Satisfy your craving for crispy, juicy hot dogs with this easy recipe for frying them in the air fryer. With just a few simple steps, you can indulge in this delicious fried hotdogs in the air fryer at home.

I am fully prepared for the teasing that might ensue. After these next words I write… I absolutely love hotdogs with all of my heart, and will often choose one over a cheeseburger! Gasp!

a photo of three hotdogs in buns with the tops scored

I don’t even understand what it is completely, but I know that there is something about that snap and pop when you bite into it the juicy deliciousness of the meat and dare I say it’s the combination of both that soft bun and simple ketchup, that is irresistible for me.

I don’t know where I’ve been all these years but when our daughter requested hotdogs for dinner, one night, I started to tell Claire they are so much better on a grill during the summer when it dawned on me, the air fryer could knock this out of the park and sure enough it 100% did.

The outside gets a little crispy while the inside stays juicy. And with the scored top on them, they get little crispy edges. Mmmmmm…I’m totally obsessed with airfryer hotdogs!

What Do I Need to Make Air Fryer Hot Dogs?

All you need is hotdogs and hot dog buns! That’s it! And then whatever toppings you want to add.

How to Make Hot Dogs in the Air Fryer

Get ready for a quick and easy dinner recipe because dinner is going to be on the table in less than 15 minutes! Here are the basic steps:

  1. Preheat the airfryer.
  2. Score the tops of the hotdogs and place them in the air fryer basket for 6 minutes.
  3. Open the airfryer and place each hotdog in a bun and return them to the airfryer for another minute.
  4. Remove the hotdogs from the airfryer and serve with all your favorite toppings.
a photo of a hotdog in a bun and the hotdog is topped with ketchup

Tips for the Best Fried Hot Dogs

You will want to be sure to buy the right hot dogs and buns for the best results for this recipe. I am a huge fan of Nathan’s hot dogs with Hebrew National. For the bun, the brioche buns by Nature’s Own are my all time favorite. Warming the bun in the air fryer with the hot dog is total game changer!

If you want a little different flavor profile, spread a little butter on each side of the bun and toast them in the broiler before adding the hotdogs to buns. Toasted buns are so delicious!

Score the top of the hot dogs, but make sure not to cut too deep. You don’t want the hot dogs to break as they cook in the air fryer. I love the extra texture having the scores in the top adds, but the scoring is totally optional. I do feel like the scoring adds little nooks and crannies that hold on to the ketchup or sauces you add to the top.

Use a silicone air fryer liner for easy clean up.

The hotdogs are totally customizable to your liking with the toppings you add. I like my hotdogs simple with just ketchup (Hunt’s natural ketchup is my favorite), but you can totally go with whatever toppings you love.

Toppings for Fried Hot Dogs

Hotdogs are one of those dinner recipes that can be simple or as loaded up as you want. Here are some more ideas for hotdog toppings:

a photo take over the top of three hotdogs that have been scored and cooked in an airfryer and they are in buns.

What to Eat with Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Here are a few of our favorite side dishes to eat with hotdogs:

Can I Cook a Frozen Hotdog in an Air Fryer?

Yes! Frozen hotdogs cook up just great in the airfryer. They just need a little lower temperature and a couple of extra minutes.

  1. Preheat the airfryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the frozen hot dogs in the air fryer and cook for 7 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add the buns and let them cook for 1 more minute and then add the toppings and enjoy!

Storing and Reheating

Hotdogs on their own store extremely well. I would keep them separate from the toppings and buns for storing as the buns will start to get soggy. They should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

To reheat hotdogs cooked in the air fryer, you’ll want to use the air fryer again for the best results. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees and cook for 4-5 minutes.

a photo of three crispy fried hot dogs sitting in buns with the tops of the hotdogs scored.

This fried hotdogs recipe is family friendly, budget friendly, busy schedule friendly, and just simply delicious! If you are looking for an easy air fryer recipe, bust out the air fryer and cook up some fried hotdogs for dinner tonight!

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Fried Hot Dogs in the Air Fryer

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Servings: 8 hotdogs
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes


Satisfy your craving for crispy, juicy hot dogs with this easy recipe for frying them in the air fryer. With just a few simple steps, you can indulge in this delicious fried hotdogs at home.


  • 8 Hotdogs
  • 8 Brioche Hotdog Buns
  • Toppings


  • Heat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Slice the hot dogs in a diagonal 3-4 times, and then cook for 6 minutes, turning once.
    8 Hotdogs
  • Add the bun and cook 1 minute more.
    8 Brioche Hotdog Buns
  • Add your favorite toppings and eat!


Serving: 1hotdogCalories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 9gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 518mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 0.4IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 3mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: Over 500 Family Dinner Recipes Ideas

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