There are many things synonymous with summer, like baseball and backyard barbecues, but to me the aroma of a perfectly cooked hot dog is right up there at the top of the list. But sometimes you don’t have time to fire up the grill, it’s raining or maybe winter weather prohibits you from grilling. Or you are staying in an apartment and can’t have a grill at home. A more common cooking appliance would be an air fryer. And you may be thinking. Can you cook hot dogs in an air fryer? Yes, you can get that same deliciousness, grill marks and all, with an air fryer. To make air fried hot dogs, the air fryer cook time and temperature must be used in the right combination. I often hear these. How long to cook hot dogs in air fryer? What temp to air fry hot dogs? Let’s talk about them and other tips on the recipe for cooking hot dogs in air fryer.
When I was a kid, my mom often served us boiled or microwaved hot dogs, and honestly, with some nostalgia, sometimes I’ll still prepare them that way. But if you really want to bring out the flavors in hot dogs, cook them in an air fryer. The way an air fryer circulates the air throughout will ensure your hot dogs are fully and evenly cooked. Hot dogs are made from beef, poultry, or pork or a combination of those meats, so you’ll want to make sure they are fully heated through. If I’m not sure what the internal temperature should be I always check the USDA website for the most current information. You want to make sure to heat hot dogs to the suggested minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees. To achieve this, cook the hot dogs in the air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The result will be perfectly cooked, tender, and juicy hot dogs.
It takes 6 minutes to cook hot dogs in the air fryer at 400 degrees for a tender and juicy hot dog. Just note, you may need to adjust the time depending on the size of the hot dogs. There are several sizes to choose from, if the hot dogs you’re cooking are on the longer and thicker side then cook them for another minute in the air fryer.
There are a lot of air fryers to choose from and may not cook exactly the same. If you’ve noticed yours cooks a little hotter than or not as hot as a recipe calls for, you just have to adjust the temperature and time. You can also choose to cook hot dogs in the air fryer at different temperatures for different texture. If you like crispy hot dogs, go for higher temperature. If you like a more moist hot dogs, use a lower air fryer temperature. They key is cooking them long enough to ensure they are completely done. For instance, you can cook hot dogs at 390 degrees for 7 minutes or 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Any higher than 400 degrees may burn the hot dogs.
You can easily get lot of air fryer hot dogs recipes with a simple google search. However, I really like this easy recipe for air fried hot dogs. And here’s how to air fry hot dogs in air fryer.
Preheat the air fryer using the preheat setting
Hot dogs typically has some spices mixed with meat. So I like to keep the seasonings minimal to keep the original taste. Add a little olive oil on the hot dogs to make sure that they don’t stick to one another or the bottom of the tray. Then add some vinegar for a tangy taste.
Place the hot dogs inside the basket. Set the temperature to 400 degrees. Air fry the hot dogs for 6 minutes. Once it is done, remove the hotdogs. Enjoy!
So, what do you do if your hot dogs are frozen? That’s not a problem, you can still cook the hot dogs in an air fryer from a frozen state. And it takes just a little longer at 9 to 11 minutes to air fry the frozen hots dogs. The extra minutes will allow the hot dogs to slowly thaw as the air fryer heats up and for them to cook evenly, otherwise you may end up with the outside overdone and the inside not quite cooked through.
If you ever get in this situation, follow these steps for cooking frozen hot dogs in air fryer.
If you have leftovers, no worries, just heat the hot dogs back up in the air fryer. When I heat up any meat in an air fryer, I usually place a few drops of water on the meat before reheating. This helps replace lost moisture from being refrigerated. Set the temperature to 350 degrees and reheat the hot dogs for 3-4 minutes.
Hot dogs are really great just by itself. But it will definitely be much better with some sauce on it. And I have my personal favorite when it comes to dipping my hot dogs in sauce. Once you add your favorite condiments, you’ll be all set to enjoy these amazing air fryer hot dogs.
I love to have heat in my food. And I simply love hot dogs with chili sauce. And I prefer to make my homemade chili sauce with this recipe.
Beside chili, I like to have onion sauce for hot dogs. The sweet and tangy taste makes the hot dogs even more flavorful.
Air fried hot dogs can easily stand on its own or serve with other side and main dishes. Serve them with your favorite side dish and you’ll have the perfect summertime meal any time of the year!
It’s really easy to cook hot dogs in air fryer. And it’s healthy too without using oil. More importantly, it tastes great. Hopefully, this guide has given you some important info on how to air fry hot dogs in the air fryer.