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How to Cook Frozen Sausage Links in Air Fryer

air fried breakfast sausages

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes, cooking breakfast for my family can be a chore. While I often resort to grab-and-go breakfasts during the week, it’s nice to have a hot breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday morning, or, my personal favorite, breakfast for dinner. But the task of cooking scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and pancakes is daunting after a long work week. But my struggles have ended. I now cook frozen sausages in the air fryer.

If you are looking for sausage patties go here: Sausage Patties


The Benefits of Cooking Frozen Sausage Links in an Air Fryer

First, it’s efficient. In as little as five minutes, I can prepare sausage links straight from the freezer in my air fryer. While the sausage is cooking, I can focus on other foods, like scrambling eggs and making the pancakes on the stove. I’m guilty of focusing on too many foods at once, and the results usually include rubbery eggs or charred pancakes.

air fried frozen sausages

Second, the air fryer drastically reduces the odor. With stove prep, my house will smell like breakfast sausage all day long. Thanks to the odor-reducing properties of air frying, the odor stays inside the air fryer, keeping my kitchen from smelling like sausage.

Third, preparing frozen sausage links in an air fryer reduces grease. When prepared in the skillet, sausages swim in their own grease and absorb it. The only option to remove the grease is blotting with a paper towel. However, in the air fryer, the grease falls into the bottom of the unit, so you can enjoy your breakfast without all the grease.

For other breakfast ideas try one of these breakfast favorites:

Air Fryer Frozen Sausage Links
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
10 mins

Prepare frozen breakfast sausage links in minutes

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried frozen sausage, Air Fried Frozen Sausage Links, Air fryer Frozen Sausage, Air Fryer Frozen Sausage Links, Air Fryer Sausage Links, Sausage Links in the air Fryer
Calories: 80 kcal
  • 1 package of your favorite frozen breakfast sausage
  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F | 204°C for 5 minutes.

  2. Line the bottom of your air fryer basket with a parchment liner.

  3. Add Sausage Links to your air fryer basket in one layer. The single-layer makes for cooking the sausage evenly.

  4. Cook at 400°F | 204°C for 5 minutes for Smaller Sausages, and 10 Minutes for Larger Sausages. Your small standard sausage link will take 5 minutes, and a large chicken sausage will take 10 minutes. Determine your sausage type, and adjust time as necessary.

  5. Because of the variety in cook times for sausage links, use a meat thermometer to ensure that your sausage is cooked to 160° F | 71° C.

  6. Plate and enjoy!


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    Why are you talking about patties when the topic is about how to cook frozen sausages? If its the same method why not state as much at the beginning of the post?

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        The picture we see show sausage links, not patties. there is definitely a difference when cooking them on the stove or griddle. So I can see why the person was frustrated.

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    Thanks, I used your advice to cook 2 Botti sausage patties (thick) directly from a -10F freezer: 10 minutes per side, cooked through, and sliced into cubes like a dream.

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      You can absolutely cook fresh sausage in the air fryer. Cooking time will depend on its size and style (patties or links). We do our hamburgers at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes flipping halfway through. If I were cooking fresh sausages instead, I’d use that temp but flip maybe 4 minutes and check the internal temp with a meat thermometer at about 8 minutes.

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      Hi, Taylor – You don’t need to use parchment paper/liners in your air fryer. They can help with clean up but aren’t necessary so follow this recipe or any other without them. For some recipes, you’ll want to be sure to use spray oil in your basket to keep the food from sticking, but with sausage links, that shouldn’t be an issue.

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