Making air fryer Italian sausage is a quick and easy way to make perfect air fryer sausage every single time. Whether you serve them with peppers and onions, or alongside pasta sauce and pasta, cooking air-fried sausages is the quickest method out there.
Eating protein sources like sausage is a fantastic alternative to your regular chicken, pork chops, or beef. It doesn't get much easier than cooking Italian sausage in an air fryer, not only are they low carb, but they're gluten-free, paleo, Whole30, dairy-free, grain-free and keto-friendly too.
Whether you have a toaster oven style or a basket style fryer, both will work for this recipe! We have an Omni Plus and a small 3.2L Faberware and have cooked air fryer sausage in both. They cooked in the same amount of time.
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Italian Sausage in Air Fryer
Since buying an air fryer, we've been air frying up a storm on the daily and have been super impressed at how much faster and BETTER food turns out compared to cooking in an oven.
Making Italian sausage in the air fryer has definitely become one of our new favorite sausages to make! Truth be told, my college-age son was begging to eat this batch as soon as it came out of the air fryer and it was one of those dishes eaten at the counter standing up since he knew it was for a blog post and wasn't supposed to be dinner that night.
If you love Italian sausage as we do, then you'll also want to try our crockpot Italian sausage and peppers or our instant pot Italian sausage and peppers.
And if you're air fryer obsessed like we are, then be sure to try our brats in air fryer recipe , air fryer frozen corn dogs, or boneless air fryer pork chops.
Why This Recipe Works
- You can't cook Italian sausage quicker than making air fryer Italian sausage
- The only ingredient you need for this recipe is Italian sausage
- You can use this SAME method for making air fryer brats or sausage links too- any uncooked sausage will work
- It's a great basic recipe to add to other recipes like pasta, vegetables, or serve it on bun
- Sausage in an air fryer is low carb, paleo, keto-friendly, and gluten-free
- It works for either a toaster oven style or basket style air fryer
- You can cook sausages in less than 20 minutes from start to finish!
Don’t have an air fryer yet?? After tons of research, we decided to purchase an air fryer/toaster oven combo and it replaced our old countertop toaster oven. But after quickly realizing how handy TWO air fryers would be, we also just got a smaller basket style air fryer.
Ingredients for Air Fryer Sausage
One reason we loved to eat air fryer Italian sausage is that you just need one ingredient.... a package of uncooked sausage.
How many other protein options do you just cook straight out of the package that doesn't need additional seasoning or oil? That's one of the reasons we seem to have sausage for dinner almost every week.
We used the Trader Joes brand Italian sausage, but any favorite variety of yours will work. The uncooked Italian sausages seem to come in a standard size regardless of brand, some brands call them Mild Italian Sausage, and others might call them Sweet Italian Sausage. By all means, buy the spicy variety if you want to, they cook the same way as the mild.
1 pkg uncooked Italian Sausages (mild or spicy)- ours came 5 to a pack
Optional- feel free to add sliced peppers or onions alongside the uncooked sausages. They cook in the same amount of time.
Cooking in the Air Fryer
Since Italian sausages are already preseasoned and have a higher fat content, you don't need to do any prep work for this recipe. I like to take the sausages out of the fridge for 5-10 minutes before cooking.
We cooked this recipe on 360F, you could technically cook it at either a lower time for longer or a higher time for a shorter amount, but in the batches we made, cooking them at 360F cooked the air fried Italian sausage as fast as possible but not so hot that they started to shrivel.
Most uncooked Italian sausage brands come with 5 in the package, depending on what model of air fryer you have will determine how many you can cook at one time. Make sure they're in a single layer or else they won't brown, and be sure to leave a little room on all sides to get them to cook evenly.
Lay the sausage on the air fryer rack or basket and put them in at 360 F.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Italian sausage has a high-fat content like bacon, which could cause your air fryer to fill with white smoke. Make sure your drip tray is clean before cooking these if you have an air fryer oven model like we do. By starting with a clean air fryer, I did NOT get any smoke during cooking and everything worked perfectly.
I've also read tips from others who put perforated parchment paper under the item they're cooking so that less grease drips during cooking. You can also try adding a little water (say 1 tablespoon on the bottom of a basket air fryer), or put a piece of old bread on the bottom to absorb much of the grease.
Air Fryer Sausage Cook Time
Cook the Italian sausage in an air fryer oven for 6 minutes and turn over. Continue cooking the sausage air fryer recipe for 5-6 more minutes until the internal temperature reaches 160F.
Our air fryer sausage ended up taking 11 minutes to cook, but different types of air fryers might take a different amount of time. It’s super important to keep an eye on the temperature to get the hang of how long to cook pork chops in air fryer in your exact model.
The key is making sure the internal temperature of the sausage is 160 F, that's when you know they're done. We highly recommend using a digital meat thermometer when making breakfast sausages or to cook sausages in general.
Since the sausages are such a quick-cooking recipe you could skip flipping them over, we noticed both sides turned brown even in the batches that didn't get flipped. Check at the half-way cooking point and if the bottom isn't getting brown at all be sure to flip them over.
Remove the sausage from the air fryer and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. It takes at least 5 minutes for the juices to redistribute evenly throughout the meat and make every bite juicy and moist.
We had leftover sauteed peppers and onions in the fridge and served that with the air fryer Italian sausages if you want to add something like sliced peppers or onions to the sausages, season them and mix with oil, spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray, lay the veggies on the rack and put the Italian sausage on top of the peppers before cooking.
Using a toaster oven style air fryer like below, when you flip the sausage it did leave little indents, that did not happen in the batch made in our basket style air fryer. They of course both taste the same!
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Marty Miller says
Just made some today. Time and temp were perfect. Thanks.
This was the longest article for simple instructions. Why is it so long and the useful information is buried?
The jump to recipe button is at the top to take you right to the recipe steps. The instructions are long because they're written for brand new air fryer users who might need extra tips and tricks to get it to turn out 🙂 Enjoy!
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Jim Fregoli says
You have to endlessly scroll to get to the recipe not user friendly site. Also Ive tried several times with more than 1 air fryer and Italian sausages do not cook in 11 minutes. Not even close.
There's a jump to recipe button at the top you can use. The body content is written for people who are newer cooks or new to air frying so it gives lots of extra tips and help. All air fryers can vary, that's why we suggest using a digital meat thermometer ($10 on Amazon) and keeping an eye on the temp.
wesley chapleau says
large sauaage 25 min
Good to know! Thanks for adding that for others.