How to cook pizza rolls in air fryer

You’re in the mood for an easy meal that can be prepared quickly. You don’t want to heat up your house with the oven, but you need something more than just a microwaved frozen dinner. Air fryers are perfect for this situation because they cook food without any oil and usually don’t require a lot of pre-planning ahead of time. This blog post will show you how to make pizza rolls in an air fryer!

What are pizza rolls?

Pizza rolls are frozen pocket sandwiches made with pizza dough and stuffed with various ingredients, like cheese or pepperoni. They can be baked or deep fried in oil to give them that crunchy exterior texture without making all of the calories associated with traditional pizza crusts.

Ingredients to cook pizza rolls in air fryer:

Pizza dough

Mozzarella cheese

Tomato sauce

Toppings of choice *optional*

Take one sheet of pizza dough and stretch it out into a square. Add about 1 tablespoon worth of tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and your desired toppings. Carefully roll the sheet up together with all its contents to make a long log-shape tube. With a pair of kitchen shears or sharp knife, cut the tube into individual pieces (for me this was about 5 pieces per log). Wrap each slice around itself to create the pizza roll shape. Transfer the rolls into an air fryer basket for cooking. You may need to change how you arrange them for them to cook properly based on your specific air fryer basket. Here is a picture of how I adjusted the position of my rolls so they would all cook evenly:

After cooking, serve with heated sauce on the side for dipping!

Steps to cook pizza rolls in air fryer:

Preheat air fryer to 390F/200C. In a small bowl, mix the pineapple chunks with the marinara sauce. Set aside. Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll each of them out flat. Place a sausage link on top of each piece of dough and fold over to enclose it completely with the dough. Twist one end shut and press firmly to seal it shut, then pinch shut the other end as well.

Place prepared pizza rolls into hot air fryer basket. Lightly mist with non-stick cooking spray or oil from your fingertips.   Close lid and cook for 4 minutes at 390F/200C, carefully remove from basket using tongs, repeat steps 3-5 until all pizza rolls are cooked.

Transfer cooked pizza rolls into a bowl and pour the prepared pineapple marinara sauce over it. Gently toss to coat them evenly then serve immediately.

Pizza rolls are done when they’re golden brown on all sides and your house smells like a pizzeria!


1) If you find the dough is too sticky, dust with flour before you seal up each roll.

2) You can make your own dough from scratch or use pre-made pizza crusts, such as Boboli (which I’ve found at Kroger). Just make sure that you shape it into small rectangles instead of rounds.

3) When pinching shut the end of the sausage link, fold about 1/4 inch/0.5 cm of the end over to make a flat seam that will seal much better when cooked.

4) The key to cooking pizza rolls in an air fryer is relatively low temperature for a short amount of time. Cooking too fast at high temperatures will burn the outside of the dough before it’s properly cooked inside, so be patient and let your air fryer do its job! If you want to experiment with other flavors, this basic recipe is easily adaptable by adding more cheese (1/2 cup per 10 rolls), using Italian sausage instead of breakfast sausage, or even mixing in some black beans or peppers for something different.

FAQs on how to cook pizza rolls in air fryer:

Can pizza rolls be baked instead of fried?

Yes, they can be baked. However, I don’t recommend it unless you’re already using a baking sheet to cook something else at the same time as your pizza rolls. Air fryers really do work best when cooking food in batches and not all together on one cooking tray like some other appliances such as ovens/broilers or slow cookers. If you want to use an oven for this recipe, make sure to shape the dough into small rectangles instead of rounds prior to sealing up each roll.

How long will cooked pizza rolls last in the refrigerator?

Cooked pizza rolls should only stay fresh refrigerated for about 3 days before becoming stale, so it’s best to eat them as soon as possible.

Can pizza rolls be frozen?

Cooked pizza rolls freeze well for 2-3 months if wrapped tightly in aluminum foil/plastic wrap and placed inside a freezer bag. To thaw, simply place them on the counter to thaw then reheat until warm before serving.

What other ingredients can be used to fill out a pizza roll?

The sky’s the limit! The reason I’m making these sausage ones is because that’s what my husband loves to eat, but you can experiment with adding different flavors or even using your favorite pizza toppings as filling instead of plain cheese or Italian sausage. In fact, here are some examples:

– Pepperoni slices

– Black olives

– Cooked/chopped bacon

– Cooked/chopped chicken or sausage

– Chopped bell peppers

How can I make sure my pizza rolls are done baking?

We recommend cooking them long enough to where the outside is nice and golden brown after rolling up each piece of dough around a link of meat. That way you know they’re cooked on the inside as well. If you need an internal temperature to rely on, 165F/75C is a good place to start for ensuring your breakfast sausages are cooked all the way through.

How do you make homemade pizza rolls?

Making your own homemade pizza rolls is very easy! You just need some pizza dough (store bought or homemade), mozzarella cheese, pepperoni slices, tomato sauce for dipping them in, and freezer storage bags. To begin, grab a small handful of dough about the size of an egg. Flatten it out into a circle-shaped area between two layers of plastic wrap so that it’s no bigger than the circumference of your air fryer basket. Place a slice of pepperoni in the center and add a few cubes of mozzarella cheese on top. Fold up one side, then flip it over and fold up the other side to make a small package. Make sure you pinch all seams tightly to seal in the cheese and pepperoni inside.

Once all of your packages are made, place them into freezer storage bags to store for later use. Be sure that they’re not touching each other inside the bag! Once they’re frozen solid, you can transfer them into larger freezer storage bags or Tupperware containers so that you don’t have so many laying around taking up space in your freezer at once.

When you want to eat your pizza rolls, just grab the number that you want, place them into your air fryer basket, and let it go until they’re cooked through. Keep in mind that the dough will expand quite a bit as it cooks so make sure to leave enough room for this expansion to take place.

What are the benefits of cooking pizza rolls in an air fryer?

Cooking food in an air fryer is healthier than pan frying or deep frying because you don’t need any oil at all. The exterior gets crispy just by using hot moving air all around the food! Because of this, this method also doesn’t take nearly as long as traditional oven baked recipes either. Plus, if you already have one sitting around collecting dust somewhere, using it to cook something like pizza rolls is a great excuse to pull it out and put it to good use.

How long do you cook pizza rolls in an air fryer?

Cooking time will vary greatly depending on the size of your pizza rolls, but after about 8-10 minutes, they should be done cooking through. When this happens, you’ll see them puff up slightly and the dough will turn golden brown all around the edges when its ready.

How many pizza rolls fit in an air fryer?

Since the dough only needs to be flattened out into a circle, large or small, it can accommodate as much or as little cheese and pepperoni inside as you want. Just make sure to leave enough room for them to puff up slightly when they start cooking!

What temperature should I cook pizza rolls in an air fryer?

Set your air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit if you can. If that’s too hot for your taste, try lowering the temperature by 10-15 degrees at a time until you find something that suits your preferences. Higher temperatures are great for crisping up the outside of things like chicken nuggets while lower temperatures are better suited for baking breads and other baked goods.

Does the time needed to cook pizza rolls in an air fryer vary?

Yes, it really depends on how big you make your homemade pizza rolls since the cooking times will increase slightly for larger batches. However, 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit is a good place to start. Once they’re done cooking, pierce one of them with a toothpick or fork tine to check if it comes out clean. If so, your homemade pizza rolls are ready!

What ingredients do you need to make pizza rolls in an air fryer?

You only need a few simple ingredients to make these delicious snacks! Here’s what you’ll need: Pepperoni, Dough (store bought or homemade), Cheese (shredded mozzarella works best) and Tomato sauce for dipping.


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Enjoy your easy pizza rolls made in an air fryer! Let us know how it went below and if you found any other great ways to make pizza rolls in an air fryer.

Happy cooking!

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