These easy Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket are the tastiest appetizer, lunch box treat, or game day snack. They’re made with only four ingredients and cooked in just six minutes, so they’re simple to make and always a crowd pleaser!
Pigs in a blanket are such a classic appetizer and party food. Why? They’re oh so easy to make, and everybody loves them! I mean, what’s not to like? There’s a savory cocktail sausage wrapped up in biscuits or puff pastry, served with some kind of yummy dipping sauce.
Personally, pigs in a blanket are a nostalgic recipe. I can remember eating these at my grandma’s house on New Year’s Eve when I was about 6. Fast forward a few years and I was sneaking a few extra off a tray while the grown ups were busy during a football game.
Now as an adult, I love making air fryer piggies for my kids and guests to enjoy. And since I’m all grown up, I don’t have to sneak it if I want extra — I can eat as many as I want!
And those 1990’s pigs in a blanket are all grown up now too, since this recipe has given them a total upgrade! Yup, these little bites of deliciousness are made with all beef cocktail sausages (or hot dogs), flakey puff pastry, homemade honey mustard, and bagel seasoning.
Best of all, they’re cooked in the air fryer, so they’re nice and crispy AND made in a snap! Now don’t worry if you don’t have an air fryer yet, there’s a very easy oven adaptation, so you can still make these at home!
- Cocktail Sausages. I like Teton Waters Ranch cocktail sausages because they’re 100% beef, made without any sugar or additives, and the perfect size for two bites! You can also use full sized hot dogs, just cut each hot dog into pieces about 2 inches in length.
- Puff Pastry. Puff pastry is buttery, flakey and crispy, which works wonderfully when wrapped around the tender cocktail sausages in this dish. Look for it in the freezer aisle. Alternately, crescent rolls also work.
- Honey Mustard. Use your favorite store bought brand like or make your own by mixing 2 Tablespoons of dijon mustard, 2 Tablespoons of honey, and 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise.
- Bagel Seasoning. It adds a little extra flavor and crunch to each bite. I buy the bagel seasoning at Costco or Aldi.
- Egg, optional. The egg is only used for egg wash on the top of puff pastry to help it brown and crisp, and to help the bagel seasoning stick. It’s completely optional so feel free to leave it off if you’d like to skip a step.
How to Assemble Pigs in a Blanket
Making this recipe is easy as can be! Here’s the step by step instructions to make pigs in a blanket perfectly in the air fryer:
- Defrost the puff pastry enough to unfold it but so it’s still firm and chilled, about 30 minutes. Lay it out on a board. Use a shard knife to cut it into 2 x 4 inch pieces, so that it’s long enough to wrap around a cocktail sausage.
- If using hot dogs, cut them into 2 inch long pieces. Pat the sausages dry with a few paper towels. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of honey mustard onto the end of each piece of puff pastry, and place a cocktail sausage on top of each.
- Gently roll the puff pastry around the sausage, pressing to seal together at the end. Set it seam side down on the board.
- Brush the top of the puff pastry with egg wash and sprinkle with bagel seasoning.
Note: You’ll need to work quickly once the puff pastry is defrosted. If it sits at room temperature for too long, it’ll become too soft and doughy and won’t be as flakey once cooked. If it softens too much, don’t panic! Just set the prepped pigs in a blanket in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes before you begin cooking.
Air Frying Pigs in a Blanket
Cooking pigs in a blanket in the air fryer is great for a few reasons. First, it’s really fast. Second, there’s hardly any cleanup. Third, it makes them ultra crispy on the outside while keeping the meat tender and juicy. Here’s how to do it!
- Cook in batches so you don’t overcrowd the air fryer, only about 6-8 at a time, depending on the size of your air fryer basket.
- Set each one seam side down in the basket with space between each one so the air can circulate.
- Cook for 5-6 minutes, until flakey and crispy. Serve with extra honey mustard or ketchup.
That’s it! You’ll be on your way to a delicious bite sized snack before you know it, giving you plenty of time to make more easy game day snacks, like my Air Fryer Burger Bites.
To cook in the oven: Preheat your oven to 400F. Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the pigs in a blanket seam side down on the baking sheet, leaving space between each one. Cook for 25 minutes or until crispy and flakey.
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Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket
- 8 oz. cocktail sausages or hot dogs
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 1/4 cup honey mustard store bought, or mix together 2 Tablespoons of dijon mustard, 2 Tablespoons of honey, and 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise.
- 1 Tablespoon bagel seasoning
- 1 egg, optional, lightly beaten
- Defrost the puff pastry enough to unfold it but so it's still firm and chilled, about 30 minutes. Use a sharp knife to cut the puff pastry into 2 x 4 inch pieces.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400F.
- Meanwhile, if using hot dogs, cut them into 2 inch long pieces. Pat the sausages dry with a few paper towels. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of honey mustard onto the end of each piece of puff pastry, and place a cocktail sausage on top of each.
- Gently roll the puff pastry around the sausage, pressing to seal together at the end. Set it seam side down on the board. Brush the top of the puff pastry with egg and sprinkle with bagel seasoning.
- Set 6-8 pigs in a blanket in your air fryer basket, seam side down, with space between each one so the air can circulate. Cook for 5-6 minutes, until flakey and crispy. Serve with extra honey mustard or ketchup.