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15 TikTok Air Fryer Thanksgiving Recipes Including Turkey Legs & Stuffing

It’s fry-nally time for Turkey Day.

Written by Olivia Cigliano
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Thanksgiving is a time to give, well, thanks for all the people and yummy foods in your life. When it comes to your kitchen, there’s nothing you’re more thankful for than your air fryer. It’s your go-to kitchen appliance, whether you’re just making some crispy Brussels sprouts for dinner or viral pasta chips to snack on. It can pretty much cook up any meal of your dreams, since it basically doubles as a roasting oven and oil-free fryer. You probably have plans to use your airfryer for this Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving season, which means you can save room in your big oven for scrumptious pumpkin pie and sweet potato casserole. Whether you have some ideas on what you’re bringing to the table or not, these easy air fryer Thanksgiving recipes for appetizers, sides, and entrees will come in handy for your next big menu.

With TikTok air fryer recipes all over the FYP, the countertop convection oven is definitely a must-have for any home chef. Not only do air fryers make cooking simple and easy, but they also take up little space on your counter and are straightforward to clean. You’d be surprised at how elaborate air fryer recipes can get — you could even cook your entire Thanksgiving meal in just your air fryer. From the turkey to the dessert and all those beloved side dishes in between, you can find easy air fryer Thanksgiving recipes for every traditional dish. Since Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, start planning your menu and feast your eyes on these 15 Thanksgiving air fryer recipes from TikTok.

Mashed Potato Spring Rolls

This recipe from TikToker @bearcreekeats is perfect for both Thanksgiving prep and enjoying your leftovers the next day. All you need for this mashed potato spring roll recipe are some mashed potatoes, cheese, and spring roll wrappers. In just 10 minutes, you’ll have a spudtacular snack or creative side dish for your table.

Crispy Green Beans

Instead of a green bean casserole, try this crispy green bean recipe from TikToker @myhealthydish this year. They’re like delicious and cheesy green bean fries that you can dip in some ranch dressing or Sriracha mayo. You’ll be wondering where they’ve bean your whole life.

Turkey Legs

Even the main course — turkey — can be prepared in the air fryer. TikToker @theairfryerking shares this recipe for air fried turkey legs. With some injected butter, seasonings, and mayo spread on top, you’ll have a delicious turkey leg like the ones served at Disneyland in just 30 minutes.

Baked Brie

For a delicious appetizer, make this baked brie from TikToker @airfryer_archives. All you need to do is place your brie in some biscuit dough. You can add some jam or cranberry sauce inside as well for some extra flavor. Fry for about 11 minutes, and you’ll have a delicious brie biscuit to serve on your charcuterie board.

Mini Smashed Lemon Potatoes

If you’d rather have your potatoes smashed than mashed, try this mini lemon potatoes recipe from TikToker @themodernnonna. Just take your boiled mini potatoes and smash them before seasoning and adding some olive oil and lemon juice on top. The best part of all is that it only takes six to eight minutes for these potatoes to cook.

Mashed Potato Balls

Another way to prepare your mashed potatoes is this mashed potato balls recipe from TikToker @airfryer_archives. The recipe is even sung in the TikTok video, so it’s super fun to follow along with. Just roll up your mashed potatoes with shredded chicken, cheese, and corn before crumbing it. Once they’re ready, throw them in the air fryer to cook. Voila!

Fried Camembert Cheese

If you’re planning to have snacks and charcuterie boards before your main Thanksgiving feast, you’ll definitely want to have a plate or two of these fried Camembert cheese bites. Not only are these mini cheese bites delicious on their own, but TikToker @elliemareehair also shares how to make a cranberry wine dip for them. You’ll love it cranberry much.

Mac ‘N’ Cheese Balls

These mac ‘n’ cheese balls from TikToker @eitan are a twist on everyone’s fave mac ‘n’ cheese. Just place your macaroni and cheese in the freezer to cool, then roll into balls. Once that’s done, coat with both an egg wash and panko bread crumbs before placing them in the air fryer for about nine minutes. You can also check out Yummly’s recipe for a slightly quicker way to make these crispy and creamy appetizer bites.

Pumpkin Bread

For dessert, try this air fried pumpkin bread recipe from TikToker @sweetportfolio. You can never have too many pumpkin dishes this time of year, so enjoy your pumpkin bread with your pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup. When it’s pumpkin, you know it’s going to be gourd.

Garlic Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

One of TikToker @thezachrocheleau’s goals is to show people on TikTok how to make “vegetables taste great,” and this recipe for garlic parmesan Brussels sprouts does just that. While veggies may not be your fave when pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes are on the table, these smashed Brussels sprouts will be a close second. They’re flavorful, cheesy, and ready in only four to six minutes.

Candied Yams

Yams are an essential part of any fall feast, and @theairfryerking has the key to making sweet candied yams in an air fryer. You just have to coat the yams in a heavenly combo of sugar, honey, cinnamon, butter, and maple syrup, pop them in the air fryer for 20 minutes, and you have a gooey dessert or side dish.

Air Fryer Stuffing

If stuffing is made right, it can sometimes be the star of the dinner table. You can save space on your stove top by making your stuffing in the air fryer and follow @forktospoon’s hack. She uses a store-bought stuffing mix, adds the required ingredients, and pops the mixture into a tin tray to cook in the air fryer basket. For a more impressive stuffing made from scratch, Yummly’s air fryer recipe uses fresh bread and produce for a buttery bite that holds its own next to your juicy turkey.

Apple Strudel

This apple strudel air fryer recipe by @simplyvegetarian777 is surprisingly easy and uses just two ingredients. All you need is frozen puff pastry and apple pie filling to form the loaf. You can follow her directions in the video to fold the dessert into a beautiful pastry you’ll want to use as a centerpiece on your dining table.

Air Fryer Corn On The Cob

Corn sometimes ends up being an afterthought amid all the delicious sides you want to load your plate with, but you won’t forget about this buttery recipe by @cookingwithrashee this year. Skip the canned corn and go for fresh cobs dipped in butter, tossed in seasoning, and popped in the air fryer for a 10 minute roast that’ll brighten up your feast.

Air Fryer Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

@tanyahgourmet has you covered with a gourmet squash roast that incorporates all your favorite, cozy flavors of fall. Her recipe calls for halving and hollowing some acorn squash and lightly roasting them in the air fryer until tender. Then, you’ll soak the squash in a butter and maple syrup mixture for a few more moments of baking until you pull out a squash bowl of sweet maple sauce. You can also do a savory roast with your acorn squash, like this recipe from Yummly, which is served in slivers and roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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