Juicy Air Fryer Turkey Breast with Maple Butter

By Emily Dingmann, My Everyday Table
Culinary Setting
Meal Type
Main Course, Entrée
45 MIN

About this Dish

This absolutely delicious air fryer turkey breast recipe highlights one of our favorite fall flavors, maple! To reach maximum flavor and crispness, a bone-in turkey breast is slathered in a maple-herb compound butter before it takes a quick nap in the air fryer. We love how this quick and easy recipe turned out!

“If you’re cooking up a smaller turkey, the air fryer is the way to go! Not only does it cook faster than roasting it in the oven, but it’s easy to get browned skin and juicy meat. One try and you’ll be hooked, too!” – Emily Dingmann, My Everyday Table

Looking for more outside the oven turkey inspiration? Try our Instant Pot Turkey Breast.

Cooking Style
Air Fry
Bone-In Breast
Dish Type


1/4 c butter, softened

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary

1 tbsp minced fresh thyme

3–4 lb bone-in turkey breast

2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper


Preheat air fryer to 350°F.

Pat turkey breast skin dry with paper towels.

In a small bowl, mash together butter, garlic, maple syrup, rosemary and thyme.

Using your fingers to get under the turkey breast skin, place the butter mixture under the skin (do this completely so that the butter doesn’t melt out). Spray skin with olive oil, season with 1 teaspoon of sea salt and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper. Place skin-side down in the air fryer. Spray bone-side with olive oil and season with remaining 1 teaspoon of sea salt and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper.

Cook for 20 minutes. Flip over turkey breast and cook for another 20-40 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. (A 3 lb. breast will take 45 minutes and a 4lb. breast will take the upper side of 60 minutes.)

Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.