Oh boy, these air fryer bacon wrapped hot dogs are so good and a game changer! Air fried bacon and hot dogs are such a great combination together.

Air Fried Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs on a plate

Why is Air Fryer Smoking when cooking bacon?

Tips on cooking air fryer bacon wrapped hot dogs. Cooking too much bacon at once can release oil splattering on the heating element. This causes the air fryer to release smoke. Read our detailed write up here on What Causes Air Fryer to Smoke.  Size of hot dogs and thickness of the bacon will vary so adjust times accordingly.  Try not to cook too much bacon at once.

Best Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs Recipe

Making these in the air fryer is seriously a game changer. It’s not only a quick and easy way to make air fried bacon hot dogs. The crispy textures are what makes these hot dogs exceptional. The hot circulator air cooks the bacon and hot dogs evenly and to a perfect crisp.   Sure, grilling them on grill is our favorite, but the air fried version is a very close second because it’s so easy on the clean up!

Air Fried Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs in a basket

Video Making Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs in the Air Fryer

Are hot dogs really better in the air fryer?

Folks always ask us this and it’s a great question to ask when it comes to air frying hot dogs. This is always up for debate and it depends on what you’re comparing the air fryer to. Air frying hot dogs is way better than microwaving hot dogs and boiling hot dogs. Sorry, but that’s our honest opinion. The air fryer gives a nice crust on the outside of the hot dog. When it comes to grilling hot dogs, we love the grilled flavor and this technique is our favorite. But when you’re only needing to a hot dog or two, then air frying is definitely the way to go. Cooking them in the air fryer is much quicker than grilling and if you cook them hot and long enough, you can get a nice char.

How To Make Air Fried Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs in Air Fryer

  • If you don’t like to have crispy hot dog edges, then make sure to wrap the bacon all the way to the tips.
  • One way to keep the bacon from shrinking away from the hot dog ends is to use toothpicks to secure the bacon.
  • For smaller hot dogs, one slice of bacon should be enough. For longer or thicker hot dogs, you can use 2 slices of bacon if you’re a bacon lover. 🙂
  • Avoid overlapping the bacon when wrapping around the hot dog. You want to make sure the bacon is in a single layer around the hot dog so the bacon can cook crispy.
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket and make sure to lay all the hot dogs in a single layer. Leave a little space between them so the hot air can crisp the bacon on all sides.
  • Make sure to remove the toothpick before eating!
  • And if you want warm crispy buns, air fry those too for about a minute. Wow, it’s so good when the hot dog buns are warm!
  • All recipe details are in the recipe box below.
  • Cooking bacon separately is so easy. Here’s how.
Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs step by step photos

Cooking with Thick Cut Bacon?

If you’re air frying with thick cut bacon, you might need to add another minute or two of air frying. And try different bacon flavors like applewood smoked bacon or black pepper bacon. Mix up your bacon choices and enjoy!

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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

If you don't like to have crispy hot dog edges, then make sure to wrap the bacon all the way to the tips. Cook the hot dogs and bacon to what ever doneness you like. Just check them halfway though the cooking time and adjust the remainder of your time to your personal taste and texture. One way to keep the bacon from shrinking away from the hot dog ends is to use toothpicks to secure the bacon. Make sure to remove the toothpick before eating! 
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  • 4 hot dogs
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • For serving: ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, pickles, jalapeños, onions, etc.



  • Wrap the bacon slices around hot dogs snugly. If you want, you can use a toothpick to secure the bacon to the hot dog. Make sure bacon covers the tips of the hot dogs. Place in air fryer basket/tray.
    Wrapping hot dog with bacon
  • Air Fry at 380°F/193°C for 8-10 minutes depending on your preferred texture, size of hot dogs, and how cooked you like your bacon. Flip the hot dogs half way through cooking.  If using toothpicks – REMOVE the tooth pics before serving!
    If you like your hot dogs & bacon extra crispy, cook them a little hotter. Use these instructions instead: Air Fry at 400°F/204°C for about 6-8 minutes. Flip the hot dogs half way through cooking. If using toothpicks – REMOVE the tooth pics before serving!
    Cooked bacon wrapped hot dogs in air fryer basket
  • For crispy warm hot dog buns: Place bacon wrapped hot dogs in the buns and air fry for another minute or until the bread is warm. Serve with your favorite toppings.
    Bacon wrapped hot dog in a bun

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 321kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 666mg, Potassium: 163mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin C: 0.6mg, Calcium: 84mg, Iron: 2.6mg

Can you cook bacon separately?

Sure, this is totally fine to cook the bacon separately instead of wrapping the hot dog. We suggest cooking the bacon first if you’re planning on using the air fryer to cook the bacon. Here’s our recipes for air fryer bacon that’s flat and twisted bacon in the air fryer.

After the bacon is finished in the air fryer, wipe down any excess bacon grease. Then just air fry the hot dogs separately, then warm the buns. You can use our the recipe in the recipe box below for timing and temp. Also, have you tried our bacon wrapped corn on the cob in the air fryer? It’s delicious!

Topping ideas for Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

We love different toppings on our hot dogs. The possibilities are endless. Have fun with these ideas for a hot dog station at your next party.

  • classic mustard and ketchup is always great.
  • Creamy buttermilk ranch is great for a bacon ranch hot dog
  • Tarter sauce isn’t just for seafood. Try it on your hot dog. The creamy, tangy flavors are excellent.
  • Thousand island is great on burgers AND hot dogs.
  • Hot sauce is always awesome. There’s so many different kinds like chili crunch or chili oil is a great flavor option. The crunch of the onion and garlic is so good on hot dogs.
  • BBQ sauce adds a fantastic smoky flavor. We love all types of barbecue sauce.
  • Pickled red onions and other pickles. Relish and sauerkraut.
  • Extra cheese on top is always nice. A cheesy hot dog is always a favorite.
  • Caramelized onions are awesome
  • Sauteed strips of bell peppers or air fried strips of bell peppers are great.
  • How about some crispy shallots or crispy onions? These add great crunch to air fryer hot dogs.

Serve with strips of bacon instead of wrapping bacon

If you don’t want to wrap the bacon around the hot dogs, you can always just serve with strips of bacon. We have two recipes on how to air fry bacon and air fryer bacon twists. It’s a great way to have bacon ready for these hot dogs.

Warm Hot Dog Buns in Air Fryer

Remember to warm the hot dog buns in the air fryer. These make the bacon wrapped hot dogs so much more amazing! The warm, toasty buns from the hot air fryer is super amazing. Don’t just serve cold hot dog buns straight from the bag.

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