Air fryer breakfast sausages are a quick way to get breakfast to the table. Cooked in about 10 minutes, air-fried sausage links are lightly crisp on the outside and plump and juicy on the inside. They can be cooked from fresh or frozen making breakfast easy.
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Since I’ve had my air fryer I’ve enjoyed seeing just how many things I can do with it.
While you can do anything in an air fryer that you can do in a traditional oven or stovetop, the advantage is that it cooks much quicker and keeps splatter contained.
These breakfast sausage links take only about 10 minutes from fresh, or 13 minutes from frozen and are perfectly cooked every time. The casing gets nice and crisp leaving the sausage inside plump and tender.
The small unit of the air fryer makes it nice when you only want to cook a few for one person or cook a batch to feed the family.
Why We Love Sausages in the Air Fryer
They are fast – Sausages cooked in the air fryer only take about 10 minutes which is much quicker than when they are baked in the oven or cooked on the stovetop.
They are perfectly cooked – When I bake sausages I always end up with one side crispier than the other, and when making them on the stovetop I constantly have to watch them and turn them to prevent burning. But when cooked in the air fryer they are perfect every time without all the babysitting.
If the sausages are linked, cut them apart then place them in a single layer in your air fryer basket leaving a bit of room between them for air circulation.
Set the air fryer to 390°F and cook the sausages for 9-12 minutes until they are cooked through. Turn them halfway through to ensure even cooking.
The time will vary a bit depending on the size of the sausages you are using.
The sausages are done when they are no longer pink in the middle or when they read 160°F on an instant-read thermometer.
Pro-Tip – Sausage links can be cooked from frozen if you prefer. You will need to add about 3 minutes to the cooking time depending on the size of the sausages.
Remove the sausages from the air fryer and serve.
Pro-Tip – You can use this method for pork, beef or poultry sausages. If you are cooking chicken or turkey sausages the internal temperature should read 165°F to ensure they are fully cooked.
We like to buy a large package of fresh sausages from Costco.
When I get home I separate the sausages and spread them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place it in the freezer until the sausages are frozen. Then I transfer the sausages to a freezer bag.
This makes it easy to pull just a few sausages out of the freezer as needed and you don’t need to worry about them sticking together.
Yes, you can. You will need to add 2-3 minutes to the cooking time to allow the sausages to fully cook through.
The sausages are done when they are no longer pink in the middle or when an instant-read thermometer inserted in the middle reads 160°F for pork sausages or 165°F for chicken or turkey sausages.
More Easy Air Fryer Recipes
Air Fryer Breakfast Sausages
- 12 breakfast sausages raw
- If the sausages are linked, cut them apart then place them in a single layer in the air fryer basket leaving a bit of room between them for air circulation.
- Place the basket in the air fryer and set it to 390°F. Cook the sausages for 9-12 minutes for thawed sausages, or 12-15 minutes for frozen sausages until they are fully cooked. Turn halfway through to ensure even cooking.
- Remove the sausages from the basket and serve.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.Click here to join our Facebook group : Air Fryer & Instant Pot Recipes and Cooking Tips