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Air Fryer Sausage Links

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Whether you serve them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, these Air Fryer Sausage links offer a quick, straightforward, and fuss-free method for preparing your favorite sausages.

Ready in just 17 minutes, they come out wonderfully crispy and golden on the outside while remaining juicy and flavorful on the inside.

air fried sausages served with coleslaw and fried onions

Once you try cooking your sausages in an air fryer, you will never want to go back to the old methods.

You can use your air fryer for all types of sausages. 

I used uncooked fresh Cumberland sausage links for this recipe, but you can also use chicken, beef, or lamb sausages, Italian sausages, as well as vegetarian sausages.

However, the cooking times might vary depending on the size and thickness of the sausages you are using. 

Also, if you want to cook frozen sausages in an air fryer, there’s no need to thaw them. 

Just make sure to add an extra five minutes to the cooking time and start with a lower temperature for the first few minutes.

Please continue scrolling down to find the recipe card below, which contains the complete list of ingredients with measurements, detailed recipe instructions, additional notes, and nutritional information.

9 pieces of air fried sausages on a plate

Ingredients You’ll Need

Apart from an air fryer, which you possibly already have, all you need are your favorite sausages such as Cumberland, Lincolnshire, spicy Italian sausages, large German bratwurst, or Polish sausages.

You also need a few drops of oil if you use vegetarian sausages or lean sausages to prevent them from sticking to the pan.

I use the Cosori 6.8 air fryer for all my favorite air fryer recipes, including Soft or Hard Boiled Air Fryer Eggs and Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch.

I can fit 6 or 7 sausages in one basket, for a total of 12 to 14 sausages in one go.

If you have a smaller air fryer or you want to feed a crowd, you might want to cook them in batches to avoid overcrowding the basket(s).

You will also need to use a cooking thermometer to ensure the doneness of the sausages.

How to Make Sausage in an Air Fryer?

Important Note

Before you start cooking, note that times may differ among air fryers. I develop my recipes using a Cosori 6.8 air fryer. If you’re using a different air fryer, view my recipes as a general guide and tweak the cooking time—add a bit more or cook slightly less as needed.

Cooking sausage in an air fryer is effortless, quick, and straightforward.

However, it’s important to follow these simple steps to achieve the best results:

Pierce the sausages a few times using a small knife or a toothpick to help them release more fat. 

piercing sausages using a toothpick

If using vegetarian sausages or lean sausages, spray with some oil on them to avoid the sausages sticking to the pan. You can also use a brush if you don’t have spray oil in hand.

9 pieces of sausages are lightly oiled

Place the sausages in your air fryer’s basket in a single layer, without overlapping them. 

sausages are placed in air fryer basket

Set the air fryer to 190° C (375° F) and then cook the sausages until they’re nicely browned and crispy on the outside and the core temperature reaches 74 °C (165 ° F). 

9 pieces of Cumberland sausages baked in an air fryer until browned

It takes about 15 to 17 minutes, depending on the thickness of the sausages and how many you have in the basket.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe?

  • It is extremely easy to prepare and ready in just 17 minutes, perfect for a quick weeknight meal when you need something delicious on the dinner table.
  • You can use any of your favorite sausages; this recipe also works well with frozen sausages.
  • It is much healthier and less messy/smelly than deep-frying, and tastier than oven-baking.

Expert Tips From the Chef

  • If you have a smaller air fryer or you want to feed a crowd, cook them in batches to avoid overcrowding the basket(s).
  • Modify the cooking time based on the size of your sausages. If you’re using frozen sausages, include a few extra minutes in your cooking time.

What Goes Well with Air Fryer Sausages?

You can serve air fryer sausage links as a part of a Full English Breakfast.

If you want to serve the sausages for dinner, I recommend serving them with Creamy Mashed PotatoesRussian Salad (Salad Olivier)Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Fries, or Swede and Carrot Mash on the side. 

They also are great in a sandwich for packed lunches or picnics.

Recipe FAQs

How to store the leftover sausage links cooked in an air fryer?

The leftovers would be kept for up to five days when refrigerated in an airtight container. If you want to keep them longer, you can freeze them for up to 3 months.

Can I cook frozen sausages in air fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen sausages directly in your air fryer without thawing them beforehand. Ensure the sausages are fresh when purchased and have not been previously frozen.
When air frying frozen sausages, begin cooking them at a lower temperature to prevent the skin from burning before the interior is fully cooked. You may need to extend the cooking time to achieve a core temperature of 74°C (165°F).

How long does it take to cook sausages in an air fryer?

The cooking time for sausages in an air fryer can vary based on their size, type, thickness, and quantity, typically ranging from 10 to 20 minutes.
Ensure the sausages are evenly browned and crispy on the outside, while reaching a core temperature of 74°C (165°F) internally. When cut open, the sausages should show no traces of pinkness.

Did you make this recipe? Please let me know how it turned out! Please give us a five-star rating and leave a comment below.

I hope you enjoy the process of preparing these delicious Air Fryer Sausage Links just as much as you enjoy eating them! 🙂 

Bon appétit! 

Air Fryer Sausage Links

Ayla Clulee
Whether you serve them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, these Air Fryer Sausage links offer a quick, straightforward, and fuss-free method for preparing your favorite sausages.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine American, British
Servings 4 people
Calories 172 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 pieces Cumberland sausages
  • spray oil

Instructions
 

  • Pierce the sausages a few times using a small knife or a toothpick to help them release more fat. 
  • If using vegetarian sausages or lean sausages, spray with some oil on them to avoid the sausages sticking to the pan. You can also use a brush if you don't have spray oil in hand.
  • Place the sausages in your air fryer's basket in a single layer, without overlapping them. 
  • Set the air fryer to 190° C (375° F) and then cook the sausages until they’re nicely browned and crispy on the outside and the core temperature reaches 74 °C (165 ° F).
  • It takes about 15 to 17 minutes, depending on the thickness of the sausages and how many you have in the basket.

Notes

  • Use a cooking thermometer to ensure the doneness of the sausages.
  • If you have a smaller air fryer or you want to feed a crowd, cook them in batches to avoid overcrowding the basket(s).
  • Modify the cooking time based on the size of your sausages. If you’re using frozen sausages, include a few extra minutes in your cooking time.
Keyword breakfast, quick and easy

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