Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs! Why fire up the grill when you can make the best bacon-wrapped hot dogs in your air fryer or Ninja Foodi? Extra crispy bacon wrapped around juicy hot dogs is a meaty snack or app no one can resist.
Can you cook bacon-wrapped hot dogs in the air fryer? Yes, bacon wrapped hot dogs can be made in the air fryer using these step-by-step instructions with any type of air fryer or Ninja foodi.
After wrapping your hot dogs in bacon, the air fryer takes care of the rest, cooking delicious hot dogs and bacon with the maximum crispness.
I love serving these hot dogs on buns with classic toppings, but they’re just as irresistible right out of the air fryer dunked in ketchup and mustard.
💗 Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Only 2 ingredients!
- Kid-friendly dish that only takes a few minutes to throw together.
- Great game day snack and party appetizer.
- Bacon and hot dogs are inherently low carb & keto.
🥓 Ingredients You’ll Need
I’m sure you can guess the 2 ingredients in bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Bacon – Any pork bacon except thick-cut bacon.
- Hot Dogs – You can use any brand or size of hot dog here. Regular cured hot dogs can have questionable ingredients, so I try to buy nitrate-free. Applegate Natural, Hebrew National, Coleman, and Nathan’s offer delicious uncured all-beef hot dogs.
Whichever hot dogs you decide to use should be able to fit in a single layer in the air fryer basket. The Ninja Foodi is super spacious and is a pressure cooker and air fryer combined.
🥣 How To Make Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs
1️⃣ Wrap hot dogs in bacon. Turn on your air fryer and let it heat at 400F for 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, beginning at either end, wrap a strip of bacon securely down the length of each hot dog. Add another half strip of bacon if the first slice isn’t long enough.
2️⃣ Cook bacon-wrapped hot dogs in the air fryer. Place bacon-wrapped hot dog in the air fryer basket in a single layer and set the time for 15 minutes. Flip with tongs halfway through cooking.
3️⃣ Continue air frying until crispy. After 15 minutes, check for doneness. For crispier bacon, continue to cook at 400F until the bacon is extra crispy.
4️⃣ Serve. Remove with tongs and serve hot with your favorite dips or on toasted hot dog buns. Enjoy!
💭 Recipe Tips
- NO thick-cut bacon- Getting it crispy is tricky. It’s best to use thin or regular-cut bacon.
- Wrap bacon securely – The bacon will shrink as it cooks, so don’t wrap it super tight.
- Preheating – For the crispiest bacon, don’t skip preheating! The bacon will begin cooking as soon as it contacts the basket.
- Cook 6 at a time – If you cook too many and there’s too much grease, it could splatter onto the heating element, causing it to smoke.
- No stacking – Place the hot dogs in a single layer in the air fryer. All sides of each dog need to be exposed to hot air for the best results.
- Cooking time varies – Your hot dogs might need more or less time depending on how thick your bacon is. Check for doneness around the 10-minute mark, and adjust as needed.
- Toast your buns – If you’re serving bacon-wrapped hot dogs on buns, immediately after pulling them from the basket, place your buns inside while it’s still toasty and cook for 2 minutes.
Not feeling the hot dogs? Try using this method to make bacon-wrapped bratwurst, kielbasa, or any of your favorite sausage flavors.
Turkey Bacon – A lighter option. Turkey bacon made from ground meat (like Oscar Meyer, Butterball, and Jennie-O) is more like pork bacon than when it is made from chopped meat (like Applegate and Wellshire). The ladder is similar to Canadian bacon and ham.
Serving bacon-wrapped hot dogs – Check out ways to serve these hot dogs below.
- Classic – Serve on buns topped with ketchup, mustard, and relish.
- “All the way” – Serve on buns topped with chili, cheese, and onion.
- Hold the buns – Cut them into bite-size pieces and serve with toothpicks and dipping sauces. This is a great keto snack.
🧊 Storing & Reheating
Storing: Let the hot dogs cool completely, then keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Reheating: Place leftovers in the air fryer basket, then cook at 350F until the hot dogs are warm and the bacon is crispy (5-8 minutes).
Yes, bacon is safe to cook in the air fryer, but do not cook too much at once. An excess of bacon grease could splatter and create smoke.
The precise time and temperature will depend on the functionality of your air fryer, the bacon thickness, and the hot dog size. However, 10-15 minutes at 400F is a good start.
Air frying hot dogs keeps the insides moist and crisps the outside. Boiling or frying only does one or the other.
You can put foil in the air fryer as long as it’s placed between the basket and the bottom of the air fryer so air can still circulate evenly.
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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs
- air fryer or Ninja Foodi
- 6 hotdogs any size or brand
- 10 bacon slices
- Preheat the air fryer to 400F for 3-5 minutes.
- While the air fryer preheats, prep the hot dogs. Beginning at either end, wrap a strip of bacon securely down the length of each hot dog (wrap tightly but not too tight as the bacon will shrink). Add another half strip of bacon, if needed.
- Place bacon-wrapped hot dog in the air fryer basket in a single layer and set the time for 15 minutes. Flip with tongs halfway through cooking.
- After 15 minutes, check for doneness. For crispier bacon, continue to cook at 400F until the bacon is extra crispy. Remove with tongs and serve hot.