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Easy Air Fryer Green Beans with Bacon + Video

Air fryer green beans with bacon is a quick and easy recipe that can be cooked in just 15 minutes! Made with fresh, frozen, or canned green beans, this delicious recipe makes an excellent side dish to chicken, steak or fish! You can even eat it as a meal if you want!
Course Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, air fryer green beans, air fryer green beans with bacon, green beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 173kcal
Author Ivory


  • Air Fryer
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Tongs


  • 1 pound green beans washed and trimmed if needed
  • 3 slices bacon cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ¼ cup yellow onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Cut green beans in half (wash and trim if needed), chop yellow onion, and cut bacon.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the green beans, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder. Stir until the green beans are well coated.
  • Add the green beans to the air fryer basket. Then top with the onion and bacon. Make sure the bacon and onions are spread out evenly over the green beans.
  • Air fry the green beans at 370 F for 10-12 minutes until the bacon is crispy and green beans are slightly brown and shriveled. Be sure to check on them halfway through at 6 minutes.
  • Remove the green beans from air fryer and place on a serving dish. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over top, serve, and enjoy!

Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans Instructions

  • Rinse the frozen green beans under cool water then pat them dry with a paper towel. You'll want to get them as dry as possible so that they don't steam in the air fryer. Once they are dry you can proceed with instructions 1 through 5 of this Air Fryer Green Beans with Bacon recipe.

Air Fryer Canned Green Beans Instructions

  • When using canned green beans, you will want to get the green beans as dry as possible before placing them into the air fryer. To do this, drain the water from the can of green beans, then place the green beans on a paper towel. Gently pat the green beans with a paper towel to soak up as much water as possible. Be sure not to press too hard on the green beans to avoid smashing them. Once they are dry you can proceed with instructions 1 through 5 of this Air Fryer Green Beans with Bacon recipe.



*Be sure to check on your green beans halfway through the cooking process. Some air fryers cook faster than others. You may also need to cook longer based on your preference for how crispy you want your bacon.
*Shaved almonds, parmesan cheese, sautéed mushrooms, or chopped peanuts are all great toppings you can try adding on top of this dish.
*Put the bacon and onions on top. This helps the bacon and onion cook more evenly and prevents them from falling to the bottom of the air fryer basket.
*I used my Instant Vortex Plus 6qt to test this recipe. Cooking times could vary based on what air fryer you are using. Just be sure to check on the green beans around halfway through at 6 minutes to check for doneness. It is done when the bacon is crisp and the green beans are slightly shriveled and browned.
*You can make this dish without bacon to make it vegetarian.
*I used thick cut bacon. If you are using a thinner cut bacon then I suggest pulling out the air fryer basket at the 5 minute mark to check for doneness.


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg