These Air Fryer Sausage Peppers and Onions Sandwiches are made entirely in the air fryer! From cooking the sausage, peppers and onions to toasting the bun and melting the cheese there is no need to use any other pans or appliances!
These Sausage Peppers and Onions Sandwiches made entirely in the air fryer. If you want to make a perfect, restaurant-quality sausage, peppers and onions sub at home this is it! The sausage, peppers and onions “fry” up perfectly in the air fryer while retaining tons of flavor. Then, the best part is, that the whole sandwich is put back into the fryer to melt the cheese and toast the bun. In just 3 minutes the cheese melts and the bun gets the perfect amount of toasty all the way around! It’s a satisfying dinner the whole family will love – like a backyard BBQ, but easily done in the air fryer without much fuss!
How to Make Sausage Peppers and Onions Sandwiches
Sausage – This first step is to air fryer the sausages whole. You should use 5-6 large sausage links, you can choose sweet, mild or hot Italian sausage depending on your taste preferences! 8 minutes in the air fryer will cook them almost through and toast them nicely on the outside. It also makes it easy for you to slice them into bite-sized pieces. You will add the pieces back to the air fryer with the peppers and onions at the end.
Peppers and Onions – Toss the peppers and onions with olive oil and spices. You can use any color of bell peppers that you like – I used 1 red, 1 green and 1 orange. Add them to the air fryer basket, after 10 minutes at 400°F they should look as if you lightly sautéd them in a frying pan. At this point you will add the sausages back into the basket and finish everything off with 5 more minutes in the air fryer
Sandwiches – Even the sandwiches get a turn in the air fryer! You will want to use large, fresh sub buns that are sliced open down the center top. Lay 2 slices of provolone cheese (or other cheese of your liking) into the opening of the bun. Fill the sub with a generous helping of the sausage, peppers and onions and then top with 1 more slice of cheese.
Using tongs or a spatula, carefully transfer the sandwich to the air fryer and “fry” for 3 minutes. This is the perfect amount of time to melt the cheese and get the bun perfectly toasted all the way around. You likely will only be able to “toast” one sandwich at a time, you may be able to fit 2, but you don’t want to push it and have them fall apart trying to get them out. You should use tongs or a spatula to lift them in and out of the air fryer basket.
Can I make the Sausage Peppers and Onions Ahead of Time?
YES! You can air fryer the sausage, peppers and onions, up to 3 days ahead of when you want to eat them, just refrigerate them until you are ready to put together your sandwiches. You will want to heat up the sausage, peppers and onions for about a minute in the microwave before assembling the sandwiches. The 3 minutes in the air fryer is enough to melt the cheese and toast the bun, but not long enough to heat the sausage, peppers and onions from cold.
What to serve with Air Fryer Sausage Peppers and Onions Sandwiches
These sandwiches can really hold up as a stand alone meal, they don’t require a side dish. However, who doesn’t love a good side!
These Air Fryer Sausage, Peppers and Onions Sandwiches are made entirely in the air fryer! From cooking the sausage, peppers and onions to toasting the bun and melting the cheese there is no need to use any other pans or appliances!
1 19oz package mild or hot Italian sausage
1 large yellow onion, sliced thin
3 bell peppers sliced thin*
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
dash ground black pepper
5 sub rolls
15 slices provolone cheese
Preheat air fryer to 400°F
Spray air fryer basket with olive oil spray
Place the whole sausages in the fryer basket and “fry” for 8 minutes, flipping them over at the 4 minute mark
While the sausage are cooking, add the onions and peppers to a large bowl
Pour in the olive oil add the garlic powder, salt and black pepper, toss
After 8 minutes, remove the sausage from the air fryer and place on a cutting board
Add the peppers and onions to the air fryer basket and “fry” for 10 minutes at 400°F, tossing once at the 5 minute mark
While the peppers and onions are cooking, slice the sausages into 1/2″ pieces
After 10 minutes, add the sausages to the air fryer basket with the peppers and onions, toss
Turn the air fryer back on for 5 more minutes at 400°F
When it is done, transfer the sausage, peppers and onions to a clean bowl
Slice the 5 sub rolls down the center top
Lay 2 slices of provolone cheese in each roll
Top with a generous portion of the sausage, peppers and onions
Lay another piece of provolone cheese over the top of the sausage, peppers and onions
Carefully transfer the sandwiches to the air fryer, fry each sandwich for 3 minutes at 400°F to toast the roll and melt the cheese**
Carefully remove the sandwiches from the air fryer with a spatula or tongs
*can use any color – I used 1 red, 1 green and 1 orange
**Depending on the size of your air fryer and the shape of the basket you may need to toast the sandwiches one at a time, or you may be able to fit 2-3 at a time.
***You can make the sausage, peppers and onions in advance and then assemble and “fry” the sandwiches when you are ready to eat.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Method: Air Fryer
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More About Air Fryers
Every time I post a new air fryer recipe I get asked whether or not I think an air fryer is worth the investment. My answer is 100% YES! Of all the “extra” appliances I have in my kitchen it is the one I use most often! There are tons of uses for your air fryer that don’t even require cooking, like warming up leftover pizza or heating up frozen foods!
WHAT IS AN AIR FRYER AND WHY USE IT OVER DEEP FRYING OR BAKING?
An air fryer is a countertop kitchen appliance that uses hot air as opposed to oil to “fry” foods. In some recipes a small amount oil is used, but the use of hot air eliminates the need to use a lot of unhealthy oil as you would in a deep fryer to yield a similar crunchy, crispy “fried” texture.
Baking is also often used as an alternative to deep-frying. The air fryer cooks foods faster than an oven and yields crispier results due to the small compartment (basket) for cooking and hot air convection process.
WHICH AIR FRYER SHOULD I BUY?
You have a lot of choices when it comes to picking out an air fryer.
You could go with an affordable option like this air fryer by Dash. This was my first air fryer. I like the large basket and it’s easy to use. However, air frying is it’s only capability and it is not small, it takes up a lot of room on the counter top or in storage in your kitchen.
I was gifted the Ninja Foodi which has 9 different functions including air frying, pressure cooking, dehydrating and slow cooking. I like that it is multifunctional and the air frying function works really well. The downfall is that it is expensive, but if you are looking to consolidate a lot of your cooking appliances into one it is definitely the way to go!
I have also heard good things about the Cuisinart Air Fryer Convection Toaster Oven, it doubles as a toaster oven and is a more natural item to keep out on your countertop.
It can be overwhelming trying to decide which air fryer is best or which one is going to work for you. I suggest you consider how often you are going to use it, where you are going to store it and if there are other kitchen appliances you need or want to consolidate when making your decision.
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