I am not the biggest fan of bacon but my kids love it so I have converted them to turkey bacon. It is much healthier than the pork version because it contains less nitrates and sugar as well as less fat.
You MUST check the ingredients since not all turkey bacon is created equally. My favorite brand it Applegate Farms Turkey Bacon. See below for more tips on which kinds to buy.
This air fryer turkey bacon can be made in 10 minutes and you can store it for up to 5 days. Making it an incredibly easy and healthy protein to have on hand for breakfast, lunch or even a healthy snack.
It makes a crunchy, tasty addition to recipes like deviled eggs which are my favorite go-to snack. Of course, my kids love it with their eggs for breakfast. I don’t make it too often but a few times a month we enjoy it as a nice treat.
I love that it contains less fat and is slightly healthier than pork bacon. With that being said, it is still a processed meat so you should consume it in moderation if you just cannot live without it, ha ha.
Ingredients needed to make air fryer turkey bacon
How to cook turkey bacon in the air fryer
- Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees F.
- Place a few slices of the turkey bacon into the air fryer in a single layer, not overlapping. Close and cook for 8-10 minutes at 380 degrees.
- Remove and enjoy!
Best types of turkey bacon to buy
There are several brands of turkey bacon you can buy at most grocery stores but here are a few things to look for when you are looking to buy the healthiest turkey bacon.
- You want to make sure it is “uncured” which means it has not gone through the process where nitrates have been added to it.
- Low or no sugar is also important since there is sometimes sugar added to bacon.
- Lower in sodium is also important so it is easier to digest.
My go-to brand is Applegate Farms Turkey Bacon. It checks all of the “healthy” boxes for me and it is delicious. This is not a sponsored post. I just think theirs is the best, in my opinion.
Why cook bacon in the air fryer?
When you cook bacon in the air fryer it get’s perfectly crispy on both sides in about 10 minutes. In the oven it takes a little bit longer and sometimes you get some uneven cooked pieces, which does not happen in the air fryer. The best reason for me is that my kids can do it by themselves, which is great!
How do you know when the turkey bacon is done cooking?
When the bacon is ready it will be dark pinkish brown in color and slightly crispy around the edges. It will firm up and get crispier as it cools.
How to store turkey bacon
You can easily store this bacon in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
To reheat it place it in the microwave and warm it for 15-20 seconds.
Ways to use air fryer turkey bacon
One of the best things about air fryer turkey bacon is that you can make a bunch and keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days and use it all week long. Here are a few ways I like to use my leftover bacon.
- I put it in this cranberry chicken salad to add a salty, crunchy taste and texture.
- It makes the perfect topping on these air fryer baked potatoes.
- Heat it up and use it as an extra protein for breakfast with eggs and toast!
- Make a BLT sandwich with it! Yum!
- Use it in these veggies egg white bites.
- For easier clean up, you can line your air fryer basket with a parchment paper liner.
- Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. Make sure to lay the bacon in a single layer with none overlapping. This will ensure all of the pieces get nice and crispy on both sides.
- Check the bacon while it cooks to make sure it does not overcook. I recommend checking it at around 8 minutes and then cooking it more if needed.
More simple and healthy air fryer recipes to try
- 10 Minute Healthy Turkey Meatballs
- Homemade Air Fryer Egg Rolls
- Juicy Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin
- Healthy Air Fryer Meatloaf
- Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets
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