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How To Make Pizza Bagels In the Air Fryer

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Pizza Bagels are a delicious and easy snack to whip up! But have you tried making them in the air fryer yet?

Everyone loves a pizza bagel! Gorgeous hot bagel base topped with gooey melted mozzarella and your favourite pizza toppings. It’s the perfect thing to satisfy that snack craving!

Not only do pizza bagels make great snacks, but they’re a fantastic, quick and easy tea-time treat for the kids too. I usually just add a side of vegetable sticks and dip, and a fruit plate. It’s a nice easy weeknight dinner.

Cooking Our Air Fryer Pizza Bagels Is A Good Thing, Here’s Why!

  • Using the air fryer is more energy efficient that using a traditional oven or grill, and there’s no need to preheat!
  • This tasty pepperoni pizza bagel literally just takes 4-5 minutes to cook!
  • Lining the air fryer basket with tin foil means zero washing up!
  • You can make these pizza bagels any flavour you like, just add your favourite pizza toppings. Plus if you need them gluten free, it’s an easy swap to gluten free bagels.

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air fryer pizza bagels served on a white plate with vegetable crudités and fruit plate with melon and strawberries - bottle of orange juice with a black and white striped plastic straw to the side.

Equipment Needed

  • Air Fryer – we use a  a Ninja Foodi Max Dual Zone Air Fryer the 9.5 litre two drawer cooking space is BRILLIANT when you’re cooking for a family or want to cook larger portions. And it makes cooking meat, chicken or fish and potatoes at the same time super easy!
  • Sheet of tin foil – large enough to line the basket and up the sides a little.
  • Chopping board
  • Dessert spoon
  • Bread knife – or buy pre-sliced bagels
  • Kitchen scissors

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Pizza Bagels Ingredients

You’ll just need a handful of ingredients to make this tasty air fryer snack!

ingredients for making pizza bagels - bagels, sliced pepperoni, grated mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce all in bowls on a wooden board
  • 1 bagel – sliced in half
  • 1 tbsp pizza sauce – you can swap this for tomato ketchup, tomato puree or tomato pasta sauce. These are even nice made with pesto as a base or BBQ sauce!
  • 40g mozzarella – grated
  • 3-4 slices pepperoni – snipped into strips

How To Make Pizza Bagels

You’ll LOVE how quick and easy this pepperoni pizza are to make! Oh… they’re the perfect late night snack!

Step One – slice the bagels

  • Slice the bagels into half.
  • Line the air fryer basket with a sheet of tin foil.
air fryer basket lined with tin foil. Bowl of pizza sauce, bowl of grated mozzarella and bowl of sliced pepperoni next to the basket

Step Two – add the pizza toppings to the bagel

  • Place the bagels halves into the air fryer basket on the tin foil sheet.
  • Use the spoon to spread them with the pizza sauce.
bagel sliced in half and spread with pizza sauce lay on tin foil in the air fryer basket. Bowl of grated mozzarella and sliced pepperoni next to the air fryer basket
  • Then scatter over the shredded mozzarella cheese. It doesn’t matter if it falls into the hole, it’ll just all melt in the middle deliciously!
air fryer pizza bagels topped with pizza sauce and grated mozzarella in the air fryer basket which is lined with tin foil
  • Add the sliced pepperoni to the top of the bagels and sprinkle over some dried oregano or Italian seasoning if you like for that extra pizza flavour vibe!

Step Three – cook the pizza bagels in the air fryer

air fryer pizza bagels going into the air fryer to cook
  • Cook the pepperoni pizza bagels in the air fryer at 180C on the air fry setting for around 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the pepperoni crisped up to your liking.
  • Then remove from the air fryer – just lift the whole piece of tin foil out (we usually use tongs so as not to burn fingers)
cooked pizza bagels in the air fryer basket

More Topping Ideas For Pizza Bagels

When it comes to throwing together a bagel pizza, you can add whatever toppings you like! We’ve popped a few tasty combos below to get you started!

Margherita – pizza sauce and fresh mozzarella, scatter with torn basil once it’s cooked.

Veggie Delight – pizza sauce or pesto, topped with sautéed mushrooms, spicy red peppers from a jar, and thinly sliced red onions and then choose from mozzarella or feta cheese to finish.

Buffalo Chicken – spread a layer of pizza sauce, top with hot shredded cooked chicken, add a drizzle of your favourite buffalo hot sauce, then sprinkle over some blue cheese or Monterey jack cheese.

Hawaiian – spread on your pizza sauce, top with sliced ham, pineapple chunks and mozzarella cheese.

BBQ Chicken – spread the bagel with BBQ sauce, top with hot shredded cooked chicken, drizzle on a little more BBQ sauce, add some sweetcorn, bacon bits and scatter over some cheddar cheese.

air fryer pizza bagels served on a white plate with vegetable crudités and fruit plate with melon and strawberries - bottle of orange juice with a black and white striped plastic straw to the side.

You might also love our vegetarian naan bread pizzas here.

Pizza Bagel Recipe Tips

How to cook pizza bagels without an air fryer

You can easily cook these mini pizzas using the regular grill if you don’t have an air fryer. Just pre-heat the grill to high and cook them until the toppings are hot and the cheese melted and bubbling.

Should you toast bagels before making pizza bagels?

If we’re making these in the air fryer then we don’t toast them – we just add the toppings and air fry. If we are grilling them, we lightly toast first, to prevent the base from going soggy with the pizza toppings.

Can I make gluten free pizza bagels?

Yes! Totally, just switch the bagels for gluten free bagels and make sure to use gluten free pizza toppings.

How long to cook pizza bagels?

These mini snack pizzas need cooking for around 5 minutes in the air fryer. Just be sure that any toppings are heated through properly and that the cheese is nice and melty.

More Tasty Air Fryer Snacks To Make

If you love an air fryer snack… then try these!

  • Air Fryer Potato Wedges – Italian spiced potato wedges cooked in the air fryer and served with a yummy garlic mayonnaise dip.
  • Air Fryer Cookie Dough – it only takes a few minute to throw together a delicious chocolate chip cookie dough dessert you can cook in the air fryer, just dollop on your favourite ice-cream and don’t forget to share!

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cooked pizza bagels in the air fryer basket

Air Fryer Pizza Bagels

Yield: Serves 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Get the perfect cripsy pepperoni pizza bagel in minutes with your air fryer.

Ingredients

  • 1 bagel
  • 1 tbsp pizza sauce
  • 40g mozzarella
  • 4 slices pepperoni
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Slice the bagels in half
  2. Line the air fryer basket with a sheet of tin foil.
  3. Place the bagels halves into the air fryer basket on the tin foil sheet.
  4. Use the spoon to spread them with the pizza sauce.
  5. Then scatter over the shredded mozzarella cheese. It doesn’t matter if it falls into the hole, it’ll just all melt in the middle deliciously!
  6. Add he sliced pepperoni to the top of the bagels and sprinkle over some dried oregano.
  7. Cook the pepperoni pizza bagels in the air fryer at 180C on the air fry setting for around 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the pepperoni crisped up to your liking.
  8. Then remove from the air fryer – just lift the whole piece of tin foil out (we usually use tongs so as not to burn fingers)
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 448Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 875mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 22g

    Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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