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Make Air Fryer Breakfast Sausage with this easy recipe for cooking breakfast sausage links and patties in the air fryer. Works for fresh and frozen sausage.

air fried breakfast sausage links on a white plate

If you like having sausages for breakfast, but you hate cleaning up a messy, greasy stove, you need to start cooking breakfast sausages in your air fryer.

This easy air fryer recipe works for sausage links and sausage patties. And, you can cook with both fresh and frozen sausage.

I used my Instant Pot Vortex Plus air fryer this time. But, you can use this same recipe with a basket style air fryer or a larger toaster oven style air fryer like the Instant Pot Omni Plus.

How to Cook Breakfast Sausage Links in the Air Fryer

Place the sausage links on the air fryer tray. Then, preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees.

If your air fryer does not have a non-stick tray, you can use a non stick cooking spray for easier clean-up. Don’t use this on the Vortex or any other air fryer with non stick coating.

raw uncooked breakfast sausage links on Vortex plus tray

Add the sausages to the air fryer when it reaches 390. Then, set the time for 10 minutes.

Turn the links about halfway through the cooking time. And, you’re done!

How Long to Cook Frozen Breakfast Sausages

If the sausage links are frozen — no problem! Just break them apart if you can, and cook for 12 minutes.

Breakfast sausages are done when the internal temperature is 160 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, they should be cooked until no longer pink inside.

cooked breakfast sausage links on vortex tray

Note — If you like your sausage extra crispy or dark, just add an extra couple of minutes to the cook time. It’s super easy to get the sausages exactly the way you want them!

breakfast sausage link on a fork

How to Air Fry Sausage Patties

If you’re using sausage patties instead of links, cook them at 390 for 10 minutes. For frozen sausage patties, cook for 12 minutes.

The temperature should be 160 degrees, with little or no pink inside. Again, if you like crispier sausage patties, just cook them a little longer!

The patties I used were about 1/4-inch thick. If yours are thinner or thicker, you may have to adjust the time.

cooked breakfast sausage patties on air fryer tray
close up of sausage links on a white plate

Air Fryer Breakfast Sausage Recipe

5 from 20 votes

Air Fryer Breakfast Sausage

By: Dee
Make Air Fryer Breakfast Sausage with this easy recipe for cooking breakfast sausage links and patties in the air fryer. Works for fresh and frozen sausage.
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer


  • 8 breakfast sausage links
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  • Place the sausage links on the air fryer tray or in the basket
    raw uncooked breakfast sausage links on Vortex plus tray
  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees
  • Cook the sausage links for 10 minutes, turning once around halfway through. Internal temperature should be 160 degrees
    cooked breakfast sausage links on vortex tray



For frozen breakfast sausage links, cook for 12 minutes or until 160 degrees or done to your liking.
For sausage patties, cook for 10 minutes fresh and 12 minutes if frozen, turning about halfway, or until internal temperature is 160 and little to no pink remains.
Recipe made in the Instant Pot Vortex Plus air fryer, but can be adapted for any air fryer. Cook times may vary slightly with different makes/models.


Calories: 170kcal, Protein: 8g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 356mg, Potassium: 139mg, Vitamin A: 42IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. Susan says:

    Air fried my sausage this morning and they turned out great, perfectly cooked.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you liked them! Thank you so much!

  2. Kennedy says:

    So glad I found your page! Looking at your photos, we have the same air fryer, which will make future frying that much easier- as not all fryers, I’m learning, are designed the same, so cooking times, amounts etc seem to vary by which unit the poster has. Thanks!

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Kennedy. I hope you enjoy the recipes!

    2. Jessica says:

      My air fryer is also a microwave, and has neither pre-heat nor 390º (it goes in 25º increments) so we will try 10 minutes at 400º and go from there!

  3. Jim Bob says:

    Love that you can do this in the air fryer! Came out great and it was so easy! I liked not having to clean up grease splatters on the stove or counter afterwards!5 stars