The Best Bacon Cooker for Your Microwave
Cook up crisp or chewy bacon without the mess with these easy microwave trays.
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Bacon lovers vary in their preference for how it should be cooked. Should bacon be chewy? Crispy? Burned? Cooking bacon precisely gets you the flavor and texture you’re hoping for, but that can be challenging when you have a lot of other things cooking that require your attention. Bacon in a frying pan or oven can make a greasy mess, or become overcooked if your attention is elsewhere. Microwave bacon cookers help you arrive at the consistency you’re hoping for with less mess, less effort, and more precision.
Microwave bacon cookers are simple to store, add function to your microwave, and cook bacon fast—making them great for busy mornings or weeknights. They come in several forms: Some hold bacon straight on its side, others tent the bacon over pegs or racks, while others lay the strips out flat. Consider which design you would prefer. All models include draining trays to collect the bacon grease for storage or disposal without burning your hands, and many also include covers to prevent the spray of grease from coating your microwave. Keep your budget in mind the capacity that would best suit your cooking needs.
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This guide narrows down the market to present recommendations for effective, high-quality bacon cookers for the microwave.
Simple, effective, and versatile, the PrepSolutions Microwavable Bacon Grill is a heavy plastic 12-inch-by-10-inch tray with a deeply ridged bottom that can hold four to six strips of bacon at a time. Unlike hanging bacon racks, the PrepSolutions grill keeps the bacon strips flat while cooking, making it easier to add the cooked bacon to sandwiches or lay them neatly on the side of a breakfast plate. The ridges keep the bacon above the fat that cooks off, and the vented cover prevents grease from splattering all over the inside of your microwave.
The PrepSolutions Microwavable Bacon Grill comes with specific directions for achieving your desired level of crispness, including instructions for microwave power settings and times. When your bacon is ready, a recessed handle makes removing the top easy, and the grease can be poured off immediately without risking burns. The versatile PrepSolutions bacon grill can be used to heat up other quick-cook products, such as sausages, veggie patties, and pizza rolls. After cooking, the grill and lid can both be washed in the dishwasher.
The Presto Microwave Bacon Cooker tents the bacon over upright stands, with a deep bottom tray containing grooves into which users fit the upright vented plastic stands. The user then drapes up to 12 strips of bacon over the stands, covers gently with a paper towel, and microwaves until done. Bacon cooked until its chewy will flatten out while cooling, while crisp bacon will hold its V-shape after cooking. Crisping is very easy with this cooker because an ample amount of air can flow around all sides of the bacon—so this is a solid pick for lovers of crispy bacon.
After cooking, grease is poured off, the upright racks removed, and the entire unit can be submerged in water or run through the dishwasher for cleaning. The upright racks store neatly inside the base, creating a collapsible unit, so it doesn’t take up much space. The Presto Microwave Bacon Cooker provides cooks with quick, efficient cooking and then stores easily away.
The Lekue Microwave Bacon Maker looks similar to many other cookers on the market, but subtle differences in the shape and dimensions of the Lekue allow it to cook much quicker than the competition. The 11-inch-by-10-inch tray has deeper wells underneath the frying surface, so more air circulates underneath the bacon as it cooks. The bacon cooks rapidly with this structure compared to a shallower one. A clear lid also speeds up the cooking: the lid is positioned closer to the bacon than other arched lids, concentrating the heat of the bacon across a smaller area. As a result of this design, the bacon cooks in three minutes, though more time is required for extra-crispy bacon.
The Lekue also has several other features that set it apart, including an integrated pour spout that makes removing the grease from the deep channels easy. Large handles on the side of the cooker allow spill-free removal from the microwave. The clear lid also has an integrated handle that stays cool for removal—so users don’t have to worry about burning their hands.
The Makin Bacon is an upright arm-style cooker. A deep tray with an extended textured handle has holes into which three upright high-heat plastic pieces fit. Each upright piece has arms extending from two sides, creating six hangers for up to 12 slices of bacon. The manufacturer recommends gently placing a paper towel over the top to control grease splatter, and cooking should take approximately 1 minute per slice, depending on how crispy or chewy you prefer your bacon.
When finished cooking with the Makin Bacon cooker, the grease can be poured off from the tray for cooking or disposal, and the entire unit can be placed in the dishwasher (either assembled or disassembled). The arms remove from and tuck into the base for easy storage.
Add a little irony to your morning bacon with this whimsical but highly functional Joie Piggy tray from MSC International. The lid is where the fun is—vented to allow crispness and closed to prevent splatter, the pink lid has a fun recessed pig handle. The base of the tray is a hard BPA-free, 9-inch-by8-inch plastic shell with ridges to hold the cooking bacon up out of the grease it produces. It holds four to six strips of bacon at once and drains for a simple clean up job.