Learn how to make turkey bacon in the air fryer with this foolproof recipe! It’s fast and easy and yields crispy and crunchy bacon every single time.
We love using our air fryer for anything and everything.
As die-hard bacon and turkey bacon lovers, our family has switched to cooking this breakfast meat on the stovetop and instead, air frying it up to perfection.
Air fryer turkey bacon is faster and easier, and there is no more oil splutter or messy kitchen countertops afterward. And it’s so easy to do; even the kids love to help out!
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Why you’ll love this recipe
- Ready in just 5 minutes. Just like we do with air fryer bacon, the turkey version is exactly the same. Add it to the air fryer, air fry, and BOOM. It’s done.
- Easy cleanup. The worst part about cooking bacon on the stovetop was the clean-up afterward. With the air fryer though, it’s a quick rinse afterwards.
- Healthy. Air frying cuts down on all the calories that frying would entail, but without sacrificing the flavor.
What I love about this recipe is how perfect the texture is. As we all know, crispy bacon is imperative, and this one ticks all the boxes!
Cooking turkey bacon in the air fryer doesn’t need much at all. In fact, all you need is the bacon, and that is it!
- Turkey bacon. Choosing the right kind of turkey bacon is key. Pick thickly 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 and best-tasting.
How to cook turkey bacon in the air fryer
This recipe calls for a simple process, and the hands-on time is minimal, as the air fryer takes care of all the hard work!
Preheat the air fryer: Start by preheating the air fryer to 180C/350F. This will allow the bacon to cook when we place them in the air fryer basket.
Add bacon: Add turkey bacon to the air fryer basket in a single layer.
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.
Tips to make the best recipe
- If you use pre-cooked turkey bacon, reduce the cooking time to 4 minutes.
- 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 you use extra lean or fat-free bacon, lightly grease the base of the air fryer basket.
- I love using disposable air fryer liners, which makes cleaning up an absolute breeze. Don’t fret though- the bacon will be just as crispy as you’d expect!
To store: Keep the leftovers in airtight containers to store them 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.
Reheating: Reheat in the air fryer or a non-stick pan. Avoid microwaving it as it will lose its crispiness.
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Frequently Asked Questions
4 1/2 minutes is the ideal cooking time for crispy turkey bacon. Cook each side for 2 minutes, flipping halfway through. If you like extra crispy bacon, monitor it after 5 minutes and remove it once it has reached your desired crispiness.
When the color of turkey bacon becomes golden brown and folds slightly, it’s fully cooked and ready to enjoy.
Always cook bacon in the air fryer in batches, and never allow the slices to overlap.
Flip the bacon in the air fryer to ensure the same crispness on both sides. Be sure to only flip once if you want it to be perfectly crispy.
Air Fryer Turkey Bacon
- 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.
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