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Air Fryer Beets {Vegan, Whole30, Paleo}

These Air Fryer Beets are an easy and delicious side dish that is ready in a flash! Perfectly caramelized in the air fryer, these simple roasted beets are Whole30, paleo, and vegan/vegetarian.

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The air fryer makes quick work of roasted veggies, and does an incredible job with beets! Even better, you won’t heat up your kitchen, making these a perfect year-round side dish.

As a beet fanatic, I’m no stranger to sharing beet recipes. You might have tried (and loved!) Hasselback Roasted Beets With Goat Cheese, Instant Pot Beets, How to Freeze Beets, and Refrigerator Pickled Beets.

Want to take them to the next level? Try adding some air fryer roasted garlic to your finished dish. And if you’re a sauce fan, you’ll never regret topping them with some cilantro chimichurri.

fresh beets, a bowl of olive oil, and a bowl of sea salt on a white wooden board


You don’t have to, but I highly recommend it! Many recipes have you roast them with the peels on, but I 100% prefer the pre-peel method.

For one, it’s loads easier (you don’t have to try to avoid burning yourself on hot beets!), less messy, and I think it helps remove that “earthy” taste people are opposed to.

sliced beets in a glass mixing bowl

How to Use Roasted Beets

Obviously, you can just eat them as a side dish, but they also work in sheet pan dinners. Or try adding them to homemade hummus, chop them up and mix them with air fryer potatoes, or add them to this Spicy Mung Bean Salad. You can also add them hot or cool to this Kale Chopped Salad.

2 photos showing a before and after of beets being roasted in an air fryer

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • The smaller the beets, the more tender they will be. If your store only sells large ones, cut them in quarters or eighths before roasting.
  • Save the beet tops for salads, smoothies, or sauteing. You can also freeze leftovers following the same method we use for Freezing Spinach.

More Delicious Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes

roasted beets on a plate with a fork topped with chopped parsley


One serving of roasted beets has 1 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

Air fryer roasted beets on a tan plate with a fork
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5 from 2 votes

Air Fryer Beets {Vegan, Whole30, Paleo}

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
These Air Fryer Beets are an easy and delicious side dish that are ready in a flash!


  • 2 lbs beets
  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp flaky salt {optional}


  • Preheat air fryer at 400 F for 5 minutes.
  • Cut the tops and root end off of the beets. Set the greens aside for salads. Use a sharp knife and peel the skin off.
  • Cut each beet in halves, quarters or eighths.
  • Add beets to a medium-sized bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Stir to coat.
  • Brush olive oil on the air fryer basket. Add beets and spread around to distribute.
  • Cook at 380 F for 15 minutes, shaking at 8 minutes.
  • Larger beets may need more cook time. Cook until beets are easily pierced with the tip of a knife.
  • Sprinkle with salt prior to serving.


Save the beet tops for salads, smoothies, or sauteing. You can also freeze leftovers following the same method we use for Freezing Spinach.
Store leftovers in an air-tight container for up to three days.
Oven instructions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place a cast-iron skillet on the bottom rack of the oven. Place the beets in the skillet and drizzle olive oil over each beet. Lightly tent with foil. Roast for 25 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the beet with the tip of a knife.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Beets {Vegan, Whole30, Paleo}
Amount Per Serving (0.5 pounds)
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 250mg11%
Potassium 737mg21%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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3 comments on “Air Fryer Beets {Vegan, Whole30, Paleo}”

  1. These were….good?! As a self-professed beet hater I was surprised to enjoy these as much as I did. Beets may actually become a more regular part of my diet now! I used my smallest Dutch oven to roast these in the oven and they turned out rather delicious!5 stars

    • Haha, this might be my favorite review ever, Bernie. I’m thrilled to convert a beet hater into someone who can tolerate them!

      Thanks for the smile this morning. 🙂

  2. This is both delicious and easy to make! I love that about all of your recipes!5 stars