15 of the Best Air Fryer Recipes to Make on Thanksgiving

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20+ of the Best Thanksgiving Recipes That You Can Make in the Air Fryer

November is just around the corner folks! So I figured it is time to share with you 20+ recipes that you can make in the air fryer for Thanksgiving day.

These are the very best recipes that are not only simple in the air fryer, but so tasty too. While you may not want to cook every dish in the air fryer (but it is possible), these recipes are especially perfect for those of you who are feeding a smaller crowd this Thanksgiving and don’t want to heat your house as the oven does.

As you read through these recipes, be sure to share with us in the comments below which one(s) you will try this Thanksgiving. Also, a friendly reminder that you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to make these tasty recipes, they are great for any upcoming celebrations and feasts. Happy air frying!

You can also watch me make these recipes in this YouTube video.

Main Thanksgiving Dishes in the Air Fryer

While you can’t make an entire turkey in the air fryer (at least, I couldn’t in my Cosori 5.8qt), you can make air fryer roasted turkey breast. And let me tell you, it is so delicious! I also love these recipes because they are so simple and tender!

Quick & Easy Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Tasty and tender turkey that is ready in one hour? Yes, please!
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How to Cook a Moist Fall-off-the-Bone Thanksgiving Turkey

Are you over whelmed about cooking your turkey this year? I just throw mine in the roaster & leave it! Here's how to make a moist turkey with little effort!
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If you don’t love turkey, then try this tasty and delicious brown sugar glazed ham in the air fryer for Thanksgiving instead! I love making this recipe because the glaze is so flavorful and easy to make.

Sweet and Savory Air Fryer Ham with Honey Brown Sugar Glaze

Air fryer ham is quick and easy. It takes half the time and it so sweet with this amazing honey brown sugar glaze
Enjoy ham anytime of the year in your air fryer with this savory brown sugar honey glaze
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Plus any leftovers you have from Thanksgiving, you can make some delicious ham and cheese slam sandwiches!

Ham and Cheese Slam Sandwich

OMG - that is what you will be saying when you bite into this amazing ham and cheese slam sandwich. The delicious buttery flavor from the biscuits, the melty cheesy, all in one tasty bite.
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Don’t love turkey or ham? Try this air fryer roasted whole chicken or chicken breasts depending on how many you are serving for this Pilgrim’s holiday havest. Yes, you can make an entire juicy and tasty chicken in your air fryer. It is not only easy, but incredibly simple too!

The Best Air Fryer Whole Chicken 

Can you make a whole chicken in the air fryer? Yes! And it is so easy too!
Air Fryer Whole Chicken is one of the easiest air fryer recipes. All you need is an hour to make this amazing, tender chicken in the air fryer.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Easy air fryer chicken breast
You'll love my tips for quick and easy air fryer chicken breasts! Perfect as a main dish or use the chicken to complement your favorite salad or pasta bowl!
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7 of the Best Air Fryer Thanksgiving Sides

Besides dessert, my favorite part of Thanksgiving are the sides. This sweet potato casserole is no exception. It is a classic in our home. If there is any air fryer recipe you are thinking about making this Thanksgiving, this air fryer sweet potato casserole is it!

Sweet Potato Casserole in the Air Fryer

Crazy easy and crazy delicious, this classic Thanksgiving dish just got ten times better in the air fryer!
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Bread and rolls usually overwhelm me because they take so much time, so I usually end up buying some from the store. Of course, they are never as good as the homemade stuff. But let me tell you, once I tried this homemade roll recipe in the air fryer, I’ve never gone back to store-bought rolls. This recipe can be prepared and ready in an hour! It is amazing and delicious!

Quick One-Hour Dinner Rolls

1 hour rolls
This is my go-to dinner roll recipe! Easy, delicious, and only takes an hour.
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Creamy Baked Green Beans

A fun and delicious way to make everyone’s favorite creamy baked green beans in the air fryer.
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Baked creamy beans in the air fryer is one of those recipes that is so simple and easy that you will just want to make it in the air fryer!

Creamy Beans in the Air Fryer


  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 cans of drained green beans
  • 2/3 cup French fried onions


  1. In a bowl, combine the cream of mushroom soup, milk, and soy sauce. Mix together.
  2. Add in the green beans. Stir together.
  3. Add in the French fried onions. Mix until combined.
  4. Place the beans in an air fryer safe dish such as a cake barrel, cake pan, or silicon pot.
  5. Cook at 350˚F/175˚C for 10 minutes.
  6. Top with a few more onions and cook for about 2-3 minutes more.

If you prefer the more traditional green beans, you can always make fresh green beans in the air fryer too!

If you don’t have a lot of squash lovers in your family, then make this adorable acorn squash in the air fryer instead of a large air fryer butternut squash. The squash lovers will adore this one!

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Air Fryer Acorn Squash

The perfect autumn vegetable side that you can make perfectly tender in an air fryer with a delicious cinnamon sugar glaze.
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Air Fryer Acorn Squash


  • 1 acorn squash, halved and insides removed
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature


  1. Cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, and score the insides.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a small bowl.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and half of the brown sugar mixture to each half of the squash. Rub this all over the flesh of the squash.
  4. Air fry at 370˚F/187˚C for 20-25 minutes or until squash reaches desired tenderness.

We don’t eat Brussel sprouts often, but when we do, you can bet that we are making this tasty and fabulous bacon and maple syrup Brussel sprouts in the air fryer! I love to make this recipe because the bacon and maple syrup add such a fantastic flavor and because it is so easy in the air fryer!

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Maple Syrup

air fryer brussels sprouts
Make these easy and delicious air fryer maple bacon brussels sprouts in less than 30-minutes for an easy dinner or side dish.
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If you love roasted veggies but don’t love how long they take to make, you can always make these savory roasted carrots in the air fryer and enjoy them sooner, while freeing up time in the oven!

How to Make Savory Air Fryer Carrots

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Enjoy air fryer roasted carrots in half the time with this easy air fryer carrots recipe!
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Let us know if you have mac and cheese on Thanksgiving day. We normally don’t, but I think this year we will because this mac and cheese is so cheesy, delicious, and easy in the air fryer!

How To Make Air Fryer Mac and Cheese in 30 Minutes!

Creamy and cheesy mac and cheese ready in 30 minutes!
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This air fryer green beans recipe is the best because of how simple it is. I love making sides in the air fryer because they are always so quick and easy. You will want to add this tasty green bean recipe to your Thanksgiving menu this year!

The Best Crispy Air Fryer Green Beans

air fryer green beans
Fresh green beans are one of the best vegetables to cook in the air fryer. Learn how to cook them when you follow these air fryer green beans recipe tips.
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Air Fryer Green Beans


  • Green beans
  • avocado oil
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. Wash and chop green beans
  2. Dry out in air fryer basket for about 5 minutes at 350˚F/177˚C
  3. Spray with avocado oil and toss. Add salt and pepper
  4. Cook for 5-10 minutes more at 350˚F/177˚C

5 Desserts That You Can Make in the Air Fryer for Thanksgiving

It isn’t Thanksgiving without dessert! This apple turnover recipe in the air fryer is not only tasty, but so fun to make. Gather the kids together and make memories this Thanksgiving with this delicious air fryer recipe!

Apple Turnovers in the Air Fryer


  • 1 box of Pepperidge Farm Apple Turnovers


  1. Cook at 350˚F/175˚C for 10 minutes, flip and cook for 5 minutes more.

We love these air fryer puff pastry Danishes because you only need a couple of ingredients. This recipe is so simple and so good that it will be a hit this Thanksgiving. You could even make this recipe Thanksgiving morning to get everyone in the grateful spirit!

Simple and Delicious Air Fryer Puff Pastry Danishes

simple puff pastry jelly danish made in the air fryer
Ready in minutes with your air fryer, these cute Danishes will be a new family favorite!
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Of course we can’t forget a pumpkin pie for a Thanksgiving dessert. This air fryer pumpkin pie cake bars recipe is the absolute best way to eat pumpkin for Thanksgiving. The recipe is so simple. You might want to double the recipe because it will be gobbled up!

The Very Best Pumpkin Pie Cake Bars in the Air Fryer

Air fryer pumpkin pie bars are the best to say the least. The recipe is simple to follow and the results are amazing.
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For a fun and simple way to serve apple pie, try these apple pie bombs. They are super simple with only a few ingredients needed and crazy delicious!

Apple Pie Bombs in the Air Fryer

apple pie bombs in the air fryer
Apple Pie Bombs in the Air Fryer -- The next best way to enjoy apple pie all rolled in a buttery, cinnamon sugar treat!
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Or you can keep dessert on the healthier side and make air fryer apples. You will still get that sweet cinnamon apple taste but without the added crust.

Air Fryer Apples

Create a healthy dessert option with this easy and delicious Air Fryer Apples recipe. It is simple to make the best and quick dessert recipe.
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Mix things up this year and try these delicious air fryer mini cheesecakes. Y’all, I don’t have words for how amazing this recipe is. I guarantee that this recipe will be a hit if you make it for Thanksgiving. You could even experiment with different toppings for an exciting Thanksgiving dessert that everyone will love.

Air Fryer Mini Cheesecakes

Tasty mini cheesecakes in the air fryer is the absolute best air fryer treat that is not only easy to make, but more delicious to eat.
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Instead of pie, try these tasty and adorable chocolate lava cakes in the air fryer. We love this recipe because you only need a handful of ingredients and half an hour for a wonderful and chocolatey Thanksgiving experience.

The Best Air Fryer Molten Lava Cake

air fryer lava cakes
You won't believe how quick and easy this delicious chocolate molten lava air fryer cake recipe is! Enjoy for a special occasion or just a special treat!
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Final Thoughts

Cooking on Thanksgiving day normally stresses me out, but I can’t tell you how excited we all are for Thanksgiving, thanks for these delicious and simple Thanksgiving air fryer recipes.

Which recipes will you make in the air fryer this year? Also be sure to save these delicious recipes to make for other easy dinner and side dish options too rather than just for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Meal Type: Recipe Roundup, Fall, Thanksgiving
Categories: Cookies and Treats, Meat and Poultry, Vegetables, Air Fryer

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