Air Fryer Bacon

by Marsha - Budget Bytes
5 from 2 votes
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Bacon is my go-to protein of choice for breakfast on the weekends or during the week when I have a little extra time in the mornings. And I love how easy it is to cook Air Fryer Bacon. It’s a lot quicker than cooking bacon in the oven and everything is contained in the air fryer basket, so less splatter on the stovetop. It’s definitely a quick & easy cooking method for all you bacon lovers out there!

Overhead view of Air Fryer Bacon strips on a white serving plate.

Why Cook Bacon In An Air Fryer?

Cooking bacon in the air fryer is all about convenience and saving time. It’s a lot quicker than preheating and baking your bacon inside an oven. It’s also a lot less messier than cooking bacon on the stovetop and having grease splatter everywhere. Everything is contained inside the air fryer basket for easy cooking and simple clean up!

How Long To Cook Air Fryer Bacon?

The cook times for air frying bacon will depend on the thickness of the bacon and how crispy you want your bacon to be. We tried a couple different cook times and temperatures with a few different types of bacon. Our preferred temperature was 360°F. So for regular cut bacon, air fry at 360°F for 7-9 minutes or 12-14 minutes for thick cut bacon.

What To Serve With Air Fryer Bacon?

Enjoy your air fryer bacon with a side of Homemade Pancakes, Cheese Grits, or my favorite is a simple Fried Egg with a side of toast. Air fryer bacon is also perfect to crumble and add to several dishes like Breakfast Pizza, Egg Muffins, Deviled Eggs, or these tasty Twice Baked Potatoes!

Overhead view of Air Fryer bacon cooked in an air fryer basket.
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Air Fryer Bacon

5 from 2 votes
Making crispy Air Fryer Bacon is quick & easy and less hassle than cooking it on the stovetop. Breakfast just got easier!
Overhead view of Air Fryer bacon strips on a white serving plate with toast on the side.
Servings 4 slices
Prep 2 minutes
Cook 13 minutes
Total 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon ($2.66)
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Instructions 

  • Place the bacon slices evenly, in a single layer, inside the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry bacon at 360°F for 7-9 minutes for regular cut bacon or 12-14 minutes for thick cut bacon. We used thick cut bacon for this recipe and cooked it for 13 minutes until crispy.
  • Remove the cooked bacon from the air fryer and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. If you are cooking another batch, carefully pour out any excess grease, wipe out the bottom of the air fryer basket with a paper towel, then repeat air frying the next batch of bacon.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 92kcalCarbohydrates: 0.3gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSodium: 146mg
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Overhead view of a white plate with Air Fryer Bacon and a fried egg on the plate.

How to Make Air Fryer Bacon – Step by Step Photos

Uncooked bacon in an Air Fryer Basket.

Place four bacon slices evenly, in a single layer, inside the air fryer basket.

Cooked bacon strips in an Air Fryer Basket

Air fry bacon at 360°F for 7-9 minutes for regular cut bacon or 12-14 minutes for thick cut bacon. We used thick cut bacon for this recipe and cooked it for 13 minutes until crispy. Remove the cooked bacon from the air fryer and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. If you are cooking another batch, carefully pour out any excess grease, wipe out the bottom of the air fryer basket with a paper towel, then repeat air frying the next batch of bacon.

Overhead view of Air Fryer bacon strips on a white serving plate with toast on the side.

Enjoy your crispy air fryer bacon with your favorite breakfast sides or crumbled and added to your favorite dish!

Overhead view of Air Fryer bacon and a fried egg on a white serving plate with toast on the side.
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  1. Works perfectly! After baking bacon in the oven for years, this is my new go to method of making bacon.

  2. There are 2 kinds of air fryers–if you have one like mine which is also a toaster oven, this is not the method for you. It can create a mess of spectacular proportions. I use my regular oven on convection mode instead, putting baking racks inside a deep lasagna pan to contain spatters and drips. I can still get wonderfully crisp bacon in about 15 minutes–a little longer than the time for one of the little air fryers, but, OTOH, I make about 2-3 times as much and just put the leftovers in a freezer bag for another use.