Brown Sugar Air-Fryer Ham

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours


14 servings

Updated: Nov. 21, 2023
This air-fryer ham features a simple, old-fashioned glaze just like Grandma used to make. The mustard and vinegar counter the sweetness from the brown sugar and add tangy flavor. —Carol Strong Battle, Heathsville, Virginia
Brown Sugar Air-Fryer Ham Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 fully cooked bone-in ham (5 to 7 pounds)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cider vinegar


  1. Preheat air fryer to 300°. Place ham on a double-thickness of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Using a sharp knife, score surface of ham with 1/4-in.-deep cuts in a diamond pattern; seal foil. Place in air fryer. Cook until a thermometer reads 130°, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine brown sugar, mustard and enough vinegar to make a thick paste. Remove ham from air fryer. Spread sugar mixture over ham. Cook, uncovered, until a thermometer reads 140°, 15-20 minutes longer, tenting with foil if glaze starts to brown.
Air-Fryer Ham Tips

How do you seal the ham in the aluminum foil?

To seal the ham with foil, line the air fryer basket with two long overlapping pieces of foil. Lay the ham on top of foil. Score ham and seal the foil tightly. Don’t let the foil touch the heating element. If it does, your ham is too big for the air fryer.

What can you serve with air-fryer ham?

You can serve so many side dishes with air-fryer ham. Try a homey side of cheddar and chive mashed potatoes, flavorful roasted asparagus and buttermilk dinner rolls.

What can you do with leftover air-fryer ham?

Leftover air-fryer ham gives you a head start for making many dishes! For breakfast, cube up some ham for omelets or enchiladas. You can also save some leftovers to use as a shortcut to a delicious dinner, such as potpies and jambalaya.

Julie Schnittka, Taste of Home Senior Editor
Air Fryer Cook Times
In our testing, we find cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we give wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts

4 ounces ham: 196 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 863mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 24g protein.