Air Fryer Brats – Kalyn’s Kitchen

posted by Kalyn Denny on September 20, 2021

When you just want an easy and tasty low-carb dinner, these Air Fryer Brats are something you can literally have on the table in minutes. And the brats cooked in the Air Fryer were absolutely delicious!

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cooked Air Fryer Brats shown on air fryer rack

Lately I am realizing more and more that there are a huge number of people in the world who just want EASY when they’re cooking dinner! And for everyone who likes brats and enjoys easy recipes, this new recipe for Air Fryer Brats is going to be a complete winner! Of course cooking bratwurst on the grill or even in a frying pan is definitely not hard. But after I got intrigued with the idea of cooking brats in the Air Fryer and tried it out with my great assistant and niece Kara, we both agreed that the Air Fryer cooking infused the brats with so much flavor. And with the Air Fryer the brats are done in less than 10 minutes and you don’t really even need to watch them, although we did turn ours once!

We devoured our brats just plain with mustard when we tested the recipe, and with a side dish like my Loaded Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad served on the side this would make a great Keto meal. But if you’re cooking for kids or family members who don’t care about carbs, it would be so easy to serve bratwurst in buns for other family members. I haven’t experimented yet with other types of sausage that I’d normally cook on the grill or in a pan, but I am looking forward to doing it. And I’m definitely a fan of easy dinners, so I know this is something I’ll make often when I don’t have much time to cook!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

All you need for this recipe is the bratwurst, and I think this might be the first one-ingredient recipe on my blog! We used original Johnsonville Brats, but there are many good brands. Be sure not to use beer brats if you want them to be gluten-free. The recipe would work fine with turkey brats or lower-fat types of uncooked sausage if that appeals to you more.

What Air Fryer did I use?

I became a big Air Fryer fan after I discovered the Cuisinart Convection Air Fryer Toaster Oven (affiliate link) which is what I used for this recipe. This air fryer has a larger basket, which was big enough to do the whole package of five brats (or even a few more), but if your Air Fryer has a smaller basket you might not be able to fit that many.

Want more low-carb Air Fryer recipes?

If you’re an Air Fryer fan, check out Low-Carb and Keto Air Fryer Recipesfor more tasty ideas for the Air Fryer! And you can use Air Fryer Recipes to see all the recipes on my site using the Air Fryer.

Air Fryer Brats process shots collage

How to make Air Fryer Brats:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Let bratwurst come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat Air Fryer to 375F/190C if your Air Fryer model needs preheating.
  3. Arrange brats so they are not touching each other.
  4. Cook 5 minutes.
  5. Then turn over and cook 3-5 minutes longer, depending on how well-done you like them.
  6. The turning is probably optional but it will get them more evenly browned.
  7. Serve hot, with mustard of course!

finished Air Fryer Brats shown in Air Fryer basket

Make it a low-carb meal:

I already mentioned Loaded Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad as a perfect low-carb side dish for these tasty brats. But I think this would also be amazing with Air Fryer Peppers and Onions served on the side! I’d cook the peppers and onions first and keep them warm while you cook the brats. Other side dishes I think would taste great include Avocado Tomato Salad, Spicy Lime Coleslaw, Roasted Cabbage with Lemon, or Easy Cheesy Baked Keto Cauliflower.

Want more easy low-carb Air Fryer Dinners?

Air Fryer Pork Chops
Air Fryer Salmon with Mustard-Herb Sauce
Air Fryer Shrimp
Herb-Marinated Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
Air Fryer Fish Sticks


  • 5 uncooked bratwurst (see notes)


  1. Let the bratwurst come to room temperature while you preheat the Air Fryer if needed.
  2. Set Air Fryer to 375F/190C.
  3. Arrange brats on Air Fryer tray so they’re not touching each other.
  4. Cook 5 minutes.
  5. Then turn each one over and cook 3-5 minutes longer, depending on how well-done you prefer your brats.
  6. The turning is probably optional but it will get them more evenly browned.
  7. Serve hot, with mustard of course!


We used Johnsonville Original Brats, but there are many good brands. Be sure not to buy Beer Brats if you need them to be gluten-free.

We looked at recipes around the web for Air Fryer Brats, and then did some experiments to see what cooking time we thought was about right.

square image of Air Fryer Brats shown in Air Fryer basket

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Bratwurst cooked using this method is a dish for any low-carb or Keto diet. Brats are too high in fat to be approved for the original South Beach Diet, but you could cook turkey brats or other lower-carb sausage using this method.

Find More Recipes Like This One:
Use Air Fryer Recipes to see more ideas for Air Fryer dinners. Use the Diet Type Index to find more recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You can also Follow Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest to see all the good recipes I’m sharing there.

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