Crispy Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs Air Fryer Recipe

There’s just something magical about the classic combination of hot dogs and salty bacon. You don’t need to fire up the grill to make these barbecue favorites, though! This crispy bacon wrapped hot dogs air fryer recipe makes everything quick and easy to prepare inside.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Everything is better with bacon! So why not take your plain hot dogs to a new level by wrapping them in the salty, meaty strips?

You can still top them up any way you like, with ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, or even chili! Bacon wrapped hot dogs are delicious on their own so they’re great for a low carb diet, or you can pop them on a bun for a more traditional serving.

Add some cheese prior to wrapping and you’ve got a cheese-stuffed bacon wrapped hot dog! Really, you can customize the ingredients and flavors any way you like.

air fryer bacon wrapped hot dogs stacked up on a plate

Did I mention that it only takes 10-15 minutes to cook (depending how crispy you like them)? They’re perfect for an easy weeknight meal, and kid friendly too!

If you love bacon recipes, then you might also enjoy trying my Bacon Cheeseburger Biscuit Bombs made in the air fryer! You get all your favorite flavors in one bite!

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

ingredients to make bacon wrapped hot dogs with cheese in the air fryer
  • 4 Hot dogs
  • 4 slices bacon (or more to taste)
  • 4 buns (optional)
  • 4 slices cheese (optional)
  • Seasonings or toppings as desired

Ingredient Notes and Tips

  • Any brand of hot dog works fine. I’ve got Nathan’s bun length skinless beef franks, but you can use your favorite
  • If you prefer less browned ends on your hot dog, you’ll need additional bacon to wrap the entire dog including the ends. In this case, you’d need approximately 6 slices of bacon and use an additional ½ a slice per dog
  • Want to add cheese? Cheddar or American are my top choices, but you can use your favorites. I find that slices work best to stay put, and recommend capping the ends with bacon to lessen how much melts out. How much cheese you need really depends on the thickness of your hot dogs, but ½ to 1 full slice is average
  • Feel free to season your bacon before cooking. A nice rub of your favorite barbecue, Cajun, maple garlic, brown sugar, and other seasonings go great if you want some additional flavor

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 380°F (or the closest setting your specific air fryer has)
  2. If you are stuffing with cheese, make a cut lengthwise across the hot dog going about halfway through. Break a slice of cheese into quarters lengthwise, and then stuff them into the gap
slice hot dog in half and add cheese
  1. Start with the larger end of the bacon, and tightly wrap each hot dog in a slice with just a slight amount of overlap to hold the bacon in place. You can tuck the end under, or use a toothpick to secure (just don’t forget to remove them before eating)
carefully wrap bacon around hot dogs
  1. Place the bacon wrapped hot dogs into your preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, allowing some air space between each one to promote even browning
place bacon wrapped hot dogs in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting at 380°F for 10-15 minutes, pausing halfway through to flip or gently shake the basket. Use the lower end of the time range if you like soft bacon, and the higher end for crispy bacon
  2. Place hot dogs in buns if desired, and serve with your favorite toppings and sides
overhead view of air fryer bacon wrapped hot dogs on a plate with ketchup and mustard

What to Serve With Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

  • Potato chips
  • French fries
  • Onion rings
  • Macaroni salad
  • Mac and cheese
  • Potato salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Baked beans
  • Corn on the cob
  • Chili
  • Cornbread
  • Diced onions
  • Cheese sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Pickles
  • Sauerkraut
  • Grilled fruit

There are many great sides and toppings to serve with bacon wrapped hot dogs to complete your meal!

Try bacon wrapped hot dogs in the air fryer with my easy side dish recipes, including Air Fryer Ore Ida Fries, crispy Frozen Onion Rings in the Air Fryer, barbecue classic Air Fryer Jiffy Cornbread, easy Air Fryer Baked Beans, or some Ninja Air Fryer Potato Chips.

Recipe FAQs

What Is a Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog?

A bacon wrapped hot dog is a traditional hot dog that’s had a strip or two of bacon wrapped in a spiral around the outside. It’s then cooked on the grill, or in the oven, air fryer, or deep frying to brown the bacon.

The bacon dog may come with or without cheese inside, and may be eaten on its own, or on a bun.

Depending on where you live, you may even hear these bacon wrapped hot dogs stuffed with cheese called a Texas Tommy.

Can You Cook Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs in an Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook bacon wrapped hot dogs in an air fryer. The air fryer will cook and brown the bacon, while heating the hot dog inside.

Note that you may need to tip the grease out once during cooking to prevent smoking.

How Long to Cook Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs in Air Fryer?

You should cook bacon wrapped hot dogs in an air fryer for 10-15 minutes on average.

The interior of the hot dog should reach 140°F for food safety. Beyond that, it’s just a preference of how crispy you want your bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs Air Fryer Temperature

The typical cooking temperature for bacon wrapped hot dogs in the air fryer is 380°F (193°C).

For extra browning and crispiness, however, they may be cooked at 400°F (200°C) instead.

How Long Do Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs Last in the Fridge?

Bacon wrapped hot dogs last up to 3 days in the fridge.

Make sure to reheat to an internal temperature of 165°F for food safety before consuming.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • For extra crispy bacon, feel free to cook the bacon for 5 minutes before wrapping the hot dogs to give it a head start
  • Feel free to scale the recipe based on how many people you’re feeding. It’s easy to adjust and requires no additional cooking time so long as you have room in your air fryer (or just batch cook them)
  • This recipe was tested in a Ninja Dual Zone air fryer, which can hold up to 8 hot dogs at a time between both baskets. Cooking times may vary slightly for other air fryers and brands of dogs
  • If you’d like a toasted bun you can throw them in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes to get them warm and lightly crisped
  • You may also top with cheese instead of stuffing if preferred. The cheese does tend to ooze out in the air fryer and make a mess as it melts during cooking
closeup of air fryer bacon wrapped hot dogs

Storage and Reheating

  • Store leftover bacon wrapped hot dogs in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months
  • Reheat bacon wrapped hot dogs in the air fryer for 5-6 minutes at 350°F, in the oven for about 10 minutes at 400°F, in the microwave on high for 1 minute, or in a skillet on the stove until warmed through

More Air Fryer Hot Dog Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

This crispy bacon wrapped hot dog air fryer recipe is a must have for summertime, but even all year round!  No more worrying about the weather when you can cook everything in your air fryer quickly and easily.

Choose a cheese stuffed bacon wrapped hot dog or go just go with the classic combination. Add a bun if you want and your favorite toppings to personalize to your tastes!

Since cooking time is 15 minutes or less, this makes for an easy weeknight meal. It’s a crowd pleaser that’s perfect for lunch, dinner, backyard barbecues, or the tailgate.

Now that you’ve practiced on hot dogs, elevate your dinner game by trying out my Bacon Wrapped Filet in the Air Fryer topped with a garlic herb butter!

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Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs Air Fryer Recipe (Cheese Stuffed Optional)

Skip the grill and cook up some bacon wrapped hot dogs in the air fryer! You’ll get crispy bacon and caramelized hot dogs in only about 15 minutes – perfect for busy nights!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 315 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Hot dogs any brand
  • 4 Slices bacon (or more to taste)
  • 4 Hot dog buns (optional)
  • 4 Slices cheese (optional)
  • Condiments or toppings as desired

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 380°F (or the closest setting your specific air fryer has)
  • If you are stuffing with cheese (optional), make a cut with a sharp knife lengthwise across the hot dog going about halfway through. Break a slice of cheese into quarters lengthwise, and then stuff them into the gap
    4 Hot dogs, 4 Slices cheese
  • Start with the larger end of the bacon, and tightly wrap each hot dog in a slice with just a slight amount of overlap to hold the bacon in place. You can tuck the end under, or use a toothpick to secure (just don’t forget to remove them before eating)
    4 Slices bacon
  • Place the bacon wrapped hot dogs into your preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, allowing some air space between each one to promote even browning
  • Cook on the air fry setting at 380°F for 10-15 minutes, pausing halfway through to flip or gently shake the basket. Use the lower end of the time range if you like soft bacon, and the higher end for crispy bacon
  • Place hot dogs in buns if desired, and serve with your favorite toppings and sides
    4 Hot dog buns, Condiments or toppings as desired

Notes

  • Any brand of hot dog works fine. I’ve got Nathan’s bun length skinless beef franks, but you can use your favorite
  • If you prefer less browned ends on your hot dog, you’ll need additional bacon to wrap the entire dog including the ends. In this case, you’d need approximately 6 slices of bacon and use an additional ½ a slice per dog
  • Want to add cheese? Cheddar or American are my top choices, but you can use your favorites. I find that slices work best to stay put, and recommend capping the ends with bacon to lessen how much melts out. How much cheese you need really depends on the thickness of your hot dogs, but ½ to 1 full slice is average
  • Feel free to season your bacon before cooking. A nice rub of your favorite barbecue, Cajun, maple garlic, brown sugar, and other seasonings go great if you want some additional flavor
  • For extra crispy bacon, feel free to cook the bacon for 5 minutes before wrapping the hot dogs to give it a head start
  • Feel free to scale the recipe based on how many people you’re feeding. It’s easy to adjust and requires no additional cooking time so long as you have room in your air fryer (or just batch cook them)
  • This recipe was tested in a Ninja Dual Zone air fryer, which can hold up to 8 hot dogs at a time between both baskets. Cooking times may vary slightly for other air fryers and brands of dogs
  • If you’d like a toasted bun you can throw them in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes to get them warm and lightly crisped
  • You may also top with cheese instead of stuffing if preferred. The cheese does tend to ooze out in the air fryer and make a mess as it melts during cooking
  • Store leftover bacon wrapped hot dogs in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months
  • Reheat bacon wrapped hot dogs in the air fryer for 5-6 minutes at 350°F, in the oven for about 10 minutes at 400°F, in the microwave on high for 1 minute, or in a skillet on the stove until warmed through
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any condiments, cheese, or sides added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 94gCalories: 315kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 12gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6.5gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 790mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gCalcium: 20mgIron: 2mg
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