These easy Air Fryer Sausage Links are incredibly quick, crispy and flavorful! A healthy breakfast has never been so easy. This 1 ingredient recipe is simple and straightforward. The air fryer makes these sausage links crunchy, crispy and hearty!

Air fryer sausage links with maple syrup

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Once you make sausage in the air fryer, you’ll never go back to oven or stovetop. Here is why:

  • The air fryer does all of the work.
  • Air fryer sausage is extra crispy.
  • No oil or deep frying is necessary.
  • This method is significantly easier and healthier than traditional frying.
  • These air fried sausage links are great for breakfast, a quick snack, or healthy meal prep.
  • They are great as leftovers.
  • These are made without breading, breadcrumbs or casing.
  • They are Whole30 friendly, Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Keto, Low Carb, and Sugar Free.
  • Check out this Air Fryer Bratwurst for another delicious recipe.

Brands of Sausage Links

There are so many great brands of sausage links! Here are a few of my favorites.

Applegate makes a great pork breakfast sausage and chicken breakfast sausage. This healthier option is antibiotic free and full of flavor. Both the chicken & maple and chicken & apple flavors are favorites.

Jimmy Dean makes breakfast links as well. They are readily available and easy to make. They are great for this recipe.

Smithfield makes all natural breakfast sausage links. These are great to make from frozen!

Aidell’s makes several great flavors of sausage. Since these are a little thicker than traditional breakfast sausage, air fryer for longer. Several of their flavors are also Whole30 compliant and sugar free.

Johnsonville sausage links are found in many grocery stores. Their flavor is not as overwhelming, making this option great for picky eaters or kids.

Recipe Steps

Step 1

First, preheat air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Arrange sausage links on air fryer basket or baking sheet in one layer.

Whole30 breakfast sausage links in fryer basket

Step 3

Air fry sausage for 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked through.

Paleo sausage links in basket

Step 4

Finally, remove from air fryer and serve.

Expert Tips

Clean air fryer before use. I use the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer and highly recommend this model!

Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until sausage has reached 160 degrees Fahrenheit internally.  Continue cooking to desired level of crispiness.

If cooking thicker Italian sausages, repeat same recipe process but cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.

If using an air fryer baking sheet (not basket), flip sausages halfway through air frying.

Serve with peppers and onions or eggs for a complete meal.

Air fryer sausage on a white plate

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cook sausages in the air fryer?

Yes, you can cook sausages in the air fryer. It is very simple to do so!

How do I cook sausages in the air fryer?

Preheat air fryer. Then, arrange sausage in air fryer basket. Fry until cooked through.

How long do I cook the sausages?

The length of cooking depends on the size and thickness of the sausages. For smaller breakfast links, about 8 to 10 minutes is ideal. For thick Italian sausage, about 15 to 20 minutes is needed.

Can I cook frozen sausages in the air fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen sausages in the air fryer. Follow the exact same recipe as written here, but add 3 to 4 more minutes of cooking time for breakfast links.

How do I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

How do I reheat leftovers?

Add sausage to the air fryer and air fry for 2 to 3 minutes at 390 degrees Fahrenheit or until warmed through.

Whole30 sausage links on a white plate

How to Serve & Store

Serve air fryer sausage links hot from the air fryer! They are great with over hard eggs, hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, omelettes and quiche. Drizzle maple syrup on top for a sweet and savory flavor!

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Air fryer sausage links with maple syrup

Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Sausage Links

These easy Air Fryer Sausage Links are hearty, savory and flavorful. They are incredibly quick and easy thanks to an air fryer. They are great for breakfast, a snack or meal prep!
5 from 6 votes

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Arrange sausage links in one even layer (not touching) in air fryer basket.
  • Air fry at 390 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until sausage is cooked to your liking.
  • Carefully remove from air fryer. Garnish with maple syrup if desired.

Notes

  • Make sure air fryer is clean before beginning.  If not, it may lead to smoking.
  • Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until sausage has reached 160 degrees Fahrenheit internally.  Continue cooking to desired level of crispiness.
  • If cooking thicker Italian sausages, repeat same process but cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • If your air fryer only has a baking sheet (instead of a basket), flip sausages halfway through air frying.
Calories: 61kcal, Protein: 3g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 127mg, Potassium: 50mg, Vitamin A: 15IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg

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