Looking for an easy air fryer brats recipe? You've come to the right place! This recipe is simple, delicious, and perfect for busy weeknights when you need a quick easy dinner on the table.
There's nothing quite like a brat fresh off the grill, but sometimes grilling just isn't an option. That's where the air fryer comes in. You can get that same grilled taste without firing up the grill, and it's pretty quick and easy to do. Just pop your brats in the air fryer and let it do its thing.
In about 15 minutes, you'll have perfectly cooked brats that are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. So next time you're craving brats but don't want to deal with the grill, give air frying a try. You won't be disappointed.
This recipe comes together quickly requiring very little effort, planning, or ingredients. The air fryer does all the work. The most you'll do is make decisions about which toppings to include.
I don't use my air fryer a lot, but this has to be one of the more easy air fryer recipes.
I typically like to keep things simple when cooking easy air fryer brats. My favorite toppings are basic relish and mustard. But, the options are endless depending on your personal preferences and what you have on hand.
I chose to change things up a bit and jazz my toppings game up with a fancy mustard I doctored up.
Beats and Eats (music to pair with your favorite brats)
Brats are easy and comforting and remind me of a Leon Ware track, especially "French Waltz." He delivers the song so effortlessly but it's got so much soul and sultriness going for it.
Air Fryer Brats Ingredients Needed
So, if you're looking for an easy air fryer recipe for brats here's what you'll need:
- Bratwurst sausages
- Grainy Mustard
- Harissa Sauce
- Dijon Mustard
- Brat Buns or Hoagie Rolls (optional)
How To Air Fry Brats (Step by Step)
Pre-heat air fryer to 350 degrees F.
Add the uncooked brats and cook for 7 minutes. Rotate the brats about halfway through cooking.
While the brats are cooking make the sauce. Mix together the dijon, grainy mustard, harissa sauce, and honey in a medium bowl. Set aside.
After the brats are done, remove and set aside. If making 'hot dogs' add the hot dog buns and cook for 1 minute.
Cooking Tips and Considerations For This Air Fryer Bratwurst Recipe
Be sure to preheat the air fryer before cooking. This will ensure that your brats cook evenly and thoroughly. Additionally, allow brats to reach room temperature before cooking.
I cooked four tasty brats in my air fryer oven. One package of brats is more than enough for my household. Be mindful of the size of your air fryer. You don't want to overcrowd the basket, so strive to add the brats in a single layer.
If you want extra flavor, try marinating the brats in beer (for beer brats) or your favorite sauce for a few hours before air frying them.
When air frying brats, be sure to oil the air fryer. I simply spray cooking oil. You can also use silicone mats or parchment paper o cook on within the air fryer basket.
To add some extra heat, try including your favorite hot sauce or spicy mustard in the air fryer.
When air frying brats, be sure to rotate them halfway through cooking for even browning and nice crisp skin on all sides.
For juicy brats don't overcook these. Longer cooking time can cause brats to burst and lose much of their moisture and crispy skin.
Cook time will vary slightly depending on size and thickness of your brats
For a delicious and easy side dish, try topping air-fried brats with potato chips, coleslaw, or caramelized onions! If you're really true to it add a bit of sauerkraut to your brats. Add your favorite condiments whether it's mustard, mayo, or ketchup.
I primarily just heat up buns in my air fryer and make sausage dogs, but you could also saute bell peppers and/or onions to serve with the brats.
For those on a keto diet use lettuce in place of the buns.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Making Delicious Brats
What kinds of brats do you recommend?
Any popular brand will do, but you can't go wrong with the leader Johnsonville brats. I prefer the plain ones vs. those Johnsonville cheddar brats.
What are good substitutes for bratwurst?
If you don't have bratwurst on hand use any of your favorite sausages including kielbasa, Italian sausage, or chorizo. I also like andouille and from time to time will try meat substitutes like Beyond The Meat sausage.
What beer goes well with brats?
Just about any beer goes well with air fryer brats! I typically like to serve mine with a lager or pilsner.
Can you cook brats from frozen?
Yes! Just place frozen brats in the air fryer and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes if cooking from frozen.
What temperature should brats be cooked to?
Brats should be cooked to an internal temperature reaches160 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
Can you reheat brats in the air fryer?
Yes! Just cook for an additional 2 minutes if re-heating air fryer brats. Enjoy!
What Air Fryer Model Do You Use?
I have a NuWave 8 quart trusty air fryer. It's great as it's easy to clean and has sufficient capacity.
For Other Easy Recipes Try These:
Make This Bratwurst Sausage
So, there you have it! A simple (and delicious) recipe for perfect bratwurst cooked in an air fryer. If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to celebrate game day or just want something different to cook up in your air fryer, this is the perfect dish. Be sure to give this recipe a try soon!
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- 4 Bratwurst sausages
- 1 tablespoon Grainy Mustard
- 1 tablespoon Harissa Sauce
- 2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 teaspoon Honey
- 4 Hot Dog Buns optional
- Pre-heat air fryer to 350 degrees F.
- Add the uncooked brats and cook for 7 minutes. Rotate the brats about halfway through cooking.
- While the brats are cooking make the sauce. Mix together the dijon, grainy mustard, harissa sauce, and honey in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- After the brats are done, remove and set aside. If making 'hot dogs' add the buns and cook for 1 minute.