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Air Fryer Fried Bacon

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I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but making air fryer fried bacon is now my new favorite way to make bacon. It’s fast, easy, and with no messy cleanup. You’re going to love it!


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Making air fryer fried bacon will become your favorite way to make bacon. I guarantee it!


I had a light bulb moment one day when talking with my sister about our favorite ways to cook bacon. I didn’t actually have a preferred method. Until now. 

Making brown sugar air fryer fried bacon is a probably the fastest, cleanest, most delicious way I’ve ever made bacon, and now since I’ve done it, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the oven or stovetop method. And you can quote me on that!

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Below is the full-length YouTube video where I give you all the tips and tricks for making air fryer fried bacon. Check it out!


**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making brown sugar air fryer fried bacon is available at the end of this post. 


The ingredient list for making brown sugar air fryer bacon;

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What kitchen tools and equipment are needed?

  • An Air Fryer
  • A Cutting Board
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Tongs
  • Paper Towels

What are the benefits of making bacon in an air fryer?

  • It’s fast!
  • It’s easy!
  • It’s less cleanup!
  • It’s delicious!
  • No Splatters!
  • No flying bacon grease to burn and stain!
  • It’s safe!
  • You don’t have to babysit it!
  • Anyone can do it!

Do I have to use the brown sugar and smoked paprika this recipe calls for?


If you like you can make the bacon without adding any seasoning. It’s completely your call.

I do urge you to try the brown sugar and smoked paprika additions. They’ll take your boring bacon from frumpy to fabulous in no time at all!

What is the proper time and temperature for making bacon in an air fryer?

I always like to have my air fryer set at 400-degrees. This particular air fryer bacon recipe took me approximately 10 minutes.

However, air fryers will vary in temperature the same as ovens.

The first time you make bacon in your air fryer, check on it often to ensure it’s not overcooked, or undercooked, and make note of the time so you’ll have your own perfectly cooked air fryer bacon, time after time.

Will I need to flip the bacon at any time during the cooking process?

Yes! I believe that is the easiest way to get the most evenly cooked bacon. 

Use tongs to flip the bacon halfway through the cooking process.

Be cautious not to overcook the bacon. As you’ll see from watching the full-length YouTube video, the bacon will firm up and become crisp once it is removed from the fryer, and allowed to cool slightly.


A closeup piece of crisp bacon made in an air fryer.
Yes, you can get crisp bacon by making it in an air fryer.

Now that we have a fast and easy method for making bacon in the air fryer, what are some ways you’ll choose to use your air fryer bacon?

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A plate of air fryer fried bacon with an air fryer in the background.
Easy to make and easy cleanup. Brown sugar air fryer fried bacon is everything you want when it comes to making bacon! Tastes great too!!


Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Brown Sugar Air Fryer Bacon

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

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A white plate piled with air fryer bacon.
Brown Sugar Air Fryer Fried Bacon
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

This easy and delicious way to make bacon in the air fryer will soon become your new favorite!

Course: anytime, Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer bacon, air fryer fried bacon, brown sugar bacon
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 351 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 1 pound thick cut bacon trimmed to fit the air fryer, if needed
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper or to your tastes
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika or to your tastes
  1. Lay the bacon strips in an even layer in the air fryer basket. **Note - you may need to work in batches depending on how much bacon you need to make.

  2. Sprinkle the bacon evenly with brown sugar, pepper, and smoked paprika.

  3. Set the air fryer temperature to 400° and start the fryer.

  4. Check on the bacon every few minutes because all air fryers will vary in cooking times.

  5. After approximately 5 minutes, flip the bacon and continue cooking on the other side for an additional 3 - 4 minutes depending on how you like your bacon cooked.

  6. Once removed from the fryer, the bacon will crisp up as it cools.

  7. Continue the same process with the remaining bacon strips and the trimmed ends, if needed.

Nutrition Facts
Brown Sugar Air Fryer Fried Bacon
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 503mg22%
Potassium 162mg5%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for brown sugar bacon made in the air fryer as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!


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  1. Bacon in the Air Fryer is awesome!

  2. Kasey Schwartz

    Well, I had no idea that you could make bacon in the air fryer! That may be worth buying one. YUMMY!!!

    • Almost that alone should be the reason for getting one. However, there are SO many other reasons. It’s my new favorite kitchen appliance.

  3. Thank you for this . I was so wanting to cook the bacon this way but was afraid to . I thought maybe the splatters would cause a fire. Now I will try it. Will the grease puddle in the bottom so I can reuse it? I love it on my popcorn instead of butter sometimes.

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