Air Fryer Smoked Sausage (or Kielbasa) just made your life so much easier! Dinner is served in less than 10 minutes!! You can serve it up on a bun like a giant, fancy hot dog or slice it up and air fry with onions and peppers for a yummy entree that’s great over rice.
My dad was a big fan of smoked sausage & kielbasa and I’ve eaten it since I was a kid. It’s a very flavorful pre-cooked sausage. Growing up we either sauteed it in a skillet in either a touch of oil or an inch of water – mainly just to heat it through. But now – pop it in the air fryer and it’s even quicker!
What’s the Difference? Smoked Sausage vs. Kielbasa vs. Mettwurst vs. Bratwurst
The short answer – if you’re not getting too technical – is not much. Most versions of all are pre-cooked pork or beef that is in a casing and smoked – at least to some extent.
Smoked Sausage – I got a gift box from the folks at Kiolbassa and they sent me four varieties of their Smoked Sausage. I made the Beef Smoked Sausage for this recipe – but all of these varieties cook up pretty much the same.
Kielbasa is traditionally a U-shaped sausage that is precooked and not quite as “smoky” as it’s precooked but not always smoked. I grew up on Kielbasa – it was something we made at least a couple times a month – often times served with a good ol’ can of Pork & Beans (yuck!).
If you look up more info on Mettwurst – it’s actually a German sausage that is not always cooked – but here in Cincinnati – people consider “Metts” a smoked sausage. My favorite local brand is Queen City Sausage – their cheddar metts are my favorite!
Lastly – I’ll also mention Bratwurst – most of the time Brats are NOT pre-cooked and smoked. They’re more white and raw on purchase. BUT the folks back home in Iowa at the Amana Colonies sell Smoked Brats – again the Cheddar Brats are ridiculously amazing. These are basically the same as a Cheddar Mett here in Cinci. I will say – these Cheddar Brats are so freakin delicious – they are smokier than Queen City and I really love them. I also bought Breaded Pork Tenderloins and Bacon (which I just made on my Traeger last week).
How do you make Smoked Sausage in the Air Fryer?
Uh – this could not get any easier.
- Open package
- Put sausages in air fryer
- Hit start
Sausages in links like this are very similar to hot dogs and are done in 5-6 minutes because they’re already pre-cooked.
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What to serve with Smoked Sausage
Because these are so quick – and if you have room – you can make a side dish with the sausage in the air fryer! Or serve it up with lots of tasty sides. Here are some of my favorites:
Air Fryer Smoked Sausage
- 2 links smoked sausage
- Place smoked sausage links in air fryer
- Air Fry at 350-360 degrees for 6 minutes
- Remove with tongs and serve!