Air Fryer Turkey Bacon


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Learn how to make turkey bacon in the air fryer in under 5 minutes! It’s fast and easy and yields crispy and crunchy bacon every single time.

Love cooking turkey in the air fryer? Try my air fryer turkey breast, air fryer turkey meatballs, and air fryer turkey burgers next.

turkey bacon in air fryer.

As much as I love regular bacon, I try and balance it out with healthier alternatives. This is where air fryer turkey bacon comes into the equation. It’s naturally just as crispy but with fewer calories and much less fat. The bonus is cooking it in the air fryer, which cuts down on the excess grease. I love serving this to my family with pancakes or eggs, in sandwiches or salads, or any other way we enjoy pork bacon.

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe 
  2. Ingredients needed 
  3. How to air fry turkey bacon
  4. Arman’s recipe tips
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More air fryer recipes to try
  8. Air Fryer Turkey Bacon (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe 

  • Super fast. Like air fryer bacon, the turkey version has less than 5 minutes cooking time.
  • Easy cleanup. The worst part about cooking bacon in a skillet was the clean-up afterward. With the air fryer, though, it’s just a quick rinse.
  • Perfect texture. Crispy turkey bacon is imperative, and this one ticks all the boxes!

★★★★★ REVIEW 

“I always use an air fryer for my bacon the best way to cook it. I often pair it with your air fryer soft boiled eggsCarol

Ingredients needed 

  • Uncured turkey bacon. Choosing the right kind of turkey bacon is key. Pick thick cut bacon that has minimal added fat and is nitrate-free. Also, check out the ingredient list and make sure there are no fillers or thickeners in them. I like to use Trader Joe’s turkey bacon as it’s the cleanest (no sodium nitrates!) and best-tasting.
  • Cooking spray. Optional, but I sometimes spritz some oil in the air fryer basket before adding the bacon for maximum crispiness.

How to air fry turkey bacon

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Add bacon: Add the turkey bacon strips to the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer.

uncooked turkey bacon in the air fryer.

Step 2- Air fry: Cook the turkey bacon for 4-5 minutes, flipping halfway through. If you have leftover bacon, repeat the process until it has all been cooked up. 

turkey bacon in the air fryer.

Arman’s recipe tips

  • You’ll know the turkey bacon is fully cooked once it’s golden brown and folds slightly.
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket, or the bacon won’t cook evenly. If the bacon won’t fit in there, cook it in batches. 
  • If the turkey bacon slices out greasy, place them on some paper towel just before serving.
  • I love using disposable air fryer liners, which make cleaning up an absolute breeze. Don’t fret, though—the bacon will be just as crispy as you’d expect!

Storage instructions

To store: Place leftovers in airtight containers to store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

To freeze: Leftover slices of turkey bacon can be stored in freezer safe bags for up to one month. Microwave them from frozen for quick breakfasts.

air fryer turkey bacon.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep bacon flat in the air fryer? 

Always cook bacon in the air fryer in batches, and never allow the slices to overlap.

More air fryer recipes to try

air fryer turkey bacon recipe.

Air Fryer Turkey Bacon

5 from 38 votes
Learn how to make turkey bacon in the air fryer in just 5 minutes! It's fast and easy and yields crispy and crunchy bacon every single time.
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 4 minutes
Total: 5 minutes


  • 12 ounces turkey bacon thick cut


  • Preheat the air fryer to 180C/350F.
  • Add a single layer of turkey bacon to the air fryer basket. 
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Repeat the process until all the bacon is cooked up.
  • If the bacon is a little greasy, you can place them on paper towel to soak up excess grease.


TO STORE: Place leftovers in airtight containers to store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
TO FREEZE: You can freeze cooked turkey bacon in freezer-safe bags for months, but it will lose its crispness once thawed. I try to use up any frozen bacon within a month.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 162kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 13gFat: 12gSodium: 972mgPotassium: 168mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 1g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Originally published October 2022, updated and republished May 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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