Bacon Wrapped Filet in the Air Fryer: Sizzling Perfection

When you’re looking to enjoy an upscale dinner at home, this bacon wrapped filet in the air fryer is a great choice. You’ll get crispy bacon, perfectly cooked juicy steak, and a delicious dinner. The air fryer does all the hard work for you, so you can just sit back and relax.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

When I was growing up, steaks were a special occasion meal. So, when I want to treat myself to a nice dinner to celebrate something, I always think of steaks. Filet mignon is the cream of the crop, cut from the tender ends of a beef tenderloin.

Now, if you’re worried about messing up the cooking of an expensive steak, don’t. The air fryer is going to do the hard work for you, so there’s no getting the pan to just the right temperature required.

juicy bacon wrapped filet cut in half and laying on a plate

You can still adjust based on how done you like your steak as well, so don’t worry! Regardless, cooking time is almost always less than 20 minutes, making this convenient enough for dinner even on weeknights.

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

ingredients to make bacon wrapped filet in the air fryer
  • 4 Filet mignon steaks (petite; about 3 oz each)
  • 4 Strips bacon
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Montreal steak seasoning (or your favorite)

Optional Garlic Herb Butter

  • 2 Tbsp salted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ¼ tsp salt

Equipment Note: You’ll need toothpicks, cooking twine, or some silicone cooking bands to secure the bacon around the filets.

Ingredient Notes and Tips

  • I find that regular (not thick cut) bacon works best for this, but feel free to use what you like. You can even swap in turkey bacon if preferred!
  • Use any steak seasoning you like (and make sure to add salt and pepper if your blend doesn’t have it)
  • The garlic and herb compound butter is optional, but adds a nice finishing touch. You can swap in other herbs and seasonings as well if you’d like!

How to Cook Bacon Wrapped Filet in an Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (or the closest setting your air fryer has)
  2. Wrap each filet with a slice of bacon, securing it with toothpicks, cooking twine, or silicone bands
carefully wrap filet with bacon
  1. Brush the top and bottom of the filets with olive oil
brush filet with olive oil
  1. Apply the steak seasoning to the oiled steaks, pressing it a bit so it sticks
add seasoning to the top of the filet
  1. Place the bacon wrapped filets into the preheated air fryer basket
place bacon wrapped filet in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 6 minutes at 375°F
  2. Flip, then cook an additional 3 minutes for medium rare (135°F), 6 minutes for medium (140°F), or 9 minutes for medium well (145°F). Times will vary based on the size and thickness of your specific steaks, so I recommend checking in with a thermometer every couple minutes
  3. While the filets are cooking, in a small bowl, combine the softened butter and the seasonings and mix until everything is well distributed
combine softened butter and seasoning in a small bowl
  1. Once steaks are done to your liking, remove them from the basket and let them rest for 5 minutes
  2. Top filets with garlic herb butter, and serve with your favorite sides
overhead view of bacon wrapped filet on a plate with cheesy baked potato

What to Serve With Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon

  • Caesar salad
  • Wedge salad
  • French onion soup
  • Creamed spinach
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Caramelized onions
  • Glazed carrots
  • Baked potato
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Potato skins
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Dinner rolls
  • Garlic bread
  • Chocolate cake
  • Apple crisp

From starter to sides and even dessert, there are lots of great dishes to serve with filet mignon.

Try bacon wrapped filet in the air fryer with my tasty Caramelized Onions in the Air Fryer, loaded Potato Skins in the Air Fryer, classic Air Fryer Baked Potato With Foil, sweet Air Fryer Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots, creamy Air Fryer Scalloped Potatoes,  and finish the meal with some Air Fryer Apple Crisp.

Recipe FAQs

What Temperature Do You Air Fry Filet Mignon?

You air fry filet mignon at a temperature of between 375°F and 400°F. Lower temperatures help avoid burning, especially if bacon or a rub with sugar is used.

For simple filet mignon, use a higher temperature to reduce cooking time and sear the meat.

How Long Do You Cook a Filet Steak in an Air Fryer?

You cook a filet steak in an air fryer for anywhere from 9-15 minutes on average. This ranges from medium rare to medium well doneness. Times will vary based on the size and thickness of your filet, as well as your specific air fryer.

Your best option is to cook for 6 minutes, flip the steak, then check with a thermometer every couple minutes of additional cooking time for desired doneness.

Why Is Filet Mignon Wrapped in Bacon?

Filet is wrapped in bacon, as the bacon provides additional fat and flavor to the filet steak when cooking.

It also cooks in about the same amount of time, making it easy to deliver a perfectly cooked combination.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • If you want your bacon extra crispy but don’t want your steak well done, pre-cook the bacon by itself for 5 minutes in the air fryer before wrapping it around the filets
  • You can easily halve or double this recipe for less or more people
  • My filets were perfect after 12 minutes total in a Ninja Dual air fryer, which was medium well on the thinnest one and medium on the thick ones (as there is natural variation in size). They were all incredibly tender and juicy. Other air fryers will vary slightly
three air fryer bacon wrapped filet with garlic butter on top

Storage and Reheating

  • Leftover filet may be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You may also freeze for up to 6 months, but it will lose moisture over time
  • Reheat bacon wrapped filet in the air fryer for 6-8 minutes at 350°F, turning halfway, or until heated through

More Bacon Wrapped Air Fryer Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

This bacon wrapped filet in the air fryer is an incredible way to enjoy a fancy steak dinner right at home. Season it just the way you like it, and feel free to top it with my delicious garlic herb butter for the perfect finishing touch.

The air fryer makes things easy, taking a lot of the guesswork out of cooking, so you can prepare a juicy steak without a lot of stress.

Pair with your favorite side dishes to complete the meal, or try these filets with some Air Fryer Garlic Butter Scallops for an amazing surf and turf option.

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Bacon Wrapped Filet in the Air Fryer With Garlic Herb Butter

Bacon wrapped filet in the air fryer comes out incredibly juicy, tender, and delicious! Finish with an amazing garlic herb butter and enjoy with your favorite sides.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 361 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Filet mignon steaks (petite; about 3 oz each)
  • 4 Strips bacon
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Montreal steak seasoning (or your favorite)

For the Garlic Herb Butter (Optional)

  • 2 Tbsp butter, salted (at room temperature)
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder
  • ½ Tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tsp dried parsley
  • ¼ Tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (or the closest setting your air fryer has)
  • Wrap each filet with a slice of bacon, securing it with toothpicks, cooking twine, or silicone bands
    4 Filet mignon steaks, 4 Strips bacon
  • Brush the top and bottom of the filets with olive oil
    ½ Tbsp olive oil
  • Apply the steak seasoning to the oiled steaks, pressing it a bit so it sticks
    2 Tbsp Montreal steak seasoning
  • Place the bacon wrapped filets into the preheated air fryer basket
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 6 minutes at 375°F
  • Flip, then cook an additional 3 minutes for medium rare (135°F), 6 minutes for medium (140°F), or 9 minutes for medium well (145°F). Times will vary based on the size and thickness of your specific steaks, so I recommend checking in with a thermometer every couple minutes
  • While the filets are cooking, in a small bowl, combine the softened butter and the seasonings and mix until everything is well distributed
    2 Tbsp butter, salted, 1 Tsp garlic powder, ½ Tsp onion powder, 1 Tsp dried parsley, ¼ Tsp salt
  • Once steaks are done to your liking, remove them from the basket and let them rest for 5 minutes
  • Top filets with garlic herb butter, and serve with your favorite sides

Notes

  • I find that regular (not thick cut) bacon works best for this, but feel free to use what you like. You can even swap in turkey bacon if preferred!
  • Use any steak seasoning you like (and make sure to add salt and pepper if your blend doesn’t have it)
  • The garlic and herb compound butter is optional, but adds a nice finishing touch. You can swap in other herbs and seasonings as well if you’d like!
  • If you want your bacon extra crispy but don’t want your steak well done, pre-cook the bacon by itself for 5 minutes in the air fryer before wrapping it around the filets
  • You can easily halve or double this recipe for less or more people
  • My filets were perfect after 12 minutes total in a Ninja Dual air fryer, which was medium well on the thinnest one and medium on the thick ones (as there is natural variation in steak size). They were all incredibly tender and juicy. Other air fryers will vary slightly
  • Leftover filet may be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You may also freeze for up to 6 months, but it will lose moisture over time
  • Reheat bacon wrapped filet in the air fryer for 6-8 minutes at 350°F, turning halfway, or until heated through
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any sauces or sides added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 193gCalories: 361kcalProtein: 37gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 1272mgPotassium: 0.1mgCalcium: 0.1mgIron: 3.8mg
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