Simple Air Fryer Whole Roasted Beets in Foil

I love roasting beets, and that’s simply because they taste better than any other preparation method! You get this beautiful natural sweetness when you roast them, making for an amazing vegetable option. These air fryer whole roasted beets in foil are really a game changer for cooking!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

The air fryer is the perfect choice for roasting beets, as you’ll get the same flavor results as a traditional oven, but in far less cooking time. It’s also an energy saver, which is also important for dishes that take a while to cook!

Do you really need the foil for them to cook? Well, no. But I use foil for a couple reasons. The first is simply: cleanup! The foil contains the mess so there’s no beet juice staining everything. The second reason is that it helps to steam the beets, leaving them less wrinkly.

However, if you don’t want to use the foil – it’s totally fine! Just be prepared to need to clean up some juice afterwards.

sticking a fork through an air fryer whole roasted beet

Ingredients List

ingredients to make air fryer whole roasted beets
  • Beets, any variety 

Optional seasoning:

  • ½ tsp olive oil per beet
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredient Tips and Notes

  • You can use any variety of beets. Common options include red, golden, or variegated (striped) beets
  • Quantity is up to you. You may cook as many beets at a time as fit in your air fryer’s basket or rack in a single layer (with a little space between them for air circulation). The time doesn’t change for different quantities
  • Seasoning is optional, and largely depends on what you plan to use the roasted beets in. They may be cooked plain as well! You can also add other seasonings, such as garlic powder, thyme, or other favorites

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Trim the stems and roots from your beets, and wash them thoroughly. If you plan to season them, peel them. If not, you can leave the skins on, and choose to remove them after cooking if desired
trim the beet stems and root then wash thoroughly
  1. Place each beet into a square of foil, and then wrap the foil around to seal the beet in. I leave the opening at the top to make it easier to unwrap the beet later
place each beet on a square of aluminum foil and wrap them up
  1. Set the beets into your air fryer’s basket or on the rack, leaving a little air space between each one to promote even heating
place foil wrapped beets in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting at 380°F (or the closest setting your specific air fryer has) for 30-35 minutes, or until the beets pierce easily with a fork or knife (I peel back the foil at the top opening to check, then carefully re-seal it if more time is needed)
  2. Remove the peel if desired, season if needed, and serve with your favorite other dishes!
overhead view of air fryer whole roasted beets on a plate and in aluminum foil

What to Serve With Roasted Beets

Toppings and Seasonings

  • Honey
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Goat cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Hummus
  • Sour cream
  • Creme fraiche 
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Paprika
  • Lemon zest
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Toasted nuts
  • Horseradish sauce
  • Garlic aioli

There are lots of great ways to dress up roasted beets for serving, from sweet to savory and crunchy to creamy.

I love them topped with a little goat cheese and Honey Roasted Pecans in the Air Fryer, on a salad with balsamic dressing, or with horseradish sauce alongside mashed potatoes and a beef roast!

Entrees and Sides

  • Green beans
  • Radishes
  • Potato pancakes
  • Parsnips
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Corn
  • Cabbage
  • Nicoise salad
  • Burrata salad
  • Roasted chicken
  • Turkey
  • Roast beef
  • Duck
  • Roasted pork

Pair air fryer roasted beets with my Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans, Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts With Bacon, Air Fryer Parsnip Chips, Air Fryer Cabbage and Potatoes, or a nice roasted Air Fryer Cornish Hen.

Recipe FAQs

How Do I Prepare Beets for Roasting in the Air Fryer?

To prepare beets for roasting in the air fryer, start by cleaning them thoroughly, scrubbing off any dirt. Trim off the beet greens, then wrap each beet individually in aluminum foil. Make sure the beets are dry before wrapping them.

Peeling is optional, as is adding seasoning to the beets before cooking.

What’s the Cooking Time and Temperature for Air Frying Whole Beets?

To roast whole beets in the air fryer, preheat the appliance to 380°F (193°C). Place the foil-wrapped beets in the air fryer basket or on the tray. Roast for 30-35 minutes on average, depending on the beet’s size.

You’ll know they’re done when a fork easily pierces the beet’s center.

Do I Need to Preheat the Air Fryer for Beet Roasting?

Preheating is not needed when roasting whole beets. The cooking time is long enough that it won’t be necessary.

However, you can preheat the air fryer if you prefer, and it may cut 2-3 minutes off of required cooking time overall.

Why Use Foil for Roasting Beets in the Air Fryer?

Using foil is beneficial because it helps retain moisture, prevents the beets from drying out, and keeps your air fryer clean by containing any beet juice that may escape during cooking.

However, you can skip the foil and still successfully roast beets. You’ll need to clean up more mess, and generally end up with a slightly more wrinkled beet overall.

Can I Add Seasonings or Herbs When Roasting Beets?

Yes, you can enhance the flavor by adding seasonings like salt, pepper, garlic, or herbs like rosemary or thyme.

Place the seasonings on the beets with a little bit of olive oil before wrapping them in foil.

How Do I Know When the Beets Are Done Roasting in the Air Fryer?

You’ll know the beets are done when a fork or knife easily pierces the center of the beet.

Cooking times may vary depending on the beet’s size, so this is the best way to test that they are actually done.

What’s the Best Way to Peel Air Fried Beets?

After cooking, let the roasted beets cool slightly, and then use a paper towel to rub off the skin. It should peel off easily. Alternatively, you can use a knife to gently remove the skin.

You may also peel the beets ahead of cooking them, which is recommended if you plan to season them so the seasoning doesn’t rub off with the skin.

Can I Use This Method for Different Types of Beets, Like Red, Golden, or Chioggia?

Yes, this method works well for various beet varieties, including red, golden, and Chioggia beets.

Adjust the roasting time based on the size of the beets and not the variety.

Can I Roast Beets Without Foil in the Air Fryer?

You can roast beets without foil by placing them directly on the air fryer basket or tray.

However, using foil is recommended for better moisture retention and easier cleanup.

What Can I Do with Roasted Beets Besides Serving Them as a Side Dish?

Roasted beets are versatile beyond just using them as a side dish. You can use them in salads, smoothies, or baked goods.

Get creative and incorporate them into various dishes for added flavor and nutrition.

Can I Store Leftover Roasted Beets, and How Do I Reheat Them?

Yes, you can store leftover roasted beets in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

To reheat, place them in the air fryer at 350°F (175°C) for about 5-7 minutes until warmed through.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • You don’t need to preheat your air fryer for this recipe, as it roasts long enough a few minutes additionally doesn’t matter
  • Note that if you peel your beets before roasting, they will bleed color more than if you do not. Since the mess is contained by the foil, I prefer to do this so I don’t need to do it after, but it’s entirely up to you!
  • My medium sized beets were perfectly cooked after 30 minutes in a Ninja air fryer. Various beet sizes and different brands of air fryer will cause this time to vary slightly
delicious air fryer whole roasted beets on a plate with fresh raw beets above

Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Store leftover beets in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days
  • To reheat, air fry at 350°F for about 5 minutes, or until warmed through. The exact time will depend on the size of your specific beets (if you have cut them into smaller pieces, it will take less time as well)

More Recipes Featuring Beets to Try

Final Thoughts

These whole air fryer roasted beets in foil are easy and delicious, thanks to the cooking process bringing out their natural sweetness! With beets being the only required ingredient (though you can add seasonings as desired), it doesn’t get simpler than that.

Air frying is the perfect choice, taking far less time than a conventional oven, and saving on energy as well. You’ll get an equally perfect result, so you’re not missing out.

Beets are naturally vegetarian and gluten free, so this is an easy vegetable to prepare for many different diets.

Serve them up as a side dish, use them to top your salad, or make extra to use in another dish, like smoothies or baked goods! The vibrant colors and earthy flavors are perfect for fall, and this dish is even elegant enough for the Thanksgiving table!

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Easy Air Fryer Roasted Beets in Foil (Whole Beets)

These simple air fryer roasted beets cook up perfectly in just 30 minutes. Foil keeps them moist and the mess contained, for an easy yet delicious side dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 1
Calories 57 kcal

Equipment

  • Foil (one square per beet)
  • Paring knife (or similar)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Medium fresh beet (any variety)

Optional Seasoning

  • ½ Tsp olive oil (per beet)
  • ¼ Tsp salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ Tsp black pepper (or to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Trim the stems and roots from your beets, and wash them thoroughly. If you want to season them, peel them and season accordingly. If not, you can leave the skins on, and choose to remove them after cooking if desired
    1 Medium fresh beet, ½ Tsp olive oil, ¼ Tsp salt, ¼ Tsp black pepper
  • Place each beet into a square of foil, and then wrap the foil around to seal the beet in. I leave the opening at the top to make it easier to unwrap the beet later
  • Set the beets into your air fryer’s basket or on the rack, leaving a little air space between each one to promote even heating
  • Cook on the air fry setting at 380°F (or the closest setting your specific air fryer has) for 30-35 minutes, or until the beets pierce easily with a fork or knife (I peel back the foil at the top opening to check, then carefully re-seal it if more time is needed)
  • Remove the peel if desired, season if needed, and serve with your favorite other dishes!

Notes

  • Quantity is up to you. You may cook as many beets at a time as fit in your air fryer’s basket or rack in a single layer (with a little space between them for air circulation). The time doesn’t change for different quantities
  • Seasoning is optional, and largely depends on what you plan to use the roasted beets in. They may be cooked plain as well! You can also add other seasonings, such as garlic powder, thyme, or other favorites
  • You don’t need to preheat your air fryer for this recipe, as it roasts long enough a few minutes additionally doesn’t matter
  • My medium (2-3” diameter) sized beets were perfectly cooked after 30 minutes in a Ninja air fryer. Various beet sizes and different brands of air fryer will cause this time to vary slightly
  • Store leftover beets in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days
  • To reheat, air fry at 350°F for about 5 minutes, or until warmed through. The exact time will depend on the size of your specific beets (if you have cut them into smaller pieces, it will take less time as well)
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand, size, and variety of ingredients. These numbers assume ½ tsp of olive oil and ¼ tsp each of salt and pepper. Any toppings or other seasonings added will vary, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 86gCalories: 57kcalCarbohydrates: 8.2gProtein: 1.4gFat: 2.4gSaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 645mgPotassium: 274mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 5.5gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 0.7mg
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