The best and easiest way to cook perfect, crispy turkey bacon absolutely HAS to be the air fryer! With less mess and more reliability than cooking turkey bacon on the stovetop, this foolproof 10-minute method is a total breakfast, brunch, or dinner game-changer.
🥓 What Makes This Recipe So Good
- Cooking turkey bacon has never been easier! Seriously. Just place your turkey bacon into the air fryer, and let it do all of the work for you. Of course, you’ll want to flip the bacon towards the middle of the cook time, but that’s it!
- Air fryers achieve the perfect crisp! It takes all of the guesswork (and stress!) out of cooking over a hot and greasy stovetop. Check the bacon more frequently once it gets closer to the end of the cook time to ensure the bacon reaches your preferred doneness.
- This is a great way to cook multiple pieces of bacon at once. You may want to work in batches if serving a large group, but the air fryer works quickly, so no one will be waiting too long for their share of turkey bacon!
👩🏼🍳 Chef’s Tips
- Air fryer baking times vary depending on each individual air fryer. Use this recipe as a base guideline, checking your turkey bacon often to ensure preferred doneness.
- For crispier bacon, let your bacon rest on a cooling rack over the paper towel lined plate. This ensures the grease does not sit with the bacon and make it soft. If you prefer softer bacon, place turkey bacon directly onto the paper towel lined plate.
- If you’re working in batches, let your air fryer basket cool down before wiping away excess grease and beginning next batch. Older bacon grease will get hotter and begin to smoke. Cleaning out the basket before beginning another batch will keep your kitchen clear!
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- 1 12-ounce package turkey bacon any brand
- Air Fryer
- large plate
- Paper towels
- Wire cooling rack optional
- neutral cooking spray must be safe for air fryers
- Preheat air fryer to 400° Fahrenheit. While air fryer preheats, line plate with paper towels and set aside. For extra crispy bacon, place wire cooling rack over plate lined with paper towels.
- When air fryer is preheated, spray basket with neutral cooking spray. Separate strips of turkey bacon and place in air fryer basket in single layer, making sure strips of bacon do not overlap. Work in batches as needed depending on size of air fryer.
- Place basket in air fryer and cook bacon 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, carefully remove basket and flip strips of bacon over, again keeping strips from overlapping.
- Return basket to air fryer and cook bacon 4 minutes more or until desired doneness is achieved.
- When satisfied with doneness of bacon, transfer bacon to paper towels (or wire cooling rack). If cooking multiple batches of bacon, wipe out basket with paper towels and spray with cooking spray before adding more bacon. Repeat process with remaining bacon strips until all have been cooked. Serve as desired.
- Cook Times: Exact cook times will vary from one air fryer to another. Check bacon frequently if needed to prevent under- or over-cooking.
- Make it Whole30: Use a compliant turkey bacon with no sweeteners or incompatible additives.
- Make it Paleo: Use a compliant turkey bacon. Note that some natural sweeteners are allowed on a paleo diet – turkey bacon using these sweeteners would be fine here.
- Make it Keto: Use a sugar-free turkey bacon.
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