Cooking turkey bacon in the oven is the easiest way to prepare this lean variety of bacon. Make your busy mornings simpler with our crispy yet tender baked turkey bacon recipe.
We also give you lots of ideas for turkey bacon recipes and show you how to store leftovers - so keep reading! It's a Whole Lotta Yum in less than 30 minutes!
Baked Turkey Bacon in Oven
Whether you're going to cook healthy turkey bacon alongside breakfast eggs, in a lunch wrap, or to top a soup, salad, or a casserole for dinner, one thing is for sure - learning how to cook turkey bacon is one of the best ways to prepare this healthy and versatile food.
This is a great item to have cooked and on hand, you can easily prepare a batch or two as part of your weekly meal prep. A go-to protein option, baked turkey bacon helps make sure you're getting enough protein plus it makes breakfast on the go easy.
Some days it's for breakfast and we serve it up with eggs, like in these bacon and egg cups, or with a bowl of fruit. On other days it's part of a keto cobb salad or chicken crack soup. No matter how you choose to use our baked turkey bacon, one thing for sure is it's never forgotten about on any days. 😉
While this recipe is all about cooking turkey bacon in the oven, we want to make sure you know we have all of the steps, tips, and tricks to cook bacon in a variety of ways. Be sure to check out our other bacon recipes including air fryer turkey bacon, air fryer bacon, cooking bacon in the oven, and Instant Pot bacon.
Why You'll Love This!
- Skip the grease splatters and messy stovetop by cooking turkey bacon in the oven.
- We cook the baked turkey bacon without a rack, which is an unnecessary step that just means you have more dishes to wash.
- Get perfectly cooked turkey bacon in just 20-minutes of cooking time, turkey bacon in oven is the perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and meal prep.
- We love how versatile baking turkey bacon is! It's healthy, low-carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, and dairy-free.
- Our turkey bacon in oven works or any brand! We used Trader Joes brand turkey bacon slices, you can use our baked turkey bacon recipe for all major brands including Oscar Meyer turkey bacon, and Butterball turkey bacon.
Whether you opt for uncured, maple, or brown sugar-flavored turkey bacon, you are going to love just how easy making this can be!
- turkey bacon - We used Trader Joe's but many of our readers use Butterball turkey bacon or Oscar Meyer turkey bacon, but any brand will work!
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Add seasoning like black pepper or brown sugar before baking the bacon by sprinkling it on both sides.
- When adding maple syrup, brush it on when there are 3-5 minutes left in the cooking time to prevent burning.
- You can use this same recipe for pork bacon, it also takes a similar baking time at 400 F.
How to Cook Turkey Bacon in Oven
Getting crispy turkey bacon just requires a couple of steps! Add parchment paper to your baking sheet for easy clean-up and then bake to perfection.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and make sure the oven rack is in the center of the oven.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up. You can skip the parchment if you don't have it.
Lay the turkey bacon slices on the baking rack with parchment paper and place it in the preheated oven.
How Long do you cook turkey bacon in the oven?
Set the timer for a total of 20 minutes but be sure to flip the bacon over after 10 minutes of cooking time.
Keep an eye on the bacon slices and check them after 18 minutes to make sure your oven isn't cooking fast. While 20 minutes is how long it took to cook crispy turkey bacon in the oven, remove it early or cook it even longer depending on your personal preference.
Serve immediately or cool and store. Enjoy!
Baking Turkey Bacon Recipe Tips
- For best results, do not overcrowd your baking sheet. Cook in batches if necessary.
- Using a preheated oven is necessary for evenly cooking turkey bacon in the oven.
- If you like softer turkey bacon, begin checking it at 16 or 18 minutes. For crispier turkey bacon in the oven, cook for an additional 2-4 minutes.
- Any brand of turkey bacon will work, we used Trader Joe's uncured pepper bacon but popular brands like Oscar Meyer turkey bacon, Jennie-O and Butterball turkey bacon turn out great too!
- We like to cook the bacon on parchment paper for easy clean-up and even browning. You can use foil or a greased baking sheet instead of parchment paper if preferred.
What to do with turkey bacon?
If you're looking for turkey bacon recipes, here's some ideas!
- Classic BLT: Use turkey bacon in a traditional BLT sandwich with fresh lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and mayonnaise on toasted bread.
- Wraps and Sandwiches
- Breakfast Skillet: Cook turkey bacon and combine with scrambled eggs, sautéed vegetables, and potatoes.
- Salad Topping
- Quiches and Frittatas: Fold chopped turkey bacon into quiches or frittatas to add a leaner and healthier protein.
- Stuffed Mushrooms: Combine chopped turkey bacon with cream cheese, seasonings, and stuff the mushroom caps before baking.
Storage & Reheating
How to store turkey bacon?
You can store leftover turkey bacon in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Keep it in an airtight container.
How long can you freeze turkey bacon?
You can freeze it for up to 3 months in an air tight container.
Can you reheat turkey bacon?
Yes! You can reheat leftover turkey bacon. We recommend either air frying it at 400 F for 1-2 minutes or pan frying it over medium heat for a couple of minutes until it's warm and crispy.
Most brands of turkey bacon are compliant with a ketogenic lifestyle, but as with many store-bought items, we do recommend that you read the labels and look for uncured turkey bacon without added sugar. Often you can find turkey bacon that has less than 1 net carb per serving and include it as part of your keto diet.
If you would prefer to air fry turkey bacon strips, preheat your air fryer to 390F and cook your turkey bacon for 7-9 minutes, flipping it after 4 minutes.
Yes, healthy turkey bacon strips are precooked. It's a cured meat, like deli lunch meat, and isn't raw like pork bacon. You can choose to pan fry, air fry, or bake your turkey bacon in the oven.
Cooked turkey bacon looks similar to regular bacon, with a crispy and browned appearance. It's slightly less brown than pork bacon and since it's made with learn turkey meat, it isn't greasy.
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