Homemade Air Fryer Pizza Rolls are a fun and easy way to enjoy pizza with fewer calories. These little pizza rolls are great for a quick snack or a light dinner, and they're perfect for parties or game day get-togethers.
Air frying them gives them a nice crispy crust, and they're loaded with cheese and pepperoni goodness. These homemade pizza rolls are easy to prepare - all you need is dough, cheese, pizza sauce, and pepperoni, or other toppings of your choice.
So why not give these Air Fryer Pizza Rolls a try today? You won't be disappointed!
- Made in the air fryer
- Kid and family friendly
- Great for snacks or to pack in a lunchbox
Why you'll love it
Kid-friendly - kids love pizza, and they will definitely love these yummy homemade pizza rolls! They make the perfect after-school snack and are even great in lunch boxes!
Very easy - these could not be easier to make. They use simple ingredients, and popping them into the air fryer is easy peasy.
Inexpensive - the ingredients used for these pizza rolls are simple, budget-friendly, and are very easy to find at most grocery stores.
Try my easy Bang Bang Cauliflower for another air fryer appetizer idea.
Pizza dough - this is the base for your pizza rolls. You can use pre-made refrigerated dough (the canned stuff pictured below) or you can even make a homemade pizza dough if you like.
Pepperoni - this is the main topping/filling ingredient for your pizza rolls. However, if you do not care for pepperoni, you could use other ingredients such as pre-cooked ground sausage or beef.
Mini pepperonis are perfect for these air fryer pizza rolls, but if you have trouble finding them, just dice up regular pepperoni.
Pizza sauce - I use the cheapest kind I can find because most of the jarred stuff tastes the same. You can substitute a homemade version, or even try tomato paste or spaghetti sauce.
Cheese - mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese are the classics here.
How to make homemade air fryer pizza rolls
Always start with clean hands, work area, and kitchen utensils.
Step One: Preheat the air fryer to 330 F. While preheating, roll pizza dough into a 12 x 8-inch rectangle. Spread ½ cup pizza sauce over dough.
Step Two: Sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
Top with pepperoni, evenly.
Staring on the long end, roll the dough as tightly as possible into a log. If the dough has shrunk, gently stretch it so that it's 12 inches long again.
Step Three: To cut dough into eight equal pieces, start by cutting the roll in half. Continue cutting each piece in half until you have eight pieces.
Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray. Before placing rolls into the basket, carefully pinch the dough on the bottom to create a seal so the cheese won't ooze out. Little pinches work best, but some of the cheese and filling may slip out.
Top with extra pepperoni, if desired.
Step Four: Air fry at 330 F for 10 to 12 minutes, checking at the 10-minute mark. Mine are usually done how I like them at that time. Serve with marinara, pesto, and ranch dressing.
- You can use less cheese and pepperoni, but don't add any more. It will make rolling and cutting the dough difficult, and the extra may just fall out.
- Replace pepperoni or meat with chopped olives or chopped canned artichoke hearts that have been patted dry.
- You can replace pepperoni with fresh vegetables like chopped peppers, onions, or mushrooms, BUT they will have to be pre-cooked and patted dry so the moisture won't interfere with the cooking process.
Perfect alone or served with some marinara, pesto, or my homemade ranch dressing for dipping.
Drizzle with my hot honey for some sweetness with a kick!
Make ahead, storage and reheating
To make ahead: Before cutting into pieces, wrap and cover the log tightly with cling wrap for up to 1 day. The next day, proceed with the recipe.
Store leftovers at room temperature for a day or several days in the refrigerator.
You can freeze for up to 3 months in freezer safe storage containers or bags.
To reheat from refrigerated: place on a layer of paper towels on a microwave-safe plate with another layer of paper towels on top. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time until thoroughly heated. Cook an extra 30 seconds after if not quite hot enough.
To reheat from frozen: you can bake your frozen leftover pizza rolls at 350°F for 10 minutes or until heated through.
Warm them up in the air fryer at 330 F for about 5 minutes, or util heated through.
Before cooking your pizza rolls in the air fryer, you can brush them with a bit of olive oil or lightly spray them with some cooking oil to get a crispier crust.
You can put foil in the air fryer, unlike in the microwave. However, since air flows from the bottom of the basket, using foil may constrict the air flow and you'll need to adjust the total time and temperature.
Yes, it's safe to put parchment paper in the air fryer. It's best to put it in the basket with your food so the circulating air doesn't cause it to move. Don't add parchment paper during the preheating phase.
More Air Fryer Recipes
Homemade Air Fryer Pizza Rolls
- 1 can refrigerated pizza dough about one pound homemade
- 1 cup pizza sauce divided; reserve half for dipping
- 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese shredded or grated
- ⅔ cup chopped pepperoni or cooked hamburger sausage (or mini pepperoni)
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
- Cooking spray such as olive oil canola or avocado
- Preheat the air fryer to 330 F.
- While preheating, roll pizza dough into a 12 x 8 inch rectangle.
- Spread ½ cup pizza sauce over dough.
- Sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
- Top with pepperoni, evenly.
- Staring on the long end, roll dough as tightly as possible, into a log. If the dough has shrunk, gently stretch it so that it’s 12 inches long again.
- To cut dough into 8 equal pieces, start by cutting the roll in half. Continue cutting each piece in half until you have 8 pieces.
- Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray. Before placing rolls into the basket, carefully pinch the dough on the bottom to create a seal so the cheese won’t ooze out. Little pinches work best, but some of the cheese and filling may slip out.
- Top with extra pepperoni, if desired.
- Air fry at 330 F for 10 to 12 minutes, checking at the 10 minute mark. Mine are usually done how I like them at that time.
- Serve with marinara, pesto, and ranch dressing.