Making beef jerky in an air fryer is a simple and rewarding process that results in a delicious and protein-packed snack. The marinade, a flavorful combination of Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, honey, onion powder, and optional chili flakes for a hint of spiciness, infuses the beef with a savory and slightly sweet taste. It’s important to cut the beef into thin strips, no thicker than 1/4 inch, and marinate it for at least three hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat thoroughly.

After marinating, pat the beef dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Preheat the air fryer to 210°F (100°C), ensuring an optimal temperature for the dehydration process. Lay the marinated beef strips in a single layer in the air fryer basket, avoiding overlap, and let the air fryer work its magic for approximately two hours. Check the jerky periodically, and continue air frying in 15-20 minute intervals until the desired level of dryness is achieved. Using an instant-read meat thermometer is recommended to ensure the beef reaches an internal temperature of 160°F/71°C, guaranteeing both flavor and safety.

Once the jerky is ready, allow it to cool before storing it in an airtight container. The result is a nutrient-dense and flavorful snack, with each serving containing approximately 93 calories, 5.8g of total fat, 7.5g of protein, and a tantalizing balance of sweet and savory flavors. This homemade air fryer beef jerky is not only a healthier alternative to store-bought versions but also allows for customization, letting you tailor the spice level and flavor profile to suit your preferences. Whether enjoyed on its own or as a topping for salads or soups, this homemade beef jerky is sure to become a favorite snack in your household.


How to make beef jerky in an air fryer.

PREP TIME15 minutes

COOK TIME2 hours

TOTAL TIME2 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 lb thinly sliced beef steak (sirloin steak, round steak) [Note 1]


  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp chili flakes, optional, or add more for spicy jerky


  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Cut beef slices into strips or squares.
  3. Add the beef strips to the marinade, ensure that all surfaces of the beef are covered by the marinade.
  4. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 3 hours.
  5. Remove beef from marinade and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Place beef strips in air fryer basket in a single layer – ensure it is not overlapping.
  7. Air fry beef strips until completely dehydrated. Set to air fry at 210°F (100°C) for two hours, then check the jerky. If it is not completely dried out continue to air fry for 15-20 minute intervals until it is ready. It needs to reach 160°F/71°C [Note 2].
  8. When the jerky is ready, allow to cool and store in an air tight container.


  1. Beef should be no thicker than 1/4 inch thick. Partially freezing the beef can make it easier to slice.
  2. Check with an instant-read meat thermometer to be sure.

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