There are a number of options for cooking hot dogs, from boiling to grilling to broiling. But the best method of all might surprise you: the air fryer.
“By cooking them in the air fryer, you end up with a delicious and perfectly cooked hot dog,” says Laurie Fleming, author of “The Essential Air Fryer Cookbook for Beginners” and the blog Fork to Spoon. And the reasons to opt for cooking in the air fryer don’t stop there.
- It requires no prep: There’s no need to clean and prep a grill or boil a big pot of water. You can simply add the hot dogs to the air fryer frozen of thawed — preheating optional.
- It’s quick: Because there’s no prep involved, air frying is an especially fast way to cook a hot dog. After adding it to the air fryer, it’s ready in about five minutes.
- No mess: Fleming points out that the air fryer also offers minimal clean-up. No need to wash a big pot or scrub the grill grates; just give the air fryer basket a quick wash once the device cools down.
- Great results: “The flavor is truly elevated,” says Fleming. “The reason is that the hot air circulating [around] the hot dog cooks it perfectly, and it’s so much better than grilling.” The air fryer produces hot dogs with a crispy exterior and a tender, juicy interior.
Quick tip: You can air-fry hot dogs in any model of air fryer. For an oven-style air fryer, Fleming recommends placing the hot dogs on the bottom shelf to help them cook evenly. “If you add it to a higher shelf, you will often find that the outside is browned while the inside is still cold,” says Fleming.
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