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Air Fryer Turkey Bacon is your new go-to breakfast idea that’s crispy and easy to make.

Air Fryer Turkey Bacon on a white plate

Breakfast is huge in our house. We not only love eating breakfast in the morning, but we also love doing breakfast for dinner too.

Turkey bacon in the air fryer has made it into the rotation and the entire family loves it!

It’s a great change-up to normal bacon, is completely keto, and can be cooked alongside other foods when cooking for just a few people – I go over how to do that in this Air Fryer Breakfast Recipes post!

In this post, I will teach you:

  • What the difference between uncured and cured turkey bacon is
  • How to make Air Fryer Turkey Bacon
  • The best turkey bacon brands out there
  • If it gets crispy in the air fryer
  • If turkey bacon is healthier than normal bacon
  • And how to clean your air fryer after making this recipe

I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.

What is the Difference Between Cured and Uncured Bacon?

If you’ve seen turkey bacon at the grocery store, you may have noticed it comes in two styles – cured and uncured.

Both are true turkey bacon, but the difference comes from how the bacon is preserved.

Cured turkey bacon has added artificial nitrates added in to help preserve the food and adds a little flavor while uncured turkey bacon is usually preserved with salt and celery.

Personal opinion? After having both cured and uncured turkey bacon back-to-back, I enjoy the uncured flavor more.

But if you’re looking to mimic the taste of actual bacon and get it super crispy, cured bacon will work best for this.

Raw turkey bacon in air fryer.

How to Make Turkey Bacon in the Air Fryer

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.

STEP TWO: Place a piece or two of bread under the basket inside the drawer to avoid the air fryer from potentially smoking then turkey bacon in the air fryer basket or rack in one layer.

You can overlap them slightly, but do not stack them.

STEP THREE: Cook the turkey bacon for 5 to 6 minutes flipping it over with silicone tongs halfway through cooking. If you would like your turkey bacon nice and crispy, add another minute or two of cooking time.

If using uncured bacon that’s a little wider, add another 2 to 3 minutes to the cooking time.

STEP FOUR: Remove it from the air fryer and enjoy!

Cooked turkey bacon in the air fryer

What is the Best Turkey Bacon to Try?

This all comes down to personal preference, but here are my favorites:

  • Applegate Uncured Bacon
  • Trader Joe’s Uncured Turkey Bacon
  • Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon
  • Butterball Turkey Bacon (Original)
Air Fryer Turkey Bacon on a white plate from overhead


Does Air Fryer Turkey Bacon Get Crispy?

Yes! If you find your turkey bacon is still on the limp side, continue to cook it for another 2 to 3 minutes, then check it again.

How long you cook turkey bacon in the air fryer will depend on how crispy it gets!

Hand holding a piece of turkey bacon with white plate in the background

Is Turkey Bacon Healthier than Normal Bacon?

Yes! Turkey bacon is a healthier alternative to normal bacon, but not by much.

It is still high in saturated fat and sodium but is a great way to switch out pork bacon sparingly.

You’ll notice a big difference when you cook bacon compared to turkey bacon in your air fryer.

Regular air fryer bacon requires you to have bread under the basket to prevent it from smoking, and I recommend doing the same when cooking turkey bacon too.

Air Fried Turkey Bacon on a white plate


How to Clean Your Air Fryer After This Recipe

I like to use just the basket or a silicone air fryer basket to make this recipe as it helps any grease drip from the bacon.

If you’re just using your normal air fryer basket, simply stick it in the sink with warm water and Dawn soap while eating. After eating, clean with a non-abrasive sponge and it should clean right out. You can also use parchment paper rounds to help with clean up.

If using a silicone basket, you can just stick it right in the dishwasher to clean!

Other Air Fryer Recipes To Try:

Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Turkey Bacon

Cooked turkey bacon in the air fryer

Cook turkey bacon in the air fryer for a delicious and crispy alternative to pork bacon!

Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 slices turkey bacon (cured or uncured)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the turkey bacon in the air fryer and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Cook uncured bacon that's a little wider for about 8 to 9 minutes. Flip the bacon halfway through cooking.
  3. Remove the turkey bacon from the air fryer and enjoy!

Notes

To make extra crispy turkey bacon slices, add an extra 1 to 2 minutes to the cooking time.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 327mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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2 thoughts on “Air Fryer Turkey Bacon”

  1. Thanks for the tip! I used the Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon and it’s way too thin for that cooking time…it was done between 6 and 7 minutes… I usually cook an entire package when I prepare it and find it easier to just do 2 rounds in the microwave with paper towels under and over the slices…if you are cooking in smaller quantities…the air fryer is perfect…going to make some hot browns for dinner tonight 😋

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    • Hi Sarah, it sounds like the cooking time is right then! The directions say 5 to 6 minutes for cured bacon (like Oscar Meyer) and the longer time is for wider uncured bacon.

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