Can you cook breakfast sausage in air fryer? This a very common question I hear all the time in Facebook groups. Air fryer breakfast sausage is not only a thing but actually turns well cooked and delicious. Here’s the chance to get all your burning questions answered with regards to this topic cos I’ll show you in easy steps how to make the best breakfast sausage links in the air fryer.
Air fryer Breakfast sausage links
The air fryer is my go to when making breakfast sausages these days. Whether it’s cooked from frozen or thawed the results are always juicy sausages encased in well browned crispy skin. These go perfectly with bacon, toast, scrambled eggs or omelette.
Irrespective of brand or flavor these air fryer breakfast sausage recipe never disappoints. You’ll love how delicious it turns out in this amazing kitchen appliance.
Breakfast sausage! Air fryer? Here’s why it works.
I must say since making these breakfast sausages this way I have never gone back to use my skillet on the stove top and I know if you do give it a go, you’re likely to get hooked too! Here are a few of the reasons why we love these air fried breakfast links
- Easy to make
- Fits in most diets
- Family friendly
- Almost Hands free cooking that’s gets ready in less than 10 mins. No babysitting needed.
Related: Breakfast sausage wrapped in bacon aka British pigs in a blanket.
- Breakfast sausage of choice
- Ingredients for your favorite side dish
Breakfast sausage brands
There are quite a number of breakfast sausage brands in the US and they also come in a variety of flavors like original or maple flavored. They also come in fresh and full cooked.
- Jimmy dean
- Banquet (fully cooked)
How to make breakfast sausage in air fryer
This is an overview of the recipe with step by step photos. Scroll down to end of post for a printable recipe card with the amount of ingredients and full recipe instructions.
Fresh breakfast sausages
Place fresh breakfast sausage links in the air fryer basket or racks. Set temperature to 400°F / 200°C and air fry for 8 to 10 mins baker style air fryer and 10 to 12 mins oven style air fryer.
Fully cooked breakfast sausage links
Fully cooked breakfast sausages like Banquet can be reheated in the air fryer instead of the microwave for a more crispy exterior. Air fryer these sausages at 400°F / 200°C for 6 minutes or till warmed through.
How to make Frozen breakfast sausage in air fryer
Place frozen sausages in air fryer basket, no need to thaw. Cook at 400°F / 200°C for 10 to 12 minutes. Be Sure to keep a close eye on it once it gets to 10 mins and don’t forget to flip the sausages or shake the basket half way through.
Storage and reheating
Air fryer breakfast sausages store well in the refrigerator or freezer and can be made ahead for meal planning purposes. Place cooked sausages in an air tight container in the refrigerator and consume within 5 days.
How long do you freeze sausages?
Sausages can be frozen for up to 2 months. Let the cooked sausages cool completely before storing in a freezer bag or meal prep plates.
Air frying Tips
- No need to preheat the air fryer
- Do not overcrowd the basket to ensure even cooking.
- Be sure to flip sausages half way through cooking time.
How long to cook breakfast sausages
This usually depends on the state of the sausages before cooking. This means it depends on if you are air frying from fresh, frozen or fully cooked.
Fresh breakfast sausages will take 8 to 10 mins to cook in the air fryer at 400°F / 200°C while frozen will take 10 to 12 mins and frilly cooked 6 to 8 mins.
Frequently asked questions
Can you freeze sausages after you’ve cooked them?
Yes. Sausages can be frozen after you’ve cooked them. This is a great way to ensure less waste of food especially if you bought then on sale and the expiry date is near. They can freeze for up to 2 months without losing taste.
What’s the difference between breakfast sausage and regular sausage?
The main difference between Breakfast sausage (also called country sausage in the US) and regular sausages is the ingredients used. One of the main ingredients used in breakfast sausages are sage, brown sugar thyme and sometimes maple syrup to mention a few.
You would find that breakfast sausages taste different from regular sausages or Italian sausages. Another minor difference may be size most breakfast sausages come in small links.
Can you cook sausages and bacon together in an air fryer?
Yes you can cook sausages and bacon together and at the same time in an air fryer. And it is particularly true for breakfast sausages because they get ready at the same time (8 to 10mins) If cooking bigger sausages which usually get ready in 15 mins, you will start cooking the sausages first then add the bacon later when it’s about 8 mins of cooking time left for the sausages.
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Air fryer breakfast sausage recipe
- Cosori Air fryer
- Kitchen tongs
- 12 links Breakfast sausages (any brand or flavor)
- Scrambled eggs
Fresh breakfast sausages
- Place sausage links in air fryer. Set temperature to 400°F / 200°C and air fry for 8 to 10 mins.
- Remember to shake the basket or flip the sausages half way through cooking time to ensure sausages brown and cook evenly on all sides.
Fully cooked breakfast sausages
- Place fully cooked sausages in air fryer basket. Set temperature to 400°F / 200°C and cook for 6 mins
Frozen breakfast sausages
- Arrange the frozen sausages in the basket without overcrowding. Cook at 400°F / 200°C for 10 to 12 mins
- No need to preheat the oven. If you do, cook sausages at less time. Start checking for doneness at 7 mins for fresh sausage links.
- If cooking with an air fryer oven like the instant pot vortex oven cook in the middle rack for a couple more minutes than with the air fryer basket.
- Do not over crowd the basket and be sure to flip the sausages half way through cooking time.
Nutritional information is an estimate and may change based on products used. Please read full nutrition disclaimer here.
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