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5-Minute Air Fryer Bagel Bites, Homemade + Frozen

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Crispy, cheesy, Air Fryer Bagel Bites are fun, easy and delicious! Try our amazing homemade recipe or learn how to air fry frozen ones.

Air fryer bagel bites on a black plate

Bagel Bites are a brand of frozen pizza bagel snacks produced by Kraft Heinz, and they are wildly popular. Originally, they could be made in the microwave (not so tasty) or the oven.

Now, there’s a quicker method to turn those humble frozen mini pizzas into a satisfying snack—Air Fryer Bagel Bites!

Even better than the premade versions are homemade pizza bagel bites! They’re so easy to whip up and they taste so good! 

Air fryer bagel bites on a cooling rack

The best part about making your own homemade bagel bites in the air fryer is that you can customize them with whatever toppings, cheeses and sauces you want! You’re not limited to the regular pizza sauce and mozzarella. 

In this post we’ll teach you how to make bagel bites from scratch. And I’ll also show you how to cook frozen ones, in case you’d prefer them for convenience!

Bagel Bites Air Fryer Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for mini pizza bagels

You can find the exact measurements of the recipe ingredients and customize the serving size in the recipe card after the detailed step-by-step instructions section.

The ingredients for our basic air fryer bagel bites recipe are super simple!

  • Mini bagels 
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni

There are so many different variations of pizza bagels you could make! You could use different cheeses, sauces and toppings, so don’t feel limited to what we have listed here! Simply use this recipe as a guide to unlock a world of pizza bagel possibilities! 

Can’t find mini bagels at the grocery store? You could always use regular-sized bagels instead of minis, but note that the cooking time in the air fryer will be longer!

Recipe Video

YouTube video

How to Cook Bagel Bites in the Air Fryer?

Bagel bites in the air fryer are simple and quick to make and are super delicious. In just about 10 minutes, your bagel bites will be hot, gooey and ready to enjoy.

If you’ll use frozen bagel bites, skip to step #4. 

Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC).

Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).

If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 400ºF (204ºC) and then let it cook for 4-5 minutes without food.

You may also skip this step by adding 1-2 minutes to your cooking time or until you achieve your desired finish.

Step 2: Prepare the pizza toppings.

Mini pizza toppings: pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, pepperoni
Toppings: pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, pepperoni

If your mozzarella cheese is not already grated, grate it and set it aside. Slice the pepperoni slices into long strips, and then cut those strips into little squares. Have the pizza sauce ready.

Step 3: Put together the mini pizza bagels.

Adding toppings to mini bagel pizza

Prepare each mini bagel by first spreading a spoonful of pizza sauce on each bagel. Then, sprinkle on the pepperoni cubes and the cheese. Repeat with remaining bagels.

Step 4: Air fry bagel bites for 4-6 minutes.

Baking bagel bites in air fryer

When the air fryer is finished preheating, add the bagel bites in a single layer to the air fryer. 

For fresh bagel bites: Air fry for 4-5 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and bubbling. 

For frozen bagel bites: Air fry for 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and bubbling.

Since these bite-sized snacks are too small, there’s hardly any difference in their cooking time and temperature.

I used a 6-quart air fryer to test this recipe. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

Step 5: Serve and enjoy your air fried bagel bites!

Air fried bagel bites on a black plate

When the air fryer bagel bites are toasted and bubbling, carefully transfer them to a plate. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes before devouring! Enjoy your crispy, air-fried bagel bites! 

Like pizza, bagel bites are extra delicious when dusted with the classic pizzeria condiments.

Try some dried oregano, garlic powder, grated cheese or chili flakes on your bagel bites to really amp up the flavor!

How to Air Fry Frozen Bagel Bites?

The quickest method to air fry frozen bagel bites is to bake them at 400°F (204°C) for 5-6 minutes. Don’t forget to preheat your air fryer.

More Mini Pizza Flavors

Looking for fun variations for your homemade bagel bites? We’ve got a whole list of options for you to try: 

Margherita: Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and sliced tomatoes.

Pepperoni: Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni slices.

BBQ Chicken: BBQ sauce, cooked chicken breast, red onions, cilantro, and mozzarella cheese.

Veggie: Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, bell peppers, red onions, black olives, and mushrooms.

Meat Lovers: Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, and ground beef.

Hawaiian: Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, pineapple chunks, and bacon.

Mediterranean: Pesto sauce, feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, artichoke hearts, and spinach.

Buffalo Chicken: Buffalo sauce, cooked chicken breast, red onions, blue cheese crumbles, and mozzarella cheese.

White Pizza: Olive oil, minced garlic, ricotta cheese, spinach, and Parmesan cheese.

Four Cheese: Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, provolone cheese, and gorgonzola cheese.

No matter how you dress up your air fryer bagel bites, you’re bound to love every BITE! 🍕

Freezing & Storage

Freezing: It’s better to freeze the air fryer pizza bagels without cooking them to preserve their moisture.

Freeze until solid and then transfer to a container or freezer-safe zip-top bag. Store in the freezer for up to 5 months.

Fridge: When the mini pizza bagels are completely cool, transfer them to an airtight container and store for up to 5 days.

Reheating: Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (177°C), then add anly leftover bagel bites in a single layer and air fry until they’re hot and the cheese is bubbling, about 4-5 minutes. If air frying frozen bagel bites, bring your air fryer to 400°F (204°C) and bake them for 5-6 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can air fry bagel bites. It only takes 4-5 minutes to cook. Follow these step-by-step cooking instructions, with video.

At 400°F or 204°C, frozen bagel bites will take 5-6 minutes to cook in the air fryer. If you’re making one from scratch, it will only need 4-5 minutes of cooking time.

prep time1 minute
cooking time5 minutes
total cooking time6 minutes

Air Fryer Bagel Bites: Homemade + Frozen

courseAppetizer, Snack
cuisineAmerican, Italian
Crispy, cheesy, Air Fryer Bagel Bites are fun, easy and delicious! Try our amazing homemade recipe or learn how to air fry frozen ones. 😋 Fry it, to believe it!
Air fryer bagel bites on a black plate
5 from 2 votes
number of servings2

This ingredients checklist is interactive; you can use it as your grocery list.

Ingredients
 

  • 4 mini bagels
  • ¼ cup pizza sauce
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup pepperoni sliced into small cubes
  • ¼ cup ham sliced into small cubes

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (204°C).
    Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).
  • Prepare the toppings by cutting the pepperoni slices into cubes and have the mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce ready.
    Mini pizza toppings: pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, pepperoni
  • Next, assemble the mini pizza bagels. Start by slicing the mini bagels in half. Then, spread the pizza sauce with a spoon and add the mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices.
    Adding toppings to mini bagel pizza
  • Air fry bagel bites for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese has melted and is slightly golden. If using frozen bagel bites, the cooking time will be around 5-6 minutes.
    Baking bagel bites in air fryer
  • Carefully remove the air fryer bagel bites from the air fryer basket. Serve and enjoy your well-deserved snack!
    Air fried bagel bites on a cooling rack

Recipe Video

YouTube video

Notes

  • If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 400°F or 204°C and then let it cook for 4-5 minutes without food.
  • You can also skip preheating by adding 1-2 minutes to your cooking time. Increment gradually, to prevent burning the mini pizza bagels.
  • Fresh Bagel Bites Cooking Time: 4-5 minutes
  • Frozen Bagel Bites Cooking time: 5-6 minutes
  • I used a 6-quart Instant Pot Vortex Plus to test the air fryer bagel bites recipe. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1029mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 322IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 1mg
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