This recipe for Air Fryer Turkey Bacon is just so easy. This healthy and flavorful side dish can be served with breakfast or on top of a sandwich at lunchtime. Make it in less than 10 minutes for a quick breakfast on a busy morning!

turkey bacon served on a plate with scrambled eggs and potatoes

There are several great ways to cook turkey bacon. I love to bake it in the oven, or you can just cook it up in a skillet on the stove top. Some people even microwave it.

As an alternative to those methods, let me introduce you to air fryer turkey bacon! I hope you’ll agree that this crispy turkey bacon is perfect for the whole family.

This method of using the air fryer is perfect for when you:

  • just want to cook several pieces (like to crumble on a salad or put on a sandwich),
  • don’t want to heat up your kitchen,
  • and need to make it fast with easy cleanup.

Recipe Steps for Air Fryer Turkey Bacon

Step One

Add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of your air fryer basket. This will help keep the air fryer from smoking as any excess grease from the bacon drips to the bottom.

Some people recommend using aluminum foil in the bottom of the air fryer to catch the grease, but I don’t like that method as the foil can impair the circulation of hot air in the air fryer basket.

Step Two

Lay your bacon slices flat in the basket of your air fryer.

If this is your first time using your air fryer, then be sure to check the instruction manual for tips on whether or not you need to pre-heat your air fryer (most models do not require pre-heating).

uncooked turkey bacon inside an air fryer

Step Three

Cook the bacon for 8-9 minutes at 360 degree F. Your cook time may increase or decrease by a minute or two depending on your exact air fryer model.

Blot any excess grease from the bacon strips with paper towels before serving.

five slices of cooked turkey bacon in an air fryer

Step Four

Serve warm or at room temperature. The turkey bacon will get crispier as it cools. My husband loves his crispy bacon with over-medium eggs.

If you want to make a second batch right away, just repeat the steps.


What kind of air fryer do you recommend?

I am not tied to one brand. I have had several air fryers and liked them all. This Gourmia air fryer is similar to the one I am using now.

Can I cook regular bacon this way?

Yes, you can. Increase the temperature to 375 degrees F and keep the cook time to around 10 minutes. Just keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.

Is turkey bacon gluten-free?

Not all brands of bacon are gluten-free, so just be sure to read the labels when purchasing. I like to find a brand of uncured turkey bacon to avoid any added sodium nitrates and preservatives.

Is turkey bacon healthy?

Turkey bacon is has less fat and fewer calories than regular pork bacon. It can be a healthier option to regular bacon.

turkey bacon served with fried eggs and black pepper

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turkey bacon cooked in air fryer basket

Air Fryer Turkey Bacon


This recipe for Air Fryer Turkey Bacon is just so easy. This healthy and flavorful side dish can be served with breakfast or on top of a sandwich at lunchtime. Make it in less than 10 minutes!


  • ½ cup water
  • 46 slices of turkey bacon


  1. Add the water to the bottom of the air fryer. The water will ensure that you don’t get smoke from the excess grease while the bacon cooks.
  2. Lay your strips of turkey bacon in the basket of your air-fryer. Set the temperature to 360°F and let the bacon cook for 8-9 minutes, keeping an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. The bacon should be bubbling and a medium shade of brown when it is done cooking.
  3. Use tongs to carefully transfer the cooked bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Blot any excess grease from the cooked bacon.
  4. Serve warm.


  1. The amount of turkey bacon that you can cook in one batch depends on how big your air fryer basket is. You don’t want to overlap the pieces as they will not cook evenly.
  2. If you are on a gluten-free diet, be sure to read the packaging to make sure your turkey bacon is gluten-free. 
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: turkey bacon in air fryer

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