Air Fryer Frozen Sausages (Very Easy Recipe!)

In this blog post, I’m excited to share with you a simple yet fantastic way how to cook frozen sausages in the air fryer. 

Trust me, they turn out delicious, and it’s incredibly easy—even if your sausages are frozen solid and stuck together

Let me walk you through how I do it, including my top tips for choosing the best sausages and making the meal extra special.

The Best Sausage Picks For Air Fryer

If you want a detailed explanation you can find it in this section. 

In a nutshell, pick sausages that contain at least 70% of meat (the more the better) and are free from UPF such as fillers or stabilizers (They’re healthier and taste so much better). 

After much tasting and testing, here are my go-to choices:

  • UK Market: Heck 97% Frozen Pork Sausages and Finnebrogue Naked Ultimate Pork Sausages are at the top of my list. They’re meaty, minimally processed, and simply delicious.
  • USA Market: It’s a bit trickier here, but I lean towards Kroger Mild Italian Sausages, Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausages, and Aidells Chicken and Apple Sausage Links for their natural ingredients and great taste.

Cooking Frozen Sausages in the Air Fryer

Step 1: Defrosting: 

A black plate with four uncooked sausages before being cooked in an air fryer. The sausages are pinkish-white, typical of raw pork, and are neatly placed side by side on the plate.

Start by setting your air fryer to a medium temperature, such as 160°C (320°F). This is ideal for partially defrosting and cooking the sausages simultaneously.

Cook the sausages for six minutes. After this time, they should be defrosted enough to be separated easily. Be cautious as parts may still be frozen.

Step 2: Adjusting Temperature for Cooking: 

After defrosting, increase the air fryer temperature to its highest setting, typically around 200°C (400°F). 

Step 3: Air Frying the Sausages

A black air fryer basket with four raw sausages spaced evenly. The sausages are pinkish in color, indicating they are uncooked. They rest on a dark perforated surface with a circular pattern in the middle, and the air fryer handle is visible on the right side.

Continue cooking the sausages for a total of about 20-25 minutes. 

Step 4: Checking and Flipping: 

After the first 10 minutes of high-temperature cooking, check and flip the sausages to ensure even cooking.

Step 5: Final Adjustments: 

Close-up side angle of four browned sausages on a black plate, showcasing the texture and color more vividly. The cooked sausages have a crispy exterior with visible browning and are arranged neatly in a row.

I recommend cooking them for an additional five minutes at the same temperature to achieve a lovely brown color.

If your air fryer cooks slower, extend the cooking time by 5 to 10 minutes. Be mindful to avoid overcooking and drying out the sausages.

Pairings for Air-Fried Sausages

Air-fried sausages are not only delicious on their own, but they also pair beautifully with a variety of side dishes and can be enhanced with different dipping sauces and toppings. Below are some ideas to elevate your air-fried sausage meals.

Side Dish Ideas

Mashed Potatoes

I love pairing sausages with mashed potatoes. They provide a creamy and comforting complement to the crispy texture of air-fried sausages. 

Baked Beans

Baked beans offer a sweet and savory balance that pairs wonderfully with sausages. They add a rich, saucy element to the meal, making it more satisfying and hearty.

Fresh Salad

For a lighter option, a fresh salad with a mix of greens, vegetables, and a tangy dressing can provide a refreshing contrast to the richness of the sausages.

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables like carrots, Brussels sprouts, or bell peppers add a healthy and flavorful touch. Their natural sweetness and caramelization complement the savory sausages.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled corn on the cob, seasoned with butter, salt, and herbs, makes for a delightful side that adds a bit of smokiness and sweetness.

Dipping Sauces and Toppings

Mustard Varieties

From classic yellow mustard to spicy Dijon or whole-grain varieties, mustard is a perfect match for sausages. Each type brings its unique flavor profile to the dish.

BBQ Sauce

A smoky and slightly sweet BBQ sauce can enhance the flavors of your air-fried sausages, especially if you’re aiming for that BBQ finish.

Honey Mustard

Combining the tanginess of mustard with the sweetness of honey creates a delightful dipping sauce that pairs well with all kinds of sausages.

Troubleshooting (The Issues I Was Facing)

Keeping Juiciness

One downside of air frying sausages is that they can become dry, as the juices tend to drain away. If this is a concern, you might prefer baking them in a roaster pan to retain more moisture.

Cutting and Checking

Before serving, cut open a sausage to check if it’s cooked through. It should be juicy and no longer pink inside.

Choosing the Right Sausage for Air Frying (Quality Matters)

Another close-up of the cooked sausages on a black plate, taken from a slightly different angle, showing the browned and crispy exterior of the sausages in more detail and from a higher perspective.

In this section, I’ll discuss what to look for in a good-quality sausage and give you some recommendations.

Importance of High Meat Content

70% Meat Standard

A key indicator of a quality sausage is its meat content. Ideally, a good quality sausage should contain at least 70% meat, with pork being a popular and flavorful choice. 

This high percentage of meat ensures that the sausage is packed with natural flavors and has a desirable texture. 

Sausages with lower meat content often compensate with fillers and additives, which can detract from the overall taste and quality.

Avoiding Ultra-Processed Foods (UPF)

Natural Ingredients

Another critical factor to consider is whether the sausage is ultra-processed or not. 

UPF-free sausages are those that contain only natural ingredients and are free from artificial fillers, stabilizers, and preservatives. 

These natural sausages provide a cleaner and more wholesome eating experience, as they are made with real, identifiable ingredients.

No Fillers or Stabilizers

Look for sausages that do not contain fillers like starch or stabilizers. 

Fillers are often used to bulk up the sausage and reduce costs, but they can compromise the taste and texture. 

Stabilizers, on the other hand, are used to extend shelf life but can introduce unnecessary chemicals into your food. 

Opting for sausages without these additives not only leads to a better-tasting product but also supports a healthier diet.

Reading Labels and Ingredients

When shopping for sausages, take the time to read the labels and ingredient lists. 

Look for sausages with a high percentage of meat (preferably over 70%) and a short list of recognizable ingredients. 

Avoid products with long lists of additives, preservatives, and unpronounceable components.

My Top Recommendations for Sausages

Packaging for HECK 97% pork sausages, featuring a bold orange and red label. The product has a 'Great Taste 2022' badge, and highlights that it is gluten and dairy free. There's an illustration of a pig, and text stating the sausages are made with fresh British pork shoulder following their original recipe. The pack size is 400g and it's marked to keep refrigerated with a use by date.

Best Pork Sausages in the UK market

I’ve reviewed three different brands of sausages available in the UK, based on their ingredients and meat content. Let’s see how they stack up.

1. Heck 97% Frozen Pork Sausages

These are the sausages I used in this recipe. Heck, 97% Frozen Pork Sausages are an excellent choice for those looking for high-quality, meat-rich sausages. 

The additional ingredients are minimal and straightforward, including seasoning, gluten-free rice flour, and a small amount of preservatives and antioxidants for freshness. 

The use of beef collagen casings is a common practice and does not detract from the overall quality.

Availability: Ocado, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Waitrose, Morrisons, Amazon Fresh

2. Finnebrogue Naked Ultimate Pork Sausage

The Finnebrogue Naked Ultimate Pork Sausage boasts 90% British or Irish pork, along with natural ingredients like sea salt, rice flour, and a blend of spices. 

The use of chickpea flour is interesting and likely contributes to the texture. Notably, these sausages are filled into natural vegetable casings, which is a positive aspect for those seeking more natural alternatives.

These sausages are a great option for air frying, offering a high meat content and a clean list of ingredients.

Available: Ocado, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA

3. Sainsbury’s British Pork Sausages

Sainsbury’s British Pork Sausages contain 93% British pork, which is still quite high and promising for flavor. 

However, these sausages contain more additives than the Heck sausages, including tapioca starch, gram flour, stabilizers, preservatives, and several spices and flavorings. 

While these sausages have a decent meat content, the additional fillers and additives are a slight drawback. 

They are still a good option for air frying, but might not be the best choice for those strictly avoiding processed ingredients.

Best Sausages on the USA market

In the USA market, selecting high-quality sausages for air frying can be more challenging, as the percentage of meat content is often not explicitly mentioned in the list of ingredients. 

Therefore, I am focusing on the most natural and minimally processed options. Here are three recommended choices:

These selections prioritize natural ingredients and minimal processing, making them suitable choices for those seeking healthier, high-quality sausages in the USA.

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Air Fryer Frozen Sausages (Very Easy Recipe!)

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  • 1 pack 1 pork sausages


  • Defrosting: Set air fryer to 160°C (320°F), cook sausages for six minutes to partially defrost.
  • Adjust Temperature: Increase air fryer to 200°C (400°F) after defrosting.
  • Air Frying: Cook sausages for 20-25 minutes.
  • Checking and Flipping: After 10 minutes, check and flip sausages.
  • Final Adjustments: Cook for an extra five minutes; extend time by 5-10 minutes if needed, avoiding overcooking.


  • Nutritional values provided per 2 sausages (recommended serving for 1 person)

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 120g
  • Total number of serves: 1
  • Calories: 343kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 23g
  • Fat: 28g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g

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