Air Fryer Hot dogs get that fresh-from-the-ballpark taste in only 5 minutes!

closeup view of a hotdog in a bun, topped with ketchup, mustard, and relish.

Finding a Healthy Option

  • Choose franks that are nitrate-free and contain lower levels of sodium and saturated fat.
  • Consider buying local or regionally made brands of hot dogs. Every area has its own favorite hot dog brand.
  • Buy veggie dogs! Beyond Meat offers plant-based veggie dogs and you can also buy tofurkey dogs if you prefer.

What You’ll Need

a white plate of four hot dogs next to a cosori air fryer, viewed from above
  • Your favorite hot dogs!

How to Make Them

Photo Collage showing four steps to take when air frying hot dogs
  1. Place your hot dogs on a plate, and score them on top with a knife or fork. These vents will prevent the hot dogs from bursting open while they cook by allowing trapped air to escape during cooking.
  2. Place the hotdogs in the bottom of your air fryer basket.
  3. Air fry your hotdogs for 4-5 minutes at 390°F/195°C.
  4. Serve!

Bonus: How to Toast Hot Dog Buns

  1. After the hot dogs are cooked in the air fryer, remove them to a plate and cover with foil to keep them warm.
  2. Add split hot dog buns (either classic or New England style) to the air fryer basket, and cook at the same temperature (390°F/195°C) for 2-4 minutes, or until they are toasted to your liking.
  3. If you are not toasting the buns right after cooking the hot dogs, be sure to let the air fryer preheat for 3-5 minutes before starting.

A tip for toasting bread in the air fryer: It has a tendency to fly around! Use a trivet to hold the hot dog rolls down.

a plate of to hotdogs in rolls, topped with relish, ketchup and mustard, with a side of potato chips. The condiment bottles are above the plate, and a cosori air fryer is also there. Viewed from above.

how to Serve

  • Classic hot dogs: Serve with ketchup, mustard, and relish. Add a side of air fryer french fries for a classic diner combo.
  • Cheese Dogs: Add melty American cheese, cheddar cheese, or nacho cheese sauce.
  • Add Air Fryer Bacon: You’ll thank me later!!
  • Make Coney dogs! Serve with your favorite coney sauce, chopped onions, and shredded cheese.
  • Chicago Style hot dogs: Put your hot dogs on a poppyseed bun and top with mustard, relish, onions, tomato, pickles, peppers, and a bit of celery salt.
  • Make Reuben dogs: Serve hot dogs topped with shredded swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and a side of thousand island dressing for dipping.
closeup view of a hotdog in a bun, topped with ketchup, mustard, and relish.
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Air Fryer Hotdogs

Air Fryer Hotdogs get that fresh-from-the-ballpark taste in only 5 minutes!
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 229kcal
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 hot dogs
  • buns and condiments for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Prepare your hot dogs by scoring them on the top with a knife or fork to create vents.
  • Place the hot dogs into the basket of your air fryer.
  • Air fry the hot dogs for 4-5 minutes at 390°F/195°C.
  • Place the cooked hotdogs on buns, top with your favorite condiments, and enjoy!
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Notes

  • To toast hot dog rolls:  Air Fry at 390°F/195°C for 2-4 minutes. 
  • Pro Tip: If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.
  • Pro Tip: Check your food as it cooks. Each air fryer runs a bit differently. Sometimes air frying is a trial and error process.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1hotdog | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
Can I air fry hot dogs and buns at the same time?

If you’re only making 1 or 2 hot dogs, you can add the rolls in during the last two minutes of the hot dog cooking time.

Can I air fry frozen hot dogs?

Yes. Add 1-3 minutes of extra cook time to this easy hot dog recipe to account for thawing.

What side dishes go with hot dogs?

Try pairing some of these delicious side dish recipes with your air fryer hotdogs:
Air Fryer Tater Tots, Air Fryer Corn on the Cob, Instant Pot Baked Beans or Parmesan Zucchini Fries
Maybe you’d prefer some Macaroni Salad, Amish Potato Salad, or a Greek Cucumber Salad to go with your air fryer hot dogs.
For a classic diner meal, enjoy air fryer hot dogs with air fryer onion rings or air fryer french fries!
For dessert, try making Air Fried Oreos. You can pretend that you’re at the fair!

We updated the pictures! Air Fryer Hot Dogs was one of the first recipes we created here at Air Fryer Eats, so it was due for a photo shoot. Here are the old pictures if you’re interested!

four hot dogs in a round basket of an air fryer
three hot dogs on hot dog buns in an air fryer basket
a collage of four photos showing instructions for cooking hot dogs in an air fryer
air fryer hotdogs in on buns in the basket of an air fryer

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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This way of cooking hotdogs is so easy! I feel like there is no superior way then the air fryer hotdog method. I’m so glad I got introduced to this.

  2. 5 stars
    This is a 100% win for me. My kid wants hotdogs every single day. So this makes them quickly and even more delicious than boiling in water!

  3. 5 stars
    This just made my life 100 easier! My kids can cook them on their own by doing it this way! Thank you

  4. 5 stars
    Genius, I wouldn’t have thought to try hotdogs in my air fryer. So easy I can have that grilled flavor all year round. I liked them!

  5. 5 stars
    Let’s pretend that I have given a score of TEN stars not five! I wouldn’t have even thought of this, so thank you! Perfection. I love the crisp of the skin with that first bite…I’m hooked!

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