Although it is grilling season, there are some times that cooking hot dogs in an air fryer make more sense than cooking them on a hot grill.
For instance, I pull out the air fryer when the weather isn’t ideal for grilling. This can be because it is too hot and humid outside or when it is too cold or rainy.
But I also like use the air fryer when I am only making a couple of hot dogs and need to do so in a short amount of time. This is perfect when the kids are hungry and we have busy schedules to follow.
The hot dogs are cooked and ready to eat in less than 6 minutes! Which seems to be a life saver on certain days.
In addition, when you have picky eaters in the family that prefer not to have grill marks, the air fryer is the way to go!
Air Fryer Hot Dogs
- Hot dogs – For this recipe we used standard size, all beef hot dogs. They typically come 8 to a pack and can be found in the refrigerated section at the grocery store.
However, you can also use larger or foot-long hot dogs if you prefer. Although, you may need to extend the cooking time if the diameter of the hot dog is larger than the standard size.
- Hot dog buns – Although not 100% necessary, there is nothing like eating an air fryer hot dog that is placed in a bun. But yes, you can eat the hot dogs with a fork and knife if you prefer.
After you cook your hot dogs you can place them in the buns and eat them right away. Or we have also included the optional step of finishing them off in the air fryer while still in the bun.
This added step gives a nice little toast to the bun which gives the hot dog extra flavor. But the choice is up to you!
- Toppings – Now comes the big debate. What condiments do you put on your hot dogs? Although I prefer a mixture of mustard and onions, my husband sticks with the classic toppings of ketchup and mustard.
The options are endless when it comes to topping a hot dog. And the best part is that you can mix it up whenever you feel the urge for something different!
Cooking hot dogs in an air fryer doesn’t require any special instructions. Simply place the hot dogs in the basket and cook at 400°F for 4-6 minutes.
However, if you do have an air fryer oven that requires preheating, I do recommend that you preheat it completely before setting the cook timer.
However, the Power 360 did require a few extra minutes of preheating before I could add the hot dogs to the basket.
Once the hot dogs are cooked, carefully remove them with tongs and place them in the buns, if using. Then decide if you want to complete the optional step as mentioned above.
If so, place the hot dogs and buns back into the basket and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes. This will allow the bun to get nice and warm, and just a little bit toasted.
Remove the hot dogs from the air fryer and top with your favorite toppings!
Suggested Side Dishes To Serve With Hot Dogs
Although you can serve just about any side dish with hot dogs, here are some of our favorites:
- Instant Pot Potato Salad
- Macaroni Salad
- Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- Doritos Taco Salad
- Cold Ramen Noodle Salad
- All American Fruit Salad
- Grilled Corn on the Cob
Be sure to browse through our Side Dishes page to find more recipe inspiration!
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- 4 hot dogs, standard ballpark size
- 4 hot dog buns
- Place hot dogs in Air Fryer basket and cook on 400°F for 4-6 minutes.
- Remove hot dogs and place in buns.
Optional Step: Place hot dogs and buns back in Air Fryer and cook on 400°F for 2 minutes.
Remove and top with your favorite toppings.
All air fryers cook at different rates. Adjust cooking time accordingly.
If using larger hot dogs (1/3 - 1/4 lb.), increase cooking time to 6-8 minutes.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 666mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g
Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.