Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Hot dogs made in the air fryer are a game changer. You will soon be on your way to making the perfect hot dog; imagine crispy hot dogs, juicy hot dogs, on a toasted bun. Never mind that; make this recipe, and unlock the secret to making the best hot dogs.

Two air fried hot dogs in buns on a plate.

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Why you should make hot dogs in the air fryer

Do you want a quick and delicious meal for the whole family? Top these with your favorite toppings and favorite condiments, and you will soon be on your way to the most delicious hot dogs ever. Do you love those grilled hot dogs? Learn the ultimate way, with this easy air fryer recipe.

Why this is the best recipe for air fried hot dogs

This is an easy way to make flavorful hot dogs. To be honest, once this method was tried in my house, we never went back to boiling, baking, or microwaving them. Best of all, there’s no need to fire up the grill for a cookout when you can make tasty hot dogs in your air fryer.


Here’s all you need to make the best air fryer hot dogs:

  • Hot Dogs – pick your favorite brand of hot dog. We enjoy beef hot dogs the best, so brands like Nathan’s, Hebrew National, or whatever Costco is carrying is what we buy.
  • Hot Dog Buns – your standard hot dog bun is fine, but if you can find pretzel hot dog buns, you will thank me later.

You can also make air fryer hot dogs with cheese. See the recipe card below for instructions.

Air fryer hot dogs ingredients on a plate.

How to air fry hot dogs and buns

I like my Phillips Air fryer. I turn up the heat to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. I pop a couple of hot dogs into the preheated air fryer right on the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook them for about 5 to 6 minutes. You should start to see crispy skin at this point.

I like to pull the hot dogs out of the cooker, place them into the hot dog buns, and cook them for 1 to 2 minutes more. This makes the outside of the hot dog bun crispy. Who doesn’t love a crispy bun? And if you add a bit of cheese when you pop them back into the air fryer, the cheese melts perfectly.

Collage of air frying hot dogs and hot dog buns.
Two air fried hot dogs in buns in a plate in front of an air fryer.

Recommendations on hot dog buns

There is an endless variety of hot dog buns you can use for this air fryer hot dogs recipe. Here are some recommendations on what type of hot dog buns you may want to try.

Hot dog buns are a type of bread specifically designed to hold hot dogs or sausages. While the classic hot dog bun is a long, soft, and slightly sweet bun with a split down the middle, there are many variations in size, shape, and texture.

Here are some different types of hot dog buns you may come across:

  • Classic buns: As mentioned, classic hot dog buns are soft, slightly sweet, and often made with enriched wheat flour, which gives them their distinctive taste and texture.
  • New England-style buns: These are similar to classic hot dog buns but are rectangular and have flat sides instead of rounded ones. They are commonly used for lobster rolls in the Northeastern United States.
  • Steamed buns: Also known as Chinese bao buns, steamed hot dog buns are typically made with a mixture of wheat and rice flour and are often used for Asian-inspired hot dogs, such as ones topped with pickled vegetables or kimchi.
  • Pretzel buns: Pretzel buns have a chewy texture and a slightly salty, crusty exterior. They are a popular alternative to classic hot dog buns and are often used for gourmet or artisanal hot dogs.
  • Sourdough buns: Sourdough hot dog buns are made with sourdough starter, which gives them a tangy flavor and a slightly denser texture than classic hot dog buns.
  • Gluten-free buns: Gluten-free hot dog buns are made with alternative flours, such as rice, potato, or almond flour, to accommodate those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.
  • Wheat buns: I do not recommend placing these into an air fryer; they will dry out. This is because wheat buns contain more fiber and protein than white buns.

Overall, the type of hot dog bun you choose can significantly impact the overall taste and texture of your hot dog or sausage, and there are many options to suit different dietary needs and flavor preferences.

What can you serve with hot dogs?

These hot dogs can make a meal on their own, but here are a few suggestions:

  1. Potato Salad: A classic side dish that’s perfect for summer barbecues.
  2. Baked Beans: A sweet and savory side dish that adds a hearty touch to your hot dog meal.
  3. Corn on the Cob: Grilled or boiled, this sweet and juicy veggie is an excellent complement to hot dogs.
  4. Coleslaw: A tangy, creamy side dish that adds a refreshing crunch to your hot dog meal.
  5. French Fries: Regular, crinkle-cut, or waffle fries are a classic pairing with hot dogs.
  6. Broccoli Pasta Salad: A cold pasta dish packed with veggies and dressing is a great side dish for hot dogs.
  7. Potato Chips: From plain to flavored, they’re a quick and easy side for hot dogs.
  8. Tortilla Chips and Salsa: A crunchy and spicy snack perfect for dipping or topping your hot dog.
  9. Watermelon: A sweet and juicy fruit perfect for a hot summer day.
  10. Spicy Macaroni and Cheese: A creamy and cheesy pasta dish perfect for satisfying your comfort food cravings.
  11. Fruit Salad: A sweet and refreshing dish perfect for a light and healthy side.
  12. Pickles: A tangy and crunchy snack perfect for munching on between bites of a hot dog.

Whether you’re grilling for a crowd or just looking for something quick and easy, these side dishes are sure to be a hit!

How air fryers work

You might wonder How Air Fryers work. Your current toaster oven may already have an air fryer function built in.

This kitchen appliance works by circulating super-hot air in a small space. In the case of hot dogs, very hot air is circulated through the cooking area. This works for cooking the hot dog on the outside quickly. The excess fat will drip away from the hot dog. You may want to cook up a few tater tots along with the hot dogs.

My favorite air fryer is my Phillips Air Fryer. There are many different brands, but I have tried the Phillips and the Black and Decker versions, and for me, the Phillips brand circulated the air better and made for a better-finished product. My results with the Phillips tended to be crispier and it cooked at a higher temperature.

You can extend the use of your air fryer by cooking all sorts of things with it. I have made roasted corn in my air fryer. I have also enjoyed bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers in the air fryer. Check out all my air fryer recipes.

10 Unforgetable hot dog toppings combinations you must try!

Here are many great options for you to try with his easy hot dog recipe. I know that you will find that the air fryer method is the way to make a perfectly cooked hot dog.

  1. Classic Ketchup and Mustard: Never underestimate the power of the classic combination. A timeless classic for a reason!
  2. Caramelized Onions: Slow-cook sliced onions in butter until they’re golden and sweet, then heap them on top of your hot dog.
  3. The New Yorker: Try this with Sabrett Onions
  4. Swiss cheese, mustard, and sauerkraut: Fermented cabbage adds a tangy, slightly sour flavor to your hot dog.
  5. Chili cheese dogs: Warm, meaty chili makes a delicious topping for hot dogs, especially when topped with a handful of shredded cheddar cheese.
  6. Cheese: Shredded cheddar, Swiss, or American cheese can all be melted over a hot dog to create a delicious and gooey topping.
  7. Guacamole: Rich and creamy guacamole makes a delicious topping for hot dogs, especially when combined with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  8. Salsa: Fresh salsa adds flavor and a little heat to your hot dog.
  9. Coleslaw: Sweet and tangy coleslaw is a classic topping for hot dogs, especially in summer. Try my KFC coleslaw.
  10. BBQ Sauce, dill pickle relish, and chopped onion: Tangy and sweet, a drizzle of BBQ sauce can add some serious flavor to your hot dog.
Two air fried hot dogs in buns with ketchup and mustard on a plate with fries.

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Best Ever Air Fryer Hot Dog

You can make delicious hot dogs in your air fryer. They taste just like they were cooked on the grill. 
4.70 from 23 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air fryer Hot Dog, Air Fryer Recipes, How to Cook a Hot Dog in an Air Fryer
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 289kcal


  • 2 hot dogs
  • 2 hot dog buns
  • 2 tablespoons grated cheese if desired


  • Preheat the air fryer to 390°F for about 4 minutes.
  • Place two hot dogs into the air fryer and cook for about 5 minutes. Remove the hot dogs from the air fryer.
  • Place each hot dog in a bun and add cheese if desired.
  • Return the dressed hot dogs to the air fryer and cook for an additional 2 minutes.



Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 613mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 2.6mg

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I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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  1. Winniebear

    5 stars
    These came out great! The casings where crisp and they plumped up. We’re hot dog snobs so we usually just buy Nathan’s or Ball Park. We’ve also tried this recipe with Johnsonville jalapeno cheddar sausage and had the same great experience. Try wrapping these in a warm flour tortilla if you don’t have buns on hand.

  2. ELY M.

    I cook my hot dogs at 400F for 5 mins.
    it is best way for me.
    I do not toast buns in fryer.
    I just microwave the buns.

  3. tomás

    5 stars
    i’m so sorry ppl come on here and yell at you when this super simple amazingly easy extra tasty ‘recipe’ doesn’t work! i threw some tots in at 400, set the timer for 11. at 6 i tossed the tots scored the dogs and threw them in! at 2 i sprayed some avocado oil on my buns stuffed them with the dogs and waited with a napkin under my chin tucked in my shirt! beep beep toppings and done! these are so amazing. crispy on the out tender and juicy on the in. thanks for some recipes even i can do! keep up the gooooood work!

  4. Old Timer

    5 stars
    I just lucked up on this recipe last night and decided to try it today. WOW So simple and yet so good. I am just learning to help in the kitchen so I followed the directions and was proud to make such a good lunch. Thanks, It deserves a “10”

    • John Fuller

      5 stars
      Just kick it up with Rocky’s Dog Topper made from fresh fine chopped tomato, yellow onion, mustard and green sweet relish. Also fantastic on a burger.

  5. P

    1 star
    I made these this past Thursday, and neither my husband or I cared for them
    I have a french door air fryer, and the temp setting was at 400 (there is no 390)
    and I put in 3 hot dogs, Cooked them for 3 mins (since it was hotter temp)’
    Placed them in the bun, and cooked another minute.
    The hot dog and bun were dry. The hot dogs were just purchased and fresh.
    The buns were whole wheat and also fresh. The buns were too crispy.

    We will never again make them in the air fryer. BBQ is best, then we just boil
    them, and sometimes microwave. The air fryer will not see them again!

    Very disappointed!

    • Stephanie Manley

      I am so sorry you were disappointed. I did some research on wheat buns vs. white buns. I never thought to consider someone would use a wheat bun for a hot dog bun.

      When toasting wheat buns and white buns, you may notice that wheat buns tend to dry out more than white buns. This is because wheat buns contain more fiber and protein than white buns.

      Fiber is a complex carbohydrate that is found in plants, including wheat. When wheat buns are toasted, the heat causes the fiber to become dehydrated, which can result in a drier, more crumbly texture. Additionally, wheat buns’ protein can contribute to a drier texture when toasted, as protein can become denatured and lose its ability to retain moisture when exposed to heat.

      In contrast, white buns typically contain less fiber and protein than wheat buns. This means they are less likely to become as dry and crumbly when toasted. Additionally, white buns often contain more fat and sugar than wheat buns, which can help to keep them moist and tender when toasted.

      Overall, the differences in fiber, protein, fat, and sugar content between wheat buns and white buns can contribute to the different textures you may observe when toasting these types of buns.

  6. Dave

    I am new to this so forgive me if this a dumb question. If you want to cook just one hot dog, how much less time do you cook it. Do you halve the time? Thanks

  7. Soren Jordan

    4 stars
    This is a pretty good air fryer hot dog recipe. But it could use some improvement. First, I’d use 410 degrees, instead of 390. That extra heat really makes the hot dog pop. Also, try scoring the hot dogs a bit before frying, and then placing some cheese within the grooves. It’s delicious that way!

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