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How to Cook Brats in Air Fryer

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Air fryer brats are the fastest way to enjoy brats when it’s too cold to grill them! Learn how to cook brats in the air fryer, along with what to serve with them and even how to serve them to kids! This recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes. If you’re looking for a prep-ahead option, try my Wisconsin-style slow cooker beer brats next.

If you love fast air fryer meals, be sure to give my air fryer mahi mahi, air fryer frozen salmon, air fryer quesadillas, or air fryer lobster (perfect for date night at home) next time!

Platter of brats with potato chips.

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Can you cook brats in an air fryer?

Yes, you can cook brats in an air fryer! It’s a great option if you can’t grill them year-round and you’ll be surprised by how golden brown they get.

What You’ll Love About Brats In Air Fryer

  • Zero prep
  • Good winter brat option
  • Cooks in less than 15 minutes
  • Family-friendly meal
Tray of brats in buns with toppings and potato chips.

Air Fried Brats Ingredients

So I don’t even know if we need this section…but I’ll share some topping ideas too. 😉

  • Brats – I prefer using raw bratwurst for best flavor. If you use a pre-cooked version, you’ll need to adjust the cooking time. As Wisconsin natives, we love Johnsonville brats 🙂
  • Buns – Use hoagie buns, brat buns, or hot dog buns
  • Toppings – Diced onion, sauerkraut, pickles, pickle relish ketchup, and a variety of mustards
Ingredients to make air fryer brats.

How to Cook Brats in Air Fryer

Alright, let’s get to the point – cooking brats in the air fryer! You’ll cook them up in a few easy steps:

  • Preheat air fryer. This helps get a brown crust and helps to cook the brats evenly.
  • Air fry brats. Place uncooked brats in a single layer in the air fryer basket (lined with aluminum foil if desired) and cook brats, flipping half way through.
Raw brats in an air fryer.

TIP: Do not crowd air fryer basket, cook in batches if necessary.

  • Serve. Serve brats with buns, a variety of toppings, and a few sides.
Cooked brats in air fryer basket.
Tray of air fryer brats with toppings and potato chips.

How Long to Cook Brats in Air Fryer

The brats will take about 12 minutes in a 350 degree F air fryer. You’ll want to cook the brats to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

Storage Instructions

Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

How to reheat

Reheat brats in a hot skillet or the microwave, just until heated through.

Can you freeze air fried brats?

Yes, you can freeze cooked brats in an airtight container (wrap air fryer bratwursts in plastic wrap and store in stasher bags!) for 2-3 months.

Brats in buns with potato chips.

How to Serve Air Fryer Brats to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

If your kids are iffy about brats (they must not live in Wisconsin ;)), serve the brats along with a few sides. You can also let them decide if they want the brat and bun separate. Serve them a small piece of brat if it’s a new food instead of the whole thing.

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

Tray of air fryer brats with buns and toppings.

What to Serve with Brats in Air Fryer

This air fryer brats recipe needs a simple side dish:

More Easy Air Fryer Recipes

If you like air frying brats, you might also like some of these other easy air fryer recipes:

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Helpful Tools to Make Air Fryer Brats

  • Air Fryer – You can’t make brats in the air fryer without the air fryer! This one is a standard model that I’ve had for years, it works great.
  • Instant Read Meat Thermometer – I rarely cook meat without a meat thermometer, it’s a kitchen staple.
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Description

Learn how to cook brats in the air fryer! This is a quick and easy way to cook your brats if you can’t grill them in the winter.


Ingredients

  • 4 brats


Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F.

  2. Place brats in air fryer basket so they have space between them, cooking in batches if needed.

  3. Cook brats for 12 minutes, flipping after 6 minutes.



Notes

  • They should reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
  • Nutrition facts can be found on package – as it will vary based on brand. 

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