Here is a round-up of the best Air Fryer Thanksgiving recipes that are delicious and easy to make. Save space in your regular oven when you’re cooking for the holidays this year. This round-up includes 21 side dishes, main dishes, and dessert recipes.

beautiful display of air fryer thanksgiving foods on a tabletop.

Using the Air Fryer at Thanksgiving

Do you plan to use your air fryer for the holidays? I know I will be using mine! In fact, I will probably make at least 2-3 dishes including Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin and Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts with bacon. My husband has already requested these Thanksgiving dinner dishes and that will leave room in my oven to make other things like pie.

If you’re new to air frying, then you might not know that it’s essentially a small convection oven. This means that you can cook almost anything in your air fryer basket that you would normally cook in a regular oven.

When talking about Thanksgiving day, this means that you can cook items like green beans, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, pork chops, and even turkey in the air fryer. I’ve even included some air fryer desserts that you can add to your Thanksgiving menu that might end up being the star of the show.

Besides saving space in your regular oven, using the air fryer during the holiday season means that you’ll reduce the cooking time for most items and speed up the time you’ll need to spend on your Thanksgiving feast.

Less time in the kitchen means more time for spending with your loved ones.

If you don’t have an air fryer yet, then it’s time to grab one. I’ve make a list of the best air fryers under $100.

Air Fryer Thanksgiving FAQs

Can I cook a whole turkey in the air fryer?

It will likely be too hard to find a turkey small enough to fit into most air fryer baskets. You are better off cooking a whole chicken or a turkey breast in your air fryer.

Can I bake pumpkin pie in the air fryer?

Yes, you can! You’ll need a small baking dish that will fit inside your air fryer. Here’s a great dairy-free air fryer pumpkin pie recipe from Air Fryer Eats.

Now onto the recipes! All of these are healthy and made with real food ingredients. And, don’t miss my article on how to eat clean during the holidays for even more motivation and support.

Best Air Fryer Thanksgiving Recipes

When you’re looking for Thanksgiving side dishes or the main course recipes, I’ve got you covered. I’ve been using an air fryer for many years now, and I’ve tested all of these delicious recipes. I hope you find some dishes to add to your holiday menu and Thanksgiving table.

From this list of easy air fryer recipes, you can find different ways to cook traditional foods in a fraction of the time. The best part is that you can make save oven space without compromising on delicious flavor.

Air Fryer Thanksgiving Recipes

Side Dishes

Here are the best healthy air fryer side dishes to make for Thanksgiving.

Main Dishes

Try any of these delicious Air Fryer Main Dishes for Thanksgiving, including turkey tenderloin or a whole chicken.


Here are some yummy sweets and desserts that you can make in your air fryer for the Thanksgiving holiday.


I hope you enjoyed this round-up of the best air fryer recipes for your Thanksgiving meal. These are some of my favorite recipes that are tried and true. Happy holidays!!!

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