The perfect fair hot dog isn’t just for hot summer days anymore. Those perfectly juicy hot dogs with a crisp exterior are always possible with an air fryer, and you can make a quick dinner even with frozen hot dogs. Keep reading to learn how to cook frozen hot dogs in an air fryer.
How do I keep hot dogs frozen?
It is easy to freeze hot dogs and cook them from frozen in an air fryer. There is no need to separate the hot dogs when freezing. Simply freeze the hot dogs directly in the store packaging. Keep an eye on grocery store sales and freeze extras to help with budgeting, and you’ll have fast meals available when you air fry the frozen hot dogs!
Do I need to thaw hot dogs before cooking in an air fryer?
No, you can definitely air fry the hot dogs straight from the freezer! Using frozen hot dogs actually in the air fryer is actually better than using fresh. The moisture in frozen hot dogs helps reduce the amount of smoke in the air fryer and keeps the inside of the hot dog moist.
How to use an air fryer to cook frozen hot dogs
Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F. Once it has preheated, place the frozen hot dogs into the air fryer, and it is okay if they can’t be separated from each other yet. Cook the frozen hot dogs for 4 minutes, and then flip and separate the hot dogs, leaving space between each hot dog. This will help create a crisp exterior. Cook the hot dogs for another 4 minutes. Frozen hot dogs take a little longer than fresh, and thicker hot dogs will take longer than 4 minutes per side. Adjust the time as necessary to cook the hot dogs completely through.
How to use an air fryer to cook thawed hot dogs
Some recipes recommend cutting slits in the hot dogs, but this isn’t necessary. It also can release more moisture if you add slits, so for the crispiest crust with a juicy center, don’t cut slits. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. Place the hot dogs in a single layer with space in between for the air to circulate. Cook the hot dogs for 4 minutes.
How do I toast hot dog buns?
When the hot dogs are fully cooked, place a bun under each hot dog in the air fryer and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Add cheese to the top of each hot dog in the buns if desired for cheese dogs.
- Cheese dog – add cheese to the top of each hot dog, air fry another few moments until cheese has melted.
- Bacon-wrapped – when the hot dogs have thawed enough in the air fryer to separate (after the first 4 minutes), wrap each hot dog carefully in a slice of bacon. Return to the air fryer and cook until the bacon has fully cooked.
- Pigs-in-a-blanket – when the hot dogs have thawed enough in the air fryer to separate (after the first 4 minutes), wrap each hot dog in a piece of dough from canned croissants or biscuits. Cook for another 4 minutes or until the dough has cooked through.
- Chili cheese dogs – when the hot dogs have been cooked, add the buns to the air fryer and toast with the hot dogs. Remove, top with hot chili, and cheese. Add chopped or grilled onion if desired.
Can I cook frozen sausages in the air fryer?
You can absolutely cook other types of hot dogs or sausages in the air fryer, whether frozen or fresh. Be sure to adjust the cooking time if they are thicker than standard hot dogs or if they are not pre-cooked sausages, such as bratwurst.