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Air Fryer Hot Dogs takes just minutes to make for a quick weeknight meal. Get dinner on the table fast and enjoy a frugal and tasty dinner.

Hot Dogs in a red basket lined with parchment paper. The hot dogs are topped with mustard and ketchup
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Do you love the air fryer as much as I do? It is really a game changer because everything cooks so fast. We recently tried hot dogs in the air fryer and everyone loved them.

My kids said they were perfectly cooked and delicious. We call this a mom win. Even better, they only took 5 minutes. They also love when I make Air Fryer Hamburgers.

If you are new to air frying, it is so easy and makes dinner quick and easy. You are going to love air fryer recipes.

Why This Recipe Works

I have a feeling that once you try it, you will be hooked. I have spent more time in a drive-thru line getting take out than it takes to make air fryer hot dogs.

Save time and money and make this easy recipe at home. It is so delicious and everyone will love it! Whether you need lunch or dinner, this is a great option to put on the menu plan.

These hot dogs tastes great and come out with perfect crispy skin.


Hot dogs buns and a plate of hot dogs
  • Hot Dogs – Use your favorite kind. We usually a good quality beef hot dogs. But turkey dogs work great too.
  • Buns – We used wheat hot dog buns but you can use whatever kind you prefer.

How to Cook Hot Dogs in Air Fryer

  • Step 1 – First, preheat the Air Fryer to 375 degrees F. If your air fryer does not have a preheating option, set it to 375 or 400 degrees and let it run a few minutes before putting in the hot dogs.
Hot dogs cut with slits with a plate of hot dogs and buns in the back ground

Step 2 – Make sure to slit each hot dog. This prevents the hot dog from bursting.

Hot dogs in the air fryer basket with a hot dogs buns on the side

Step 3 – Place each hot dog in the air fryer basket.

Cooked hot dogs in an air fryer basket with a bowl of mustard and ketchup on the side

Step 3 – Finally, air fryer and cook the hot dogs for 5 minutes. Shake the basket halfway through so they cook evenly.

Hot dogs in hot dog buns in an air fryer basket

Step 4 – This is optional but you can also remove the hot dogs from the basket and add to buns. Let them cook for 1-2 minutes if you like to toast the buns. 

  • Step 5 – Serve and enjoy. It really is that fast and easy to make air fried hot dogs! Cooking time could vary.

Expert Tips

  • Prepare Hot Dogs – Make sure to not skip the step on cutting slits in the hot dogs. It makes the edges crispy and holds all the toppings. But the main reason is so the hot dogs don’t burst.
  • Melted Butter – If you prefer, you can brush each bun with melted butter. I like the extra flavors it gives and gives it that extra crunch if you heat them up.
Cooked hot dogs in an air fryer basket with hot dogs in a basket with bowls of mustard and ketchup on the side with a plate of hot dog buns

Hot Dog Topping Ideas

  • Hot Dog Chili Recipe It is so delicious and much better than anything you can buy at the store. Plus, we love how easy it is to make.
  • Homemade Ketchup
  • Pickle Relish
  • Mustard
  • Onions
  • Pickles
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Slice Jalapeno Peppers
  • Sauerkraut
  • Coleslaw

What’s your favorite topping? I love to set out a topping bar and everyone can choose what they like. It is always fun to see everyone’s creations.

Try this for parties, gatherings and more. Everyone loves a good topping bar.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Just keep it quick and simple. All of these are great options for side dishes but my kid’s really love when I make tator tots in the air fryer to go with the hot dogs. Yum!

Hot dogs in a red basket topped with mustard and ketchup with a bowl of ketchup and mustard on the side

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you Preheat Air Fryer for Hot Dogs?

Yes. Just like you preheat your oven before baking something, you want to preheat your air fryer. Some air fryer’s do not have this function, so simply set you air fryer temperature to 375 degrees. Then heat for a few minutes. After heating, then open air fryer and place your hot dogs in the basket.

How Long Do you Cook Hot Dogs in the Air Fryer?

Cooking time will vary, but the hot dogs will be ready in about 5 minutes.

How Many Hot Dogs Can I Cook in the Air Fryer?

It will depend on how large your air fryer basket is. We recommend cooking in a single layer so you may have to cook in batches.

Storing and Reheating Tips

  • Storing – Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The leftovers will last about 3-4 days.
  • Reheating – Reheat the leftovers in the air fryer or microwave until heated through.

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Air Fryer Hot Dogs

4.97 from 28 votes
Air fryer hot dogs takes just minutes for a quick weeknight meal. Get dinner on the table fast and enjoy a frugal and tasty dinner.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 309


  • 6 Hot Dogs
  • 6 Hot Dog Buns
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  • Preheat an Air Fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Score the top of each hot dog to prevent them from bursting when cooking.
  • Place the hot dogs in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, shaking half way through to cook evenly.
  • Remove hot dogs from basket and add to buns and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes to make the buns warmed too.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 309kcal, Carbohydrates 44g, Protein 12g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 663mg, Potassium 156mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 1IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 134mg, Iron 3mg

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  1. Heather Franklin says:

    5 stars
    My kids are loving all things air fryer. These were quick, easy, and didn’t blow up like they do in the microwave (because I didn’t skip the scoring step 🙂 )

  2. Linda says:

    Fasr and air fryers