooking sausages in the oven!

Chicken sausages that have been cooked in the air fryer, within an enamel tin served with tomato sauce on the side in a blue textured dish

Ingredients for air fryer sausages:

Fresh sausages!

Spray oil if the sausages are very lean (I didn’t use any for this recipe)

Bratwurst cooked in the air fryer in plain hot dog style finger buns on brown baking paper

How to air fry sausages:

Set your air fryer to 180C (355F approx) and leave it on for a couple of minutes to heat up.

Prick your sausages with a sharp knife.

Place them into the air fryer basket in a single layer.

Air fry for 7-8 minutes at 180C (355F approx)

Shake well to prevent any sticking.

Air fry for 7-8 more minutes at 180C (355F approx) checking halfway through.

I use a *meat thermometer to ensure the temperature of the cooked sausages was at least 71-74C for safety.

Obviously the cooking time can vary, depending on which sausages you use. I love to use Heck chicken sausages (14 minutes) or sometimes fat 97% pork sausages (16-18 minutes).

Serve these sausages with your choice of delicious sides or just with a delicious dip! I love air fryer mashed potatoes and onion gravy with mine! We also love air fryer potato skins or root vegetable mash for something a little different – yum!

I would advise using sausages with skins only, unless you’re happy for them to get a little beaten up when shaking up in the air fryer.

Air fryer fries in a basket with ketchup

Can you cook sausages from frozen in the Actifry or air fryer? What about the Ninja Foodi?

Yes! Absolutely. Add around 10 minutes onto the cooking time, checking at least one extra time and shake the basket fairly frequently to prevent sticking. If your air fryer has a grill to raise it up then do so as you may find quite a lot of liquid releases when air frying frozen sausages.

I personally own a Ninja Foodi OL750UK and I use the air crisp setting. When cooking I like to use the basket, within the bowl, as I find that this gives sausages the most even cooking.

Can you air fry sausage patties?

Absolutely. I would say to cook for half of the advertised time and check halfway through this time. So 10 minutes if the package advises 20 minutes but check after 5 minutes. Check out my air fryer sausage patties recipe if you want specific help!

Christmas sausage rolls made with leftovers - mini and full sized sausage rolls on a chopping board with tomato ketchup in a snowflake serving dish.

Can you air fry sausage rolls?

Sure thing! Cook them for half the quoted time on the packet and check halfway through.

You can use a little spray oil or brush them with egg or even milk if you want to give them more of a golden finish.

Be sure to shake 2-3 times through the cooking to avoid things sticking. Also, these sausages would go lovely in one of these soft floury white rolls.

A cheese and bacon quiche (quiche lorraine), whole, on a wooden serving tray

Can you cook sausages and bacon at the same time in the air fryer?

Absolutely! You can cook most of the ingredients for a delicious Full English cooked breakfast, but obviously adjust your timings.

I find that air frying means things take around 1/3 less. What I would do would be to almost entirely cook the sausages and then add the bacon near the end. There is no reason that you can’t cook everything in the air fryer basket.

As the air fryer cooks food so fast you could just buy the sausages to one side while you give the bacon a quick air fry! I have got a couple of posts to help you too – air fryer bacon and air fryer turkey bacon which have my preferred cooking time and methods in.

Looking for something a little different to make with sausages? Here are a few other tasty recipe ideas:

Ninja Kebab Stand, Ninja sling, Ninja mini muffin tray

Want to add some vegetables in while cooking?

I find that peppers and onions work really well for the cooking time of this dish.

I love to slice the peppers and onions into wedges and then I will add them at the halfway mark after I have turned over the sausages. This is such a simple way to cook some nice vegetables to fill the rolls up with, or just serve on the side.

Something to note about air fryer recipes is that all air fryers have different sizes, depths and as such the cooking times can vary. All air fryer recipes on this website are intended as a guide, and not a guarantee that the timings will be perfect. Enjoy!

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How to cook sausages in an air fryer:

Chicken sausages that have been cooked in the air fryer, within an enamel tin served with tomato sauce on the side in a blue textured dish
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Air fryer sausages

How to cook sausages in the air fryer

Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Keyword sausages
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 8 sausages
Calories 155 kcal
Author Katykicker


  • 8 Sausages
  • Spray oil (if the sausages are very lean)


  1. Pre-heat your air fryer to 180C.

  2. Prick your sausages.

  3. Place them into the air fryer basket.
  4. Air fry for 7-8 minutes.

  5. Shake.
  6. Air fry for 7-8 more minutes checking halfway through.

  7. I use a meat thermometer to ensure the temperature was at least 71C for safety.

  8. Cook for around 19 minutes if you want a similar finish to me.

  9. Serve with your choice of delicious sides or just with a blob of sauce!

Nutrition Facts
Air fryer sausages
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Sausages cooked in the air fryer in an enamel dish with tomato sauce
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