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Air Fryer Beef Jerky is simple to make with easy ingredients. You will love the amazing flavor and it taste better than anything you can buy at the store.

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Beef jerky is the perfect snack recipe for on the go. If you love homemade jerky too, then you will love this air fryer recipe. There is no need to us a dehydrator for this recipe. The air fryer does all the work and the results are chewy jerky with amazing taste.

We love using the air fryer for many recipes. Check out some of my other favorite snack recipes – Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Wings, Air Fryer Tortilla Pizza and How to make Air Fryer Pizza Rolls.

Why This Recipe Works

I was amazed how easy it was to make Homemade beef jerky thanks to the air fryer. It taste so much better than store-bought jerky because how tender it cooks and packed with intense flavor.

Feel free to change the jerky marinade to what you prefer and enjoy a homemade snack that everyone will love.

Ingredients

Ingredients - beef steak, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion, powder, pepper

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Variations Ideas

  • Teriyaki Sauce – You can marinate beef strips in a teriyaki sauce mixture.
  • Smoked – Add in liquid smoke to the beef marinade for amazing variation.
  • Spicy – To add some heat to the jerky, you can include 1-2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper in the marinade ingredients.

How to Make Air Fryer Beef Jerky

  • Step 1 – Slice the beef steak against the grain into thin strips, about ¼ inch thick.
Whisking the marinade ingredients in a bowl

Step 2 – In a large bowl or resealable plastic bag, whisk together the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.

Marinating the beef strips in a bowl

Step 3 – Add the sliced beef to the marinade and toss to coat evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or seal the bag, and refrigerate for 4-8 hours, or overnight for a more intense flavor.

Drying the beef strips on a paper towel lined plate

Step 4 – Preheat the air fryer to 180°F. Remove the beef slices from the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels. Discard the remaining marinade.

Beef strips in the air fryer

Step 5 – Arrange the beef slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they don’t overlap. You may need to cook the beef in multiple batches.

  • Step 6 – Cook the beef jerky in the air fryer for 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours, or until the jerky is dry and firm, but still slightly pliable. Check the jerky every 30 minutes and flip the slices over for even drying.
  • Step 7 – Remove the beef jerky from the air fryer and let it cool completely at room temperature.

Expert Tips

  • Slicing Steak – If the steak is partially frozen, it will be easier to slice thinly. Make sure to trim fat from the steak.
  • Marinade – For the best flavor, make sure to marinade cut of beef for at least 4 hours. We like to marinate overnight.
  • Cooking Beef – Make sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure the steak if cooked to internal temperature of 160 degrees.
Beef jerky strips stacked on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best Cut of Beef to Use?

We recommend using a lean cut of beef for the best option. Top round steaks or sirloin tip is what we recommend. The type of beef will determine if you want a chewy textures or a softer texture.

Can I Make in the Oven?

Yes, you can make Beef Jerky in the oven, just make sure to lay on a rack to bake to ensure it dries out evenly.

How to Store Beef Jerkey

Store the leftover jerky in an airtight container. If you place in a zip lock bag, make sure to remove in any air so the jerky will last longer. Store at room temperature for 2 weeks or a little longer in the fridge.

Beef jerky strips in an air fryer baskey

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Air Fryer Beef Jerky

5 from 1 vote
Air Fryer Beef Jerky is simple to make with easy ingredients. You will love the amazing flavor and it taste better than anything you can buy at the store.
Prep Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course snack
Calories 88

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Slice the beef steak against the grain into thin strips, about ¼ inch thick.
  • In a large bowl or resealable plastic bag, whisk together the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
  • Add the sliced beef to the marinade and toss to coat evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or seal the bag, and refrigerate for 4-8 hours, or overnight for a more intense flavor.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 180°F. If your air fryer doesn’t have a low temperature setting, use the lowest setting available.
  • Remove the beef slices from the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels. Discard the
  • remaining marinade.
  • Arrange the beef slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they don’t overlap. You may need to cook the beef in multiple batches.
  • Cook the beef jerky in the air fryer for 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours, or until the jerky is dry and firm, but still slightly pliable. Check the jerky every 30 minutes and flip the slices over for even drying.
  • Remove the beef jerky from the air fryer and let it cool completely at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

If the steak is partially frozen, it will be easier to slice thinly.
To add some heat to the jerky, you can include 1-2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper in the marinade.
Marinade for 4-8 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 88kcal, Carbohydrates 18g, Protein 5g, Fat 0.3g, Saturated Fat 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat 0.05g, Sodium 1853mg, Potassium 523mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 11g, Vitamin A 961IU, Vitamin C 18mg, Calcium 51mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Casey says:

    5 stars
    This beef jerky turned out with the best flavor and texture.