How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

By Rachel Tiemeyer
August 18, 2020

An easy step-by-step guide on how to cook bacon in the oven. Less mess and better bacon!

baked bacon on a wire rack

This post is created in partnership with Burgers’ Smokehouse Bacon.

For years I tried to cook bacon either in a frying pan or the microwave. Holy greasy mess, Batman! But, I learned a restaurant industry secret a while back: just bake it! I promise you’ll have perfect bacon every time without all the clean-up.

Our Favorite Bacon

First, let’s talk about the star ingredient: BACON. You and I both know that all bacon is NOT created equal. And, we’ve tried a lot over the years.

We solemnly swear that the best bacon we’ve ever had is Burgers’ Smokehouse Bacon. Whether you choose their Uncured Bacon (my personal fave), Applewood Smoked Bacon, Hickory Smoked, or any of their flavors…you WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

This family-owned mid-Missouri business uses their age-old family recipe to cure bacon with a mixture of salt, brown sugar and pepper, then slow-smoke it over natural wood chips…never adding any water. Because who wants to cook water with their bacon?

Learn more about their process here…

The Uncured Country Bacon–my favorite–is unique in that they use their traditional dry cured recipe without the added Sodium Nitrite. So, this bacon includes no MSG, gluten, preservatives, or added nitrate or nitrite.


How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Follow these simple steps for how to cook bacon in the oven:

STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 400°F.

STEP 2: Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Place a metal cooling rack on top of the baking sheet. Line the bacon up side by side, making sure the pieces do not overlap. (Note: You can line the bacon up directly on the foil if you don’t have a baking rack, but the end result will be greasier and will bake faster, so keep an eye on it.)

uncooked bacon lined up on a baking rack

STEP 3: Pop it in the oven for 20-25 minutes for thinner bacon and 25-30 minutes for thicker bacon. Timing will really depend on the bacon but it will likely fall into this range. Just keep an eye on it and bake it to your desired crispiness level.

cooking bacon slices in the oven on a rimmed baking sheet

STEP 4: After the bacon is done baking, remove it from the oven and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any extra grease.

bacon that has been baked in the oven

Congratulations! Now you know how to cook bacon in the oven. I’m guessing you’ll never go back to those messier, greasier methods. 🙂

Bacon Recipes You’ll Love

OK, you now know where to get quality bacon and how to cook it. Time for some DELICIOUS recipes that feature Burgers’ Smokehouse Bacon!

Gourmet BLT Sandwiches with Avocado Aioli

BLT sandwiches stacked on top of each other

Autumn Chopped Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

autumn chopped salad in a serving platter with apple cider vinaigrette being drizzled over the top

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs

bacon-wrapped shrimp kabobs on white platter

Ultimate Bacon and Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes

twice-baked potatoes

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole with Bacon and Gruyere

Breakfast Casserole in a Crockpot on a wooden cutting board

Fluffy Egg Casserole with Bacon

We hope you enjoy the easiest and least messy way to cook bacon from now on!


How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


This less-mess, no-fail way to cook bacon in the oven will become the only way you’ll ever prepare it. It’s just so smart to fix bake it!



  1. Preheat the oven to 400° degrees.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy clean up. Place a metal rack on top of the baking sheet. Line the bacon up side by side, making sure the pieces do not overlap.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes for thin-cut bacon or 25-30 minutes for thick-cut bacon, depending on your desired doneness. That’s it!

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5 replies
  1. Cindy Groves says:

    I can’t seem to find the uncured country bacon on the Burgers website. Do they still carry it?

    • Rachel says:

      Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve never had that problem to my knowledge. The grease just dripped down through the rack and landed on the rimmed baking sheet (covered in foil).

  2. David Cloninger says:

    Try a better quicker oven way!
    Lay foil on a cookie sheet and fold up sides to keep fat in.
    Lay out 4-6 slices of bacon.
    Place in cold oven.
    Turn oven to 400 degrees, timer to 15 minutes.
    Thin bacon 13-14, thick 16-18. take it out when it is your bacon!
    With fork, place bacon on paper towel, pat down & pour fat into bacon fat container!