Air Fryer Bacon-wrapped Hot Dogs

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Air fryer bacon-wrapped hot dogs are the ultimate summer-time meal. Crispy bacon surrounds perfectly cooked hot dogs, so every bite has a fabulous combination of textures – the hot dog casing snap, the bacon crunch, and the juicy meatiness inside.

This is an easy recipe with simple ingredients, but the result takes your hot dogs to the next level. Hot dogs are already delicious comfort food, and bacon makes them even better.

And it’s not just the crispy texture of the bacon. As the bacon cooks, its fat bastes the hot dog, giving it an extra level of juiciness and a depth of flavor that’s simply irresistible.

Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are a perfect quick dinner or a simple game-day recipe. In this delicious article, I’ll cover how to make bacon-wrapped hot dogs in air fryer, answers to all your frequently asked questions, and some mouthwatering toppings ideas.

Check out my favorite recipes for simple and delicious meals. Try air fryer brats, air fryer Italian sausage, and air fryer burgers.

🌭Key Ingredient

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Hot dogs: I usually go for the all-beef variety – my family loves them!
  • Bacon: One slice of thin-cut bacon per hot dog works best for wrapping.
  • Hot dog buns
labeled ingredients for bacon wrapped hot dogs

🥣How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs in an Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 390°F.
  2. While it is heating, wrap slice of bacon around each hot dog. Start at one end and wrap bacon diagonally all the way up, overlapping it slightly as you go. This way, the bacon stays put and doesn’t unravel mid-cook.
  3. Place the bacon-wrapped hot dogs in a single layer in your air fryer basket, making sure they’re not touching.
  4. Cook the hot dogs at 390 degrees F for 8-12 minutes, flipping them over once halfway through the cooking time. Use the longer cooking time if you like crispier bacon.
wrapping the hot dogs with bacon.
Wrap the hot dogs
Bacon wrapped hot dogs before air frying.
Before air frying
Bacon wrapped hot dogs after air frying.
After air frying
Bacon wrapped hot dog in a bun.
Bacon-wrapped hot dog in bun

🍴Serving Ideas

You can add any of your favorite toppings to the delightful hot dogs. I love topping mine with jalapenos, cheese, and onions. Not only does it add an extra layer of flavor, but it also makes them look fancy!

Here are some ideas for adding your personal touch to this recipe.

  • Get cheesy: Add some shredded cheese and then pop the hot dogs (buns and all) back into the air fryer for a minute or two to melt the cheese.
  • Spice it up: Add a few dashes of hot sauce or sprinkle some crushed red pepper flakes for a little kick.
  • Get saucy: Drizzle some BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, mayonnaise, ketchup, or your favorite condiment for an added flavor boost.
  • Veg out: Pile on some fresh veggies like diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, or shredded lettuce for a refreshing crunch.

Serve the bacon-wrapped hot dogs immediately with a side of fries or a fresh salad for a complete meal that’s quick, easy, and oh-so-tasty.

💭How to Store

Bacon-wrapped hot dogs don’t store well. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. You can reheat them in the microwave or the air fryer, but you won’t have as good a combination of crispy bacon with a juicy hot dog as when they were fresh.

Three bacon wrapped hot dogs on a wooden cutting board.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Use thin-cut bacon. A thick-cut strip of bacon will take too long to get crispy, and the hot dog will be overcooked.
  • If you have trouble with the bacon sliding off use toothpicks to secure it. One at each end should do it. Just remember to take the toothpicks out before you serve the hot dogs.
  • Preheat the air fryer so the bacon cooks evenly.
  • If your air fryer smokes when you cook bacon, put a piece of bread under the basket to absorb the excess bacon grease.
  • Cooking time will vary depending on how crispy you like your bacon.

📝FAQ

Can I cook frozen hot dogs in the air fryer?

Yes, you can air fry frozen hot dogs. See my air fryer hot dogs article to learn how. But wrapping frozen hot dogs in bacon doesn’t work well. Frozen hot dogs are slippery, so the bacon doesn’t stay in place, and you can’t stick toothpicks through them.

Can I use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon slices?

You sure can! Just remember that turkey bacon may cook faster than regular bacon, so you’ll want to keep an eye on it to prevent burning.

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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs Recipe

Published By Anne
Make bacon-wrapped hot dogs in the air fryer. Hot dogs are wrapped in bacon and air fried for a delightful combination of crispy and juicy goodness.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients
 

  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 8 hot dog buns

For Serving

  • Shredded cheese
  • 1 fresh jalapeño
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • ketchup or mustard

Instructions

  • Wrap each uncooked hot dog with 1 strip of raw bacon. Completely wrap each hot dog with slices of bacon.
    8 hot dogs, 8 slices bacon
  • Place each wrapped hot dog in the air fryer basket and cook at 390°F for 8-12 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your bacon.
  • Remove hot dogs from the basket and let sit for 1 minute.
  • Place the hot dog in a bun and add your choice of toppings.
    8 hot dog buns, Shredded cheese, 1 fresh jalapeño, 1/4 cup diced onion, ketchup or mustard

Notes

  • Thick-cut bacon will take too long to get crispy, and the hot dog will be overcooked.
  • Use toothpicks to hold bacon in place if it tends to slice off your hot dogs. One at each end should do it. Just remember to take the toothpicks out before you serve the hot dogs.
  • Preheat the air fryer so the bacon cooks evenly.
  • If you have trouble with your air fryer smoking when you cook bacon, put a piece of bread under the basket to absorb the excess bacon grease.
  • Cooking time will vary depending on how crispy you like your bacon.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 663mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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