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The Easiest Air Fryer Hot Dogs

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These Quick and Easy Air Fryer Hot Dogs are delicious and ready in less than 10 minutes. It’s the best way to make hot dogs.

hot dogs in buns in air fryer basket topped with ketchup and mustard


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I love a good hot dog, but not all hot dog cooking methods are the same. I’ve had them boiled, I’ve had them grilled, I’ve even had them microwaved. Regardless of your preference, I promise you won’t want them any other way after you’ve Air Fried them.

Air Fryer Hot Dogs vs. Grill or Stovetop?

Air Frying hot dogs is so quick and easy, and there are multiple reasons why you should do it:

  • The hot dogs come out crispy on the outside and nice and juicy on the inside. If you time them right in the Air Fryer, there is no need to fear that they will overcook and dry out.
  • It’s super quick and easy. You don’t need to preheat the Air Fryer like you would when firing up a grill.
  • You can make a little or a lot. You can prepare hot dogs for the whole family or just one for yourself. Cook and prep time will remain the same.
  • You can crisp both the hot dog and bun in one device.

Ingredients Needed

  • Hot dogs – I prefer all-natural, 100% beef hot dogs. However, any hot dog kind or brand will work. I usually purchase whatever brand I can find on sale.
  • Hot dog buns
ingredients for air fryer hot dogs on table

How to cook hot dogs in an Air Fryer

First, I like to cut small little slits in my hot dogs. This is not a required step at all. I like to do this to make hot dogs pretty and mimic a grill line. When my hubby makes the hot dogs in the Air Fryer, he does not do this, and it all works fine.

close up photo of slits in hot dogs

Then, place your hot dogs in the Air Fryer basket. There is no need to spray or anything; the hot dogs won’t stick and will release their natural hot dog oils, whatever that is.

Close the Air Fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 4-6 minutes.

Remove the hot dogs and place them in your hot dog buns. Return hot dogs in the bun and cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 more minutes to get a nice crisp on your buns.

hot dogs in buns in air fryer basket

Remove and top them with your favorite toppings. Here’s a great list of hot dogs toppings to try. You could also add my hot dog chili,  or you can keep it simple with ketchup, mustard, and sauerkraut, which is my favorite.

air fryer hot dogs in air fryer basket covered in ketchup and mustard

I hope you love these hot dogs as much as we do.

If you’re looking for more quick and easy Air Fryer recipes, try these out:

hot dogs in buns in air fryer basket topped with ketchup and mustard
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The Easiest Air Fryer Hot Dogs

These Air Fryer Hot Dogs are such a quick and easy meal and ready in less than 10 minutes. They are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer hot dogs
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 229kcal
Author Tanya


  • 1-6 Hot Dogs
  • 1-6 Hot Dog Buns


  • Place hot dogs in Air Fryer basket and cook on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 4-6 minutes. Remove hot dogs and place in buns. Place back in Air Fryer and cook on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 more minutes.
  • Remove and top with your favorite toppings. Enjoy 🙂



  • This recipe works for traditional beef or the hot chicken, beef, and pork combination hot dogs.
  • Consider cutting small slits in your hot dogs for appearance. It is not a necessary step.
  • Test your hot dogs around the 4-minute mark to see if they are dark enough. Different Air Fryer wattages and sizes will cook hotdogs at different rates. 


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg
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This post was originally published on June 6, 2019. It has been updated with additional information and new photos.

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Wednesday 31st of August 2022

Can you cook brats in the air fryer? I will try the hot dog tonight. Don't have any buns so will have to use bread. Thanks for all your help with easy cooking.


Tuesday 6th of September 2022

Yep, brats can me made in the air fryer as well. You may have to just cook them a little longer.

Debbie H

Friday 1st of July 2022

We really enjoy air fried HD's. We wrap them with bacon for added flavor.

Bill Dennen

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

Absolutely the only way I cook dogs from now on. I buy hot dogs in bulk and freeze them. I remove them from freezer and cross cut them, then pop em in the air fryer for 8 mins. Perfecto!!! Sometimes I cook em for 6 minutes then add buns and do the sauerkraut & mustard thing. Excellent, thank you


Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Your tips for AF hot dogs are absolutely the BEST I have seen & tried in a long time! I was a little skeptical about putting the cooked hot dogs in the buns back in for a couple minutes but that was the first thing my husband commented on about what a good idea & how good it tasted!!! I have always overcooked my hot dogs in the AF & yours was perfect! Thank you so very much!


Thursday 14th of April 2022

Thanks Shelley! We love the bun crisping tip too.


Thursday 30th of December 2021

All comments and pictures pertain to skinless hotdogs. Any suggestions for hot dogs with a casing (Koegel Viennas)?


Sunday 2nd of January 2022

Hi Dean, I've never actually used those kinds of hot dogs but I assume it'll be just a difference in the amount of time needed to cook.