Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Dates

Georgann Dolfay

This Bacon Wrapped Dates Air Fryer recipe is perfect for holiday entertaining or any occasion. You’ll love how quick and easy it is to make this elegant and delicious 3-ingredient appetizer.

Suitable for gluten free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

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the finished bacon wrapped dates air fryer recipe served on a white plate with a cloth napkin

What is better than delicious bacon wrapped dates? Well, it’s these easily made Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Dates, that can be whipped up in a fraction of the time.

This 3 ingredient treat makes a simple and perfect appetizer or snack for any occasion. It is an elegant enough air fryer appetizer that you can use for holidays like Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, smart dinners, your next party, and more.

Just think sweet dates, stuffed with creamy goat cheese all wrapped up in crispy bacon slices. They taste great, are so moreish, and so easy to air fry. Perfect for the busy holiday season, right?

And just as easy as these Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Shrimp or Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops or Air Fryer Okra. So much yum!!!

close up view of the completyed bacon wrapped dates air fryer recipe

Why Make This Recipe

  • Make ahead – this is a great make ahead bacon appetizer the whole family will love.
  • Crispy Bacon – The bacon crisps up perfectly using this method.
  • Scale up – It is easy to double or triple the recipe. You might have to cook these in batches, depending on the size of the air fryer.

Ingredient Notes

  • Dates – Go for nice plump Medjool dates rather than regular dates. Makes sure you use pitted dates.
  • Goat cheese – I love using tangy goat cheese in this recipe.
  • Bacon – You need thin-cut bacon strips for this, as that cooks at the right rate. I prefer smoky bacon for this, as it gives a great flavor.
the ingredients for making bacon wrapped dates air fryer

How To Make Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Dates

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees F / 400 degrees C.
  2. Stuff dates with goat cheese and pinch the ends slightly to close them.
  3. Cut the bacon in half lengthwise and wrap half a bacon slice around each of the stuffed dates, and secure with a toothpick. Continue until all are done.
  4. Place dates in the air fryer basket and air fry for 10 minutes, carefully turning over halfway. If bacon is not crisp enough, then continue cooking for a couple of minutes.
image collage showing the steps for making bacon wrapped dates air fryer

Recipe Tips

  • These party appetizers can be served both hot or cold. So no need to worry about when the guests are arriving.
  • If dates are not pitted, cut a small slit in each date and remove the pit.
  • To drain any excess bacon fat, place cooked dates on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Choose the same-sized dates so they cook evenly at the same rate.
  • If you prefer, you can omit the tangy goat cheese from the sweet Medjool dates.
  • Make sure not to overstuff the dates, or you might end up with a messy air fryer.
  • Feel free to garnish this cooked appetizer with fresh herbs.
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. Arrange dates in a single layer with space between them on the air fryer tray.
  • Use cut-up wooden skewers if you don’t have toothpicks.
  • This will work in both a basket-style air fryer and an oven-style air fryer.
  • Different air fryers operate slightly differently. Air fryer cooking times are a basic guideline, so it’s important to check your food for doneness and adjust as needed.
top down view of the cooked bacon wrapped dates air fryer basket

Delicious Variations

  • Vary the cheese – feel free to use cream cheese, blue cheese, manchego cheese, etc.
  • Add nuts – you can stuff in some almonds or walnuts along with the cheese.
the completed bacon wrapped dates air fryer appetizer

Prep Ahead & Storage

  • Prep ahead – Wrap the bacon around the dates, place on a lined baking sheet, cover it, and keep in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.
  • Store – store cooled dates in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of days.
  • Reheat – reheat stored air fryer bacon wrapped dates for a minute or two in the preheated air fryer.
the completed air fryer bacon wrapped dates on a white plate

FAQs

How Do You Pit Dates?

If dates are not pitted, cut a small slit with a small sharp knife in each date and remove the pit.

What Is The Best Way To Stuff The Dates?

You can use either a piping bag with a small frosting tip or a small teaspoon.

What Type Of Bacon Is Best?

Use thinner cut bacon as that will crisp up in this recipe and cook time. If you have small bacon slices, you might not need to cut them in half.

top down view of a plate filled with air fryer bacon wrapped dates

Serving Suggestions

Looking for more appetizers or more easy healthy recipes to whip up in the air fryer? Then check these favorite recipes out.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 4 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

the completed bacon wrapped dates air fryer recipe

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the finished bacon wrapped dates air fryer recipe served on a white plate with a cloth napkin

Print Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Dates Air Fryer

An easy and elegant appetizer perfect for entertaining.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Total Time20 mins

Course: Appetizer, Snack

Cuisine: American, Western

Diet: Gluten Free

Servings: 6

Calories: 156kcal

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees F / 400 degrees C.

  • Stuff dates with goat cheese and pinch the ends slightly to close them.

  • Cut the bacon strips in half lengthwise and wrap half a bacon slice around each of the stuffed dates, then secure with a toothpick. Continue until all are done.

  • Place dates in the air fryer basket and air fry for 10 minutes, carefully turning over halfway through cook time.

  • If bacon is not crisp enough, then continue cooking for a couple of minutes.

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Notes

  • These party appetizers can be served both hot or cold. So no need to worry about when the guests are arriving.
  • If dates are not pitted, cut a small slit in each date and remove the pit.
  • To drain any excess bacon fat, place cooked dates on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Choose the same-sized dates so they cook evenly at the same rate.
  • If you prefer, you can omit the tangy goat cheese from the sweet Medjool dates.
  • Make sure not to overstuff the dates, or you might end up with a messy air fryer.
  • Feel free to garnish this cooked appetizer with fresh herbs.
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. Arrange dates in a single layer with space between them on the air fryer tray.
  • Use cut-up wooden skewers if you don’t have toothpicks.
  • This will work in both a basket-style air fryer and an oven-style air fryer.
  • Different air fryers operate slightly differently. Air fryer cooking times are a basic guideline, so it’s important to check your food for doneness and adjust as needed.
  • Storage – keep covered and refrigerated for 2-3 days.
  • There are 4 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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