Yes, you can cook frozen sausage patties in the air fryer, and it’s the best way to do it! Air fryer sausage patties are a perfect part of a hearty, delicious breakfast in a flash.

two large sausage patties on a plate next to a sunny side egg.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Breakfast should be a breeze. Making sausage patties in the air fryer will save you time and clean up.

Tired of grease splatters on your stovetop? That won’t be an issue anymore, once you know how to cook frozen breakfast sausage this way! Leave the dishes for another day with this easy air fryer recipe.

Prefer bacon over sausage for breakfast? You can make bacon in the air fryer too!

Grap What You’ll Need

A bag of Johnsonville original recipe breakfast sausage, sandwich size

Frozen Sausage Patties: You can also use chicken breakfast sausage, frozen turkey sausage patties, or even vegetarian breakfast sausage patties like Morningstar.

The patties I’m cooking in the images here are large, sandwich-sized sausage patties. I like these for making breakfast sandwiches, but they’re good on the side of a plate of eggs too.

You can use this method for smaller frozen sausage patties as well.

How to Cook Them

A collage of four numbered images, showing how to make frozen sausage patties in air fryer.
  1. Portion out the quantity you’d like to air fry. If you’re cooking for a crowd, the typical serving is 2 breakfast sausage patties per person.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F/200°C for 5 minutes then add the frozen sausage patties to the air fryer basket or tray.
  3. Air fry for 5-6 minutes or until they start to thaw and brown
  4. Enjoy your air fryer breakfast sausage patties with your favorite breakfast meal!
a white plate with one sunny side egg and two large sausage patties. There's a fork on the plate, a glass of orange juice next to it. To the right is a cosori air fryer basket with sausage patties in it.

Cook Time Tips

It should take around 5 minutes to cook frozen sausage patties in the air fryer if you follow these instructions.

Like any air fryer recipe, this time may need to be adjusted for your specific air fryer and brand of sausage.

The first time you make these patties, stay near your machine so that you can check on them after 2 or 3 minutes and flip them over.

Start by using the minimum recommended cook time in the recipe, and add 2 minutes at a time until they are cooked to your liking.

Use a meat thermometer to make sure that the internal temperature of the sausage is at 160 degrees F (71 degrees C). At this temperature, frozen sausage is safe to eat.

cooked sausage patties in a black air fryer basket.

Serving Tips

Pro-tip: Add a slice of cheese and a little hot sauce. Pop it back in the air fryer for a minute or two so it gets perfectly melty.

Should You Add Oil?

For frozen sausage patties, I’d have to say that it depends on a few things.

Pork sausages generally have a lot of fat in them, and extra oil won’t be needed.

Turkey or chicken sausage might need a little bit of oil to help it brown up because it won’t have much of its own fat.

Making vegetarian or vegan sausage patties may require some oil on the patties to get that nice browning.

More Air Fryer Breakfast Recipes

Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes cook up crispy and ready to add to a filling, hearty breakfast plate. Hashbrowns are also easy to make in the air fryer for breakfast.

For a sweet breakfast or brunch treat, make Air Fryer Monkey Bread with lots of butter and cinnamon sugar.

If you like to have breakfast made ahead of time, Air Fryer Tater Tot and Egg Cups are perfect for busy grab-and-go mornings.

Air Fryer Potato Pancakes are one of my favorite weekend breakfast sides. Your family will love these.


Can I cook fresh sausage patties in the air fryer?

Yep! Fresh patties will likely cook faster than frozen, so check them every few minutes and flip them when the bottom is evenly browned.

Sausage patties on a plate next to an egg.
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Air Fryer Sausage Patties

Frozen sausage patties cook up quickly and easily in the air fryer. Air fryer sausage patties are a perfect part of a hearty, delicious breakfast.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 129kcal



  • 4 Sausage Patties


  • Preheat the air fryer at 400°F/200°C for 5 minutes.
  • Add frozen sausage patties to the air fryer basket or tray, in an even layer.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes, flipping over halfway through the cook time. If needed, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until the sausage patties are fully cooked and browned.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite breakfast.


  • The nutitional information for this recipe will depend on the specific sausage patties you’re cooking. Please refer to the packaging for details. 
  • You can cook more than 4 patties, just be sure that they are in a single layer in the air fryer basket. 
  • You can use this recipe to cook pork, chicken, turkey, or vegan sausage patties. It can also be used to cook any size frozen sausage patties. Adjust the time as needed. 
  • You can cook fresh or thawed sausage patties in the air fryer. They make take less time to cook fully. 
  • Since cooking times will VARY depending on the brand/size of the patty make sure the internal temperature comes to 160F/71°C. 
  • Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.
  • Pro Tip 2: Check your food as it cooks. Each air fryer runs a bit differently. Sometimes air frying is a trial and error process. Check your food as it cooks to learn your air fryer better! When cooking a new recipe or food items be sure to check your food often to help avoid over/under cooking.
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Calories: 129kcal | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 105mg | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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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.
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  1. 5 stars
    I love how all the clean up is contained in the air fryer. Makes my life easier when cooking sausage. Thanks for this, I make sausage in the air fryer all the time now!

  2. 5 stars
    This is awesome. I can cook the sausage in the air fryer while I cook eggs on the stove. Everything’s ready at the same time!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you! I love these sausage patties, and they’re much cheaper than going to that fast food place for breakfast! HA!
    My stomach and my wallet thank you for giving us these tips!

    1. SO easy and delicious, right?!
      And yes I agree – cheaper than that fast food place…LOL
      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Jason! 🙂

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