Nathan’s Pretzel Dog Air Fryer Recipe: Delicious and Easy

When I’m at the mall or on the road, there’s just something irresistible about getting a pretzel dog for a snack. The soft and salty treat is everything I want. Instead of heading out, though, now I just head to the freezer and make a Nathan’s pretzel dog in the air fryer.

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Why You Want This Recipe

Your air fryer does an amazing job of preparing frozen pretzel dogs. You’ll get that warm, doughy wrapping around a perfectly caramelized hot dog. It’s the perfect salty treat to satisfy your cravings.

You can cook your pretzel dogs directly from frozen as well, with no defrosting required. Better yet, they only require about 5 minutes to be perfectly cooked!

nathan's air fryer pretzel dogs on a plate and cut in half

This makes it convenient to always have on hand for a quick and easy snack or light meal. Pair them with your favorite hot dog toppings or sides!

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

nathan's pretzel dogs next to packaging
  • Nathan’s Famous pretzel dogs
  • Condiments as desired (optional)

Ingredient Tips and Notes

  • Nathan’s pretzel dogs are found in the freezer aisle of most grocery stores. They’re typically sold in quantities ranging from 4 all the way to 40 in wholesale stores. A serving size is 1, and you can cook as many as you want at a time so long as they fit in a single layer in your air fryer
  • This recipe also works with other brands of frozen pretzel dogs, such as Auntie Anne’s, Dutch Country, or Chicago Deli. You can also use mini pretzel dogs!
  • My favorite topping is yellow mustard, but you can use anything you like!

How to Cook Nathan’s Pretzel Dogs in the Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 370°F (or 375°F depending on your air fryer’s available settings)
  2. Remove Nathan’s pretzel dogs from all external packaging. Place into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, allowing some air space between
nathan's pretzel dogs in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 5-8 minutes at 370°F, or until hot dogs reach 165°F internal temperature and desired level of browning is achieved
  2. Serve with your favorite hot dog condiments!
overhead view of nathan's air fryer pretzel dogs on a plate

What to Serve With Pretzel Dogs

  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Relish
  • Chili
  • Cheese sauce
  • Coleslaw
  • Potato salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Corn on the cob
  • Baked beans
  • Fruit salad

There are a lot of great toppings and sides to serve with your pretzel dogs for a complete meal! They even make a great addition to your next cookout, pleasing kids and adults alike.

Try your air fryer Nathan’s pretzel dogs with my easy Frozen Corn on the Cob in the Air Fryer, barbecue Air Fryer Baked Beans, dunked in Air Fryer Queso cheese sauce, or loaded up with Air Fryer Chili.

Recipe FAQs

Can You Cook Frozen Pretzel Dogs in an Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen pretzel dogs in an air fryer.

They may be cooked directly from frozen and require no defrosting or pre-cooking.

How Long to Cook Frozen Pretzel Dogs in an Air Fryer?

Frozen pretzel dogs should be cooked for about 5-8 minutes in an air fryer. The exact time will depend on your specific air fryer, as well as the desired browning level on both the hot dog and pretzel wrapping.

Hot dogs should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 140°F for food safety, though Nathan’s recommends 165°F for their frozen pretzel dogs.

How Do You Cook Nathan’s Frozen Pretzel Dogs?

You can cook Nathan’s frozen pretzel dogs in the microwave, oven, air fryer, or toaster oven.

The microwave will deliver a soft, squishy pretzel, whereas the other options will give it more of a crust.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • If you want the pretzel to be crispy around the entire dog, then flip them halfway through cooking. However, they’ll cook just fine without and have a slightly softer underside if you don’t
  • For a more traditional pretzel feel, apply a little water and sea salt before cooking, or after cooking feel free to brush with melted butter and add sea salt
holding up a cross section of a nathan's pretzel dog

Storage and Reheating

  • Store leftover Nathan’s pretzel dogs in the refrigerator and consume within 4 days. Do not refreeze previously cooked frozen pretzel dogs
  • Reheat in the microwave for 40-60 seconds on high, or in the air fryer for 3 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through

More Air Fryer Hot Dog Recipes to Check Out

Final Thoughts

This Nathan’s pretzel dog air fryer preparation method has to be my favorite way to enjoy them. A perfectly caramelized hot dog in a pretzel crust that’s just a little crunchy on the outside, while being soft and chewy inside.

Your frozen pretzel dog can go straight from freezer to air fryer, and cooks perfectly in under 10 minutes. That makes for a quick and easy snack, or an entire meal when paired with some additional sides.

Plus, you don’t even have to fire up the grill or oven to enjoy them, making these dogs perfect for enjoyment year round!

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Nathan’s Pretzel Dogs Air Fryer Cooking Instructions (No Microwave)

Cook tasty Nathan’s frozen pretzel dogs in your air fryer in under 10 minutes! They’re perfect for a snack or meal when paired with sides.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 330 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Nathan’s Famous frozen pretzel dog

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 370°F (or 375°F depending on your air fryer’s available settings)
  • Remove Nathan’s pretzel dogs from all external packaging. Place into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, allowing some air space between each one
    1 Nathan’s Famous frozen pretzel dog
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 5-8 minutes at 370°F, or until hot dogs reach 165°F internal temperature and desired level of browning is achieved
  • Serve alone or with your favorite hot dog condiments

Notes

  • Nathan’s pretzel dogs are found in the freezer aisle of most grocery stores. They’re typically sold in quantities ranging from 4 all the way to 40 in wholesale stores. A serving size is 1, and you can cook as many as you want at a time so long as they fit in a single layer in your air fryer
  • This recipe also works with other brands of frozen pretzel dogs, such as Auntie Anne’s, Dutch Country, or Chicago Deli. You can also use mini pretzel dogs!
  • My favorite topping is yellow mustard, but you can use anything you like!
  • If you want the pretzel to be crispy around the entire dog, then flip them halfway through cooking. However, they’ll cook just fine without and have a slightly softer underside if you don’t
  • For a more traditional pretzel feel, apply a little water and sea salt before cooking, or after cooking feel free to brush with melted butter and add sea salt
  • Store leftover Nathan’s pretzel dogs in the refrigerator and consume within 4 days. Do not refreeze previously cooked frozen pretzel dogs
  • Reheat in the microwave for 40-60 seconds on high, or in the air fryer for 3 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on flavor of ingredients, any sauces or sides added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 113gCalories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 11gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 830mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 60IUIron: 2.7mg
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