Air fryer sausages are so quick and easy, this recipe tells you the temperature and time for cooking fresh or frozen sausages perfectly.
How to cook sausages in an air fryer?
Check out the slideshow video below for easy steps, showing how to cook sausages in the air fryer.
Continue reading for more information about different sausages that can be air fried and for how long sausages take in the air fryer.
Why use an air fryer?
We love to use the air fryer for a number of reasons, it is quick and easy to turn on and heats up quickly.
It cooks quicker and more evenly than an oven or grill. Emits less heat and smells into the house.
Cooks, healthier than other cooking methods with the minimal amount of oil needed.
You don’t need to worry about fat splattering everywhere like it does when frying, grilling or oven cooking, which is not only dangerous but oh so messy!
And finally, I must mention how easy it is to clean after!
What type of sausages to cook?
This air fryer cooking method can be used for all types of sausages. From traditional Great British bangers like the Cumberland or Lincolnshire, spicy or sweet Italian sausages to large German bratwursts.
Or smaller varieties like the skinny but flavoursome chipolatas, thin pork breakfast sausages, or even cocktail sausages!
You can also use the air fryer to warm up previously cooked sausages or Frankfurt hotdogs.
What temperature for air fryer?
The right temperature for cooking sausages in air fryer UK is 180°C or US temperature 350°F, always preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes before using.
Do not try putting them in at a higher heat thinking they will cook faster. They will either burn on the outside or not be cooked inside!
Whilst waiting for the air fryer to warm, pierce the sausages, you can use a fork to prick them or a sharp knife.
This prevents the skin from splitting during cooking and also helps to drain some of the fat out.
How long to cook sausages in the air fryer?
The time varies depending on the type and thickness of the sausage you are cooking.
In this case we are cooking thick Cumberland sausages which take about 12 minutes.
We find it best to turn halfway through cooking but that is optional, the air fryer does a good job to circulate the air to cook them evenly.
But it is nice to check in quickly and give them a little shake at least.
You can cook as many at a time that will fit in a single layer in your air fryer. Do not pile the sausages on top of each other, as they will not cook evenly.
Use this chart for how long to cook sausages in air fryer uk.Print
Air Fryer Sausages
Air fryer sausages are so quick and easy this recipe tells you the temperature and time for cooking fresh or frozen sausages.
This air fryer method can be used for British bangers such as Cumberland, Lincolnshire, simple thick pork sausages, sweet or spicy Italian sausages.
Keep the temperature but adjust cooking time to suit for smaller sausages, such as thin pork breakfast sausages, cocktail sausages or my kid’s favourite chipolatas.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Total Time: 17 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: British
- 6 Sausages
- 3 squirts Spray Oil
Preheat air fryer to 180°C/350°F for 5 minutes
Prick each sausage a few times with a sharp knife
Spray the base of the air fryer with a couple of squirts of spray oil to prevent sausages from sticking.
Use a pair of tongs to carefully place sausages in (do not allow them to touch for even cooking)Put the timer on for 12 minutes (adjust the time for smaller, bigger, or frozen sausages see the notes section below)
Halfway through cooking turn over using tongs.
After 12° minutes check, cook for longer if needed.
Serve with your chosen meal
How long to cook different types of sausages in air fryer?
We used fresh British Cumberland sausages for this post.
The same temperature and time listed above will also work for most thick pork sausages, such as Lincolnshire sausages and Italian sausages, as well as chicken or beef sausages.
To cook thin pork sausages, breakfast, or chipolatas, lower time to 10 minutes on 180°C/350°F.If cooking larger sausages such as Bratwurst they will need 15 minutes to cook through.
Can I cook frozen sausages in the air fryer?
Yes, sausages that are purchased already frozen from the supermarket have been specially prepared to be safe to cook from frozen.
So they can safely be cooked in an air fryer. They may need a couple more minutes than fresh sausages.
However, if you have frozen, fresh sausages yourself. It is recommended to defrost ahead of time in the fridge (overnight) before cooking them in the air fryer.