Air Fryer Bagel Bites – Rachel Cooks®

Homemade air fryer bagel bites are so much better than store-bought and because you’re making them yourself, the topping possibilities are endless! It’s the perfect after school snack—and easy enough that older kids can make them without any help.

Air fryer bagel bites piled up on a large white plate.

 

Since homemade hot pockets are a favorite at my house, I decided to tackle another freezer section snack my kids love: Bagel Bites.

Like seriously, why have I been buying frozen bagel bites all these years when I could have just been making them at home?! They’re basically English muffin pizzas, but with bagels!

This is not one of those recipes where the DIY version is labor-intensive. These air fryer bagel bites are incredibly easy and taste way better than the ones you buy at the store. 

Win-win!

Reasons to Love Air Fryer Bagel Bites

  • Air fried to crispy perfection. You don’t need that special microwave cooking tray that never seems to really work anyway. Using the air fryer to make these bagel bites makes the bagels crisp and delicious.
  • Kid-approved (but adults also love them). My kids love anything with pizza flavors—pizza burgers, pizza chicken, pizza sliders. But you know what? I love pizza too! So does my husband! So does everyone, right? You simply can’t go wrong with these air fryer bagel bites, whether you serve them up for an after school snack or a game day get-together.
  • So easy to make. If your kids are old enough to pop frozen store-bought bagel bites in the microwave, they’re be able to put these air fryer bagel bites together too. You can also make a big batch and freeze them for later!
  • Endlessly customizable. When you make your own bagel bites you can top them with whatever you like. (If you’re on Team Pineapple on Pizza, you’re in luck!)
Hand holding a homemade bagel bite pizza.

Ingredient List

  • Mini Bagels: You can usually find mini bagels sold in bags near the shelf-stable bagels (i.e., the ones sold in the bread aisle, not the bakery). Be aware that mini bagels are typically a bit larger than the frozen pre-made bagel bites, depending on what brand is available to you, as you can see in our photos.
  • Pizza Sauce: Choose your favorite whether it’s homemade pizza sauce, store-bought sauce, marinara or another pasta sauce. You can even omit the sauce if you prefer.
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese: A shredded Italian cheese blend will also work if your kids are fancy like that.
  • Chopped Pepperoni: You’ll need to chop it to a size that fits onto the mini bagels. Mini pepperonis will also work.
Overhead view of ingredients needed for bagel bite pizzas.

How to make Air Fryer Bagel Bites

Preheat your air fryer to 350°F and slice the bagels in half if they aren’t sliced already.

Arrange the bagel halves in a single layer in the air fryer basket. 

Spread the pizza sauce on each bagel half, then top with the mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.

Air fry for about 5 minutes, or until the bagel bites are toasted and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Cooked homemade bagel bites with pepperoni and cheese, in an air fryer basket.

Remove the bagel bites from the air fryer and let them cool a bit before serving.

Bagel bites make a great snack but they also go well with a bowl of soup or a salad for a complete meal. Try serving air fryer bagel bites with homemade vegetable soup or Instant Pot minestrone soup.

Cooking Tip

As always with an air fryer, you don’t want to crowd the basket! If needed, air fry your bagel bites in batches.

Alternative Cooking Methods

  • Microwave: We don’t recommend cooking these in the microwave. You’ll be able to melt the cheese and warm the bagels but the bagel bites won’t be crispy. The bagels will get quite tough.
  • Oven: You can bake your bagel bites in a preheated 350ºF oven for about 10 minutes, or until they’re crispy and the cheese has melted. This will also work in a toaster oven.
  • Toaster Oven: Just like the oven, bake your bagel bites in a preheated 350ºF toaster oven for 10 minutes, or until they’re crispy and the cheese has melted.

Made-To-Order Bagel Bites

You can use a half cup of any topping (or combination of toppings) for these air fryer bagel bites. Here are some ideas:

  • Green or black olives
  • Cooked ham, diced finely
  • Cooked bacon (make air fryer bacon before you make the bagel bites)
  • Cooked sausage
  • Finely diced bell peppers
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Pineapple tidbits, drained well
Bagel bite pizza, cut in half, on a plate.

Make Ahead Ideas

To freeze: Top the bagel halves with the sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Set them on a large plate or small sheet pan and freeze them until they’re solid. Transfer the frozen bagel bites to an airtight container or freezer bag and store them for up to 3 months.

To cook frozen bagel bites: Air fry them in a single layer at 360ºF for 6 to 7 minutes. There’s no need to thaw them first.

Storage & Reheating Tips

Refrigerate: If you have bagel bites left over, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’ll keep for up to 3 days.

Reheat: Heat the bagel bites in the air fryer to re-crisp them, or warm them up in the microwave (they won’t be as crispy).

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Did you make this? Be sure to leave a review below and tag me @rachelcooksblog on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest!

Air fryer bagel bites topped with pepperoni and cheese, on a white plate.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

8 servings

Prevent your screen from going dark

Homemade air fryer bagel bites are so much better than store-bought and because you’re making them yourself, the topping possibilities are endless!

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C) while you prepare the mini bagels.

  • If the bagels aren’t pre-sliced, carefully slice the mini bagels in half horizontally. Arrange the bagel halves in a single layer in the air fryer basket. You may have to cook them in batches.

  • Spread a spoonful of pizza sauce on each bagel half. Top evenly with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.

  • Air fry at 350°F (175°C) for about 5 minutes, or until the bagel bites are toasted and cheese is melted and bubbly.

  • Carefully remove the bagel bites from the air fryer and let them cool for a couple of minutes before serving.

Notes

  • If you prefer a different pizza topping, limit the amount to ½ cup. Suggestions: green or black olives, cooked ham, cooked bacon, cooked sausage, finely diced bell peppers, thinly sliced red onion, pineapple tidbits, etc.
  • Oven baked: Bake bagel bites on a baking sheet in a preheated 350ºF oven for about 10 minutes, or until they’re crispy.
  • To freeze: Top the bagel halves as desired. Freeze in a single layer on a large plate or small sheet pan until solid. Transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag, freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Air fry frozen bagels: Arrange pre-made (store-bought) frozen bagels in a single layer. Air fry at 360ºF for 6 to 7 minutes or until crisp.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1bagel bite, Calories: 121kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 328mg, Potassium: 87mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 161IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 77mg, Iron: 1mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

Did You Make This?Be sure to upload a photo & tag me at @RachelCooksBlog. I love seeing what you made!



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Homemade air fryer bagel bites are so much better than store-bought and because you’re making them yourself, the topping possibilities are endless! It’s the perfect after school snack—and easy enough that older kids can make them without any help.

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: Bagel bites are a store-bought favorite which you can easily make at home, and they are much better tasting.

How long it takes: 15 minutes

Equipment you’ll need: air fryer

Servings: 8 bagel bites

Air fryer bagel bites piled up on a large white plate.

 

Since homemade hot pockets are a favorite at my house, I decided to tackle another freezer section snack my kids love: Bagel Bites.

Like seriously, why have I been buying frozen bagel bites all these years when I could have just been making them at home?! They’re basically English muffin pizzas, but with bagels!

This is not one of those recipes where the DIY version is labor-intensive. These air fryer bagel bites are incredibly easy and taste way better than the ones you buy at the store. 

Win-win!

Reasons to Love Air Fryer Bagel Bites

  • Air fried to crispy perfection. You don’t need that special microwave cooking tray that never seems to really work anyway. Using the air fryer to make these bagel bites makes the bagels crisp and delicious.
  • Kid-approved (but adults also love them). My kids love anything with pizza flavors—pizza burgers, pizza chicken, pizza sliders. But you know what? I love pizza too! So does my husband! So does everyone, right? You simply can’t go wrong with these air fryer bagel bites, whether you serve them up for an after school snack or a game day get-together.
  • So easy to make. If your kids are old enough to pop frozen store-bought bagel bites in the microwave, they’re be able to put these air fryer bagel bites together too. You can also make a big batch and freeze them for later!
  • Endlessly customizable. When you make your own bagel bites you can top them with whatever you like. (If you’re on Team Pineapple on Pizza, you’re in luck!)
Hand holding a homemade bagel bite pizza.

Ingredient List

  • Mini Bagels: You can usually find mini bagels sold in bags near the shelf-stable bagels (i.e., the ones sold in the bread aisle, not the bakery). Be aware that mini bagels are typically a bit larger than the frozen pre-made bagel bites, depending on what brand is available to you, as you can see in our photos.
  • Pizza Sauce: Choose your favorite whether it’s homemade pizza sauce, store-bought sauce, marinara or another pasta sauce. You can even omit the sauce if you prefer.
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese: A shredded Italian cheese blend will also work if your kids are fancy like that.
  • Chopped Pepperoni: You’ll need to chop it to a size that fits onto the mini bagels. Mini pepperonis will also work.
Overhead view of ingredients needed for bagel bite pizzas.

How to make Air Fryer Bagel Bites

Preheat your air fryer to 350°F and slice the bagels in half if they aren’t sliced already.

Arrange the bagel halves in a single layer in the air fryer basket. 

Spread the pizza sauce on each bagel half, then top with the mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.

Air fry for about 5 minutes, or until the bagel bites are toasted and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Cooked homemade bagel bites with pepperoni and cheese, in an air fryer basket.

Remove the bagel bites from the air fryer and let them cool a bit before serving.

Bagel bites make a great snack but they also go well with a bowl of soup or a salad for a complete meal. Try serving air fryer bagel bites with homemade vegetable soup or Instant Pot minestrone soup.

Cooking Tip

As always with an air fryer, you don’t want to crowd the basket! If needed, air fry your bagel bites in batches.

Alternative Cooking Methods

  • Microwave: We don’t recommend cooking these in the microwave. You’ll be able to melt the cheese and warm the bagels but the bagel bites won’t be crispy. The bagels will get quite tough.
  • Oven: You can bake your bagel bites in a preheated 350ºF oven for about 10 minutes, or until they’re crispy and the cheese has melted. This will also work in a toaster oven.
  • Toaster Oven: Just like the oven, bake your bagel bites in a preheated 350ºF toaster oven for 10 minutes, or until they’re crispy and the cheese has melted.

Made-To-Order Bagel Bites

You can use a half cup of any topping (or combination of toppings) for these air fryer bagel bites. Here are some ideas:

  • Green or black olives
  • Cooked ham, diced finely
  • Cooked bacon (make air fryer bacon before you make the bagel bites)
  • Cooked sausage
  • Finely diced bell peppers
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Pineapple tidbits, drained well
Bagel bite pizza, cut in half, on a plate.

Make Ahead Ideas

To freeze: Top the bagel halves with the sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Set them on a large plate or small sheet pan and freeze them until they’re solid. Transfer the frozen bagel bites to an airtight container or freezer bag and store them for up to 3 months.

To cook frozen bagel bites: Air fry them in a single layer at 360ºF for 6 to 7 minutes. There’s no need to thaw them first.

Storage & Reheating Tips

Refrigerate: If you have bagel bites left over, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’ll keep for up to 3 days.

Reheat: Heat the bagel bites in the air fryer to re-crisp them, or warm them up in the microwave (they won’t be as crispy).

More Pizza Recipes

Browse All

Did you make this? Be sure to leave a review below and tag me @rachelcooksblog on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest!

Air fryer bagel bites topped with pepperoni and cheese, on a white plate.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

8 servings

Prevent your screen from going dark

Homemade air fryer bagel bites are so much better than store-bought and because you’re making them yourself, the topping possibilities are endless!

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C) while you prepare the mini bagels.

  • If the bagels aren’t pre-sliced, carefully slice the mini bagels in half horizontally. Arrange the bagel halves in a single layer in the air fryer basket. You may have to cook them in batches.

  • Spread a spoonful of pizza sauce on each bagel half. Top evenly with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.

  • Air fry at 350°F (175°C) for about 5 minutes, or until the bagel bites are toasted and cheese is melted and bubbly.

  • Carefully remove the bagel bites from the air fryer and let them cool for a couple of minutes before serving.

Notes

  • If you prefer a different pizza topping, limit the amount to ½ cup. Suggestions: green or black olives, cooked ham, cooked bacon, cooked sausage, finely diced bell peppers, thinly sliced red onion, pineapple tidbits, etc.
  • Oven baked: Bake bagel bites on a baking sheet in a preheated 350ºF oven for about 10 minutes, or until they’re crispy.
  • To freeze: Top the bagel halves as desired. Freeze in a single layer on a large plate or small sheet pan until solid. Transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag, freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Air fry frozen bagels: Arrange pre-made (store-bought) frozen bagels in a single layer. Air fry at 360ºF for 6 to 7 minutes or until crisp.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1bagel bite, Calories: 121kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 328mg, Potassium: 87mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 161IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 77mg, Iron: 1mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

Did You Make This?Be sure to upload a photo & tag me at @RachelCooksBlog. I love seeing what you made!


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