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Change up your breakfast routine with air fryer bagels! Delicious low calorie bagels made from scratch and then baked to perfection in the air fryer. You’ll only need four ingredients and 30 minutes of your time, and just like that you’ll have a freshly baked soft and chewy bagel. As for toppings and flavors, anything goes.

three air fryer bagels on a towel.
Easy air fryer bagels

Love these air fryer bagels? Try my Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes and my Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos for more delicious recipes!

There’s nothing quite like a fresh-baked bagel with a luscious layer of tangy cream cheese when hunger calls. With these step-by-step instructions, you’ll make a perfect portion of bagel dough to make two bagels in the air fryer using just four ingredients.

After shaping the dough into bagels, the fantastic air fryer takes care of the rest -cooking the dough into perfect bagels that are firm and toasted on the surface and tender and tangy throughout.

Sure, you can make plain bagels in the air fryer, but that’s no fun. So instead, customize your homemade bagels with your favorite classic bagel toppings and flavors. Personally, I can’t resist an everything bagel, but the choice is yours. Enjoy!

close up air fryer bagel.
Two ingredient air fryer bagels.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Only FOUR ingredients that you may already have.
  • It is made with lighter, low calorie ingredients.
  • As for flavor options, anything goes!
  • Baking bagels in the air fryer is quick and easy.
  • Makes the perfect portion for a quick, tasty breakfast or light afternoon snack.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Self Rising Flour Self-rising flour has a raising agent added to it, so there isn’t a need for baking soda or baking powder.
  • Greek Yogurt – adds moisture and elasticity to the dough and a pleasantly tangy flavor. The personal size plain Greek Chobani containers are the perfect portion for two bagels.
  • Salt – Helps create soft, firm bagels and enhances the flavor.
  • Egg White – Gives your spices and seasonings something to stick to and helps brown the exterior.

How To Make This Recipe

eight image process making air fryer bagels.
Air fryer bagels

Step 1: Make and knead bagel dough.

Add flour and salt to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the yogurt using a fork until a crumbly dough forms. Then, transfer the dough to a sanitized, floured surface and knead until the dough is no longer sticky. Instead, it should feel tacky to the touch.

Step 2: Roll bagel dough.

Divide the dough in half, then roll both halves into 1″-thick ropes, connecting the ends to form a bagel shape.

Step 3: Season

Brush the tops with beaten egg white and season with your choice of spices.

Step 4: Air fry fresh bagels.

Place the bagels in the greased air fryer basket without overlapping. Set the air fryer to 280 degrees F and cook for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool.

bagel cut in half with cream cheese.
Super easy Greek yogurts bagels

Recipe Tips

  • If you do not have self-rising flour, you can make your own by mixing 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with a light layer of cooking spray to prevent the dough from sticking to the bottom of the basket.
  • Arrange the bagels in a single layer without overlapping, so they cook evenly and brown on all sides.
  • The precise time it takes to bake perfect bagels in your air fryer will vary based on the functionality of your equipment, so sneak a peek into the air fryer basket periodically and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Variations

Savory: As for savory flavors, bagels are delightful topped with sea salt, sesame seeds, dried garlic, dried onion flakes, or poppy seeds -and then there’s the ever-popular, everything bagel that includes all of the above in one tasty blend of spices.

Sweet: This recipe makes plain bagels, but when I’m craving a sweet bagel, I use blueberry Greek yogurt instead of plain and stir fresh blueberries directly into the dough. You can also add mini chocolate chips or raisins & cinnamon. To sweeten the dough itself, add a tablespoon of sugar to the mixture.

Cheese: Halfway through cooking, sprinkle freshly shredded cheddar, parmesan, mozzarella, or asiago over each bagel so it melts over the top.

Storing & Freezing

Storing: These bagels are best when they’re freshly air-fried and cooled. Keep them in a paper bag on the counter if you have extras. Unfortunately, bagels begin to harden after a day or so.

Freezing: The size of your air fryer will limit how many you can cook at once, but if you plan to make a lot, you can freeze what you don’t finish for later. Wrap individually sliced bagels in plastic wrap, then put in a freezer-safe airtight bag and freeze for 2-3 months.

Reheating from frozen: Whenever you’re craving a bagel, you can pop it right into the air fryer straight from the freezer. No thawing is necessary. Set the air fryer to 370 degrees and “toast” for 6-8 minutes.

FAQ

How many calories are in air fryer bagels?

The precise calorie count will vary depending on the type of yogurt you use, but one plain air-fried bagel is typically between 170 and 190 calories per bagel.

Can I toast bagels in the air fryer?

Yes! Place your bagel cut side facing up in the basket, and set the temperature to 310 degrees F. “Toast” for 2-5 minutes or until it’s browned to your liking.

Can I bake these bagels in the oven?

The dough was tested in the air fryer, so I cannot say for sure, but you can try baking the bagels in the oven at 300 degrees F for 7-8 minutes.

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Yield: 2 Servings

Air Fryer Bagels

close up air fryer bagel.

Change up your breakfast routine with air fryer bagels! Delicious low calorie bagels made from scratch and then baked to perfection in the air fryer. You'll only need four ingredients and 30 minutes of your time, and just like that you'll have a freshly baked soft and chewy bagel. As for toppings and flavors, anything goes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 5.3 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white, beaten

Instructions

  1. Add flour and salt to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the yogurt using a fork until a crumbly dough forms. Then, transfer the dough to a sanitized, floured surface and knead until the dough is no longer sticky. Instead, it should feel tacky to the touch.
  2. Divide the dough in half, then roll both halves into 1"-thick ropes, connecting the ends to form a bagel shape.
  3. Brush the tops with beaten egg white and season with your choice of spices.
  4. Place the bagels in the greased air fryer basket without overlapping. Set the air fryer to 280°F and cook for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool.

Notes

  • Different air fryer brands may cook at different rates, so be sure to keep on eye on food.
  • If you do not have self-rising flour, you can make your own by mixing 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with a light layer of cooking spray to prevent the dough from sticking to the bottom of the basket.
  • Arrange the bagels in a single layer without overlapping, so they cook evenly and brown on all sides.
  • The precise time it takes to bake perfect bagels in your air fryer will vary based on the functionality of your equipment, so sneak a peek into the air fryer basket periodically and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Storing: These bagels are best when they're freshly air-fried and cooled. Keep them in a paper bag on the counter if you have extras. Unfortunately, bagels begin to harden after a day or so.
  • Freezing: The size of your air fryer will limit how many you can cook at once, but if you plan to make a lot, you can freeze what you don't finish for later. Wrap individually sliced bagels in plastic wrap, then put in a freezer-safe airtight bag and freeze for 2-3 months.
  • Reheating from frozen: Whenever you're craving a bagel, you can pop it right into the air fryer straight from the freezer. No thawing is necessary. Set the air fryer to 370 degrees F and "toast" for 6-8 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 733mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Becki

Thursday 21st of May 2020

Anyone tried to veganize this recipe? Wondering if dairy free Greek yogurt will work.

simplylowcal

Thursday 21st of May 2020

Hi Becki, I haven't tried this recipe using a dairy-free Greek yogurt, but hopefully someone else has that can comment.

Alyssa

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

I never knew I could use my air fryer for bagels ! definitely going to be trying out this recipe :)

Hollee R Archibald

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Oh my lord!!! Looks so good and simple!

Emily L.

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Once again, this recipe find me and I LOVE it! I am planning on getting an air fryer soon and I can't wait to try these out!

Meghan

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

LOVE! We just bought an air fryer and I'm still learning how to use it! We'll have to give this recipe a try! I do bagels with Christmas brunch every year!

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