These easy-to-make Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts are a show-stopping appetizer. Brussels and crispy bacon with a brown sugar glaze, what could be better? 

This recipe is simple to make and easy to prep ahead. Simply wrap Brussels in bacon and refrigerate until you’re ready to cook them.

plated Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

An Easy Air Fryer Appetizer

  • Served with a little toothpick, these Brussels are so easy to eat and serve. Guests will love them!
  • A sprinkle of brown sugar (or maple syrup) gives these a sweet and salty flavor, we can’t eat just one!
  • Serve them with Chipotle Aioli, Homemade Garlic Aioli, or Chipotle Ranch Dressing for dipping and watch them disappear!
  • Prep up to 48 hours ahead of time and cook just before serving.
  • No Air Fryer? No Problem! These little bites can be oven-baked or roasted as well!

ingredients to make Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients & Variations

BRUSSELS SPROUTS: Use fresh Brussels sprouts for this recipe if you can. If they are large, cut them in half. Smaller sprouts can be left whole.

You can use frozen sprouts too but the texture is a bit softer. Frozen Brussel sprouts do not need to be thawed first but cooking time will need to be increased.

BACON: Use regular cut bacon. If you have thick cut bacon I would suggest partially cooking it in the air fryer before wrapping (like we do with bacon wrapped scallops) so it crisps properly.

VARIATIONS: For more of a glaze, substitute the brown sugar with maple syrup. The bacon can also be substituted for a thinly sliced pancetta. For a kick, try brushing with some sriracha, too!

wrapping Brussels in bacon to make Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

How to Make Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

There’s nothing better than Brussels & bacon!

  1. Wash & trim Brussels.
  2. Cut bacon into thirds & wrap a piece around each sprout.
  3. Place seam side down in air fryer.
  4. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
  5. Cook per recipe below.

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts in the air fryer before cooking

Recipe Tips

  • If the Brussels are large, cut them in half.
  • If using frozen Brussels, they do not need to be thawed but cooking time will increase.
  • Cook them seam side down so the bacon does not unravel.
  • Brussels can be prepared 48 hours in advance and cooked before serving.
  • Don’t crowd the basket. The more airflow, the crispier the Brussels will be. Cook in batches if needed.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. They can also be frozen and will last in the freezer for 3 months.
  • Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for 10 minutes or until heated through.

cooked Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts in the fryer

Best Side Dishes With Bacon

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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are wrapped in bacon, sprinkled with brown sugar, then air fried until crispy on the outside & tender on the inside!
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 ½ pounds brussels sprouts
  • ½ cup brown sugar

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 375°F.
  • Wash & trim Brussels sprouts. If they are large, cut them in half.
  • Cut each slice of bacon into thirds and wrap around a sprout.
  • Line the basket with parchment paper (do not preheat with parchment paper). Place seam side down in the basket and sprinkle brown sugar on top. Repeat with remaining brussels & bacon.
  • Bake 15 minutes or until bacon is crisp and brussels sprouts are tender.

Notes

No Air Fryer? No Problem! These can be baked in the oven at 425°F for about 22-27 minutes or until bacon is crisp and Brussels sprouts are tender.
  • Do not preheat the air fryer with parchment paper or it will blow around and burn.
  • Thick-cut bacon should need to be partially cooked before wrapping. Air fry thick cut bacon for 3-4 minutes or just until softened and cool slightly before wrapping. Regular cut bacon doesn't need to be partially cooked.
  • If the Brussels are large, cut them in half.
  • If using frozen Brussels, they do not need to be thawed but the cooking time will need to be increased.
  • Cook them seam side down so the bacon does not unravel.
  • Brussels can be prepared 48 hours in advance and cooked before serving.
  • Don't crowd the basket. The more airflow, the crispier the Brussels will be. Cook in batches if needed.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. They can also be frozen and will last in the freezer for 3 months.
  • Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for 10 minutes or until heated through.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 651 | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 801mg | Potassium: 923mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 1324IU | Vitamin C: 145mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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  1. Forget the parchment! Mine caught on fire during preheat and smelled up the whole kitchen. Glad I experimented before the guests arrived.4 stars

    1. Yikes!! The parchment should be added after preheating or it will blow around. I’ve updated the recipe to be more clear, thank you for your comment.