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Air Fryer Pizza Rolls

Air fryer pizza rolls start with refrigerated pizza dough that has been filled with pizza sauce, cheese and your favourite pizza toppings. These tasty rolls are easy to make and ready in about 20 minutes. They are great hot or cold and perfect to toss in the lunch box or for an afternoon snack.

Six pizza rolls on a plate with a dish of pizza sauce.
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What are pizza rolls?

Think of a cinnamon roll, except having a sweet cinnamon filling they are filled with all of your favourite pizza toppings.

They have a nice, doughy pizza crust that has been layered with pizza sauce, meat and cheese, then rolled up and baked. Or in this case, baked in the air fryer.

This pizza roll recipe is great because it is so easy to customize any way you like.

They make a great grab and go lunch, perfect for the lunch box, and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Two pizza rolls with a dish of pizza sauce.

Ingredients

To make these pizza rolls you will need:

  • Pizza Dough – We use the refrigerated pizza dough that comes in a tube. If you can’t find pizza dough you could substitute refrigerated crescent rolls. Just roll it out and press the seams together with your fingers.
  • Pizza Toppings – We keep it simple with pepperoni or ham, but you can use your favourite pizza toppings.
  • Cheese – I recommend shredded pizza mozzarella, but you can use cheddar, Monterey Jack or a combination of your favourites.

Filling Suggestions for Pizza Rolls

  • Pepperoni
  • Ham
  • Salami
  • Diced onions
  • Diced peppers
  • Spinach

Pro Tip – Use freshly shredded cheese for the best results. Pre-packaged shredded cheese contains preservatives that can result in clumpy, gritty cheese when it melts.

How long does it take to cook pizza rolls in the air fryer?

These pizza rolls take will take approximately 11 minutes when cooked at 320°F on the air fryer setting.

It is important to note that all brands of air fryers can vary a bit with how they cook. If your rolls don’t seem fully cooked after 11 minutes simply add a couple of extra minutes.

I use the Cosori 5.8XL basket style air fryer, which I love. It has plenty of room, stores nicely on the counter under the cabinets and is easy to clean.

Roll cut in half filled with pepperoni and cheese being dipped in marinara sauce.

Instructions

These pizza rolls are incredibly easy to make. They only use a few ingredients and from start to finish they are ready in 20 minutes.

Begin by rolling the pizza dough into a rectangle about 14×10 inches. Place a piece of parchment paper, wax paper or a pastry mat on the counter to prevent the dough from sticking and make it easier to roll.

Next spread a layer of pizza sauce over the dough, then layer the meat followed by the shredded cheese.

We use the Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough for this recipe. It comes in a tube, similar to the crescent rolls or biscuits, in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.

Pizza dough rolled into a rectangle and topped with sauce, meat and cheese.

Roll the dough into a log, like you are rolling cinnamon rolls, then cut it into 6 equal pieces.

Place a small sheet of parchment paper in the basket then place the rolls inside making sure to leave about an inch of space between them for them to rise.

Six unbaked pizza rolls in an air fryer basket with parchment paper underneath.

Set the air fryer to 320°F and cook for 11-12 minutes until they have risen, the cheese is melted and the dough is golden brown.

Six baked pizza rolls that have risen and are golden brown.

Pro Tip – If you prefer pizza pockets over rolls you can do that instead. Simply cut the dough into 6 rectangles, add the filling, then fold them in half and crimp the edges. The cook time will remain the same.

How to Serve Pizza Rolls

These pizza rolls can be served as a light lunch, dinner or even a snack.

We like to serve them with an extra dish of warm marinara or pizza sauce for dipping. But you could also try serving them with a cheese sauce, garlic dip, or simply serve them as they are.

They are delicious both hot or cold which makes them perfect for grab and go lunches or to toss in the lunch boxes for the kids.

A roll cut in half on a small plate with a dish of marinara sauce in a small bowl.

FAQS

Can I freeze pizza rolls?

Yes, these will freeze very well. You can store them in an airtight container or ziplock bag after they are cooked. They should keep several months.

Do I need to refrigerate pizza rolls?

Yes. It is important that these are stored in the refrigerator due to the meat and cheese in the rolls.

How can I reheat pizza rolls?

You can reheat these in the microwave, oven or even in the air fryer. To reheat in the oven just place them on a baking sheet, cover and heat at 350 for about 10 minutes.

To reheat these in the air fryer, heat at 320 degrees for about 5 minutes.

Air fried pizza rolls on a platter with dipping sauce.

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Recipe

Six pizza rolls on a plate with a dish of pizza sauce.

Air Fryer Pizza Rolls

These air fryer pizza rolls, filled with all your favourite pizza topping, are easy to make and ready in about 20 minutes.
5 from 22 votes
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Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 286kcal
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

  • 1 Tube refrigerated pizza dough
  • ¼ Cup pizza sauce
  • 24 Slices pepperoni or ham, salami
  • 1 ½ Cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Place a large piece of parchment or wax paper on the counter, or use a pastry mat.
  • Open the pizza dough and roll out to approximately 14×10 inches.
  • Spread pizza sauce over the dough then top with the pepperoni and finally the shredded cheese.
  • Roll up from the longest side to form a log. Then slice the log into 6 equal pieces.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper in the basket of the air fryer.
  • Set the pizza rolls in the basket with the cut side down leaving about an inch of space between them so they can rise.
  • Set the air fryer to 320°F and cook for 11-12 minutes until the dough has risen, the cheese is melted and the rolls are golden brown.
  • Serve with pizza sauce, marinara or other dip on the side.

Notes

I use the Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough for this recipe.  If you can not find pizza dough you can substitute refrigerated crescent rolls.  Just roll them out and pinch the seams together.
Use any of your favourite pizza toppings to fill the rolls.
You can use any combination of shredded cheese that you like, be sure to use freshly shredded rather than pre-shredded packages for best results. 

Nutrition

Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 841mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 2mg
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