Homemade Pizza Bagels in the Air Fryer

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With the kids doing their virtual learning at home, I’m all about quick and easy snacks and lunch ideas! So when I had the idea to build pizza bagel bites and cook them up in the air fryer, I was pretty pleased with myself! And not gonna lie, the kids were pretty happy about it too!

The process is SIMPLE and will work even if you don’t own an air fryer!

Pizza Bagel Recipe Ingredients:

All you need is a handful of things that are versatile ingredients that are easy to keep in your pantry or fridge.

  • mini bagels
  • pizza sauce (or use spaghetti sauce or make this homemade crazy sauce)
  • mozzarella cheese
  • pepperoni slices (or other desired toppings)

Air Fryer sizes differ, so you may not be able to fit 4 bagels in yours (or maybe you’ll be able to fit more than I could?).

Simply slice your bagels in half, top with some sauce, cheese, and pepperoni and pop them in a pre-heated air fryer! Print out the full directions below, and keep reading for some details on Pizza Bagels cook time in the air fryer as well as other common questions about air fryer pizza bagel bites!

What kind of bagels should I use? 

I love using Thomas’ Plain Mini Bagels for this recipe. In a large air fryer, you can fit four or more!

Full sized bagels will work just fine… filling the air fryer basket will not affect the cooking time. 

Topping Ideas 

This recipe calls for just sauce, cheese and pepperoni but you can top these pizza bagels with whatever pizza toppings you normally use!

Try sausage, mushrooms, olives, pineapple, ham, tomatoes, bacon, or even chicken! 

Variations of Mini Pizza Bagels

In addition to changing up the toppings, you can get creative with this recipe by changing up the sauce and cheese. Try combinations like:

How do I know when the Pizza Bagel Bites are done? 

The cheese will be completely melted and start to brown slightly. At this point, the bagels are done and ready to serve.

However, if you prefer extra crispy bagel pizzas, you can let them cook a little longer until the cheese browns on top and the bottom gets extra crunchy.

Please note, the cheese will not bubble like it does in the oven. 

Ingredients

  • 2 mini bagels
  • 1⁄2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
  • Pepperoni Slices (or other desired toppings)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Separate the bagels, and place them and top each bagel half with sauce, cheese and desired toppings.
  3. Place in the basket of the air fryer and cook for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  4. Serve immediately

Notes

You'll know the pizza bagel bites are done when the cheese is completely melted slightly browned. If you prefer extra crispy bagel pizzas, you can let them cook a little longer until the cheese browns on top and the bottom gets extra crunchy. Note, the cheese will not bubble like it does in the oven.

Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, #StayHome, Back to School, Fall, Summer, Super Bowl Party
Categories: Finger Food and Dips, Pizza, Air Fryer

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