This easy air fryer hot dog recipe is a delicious summer must-try

This easy air fryer hot dog recipe is a delicious summer must-try

There’s something idyllic about hot dogs in the summer. It’s the simplest food, and it always works, whether it’s off the grill, on the boardwalk, or at a ball game. Don’t ask me how or why, but hot dogs just strike differently in the summer. They are meant to be enjoyed when the weather is nice.

But here’s a little secret: you don’t need to fire up the grill and eat a delicious hot dog this summer. You can make a great dog in just eight minutes in the air fryer. Plus, you can also make a spicy topping around that time, if you’re like me and want your food a little spicy.


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Here’s what you need to know about the recipe.


  • 4 hot dogs (or as many as you like)

  • 4 hot dog buns (or as many as you need)

  • 1 jalapeño (optional, for spicy topping)

  • Half of a small white onion, very finely chopped (optional)

Travel directions

  1. Line up your hot dogs on a cutting board. Use a knife to carefully cut the hot dogs on the diagonal. Do not cut by means of the dogs. Make only a shallow cut.

  2. Turn the dogs over. Use a knife to cut the hot dogs in the opposite direction.

  3. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit with eight minutes of cooking time. Toss your buns into the air fryer basket as it preheats so they toast while you wait.

  4. When the airfryer is preheated, remove the buns.

  5. Put your hot dogs and the whole jalapeño in the air fryer. Cook for about eight minutes.

  6. While it is cooking, chop the onion as finely as possible.

  7. Once the hot dogs are done — you can cook for less or more time depending on how crispy you want them — place each link in a bun.

  8. Once the jalapeño has cooled enough to touch, cut it into about the same size as the onion. If you like herbs, keep the seeds, if not, throw them away. Mix the onion with the jalapeño and use to garnish the hot dogs. Add any other spices you like and enjoy!

The details

This is an insanely simple recipe. I’d like to see someone screw it up. I think it’s impossible. Because even if you’re making a mistake, cooking a hot dog essentially boils down to cooking it to the desired crispness. And the airfryer heats up so well that you will almost certainly get a nice crispy result.

Seriously, with about ten minutes and a few knife skills, there’s very little to mess up. Scoring the hot dog may seem unnecessary at first. And technically it’s not something you to have To do. I just like the result better because the hot dog expands and continues to crisp up when scored – the added surface gets nice and charred. Scoring is easy, once you’ve done it. This is what it looked like when I scored my hot dogs.

Cut into the hot dog, but not through it.
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Once that process is complete, it’s as easy as tossing things into the air fryer. My favorite trick I’ve come up with in the air fryer is to toast any kind of bread while preheating it. So make sure you do that with the sandwiches. It takes little effort, but results in a better overall product—toasted buns are superior to smooshy, soft buns—and I’ve found, at least in my air fryer, that preheating is the perfect amount of time to toast.

Then you dice some onions, some roasted jalapeños, and bam, you have some hot dogs that are juicy, delicious, and a little spicy.

jalapeños are chopped

Jalapeños, always a good idea.,
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It’s a very simple recipe, with a little bit of jalapeño added. This is what my finished product looked like.

cooked hot dogs in buns with jalapeño topping

Not bad, right?
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Is this as tasty as a grilled dog? Frankly, I think so. That is, if you use a gas barbecue. I love the taste of charcoal, but it seems like a chore to light a charcoal fire for some hot dogs. Gas grills, on the other hand, add no flavor and the result would be just as good and require more work.

So next time you feel like barbecuing, I’d say save space on the grill for other items, just fry your hot dogs in the air.

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