Air Fryer Brats

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Looking for a quick weeknight meal or a tasty meal for game day, parties, or BBQs? This Air Fryer Brats recipe has you covered! In as little as 15 minutes, you can have savory sausages with peppers and onions cooked and ready to devour!

Air fried brats, onions and peppers in the air fryer basket

Forget grilling, boiling, or oven baking your bratwurst! The best way to cook this German sausage is in an air fryer. You’ll get an amazing crispy outer layer while the inside is cooked to perfection and stays juicy. This is a tasty combo for bratwurst and is easy to achieve when you cook them in an air fryer.

My family, picky kid included, enjoys bratwurst with onions and peppers and will gobble it up as is. We also like to snuggle the brats in a large, sturdy bun and top them with peppers, onions, mustard, and sauerkraut for a hand-held meal.


  • Bratwursts – There are so many varieties and flavors of brats available, so choose the one that sounds delicious to you.
  • Onion, thinly sliced – will cook along with the bratwurst for a savory side or topping
  • Red, green and/or yellow peppers, cut into thin slices, will cook along with the bratwurst for a savory side or topping.
  • Cooking oil spray – to lightly mist the brats, onions, and peppers for cooking.

Please scroll ⬇️ to the recipe card to see the full ingredient amounts and instructions.


Uncooked brats, onions and peppers inside the air fryer
  1. Preheat the air fryer to 370°F.
  2. Lightly mist the brats, onions, and peppers for cooking.
  3. Place the brats and vegetables onto the air fryer tray. Lightly spray them with oil.
  4. Air fry for 10-12 minutes, flipping the bratwursts halfway through cooking. The internal temperature should reach 160°F, or when the brats are no longer pink in the middle.


Bratwursts will need to cook for at least 12 minutes set at 370°F. You will flip the brats halfway through to ensure browning on all sides.


Absolutely! Cook from frozen by setting the air fryer to 350°F and cooking for 17 minutes. The brats will be fully cooked when their internal temperature reaches 160°F.

The most accurate way to check if your bratwursts are fully cooked is to use a meat thermometer. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, a less reliable way to check is to cut one in the middle. If the meat is still pink, it’s not cooked fully through. Continue cooking until the center is no longer pink. I would highly suggest getting a meat thermometer, though. It’s worth the investment to be sure and safe when cooking any type of meat.


Because bratwurst is a high-fat ingredient, there’s a possibility of a little smoking when the grease drips while cooking. To avoid this, you should start with a clean air fryer and make sure your drip tray is clean before starting the cooking process.

Here’s my favorite tip to avoid smoking, not only with brats but also with any high-fat ingredients, like hamburgers: Place a few slices of bread underneath the basket in the drawer. The bread will act as a sponge and soak up the fat so that the grease won’t fly around and create smoke. Brilliant!

Tips For Success

– Place the bratwursts in a single layer with some space in between each to ensure browning on all sides.
– Place a few slices of bread underneath the basket in the drawer to avoid smoking.
– Make sure you flip the brats halfway through so that each side is evenly browned.
– When finished cooking, remove the bratwursts from the air fryer and let them sit for about 5 minutes before serving. This lets the internal juices rest and redistribute for a more flavorful experience when you take that first bite!


If you choose to add your bratwurst to a bun, make sure you’re not using a flimsy, soft hot dog bun. Those brats are going to be juicy and substantial so you need a bun that can hold it without falling apart. Look in your bakery department for a large, dense bun for these hearty brats.

Brats inside buns with grilled onions and peppers


This recipe includes onions and peppers to be cooked along with the brats. This is one of the traditional side items or toppings for bratwurst. Here are some other German-inspired and American ideas on what to serve or how to top your brats.


For a mouthwatering air fryer bratwurst, try topping it with grilled peppers and onions for a savory-sweet contrast, tangy sauerkraut for a classic German touch, or creamy coleslaw for a refreshing crunch. Don’t forget to add a dollop of German mustard or grilled mushrooms for extra flavor and texture. Mix and match these toppings to create your perfect air fryer bratwurst creation!


Pair your air fryer brats with delicious side dishes to create a satisfying meal. Consider serving crispy potato wedges or French fries for a classic pairing, or opt for a fresh cucumber salad to balance out the richness of the sausage. For a hearty option, roasted vegetables such as Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, or Air Fryer Asparagus make a flavorful and nutritious complement to the brats.


Leftover cooked and cooled bratwurst can be stored in the fridge, in a sealed container, for 2-3 days. To reheat, add them back into your air fryer at 350°F for 2-3 minutes.

If you don’t want to eat them as is, consider cutting them into slices and using them as a pizza topping or in a pasta dish.

You can’t beat air fryer brats for a ridiculously easy and outrageously savory dinner that’s family approved. Keep a package of your favorite bratwurst in the freezer so you’ll always have this quick dinner option available.


Cooked brats, peppers and onions in the air fryer

Air Fryer Brats

Quynh Nguyen
This air fryer brats recipe is great for a quick weeknight meal or for game day. You can have savory sausages with peppers and onions cooked and ready to devour in as little as 15 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 256 kcal


  • 4 bratwursts
  • 1 large onion, cut into thin slices
  • 2 red and/or green peppers, cut into thin slices
  • cooking oil spray


  • Preheat the air fryer to 370°F
  • Place the brats and vegetables onto the air fryer basket. Spray the ingredients with cooking oil spray.
  • Air fry for 10-12 minutes, flipping the bratwursts half way through cooking. You'll know the brats are done when the internal temperature is 145°F or it is no longer pink in the middle.


Calories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 10gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 563mgPotassium: 457mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2572IUVitamin C: 108mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
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