Best Air Fryer Bacon (In Less Than 10 Minutes!)

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Air Fryer Bacon is crispy and delicious. It’s ready in less than 10 minutes and leaves your home free of smoke and grease splatters!

So you got an air fryer and the first thing you want to learn how to make is bacon, right? It’s insanely crispy and SO easy to make! It’s also the only way I cook bacon now.

I can’t tell you how much I love this Air Fryer Bacon. It makes me wonder why I haven’t been making it this way since day one. Cue: Rihanna – Where Have You Been.

Where have you been all my liiiiife….

Oh. Sorry. Bacon. Right. This song is stuck in my head now…but let’s get back to BACON!

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Ok bacon lovers, where are you? This method of cooking bacon is a total game-changer and you’re gonna want to listen up!


So you’re probably thinking “I already have the perfect method for cooking bacon seamlessly, why do I need another one?” um, because this method is the best. 🙌🏼 Here’s why:

  • less messy than the stovetop—think, no more grease splattering everywhere
  • most air fryer parts are dishwasher safe
  • the bacon crisps up in less than 10 minutes
  • crispiest bacon ever

Have I convinced you yet that cooking bacon in the air fryer is the best method? Ok good. Let me tell you how I make the best ever bacon!


Cooking bacon in the air fryer is super simple and quick. You’ll get nice crispy bacon! To start, I always purchase thick cut bacon because I like that crunchy outside, chewy inside situation. You can work with whichever bacon you like most, but be sure to reduce the cook time by a few minutes if you’re using thin sliced bacon.

1. First, line the outer basket of the air fryer with aluminum foil to catch the grease drippings. Then preheat the air fryer to 390F.

air fryer basket lined with foil

2. Next, slice the bacon strips in half (or don’t, this is optional) and arrange them in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Bacon shrinks a lot while it’s cooking so any overlapping corners should naturally move around. Cook the bacon for 8-9 minutes (depending on the thickness of your bacon). Flip the bacon halfway through.

bacon strips in a black air fryer basket

I like my bacon pretty well-done, so check on yours towards the end to adjust the time if you need to.

Once each batch is complete, use a pair of tongs to transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate to cool. You can also blot off any extra bacon grease.

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That’s it! I can get through an entire 12 ounce package of bacon in about two batches.

Note: If you’re cooking more than two batches of bacon, make sure you empty the grease drippings in between batches.



This is a big reason why I love my air fryer so much. I love fried food and the texture of crispy, crunchy things—but they aren’t the healthiest option. Air fryers are able to crisp food by circulating hot air around it at high speed. Similar to a convection oven.


Rather than frying food the traditional way, in a large pot of oil, the air fryer crisps food using circulating air so there is very little clean up necessary. Most air fryer accessories are dishwasher safe, too!


When I make bacon in the oven I’ve got It cooking for about 15-20 minutes. In the air fryer it’s finished in less than 10 minutes!

They are a highly efficient way of cooking because they can heat food from room temperature to over 300 degrees in less than three minutes. This seriously cuts down cooking time. Air fryers take just a few minutes to heat all the way to 400 F.

a hand holding a piece of air fryer bacon


I started with this one because it was an inexpensive air fryer from Amazon and I wasn’t sure how I would like the appliance or if I’d use it often. It was a great buy and I used it for about 3 years before upgrading to this air fryer, (also from Amazon) which I am OBSESSED with. It doubles as an indoor grill and is literally the best appliance I own!

Here are a few more reputable brands to check out:


1. Don’t sleep on the accessories. There are so many things you can do with an air fryer (including bake), but you’ll need the proper accessories to utilize everything it has to offer. They aren’t even that expensive, this 9 piece set is only $25!

That set is compatible with several brands, but make sure you double check that it’s compatible with your air fryer.

2. Remember to preheat the air fryer. This step is important! Think about it, would you place your food directly into a cold oven? Nope! I mean, some people might, but you shouldn’t.

Some air fryers have a preheat setting built into them, if yours doesn’t, just set the timer for 5 minutes to allow it to heat up.

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3. Air fryers need room to vent. Make sure there is about 5 inches all around your air fryer and never use it on the stove top! Things could get very dangerous if you don’t give It room to breathe.

4. Check your food as it cooks. Each stove, air fryer, and oven is different. Just because a recipe says to cook something for 15 minutes does not mean to just forget about it until the timer goes off. Air fryers are designed to be opened so you can shake the basket around and adjust your food as necessary while cooking.


The best thing about making bacon in an air fryer is that there’s no smoke! Your kitchen will still smell of warm, delicious bacon but will be virtually smoke-free. Woohoo!

Make air fried bacon once and you’ll never make it another way again!

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How To Make Bacon In The Air Fryer

Air Fryer Bacon is crispy and delicious. It's ready in less than 10 minutes and leaves your home free of smoke and grease splatters!
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Air fryer, air fryer bacon, Air Fryer Recipes, bacon
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 pieces of bacon
Calories 118kcal


  • 1 package of thick cut bacon


  • Line the outer basket with aluminum foil and pre-heat the air fryer to 390F.
  • Cut the bacon slices in half (or don't, this is optional) and arrange them in the basket in a flat layer. Cook the bacon 5 minutes, then flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes depending on how you like your bacon. If you like it extra crispy, cook it for 4-5 minutes after flipping (total time 8-10 mins). When finished, remove the bacon strips from the air fryer and transfer to a paper towel lined plate.


Nutrition Facts
How To Make Bacon In The Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 188mg8%
Potassium 56mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Author: JZ Eats

Eating is my hobby, cooking is my passion. Sharing easy to follow recipes from my kitchen.

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