41 Best Air Fryer Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

By Rachel
September 8, 2023

Looking for the best air fryer sides to serve this Thanksgiving? This post will help you find the 41 Best Air Fryer Thanksgiving Side Dish recipes! Everything from breads, vegetables, and store-bought short cuts. Ideas to make your Thanksgiving Dinner easy and delicious, and even kid friendly!

So many things go well with your thanksgiving turkey or whole chicken – if you’re looking for something unique you will find it here! Sides full of fresh ingredients and flavorful seasonings, your crowd will be impressed! Also find traditional sides like green beans and mashed potatoes made air fryer friendly. Perfect if you have your own small apartment air fryer or if you just don’t have oven space on turkey day!

Table of contents for the 41 Best Air Fryer Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes:

  1. Vegetables
  2. Starches
  3. Breads
  4. Salads
  5. Other sides


Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

This 5-min deliciously roasted, super crispy air fryer garlic Parmesan broccoli is sure to become a favorite staple side dish. If there’s one veggie you need to try in the air fryer, this is it.

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Air Fryer Cauliflower

Cook cauliflower in the air fryer for crispy edges! This easy air fryer cauliflower recipe tastes roasted, but is ready super fast.

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Air Fryer Butternut Squash Recipe

Air Fryer Butternut Squash is so easy to make and comes out tender, caramelized, and crispy on the edges. It comes together quickly with only a few ingredients and makes a tasty side dish, perfect for the holiday table.

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Air Fryer Parmesan Polenta Fries

Air fryer parmesan truffle polenta fries make a tasty side dish or appetizer. This elegant take on regular or cornmeal French fries pairs beautifully with the truffle mayo dipping sauce. Serve crispy baked polenta fries at your next gathering and I guarantee everyone will want the recipe!

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Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

When you catch yourself throwing back healthy vegetables with the loss of self-control usually reserved for potato chips, you know you’ve found a keeper. Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, you are pure, unbridled, crispy addiction!

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Easy Air Fryer Mushrooms

This easy Air fryer mushrooms recipe without breading makes the juiciest and the most delicious mushrooms you’ll have in a matter of minutes. They make a healthy vegetable side dish or snack! They’re gluten-free, low carb/keto and vegetarian.

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Air fryer Asparagus

These Air fryer Asparagus are a healthy side that will go great with your favorite dishes. With simple seasonings and a little garlic, they’re tasty and easy to make.

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Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

This Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters recipe is quick, easy, and always a crowd pleaser! These delicious, crispy and healthy fritters are perfect as an appetizer, snack, or side dish.

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Air Fryer Carrots

Air Fryer Ranch Carrots will become your new go-to side dish! This recipe requires three of the easiest ingredients ever, goes with practically anything, and they’re zero WW points!

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Air Fryer Cabbage Wedges

These Air Fryer Cabbage Wedges are crispy on the edges and tender in the middle. Healthy, easy to make, and ready in just 15 minutes. Serve this quick veggie side dish with protein, salads, grains, roasted veggies, or pretty much anything else! (Vegan, Gluten Free).

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Air Fryer Blooming Onion

This air fryer blooming onion looks difficult to make, but it really isn’t. Once you learn how to cut the onion you can make this fun appetizer and amaze your family and friends! Make this restaurant quality appetizer at home. Crispy skin and soft interior.

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Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole

Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole is a holiday side dish, but now, even easier. It is so creamy, with perfect fried onions for a crunchy topping, and fast to make. You will want it all year long. 

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Air Fryer Crispy Artichokes

These Crispy Artichokes are so easy to make in the air fryer and incredibly delicious! These will be your new go-to appetizer!

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Air Fryer Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

This Air Fryer Crispy Brussels Sprouts & Bacon recipe is a favorite! With Brussels sprouts that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, this is a savory side dish that everyone will love. Seasoned to perfection with garlic, then tossed together with smoky, delicious bacon. Top it all off with grated parmesan for a side dish that’s perfect for any occasion!

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Air Fryer Crispy Okra

Air fryer okra is the perfect last-minute appetizer to serve at your next party. This Southern-style okra is fried to perfection in an air fryer, no oil is needed! It’s so crispy, tasty, and not slimy. It’s simply the best-fried okra recipe, and it’s not even deep-fried.

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Air Fryer Zucchini

Air Fryer Zucchini—the perfect side. Here’s the side-dish you won’t stop eating!

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Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

There’s nothing like sweet corn on the cob, especially during the summer. I’m pretty sure I like corn on the cob no matter how it’s made! Whether it’s on the grill or oven roasted corn, I’m in! You know I love my air fryer so it only made sense to try making Air Fryer Corn on the Cob!

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Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash

Ready in 25 minutes, this air fryer spaghetti squash recipe makes for the perfect low-carb noodle alternative to pasta. Serve it for dinner with your favorite pasta sauce or as a side dish!

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Parmesan Crusted Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges

Get pub menu-worthy sweet potato fries in minutes using the air fryer. This recipe takes thick wedges of sweet potatoes coated in garlic powder and parmesan cheese and roasts them to a golden brown, crispy snack that is sure to disappear in minutes!

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Air Fryer Potatoes

There’s simply nothing better than an air fryer baked potato. The skin is crispy and delectably salty, and the flesh is perfectly light and fluffy. Best of all, the quick and easy air fryer method takes a fraction of the time of other cooking options. Dress up these foolproof baked potatoes with your favorite toppings and dig in!

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Air Fryer Arancini

Air Fryer arancini are one of the delicious and easy appetizers. Make these air fryer rice balls quickly and easily. These are kids friendly as well.

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Crispy Air Fryer Potato Slider

These savory air fryer potato sliders (potato slices) are loaded with all of your favorite toppings! Crisp bacon, melty cheese, fresh green onions, and creamy sour cream come together to create the perfect side dish or a festive appetizer.

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Air Fryer Crispy Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

 Make CRISPY Garlic Parmesan Potatoes with  little crunchy Parmesan bits in your air fryer with only 5 ingredients using this simple recipe. They can also be made in a conventional oven (see instructions below.) Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Air Fryer Potato Puffs

Potato puffs in an air fryer is a delicious way to enjoy a tasty snack or a tasty potato side dish. A fun alternative to traditional mashed potatoes.

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Crispy Smashed Potatoes in the Air Fryer

Hot and Crispy Smashed Potatoes in the Air Fryer are easy to make and ultra cozy. Drizzled with homemade garlic butter, they’re basically the perfect starchy side dish for any occasion!

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Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato

This Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato recipe is the perfect creamy and cheesy side dish that goes well with any meal! They’re so crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, you will want to make them regularly. They come together so quickly and easily!

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Air Fryer Scalloped Potatoes

These Air Fryer Scalloped Potatoes with cheese (aka Potatoes Au Gratin) are loaded with two kinds of cheese, garlic, thyme, butter, and cream. This is the perfect holiday side dish for 3-4 people. 

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Easy Air Fryer Latkes

These Easy Air Fryer Latkes are made with a traditional blend of Russet potatoes, onions, and egg, and cook up into golden-brown perfection in your air fryer! You’ll love the savory flavor, crisp lacy edges, and steamy, soft interior.

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Air Fryer Bread

With just 6 simple ingredients and a few minutes of kitchen time you can whip up this easy Air Fryer Bread. It is light, fluffy and the perfect accompaniment to all your delicious culinary creations.

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Frozen Rolls in the Air Fryer

All you need to make Air Fryer Dinner Rolls is melty butter and a package of frozen dinner rolls. These soft, fluffy, and buttery Frozen Rolls in the Air Fryer will be on your table in no time.

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Air Fryer Garlic Knots

Air Fryer Garlic Knots are crispy, crunch, light, and fluffy bread bites. It is so easy and fast to bake these twists in the air fryer and serve them as a side or game day appetizer.

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Garlic Bread in Air Fryer

This air fryer garlic bread is super buttery and crisp. It is the perfect addition to any meal and will be on your table in minutes.

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Air Fryer Focaccia Bread

This air fryer focaccia bread will become your new favorite bread recipe. It’s so easy to make and you can use it for anything from an appetizer to a side, to even slicing it up to make sandwiches. Trust me, I’ve done all three! Only 6 ingredients are all that stand between you and this delicious homemade air fryer bread.

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Soft Air Fryer Dinner Rolls

Whip up some delicious homemade dinner rolls quickly and easily in your air fryer. These dinner rolls are so light and fluffy, and take less time to bake compared to the oven. The perfect bread side for any meal, and a must have for Thanksgiving!

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Continue reading to see the whole collection of air fryer thanksgiving recipes! Use your air fryer basket for easy clean up between recipes. The holiday season is about spending time with family and friends – now you can have your favorite recipes without so much prep time or cooking time!


Air Fryer Burst Tomato Burrata Caprese Salad

Burst tomatoes are so quick and easy to make in the air fryer. Adding burrata cheese and arugula turns this into a delicious summer salad.

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Air Fryer Romaine Lettuce

This air fryer romaine lettuce is a tasty and healthy side dish that takes just 10 minutes to make! Enjoy this hot cooked lettuce with main meals, or to accompany summer salads.

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Air Fryer Kale Chips

Air Fryer Kale Chips are the easiest and most delicious Kale Chips! Made in just minutes and super healthy, these will be your go-to snack!

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Air Fryer Croutons

Made in a few short minutes, these homemade Air Fryer Croutons are flavorful, crispy, and perfectly seasoned! Air fried in less than 10 minutes, these air fryer sourdough croutons make for a great addition to salads, soups, or even as a snack.

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Other Sides:

Air Fryer Goat Cheese Balls

All you need are five simple ingredients, and you can make these Air Fryer Goat Cheese Balls in no time. They are so easy to make and are perfect as a party appetizer or as an addition to any meal. Coated with crispy panko breadcrumbs on the outside, the warm goat cheese on the inside makes for a delicious texture contrast.

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    Air Fryer Deviled Eggs

    Air Fryer Deviled Eggs are the perfect way to make an appetizer to feed a crowd. Loaded with flavor and protein, without any of that fried mess!

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    Air Fryer Gnocchi

    The easiest and crispiest air fryer gnocchi recipe that takes less than 15 minutes to make. They are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Use frozen, shelf-stable, or refrigerated potato, cauliflower, and sweet potato gnocchi for an easy appetizer, snack, or side dish.

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    These 41 Best Air Fryer Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes will be your secret weapon to a delicious meal. Load your holiday dinner table with everyone’s favorite sides. Make your holiday menu with ease!

    If you like these delicious recipes and are looking for more of the best air fryer recipes, try these main dishes!

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    Easy Crispy Air Fryer Sesame Chicken Recipe

    Quick & Easy Air Fryer Blackened Chicken Bowls

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