If you crave the crispy, salty, crunchy goodness of bacon but steer clear of pork products, turkey bacon is here for you! Sadly, nine times out of ten, turkey bacon is just not as good as the real thing. When it is good, however, it can bring delicious, sodium-rich meatiness to your sandwich, burger, or breakfast plate.
Isabelle Roy, digital graphic designer at Mythical, is an avid consumer of turkey bacon and she hopped in to help us taste a bunch of brands and judge which ones were the best of the bunch. We were looking for something that brought all of the good qualities of pork-based bacon to the table while being lean and flavorful in its own right. The following turkey bacons did just that.
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- Jennie-O Turkey Bacon
Jennie-O? More like Jennie-Oh Boy Do They Know Turkey Bacon! This one is nice and thin, resulting in a super crispy crunch that turkey bacon often lacks. To me, this looks almost exactly like real bacon. If I got this at a restaurant I’d be like, “Oh, I’m sorry. I don’t eat pork.” Then they would tell me that it was, in fact, not pork, and I’d be so impressed. This was the most bacon-y looking, smelling, and tasting turkey bacon I’ve ever had.
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- Sam’s Choice Uncured Turkey Bacon
Sam’s Choice Uncured Turkey Bacon has a little bit of everything for everyone. It’s lusciously smoky, vibrantly salty, and even a little sweet. The taste is balanced, which is not a word I typically use to describe bacon. Sporked managing editor Gwynedd Stuart thought this turkey bacon was “obnoxiously salty” (in the best way possible) and Isabelle enjoyed the crunch. We all agreed that we’d be very happy to have this served up with cheesy scrambled eggs and buttered toast.
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- Oscar Mayer Original Turkey Bacon
Oscar Mayer’s Original Turkey Bacon is perfect for lovers of thin bacon. The edges get extra crispy, and the stripe of fat that runs down the center of the bacon strip looks cartoony in a pleasing way. It is very savory and smoky and lightly sweet. While it definitely brings the salt, it’s not quite as salt-forward as some of the other turkey bacons on this list. That’s not a bad thing, though! This would be great in a dressing-doused cobb salad because it would add to the taste without overwhelming the palate with salt.
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- Godshall’s Fully Cooked Uncured Turkey Bacon
Godshall’s Fully Cooked Uncured Turkey Bacon had us all craving a BLT the moment we tasted it. Well, a TBLT, that is. It’s both crunchy and meaty and therefore would sit perfectly between squishy, seasonal tomatoes and crisp, fresh lettuce on a (T)BLT. Isabelle pointed out that this turkey bacon has “little granules of crispiness” throughout each strip. We’re not exactly sure what these crunchy bits are, but we sure do like the taste of them!
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- Butterball Everyday Original Turkey Bacon
Because of its frilly little crispy edges, Isabelle described this Butterball Everyday Original Turkey Bacon as “very cute.” It’s much sweeter than most of the other turkey bacons we tried during our taste test. While I don’t know if I want to eat these strips all by themselves, I think they would be great on a burger. Their sweetness and light smokiness would add a nice little flavor punch and meld well with other toppings.
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Best of the Best
Best for a BLT
Best for a Burger
Other Products We Tried:
Applegate Uncured Turkey Bacon, Appleton Farms Turkey Bacon, The Butcher Shop Uncured Turkey Bacon, Garrett Valley Farms Organic Sugar-Free Bacon, Wellshire Farms Classic Turkey Bacon, Columbus Turkey Bacon, First Street Turkey Bacon, Full Circle Turkey Bacon
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