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Air Fryer Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Crispy brussel sprouts with bacon are the best air fryer appetizers! You can bake them in your oven too but get tender brussels with crisp bacon this way. We used fresh and whole but could use frozen brussel sprouts with these same flavors too.

bacon wrapped brussel sprouts

Bacon wrapped brussel sprouts in air fryer or roasted in the oven turns out great. Serve as a savory appetizer or side dish. Delicious, cheap and easy to do. Add a bit of brown sugar for a touch of sweetness if you’d like or balsamic glaze. (affiliate links present)

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

I have both a Ninja, Cosori and a traditional electric air fryer too. It doesn’t matter what brand you have really. The biggest difference is the size of the basket and how many you can make at a time. Other than that the directions remain the same. 

Beyond what we have here you can drizzle with balsamic vinegar at the end, serve as a dip or sprinkle with parmesan cheese too. I mean there are plenty of tweaks but as is they are mouth watering and fork tender.

If you love easy air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic

I have drizzled my favorite balsamic on the top when these were done and OMG an even more out of this world flavor emerged.

  1. Package of bacon
    1. thick variety does NOT work as well
  2. Brussels sprouts
  3. Season with salt and black pepper
  4. Olive oil
  5. Toothpicks if you want to serve them as an air fryer appetizer

Beyond that you’re free to add any other seasonings you like when you cook brussel sprouts in general. I vary it from time to time. When I make Instant Pot brussels sprouts I add a bit more. Butter is used using that method too, for air fryers it is best to use olive oil instead.

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How do you trim brussel sprouts

These are the basic steps to take when making these mouth watering bites of goodness. Cut off the stem end. If the sprouts are small, leave them whole before cooking. If they seem to be rather large or have a thick core you might want to halve or quarter them so they’re all the same size. On the brussels sprouts cut side some leaves may fall off, that is okay.

  • Then in a large bowl toss to coat and drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper
  • Add additional seasonings now if you’d like
  • Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees
  • Wrap a slice of bacon around each one loosely
    • when you cook the bacon it will shrink so don’t wrap real tight
  • Put in a single layer with the loose end facing down inside your air fryer basket
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the outsides are as crisp as you’d like, and insides are tender

Some like to sprinkle a bit of balsamic vinegar on them before serving too. OR you can cook in butter and shredded cheese like our Parmesan Crusted Brussel Sprouts for bold flavors.

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Oven roasted brussel sprouts with bacon

You will still need to wash and trim the ends off of the veggies. 

  • In a bowl whisk together 1/4 cup maple syrup + 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • Cut bacon slices in half so they’re shorter
  • Have a non stick large baking sheet ready
    • can wrap with non stick aluminum foil
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Wrap 1 halved piece around a brussel and lay it with the loose bacon end down so it doesn’t unwrap
  • Use a pastry brush to brush syrup mixture on top of each one
  • Sprinkle everything with a touch of salt and pepper
    • can add . a bit of red pepper too for heat
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until bacon is crispy and they are tender inside

There are many other ways to cook brussel sprouts too.

Ways to Cook Brussel Sprouts

Balsamic reduction for brussel sprouts

  • In a saucepan over medium heat add 1 cup brown sugar
  • Add 3/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • Allow this to start boiling, then reduce heat to medium low
  • Stir intermittently, heat will create a thick syrupy sauce in about 15 minutes time
  • Then remove from heat and once your brussels are done cooking drizzle this on top!

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Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

If you’re weary of this questionable green vegetable, I want to convince you how great they can taste!! I too wasn’t a fan until I was in my thirties and tried them at a farm to table restaurant. They were roasted, crispy on the outside but tender and covered in bacon.

  • I vowed then to come up with a great recipe for brussel sprouts at my home. I wanted to get my kids to love them too and now they do!!

Give these crispy brussel sprouts with bacon a try in your air fryer or brussel sprouts at 450 in your oven and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Crispy brussel sprouts with bacon are the best air fryer appetizers! You can bake them in your oven too but get tender brussels with crisp bacon this way.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, bacon, brussel sprouts, ninja foodi
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 292kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees
  • In a bowl toss washed, paper towel dried, and trimmed brussels in olive oil. Add pinch of salt and pepper and toss to coat. Can add other seasonings now if you desire.
  • One at a time loosely wrap a piece of bacon around each brussel sprout overlapping slightly until it is wrapped all the way around. (bacon will shrink when cooked and will squeeze brussel so a bit loose is good.
  • Place each one in air fryer basket with loose end on the bottom so it doesn't come off.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes, flipping half way, until bacon is as crisp as you desire and brussel is tender.
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 390mg17%
Potassium 333mg10%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 448IU9%
Vitamin C 48mg58%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Have you made crispy brussel sprouts with bacon in air fryer yet? Serve it as a side dish or yummy appetizer. Either way get ready for lots of OOHhhhs and Ahhhhhs from everyone. I have created a lot of easy air fryer recipes here on The Typical Mom, try them all and let us know what you think! (affiliate links present)

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