Easy air fryer bagels are the ultimate simple breakfast recipe, giving you a crispy bagel with chewy insides. Embrace the bagel renaissance because these simple two-ingredient bagels are about to become your favorite breakfast hack!
Bagels are one of my favorite indulgences, but the ones you get at the grocery store are sadly lacking. Bagels are supposed to be chewy, not doughy! With the air fryer you can quickly make chewy homemade bagels in no time.
Add your favorite toppings, use different toppings for each family member, and have warm and delicious bagels in about 15 minutes. The recipe is so simple that even a beginner can make it!
If you’re a yogurt fan like me, you’ll adore their unique chewy texture and tangy flavor. But let’s keep it real – they aren’t quite like the New York-style bagels that are boiled then baked. But if you want bagels in 15 minutes they can’t be beat!
In this post, I’ll be guiding you through the process of making these air fryer bagels, step by simple step. I’ll include creative topping ideas and how to make them if you don’t have self-rising flour. So get ready to enjoy bagels for breakfast.
🥘Air Fryer Bagel Ingredient Notes
For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below
- Self rising flour: Why self-rising flour? Well, it’s simply a combination of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt – the perfect trio to give our bagels that lovely rise and fluffy texture. If you don’t have self-rising flour on hand, don’t stress. You can easily whip up your own by simply adding 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt to each cup of all-purpose flour.
- Greek yogurt: This adds a fantastic tanginess, while also helping to create a wonderfully soft dough. Use plain yogurt, not flavored.
- Egg white: To help the toppings stick to the bagel.
- Bagel toppings
🥣How to Make Air Fryer Bagels
- Start by combining your self-rising flour and Greek yogurt in a large mixing bowl. I use a fork to mix them together at first, but don’t be afraid to get your hands in there to really bring the dough together. If the dough feels sticky, don’t worry! Just add a bit more flour until it’s manageable.
- Next, you’ll want to divide your ball of dough into four equal parts. Roll each into a log about 4 inches long. Join the edges together to make the bagel shape.
- Put the bagels in the air fryer on parchment paper or a silicone mat. Make sure they don’t touch. You might need to cook the bagels in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
- Combine an egg white with a bit of water and brush it on top of the bagels. Then sprinkle your chosen toppings on top.
- Air fry your bagels at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes, but remember, every air fryer is a bit different, so keep a close eye on them. Repeat with any remaining bagels and serve.
🍴Serving Ideas for Your Bagels
Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like a warm, fresh bagel straight from the air fryer. The question is, how do you like to serve yours?
My household is a bit divided on this one. My daughter, the sweet tooth of the family, insists on a ridiculous amount of cream cheese, topped with a generous drizzle of honey.
My husband, on the other hand, prefers his bagel with just a little bit of butter. If you’re a classic bagel lover like me, you can’t go wrong with the traditional combo of cream cheese and smoked salmon. An absolute brunch winner, it’s quick, easy, and oh-so satisfying.
Or why not try an awesome bagel sandwich? Layer your air fryer bagel with deli meats, lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments for a hearty lunch option.
🥯Fun Bagel Variations
You can add flavor to the bagels if you like. Include a teaspoon of cinnamon and raisins for a classic cinnamon raisin bagel or try blueberries or another dried fruit.
When it comes to toppings the sky is the limit. My favorite is everything bagel seasoning, but here are other favorite bagel toppings:
- Poppy seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Parmesan or asiago cheese
💭Storing Your Homemade Air Fryer Bagels
These air fryer bagels store beautifully. You can keep them at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Just make sure they’ve cooled down completely before you stash them away. I like to slice them before storing.
If you’re looking to keep your bagels longer, the freezer is your best friend. Wrap each bagel in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer bag. They’ll keep for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy, just pop a frozen bagel in the microwave for about a minute, or in the toaster if you prefer them crispy.
Be sure to check out the step by step instructions
- Don’t overcrowd: Resist the temptation to cram all your bagels into the air fryer at once. They need room to expand and achieve that perfect, fluffy texture. Plus, overcrowding your air fryer can lead to uneven cooking, and nobody wants a half-baked bagel.
- Bagel size: I use this recipe to make 4 smaller bagels. If you want bagel store sized bagels divide it in 3 parts and make 3 larger bagels.
- Don’t be a perfectionist: Your bagels probably aren’t going to have a perfect bagel shape. But they will still taste amazing. Sometimes the bagels expand and end up with no center hole. For me that just give me more surface area for cream cheese, but if you like you can punch out a hole after baking.
- Adjust as needed: If the dough is too sticky work in more flour, and if it is too dry you can add in a little more yogurt.
- Don’t skip the egg wash: The egg wash really helps the toppings stick. Plus it gives the bagels a nice golden brown color.
You can easily whip up your own self rising flour by simply adding 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt to each cup of all-purpose flour.
No air fryer? No problem! You can absolutely bake these beauties in a conventional oven. Just preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and bake for about 20-25 minutes.
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Air Fryer Bagel Recipe
- 1 ⅓ cup self-rising flour *substitution in notes
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
- Bagel toppings
- In a large mixing bowl combine self-rising flour and yogurt with a fork until it comes together.1 ⅓ cup self-rising flour, 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- Start to knead the dough until it really comes together and becomes less sticky, you might need to add a little more flour to help with the stickiness.
- Put the mixture on a lightly floured surface. Form into a round, and divide into three or four pieces of dough. You can make 4 smaller bagels or 3 bakery sized bagels.
- Roll each piece into a log shape about 4-6 inches long. Join the ends to make a bagel shape.
- Place a parchment square or silicone baking mat into the bottom of your air fryer.
- Place the bagels into your air fryer basket and do not let them touch. You will be able to fit 2-4 at a time, depending on the size of your air fryer.
- Combine the egg white with water in a small bowl.1 egg white, 1 tablespoon water
- Brush the top of each with the egg wash and sprinkle with your chosen bagel topping.Bagel toppings
- Air fry at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until the bagels are brown and puffy.
- If you don’t have self rising flour, mix 2 teaspoons baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt into the flour before adding it to the yogurt.
- These bagels only have 2 ingredients so are easy to work with. If the dough is too sticky work in more flour, too dry you can add in a little more yogurt.
- You can flavor these bagels by flavoring the dough. You could add cinnamon and raisins for sweetness or garlic salt for savory. You will get the best results if you stick to plain yogurt though.
- Don’t overcrowd your air fryer, make sure the bagels aren’t touching and have room to expand.
- Sometimes the bagels expand and end up with no middle hole. If that bothers you, you can punch out a hole after baking.
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Nutrition facts are estimates.