Air Fryer Hot Dogs

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Ready in minutes, Air Fryer Hot Dogs are the best way to guarantee perfectly cooked hot dogs every time! Pile them with your favorite toppings and make everyone in your family happy.

Cooked air fryer hot dogs are served in buns with condiments.

Easy Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are one of those classics that we make over and over. You may wonder if there is anything new to bring to the table and I’m here to tell you that, yes, there certainly is. Using the air fryer method for cooking hot dogs is a great way to prepare hot dogs. You won’t have to bother with using a grill or the stove to cook hot dogs quickly and easily, just pop them in the air fryer.

Hot dogs are a beloved staple for a reason – of course, they’re perfect at summer barbecues but are welcome any time of the year. They’re endlessly adaptable to all sorts of toppings and can be eaten just as a handheld snack or as part of a heartier meal. Plus, they’re easily adapted to gluten-free when you use gluten-free ingredients.

I’ve included a variety of topping ideas below – you can go simple with the traditional ketchup and mustard or add baked beans, chili, and more. And I’ve given you some ideas for how to make hot dogs more of a dinner option. These air fryer hot dogs are the perfect blend of slightly crisp and beautifully juicy, everything a good hot dog should be.

Cooked air fryer hot dogs are shown on a tray.

Why You’ll Love Cooking Hot Dogs in the Air Fryer

If you peruse my Air Fryer recipes section you’ll see that I’m a fan of using the air fryer for so many dishes. Here are a few reasons you’ll also love using the air fryer to make hot dogs:

  • Air fryer and done. The air fryer takes the guesswork out of cooking, and you don’t have to spend much active time other than placing the hot dogs in the air fryer basket.
  • Versatile. Hot dogs are a familiar and beloved dish, and they work equally well as a quick lunch option as they do rounded out with a few more dishes, like a salad or fries or both, for dinner. See my suggestions below if you want to make this into a heartier meal.
  • So many topping ideas. I’ve branched out beyond the basic ketchup I did as a kid, and now I love to top my hot dogs with anything from caramelized onions, to chili, to cheese. More details later on in this post!
Cooked air fryer hot dogs are served in buns with condiments and sides.

What You’ll Need

Here’s a short list of everything you’ll need to make air fryer hot dogs. Don’t forget to scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post for the full ingredient amounts.

  • Hot Dogs: If you are sensitive to gluten, make sure to buy certified gluten-free hot dogs (read more about finding gluten-free hot dogs).
  • Hot Dog Buns: Use gluten-free hot dog buns if needed. Or use my recipe and make your own.
  • Condiments and Toppings: Choose from all of your favorites – ketchup, mustard, relish, etc.

Can I Use Frozen Hot Dogs?

You definitely can use frozen hot dogs! This is one of the beauties of the air fryer – you don’t need to defrost food before cooking it. However, you will need to cook frozen hot dogs in air fryer a little longer, about 7-8 minutes.

Ingredients needed for air fryer hot dogs - hot dogs and buns.

How to Make Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Making hot dogs in the air fryer could hardly be simpler. Here’s my easy method for perfectly cooking hot dogs in air fryer:

  • Prepare the air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. If you’d like to warm your buns in advance, place them in the air fryer while it preheats.
  • Prepare the hot dogs. Cut diagonal slits in the hot dogs all the way around, being careful not to cut all the way through the hot dogs.
  • Cook the hot dogs. Place the hot dogs in the air fryer and cook at 400°F for 4 minutes. Check the hot dogs, and if you would like them crispier, flip them and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Toast the hot dogs in the buns if desired. If you’d like to toast the hot dogs in the buns or melt cheese on top, place the hot dogs in the buns, add cheese if desired, and place them back in the air fryer at 400°F for 2 more minutes.
Hot dogs toast in buns in an air fryer.

How Long Does it Take to Cook Hot Dogs in the Air Fryer?

My method for cooking hot dogs in air fryer calls for about 4-6 minutes of cooking time, depending on how crisp you like your hot dogs (for crisper dogs you’ll cook them a few minutes longer). As noted above, if you cook frozen hot dogs using this method you’ll need to allow at least 4 extra minutes of cooking time. And if you want to toast the hot dogs in the buns once the dogs are fully cooked, just plan for a minute or two of toasting time.

Cooked air fryer hot dogs are shown on a tray with buns on the side.

Tips for Success

I have to say that this method of making air fryer hot dogs is nearly foolproof! But here are a few tips to ensure success every time:

  • Make slits in each hot dog. Making slits in the hot dogs helps them to cook more evenly when they are in the air fryer. We’re going for ease of cooking, so anything you can do in advance of cooking to help make them turn out perfectly is
  • Toast the buns first. I don’t know about you, but I love a toasted hot dog or hamburger bun. (This is especially nice if you are using gluten-free hot dog buns.) You can toast the buns in the air fryer while it’s heating up.
  • Then toast the hot dogs in the buns. I also like to give the hot dogs a final little toast once they’ve been placed in the buns. This will also help melt any cheese you’ve added.
  • Try sausages instead of hot dogs. If you want to try changing things up a bit, you can swap out the hot dogs for sausages. Cook them using the method detailed above for the hot dogs.
Cooked air fryer hot dogs in hot dog buns.

Hot Dog Topping Ideas!

I love to load up my air fryer hot dogs will all sorts of toppings. You can keep it simple with the classic ketchup, mustard, and relish, or go all out! Here are a few of my suggestions for how to dress up your hot dogs:

  • Chili. Make these air fryer hot dogs into chili dogs! Use my Quick and Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili or Slow Cooker Aloha Chili to add flavor and texture to your hot dogs.
  • Top with baked beans. My Semi-Homemade Baked Beans would be amazing piled on top of air fryer hot dogs.
  • Add caramelized onions. Caramelized onions add so much sweetness and soft texture to any dish. Try loading up your cooked hot dogs with caramelized onions just before serving.
  • Pile on the cheese. Yes, I highly recommend adding lots of cheese to your air fryer hot dogs! You can use any combination of cheese you like. For intense flavor, go for blue cheese or a sharp cheddar. For extra meltiness, use mozzarella cheese or Jack cheese. I also like to do a combination of cheeses! Or give them a slather of Gluten Free Cheese Sauce!
  • Use mayonnaise. Let’s just go for all the flavors possible here to make these air fryer hot dogs something special. I love a trio of mayo, ketchup, and mustard on my dogs, but sometimes I’ll do just mayonnaise and cheese. Another cream option is Avocado Lime Crema – trust me!
Cooked air fryer hot dogs are served in buns with condiments.

Make it a Meal

Air fryer hot dogs make a great lunch or dinner option, especially when you pair them with other dishes. Here are some of my favorite ways to serve hot dogs:

Cooked air fryer hot dogs are served in buns with condiments.

What Air Fryer Should I Buy?

I always have my Cosori 5.8 Qt air fryer on my counter because I use it at least several times a week. It’s great for roasting veggies, cooking an entire roast chicken, or making hot dogs and hamburgers. I have that older model I just linked to, but you can buy a newer model…

Cooked air fryer hot dogs are served in buns with condiments.
5 from 2 votes

Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Ready in minutes, Air Fryer Hot Dogs are the best way to guarantee perfectly cooked hot dogs every time! Pile them with your favorite toppings and make everyone in your family happy.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 13 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns, gluten-free if necessary
  • Your favorite condiments and toppings

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. If you’d like to warm your buns in advance, place them in the air fryer while it preheats.
  • Cut diagonal slits in the hot dogs all the way around, being careful not to cut all the way through the hot dogs.
  • Place the hot dogs in the air fryer and cook at 400°F for 4 minutes. Check the hot dogs, and if you would like them crispier, flip them and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • If you’d like to toast the hot dogs in the buns or melt cheese on top, place the hot dogs in the buns, add cheese if desired, and place them back in the air fryer at 400°F for 2 more minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Hot Dogs
Amount Per Serving (1 hot dog)
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 496mg21%
Potassium 66mg2%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin C 0.04mg0%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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