Air Fryer Poppy Bagels –We are excited to share these poppy bagels with you. They are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or any time of day! These bagels have a crispy outside and soft inside. It is so easy to make them at home too!

Air Fryer Poppy Bagels
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Nothing is better than a batch of Homemade Air Fryer Poppy Seed Bagels. Made with a few ingredients, they are Weight Watchers Friendly!

If you love homemade bagels, there is nothing better, and you can have these with simple poppy seeds!

And there are only 3 points in each bagel—nothing better for a Weight Watcher’s Plan. It has tons of flavor and is so easy to make.

And the air fryer does a fantastic job at perfectly cooking these up in under 15 minutes.


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What Are Poppy Bagels

Poppy bagels are a popular variation of the traditional bagel, a dense, chewy bread product from Poland’s Jewish communities. What sets poppy bagels apart is their topping: a generous sprinkle of poppy seeds on the outer crust. These seeds add a distinctive, slightly nutty flavor and a crunchy texture to the bagel’s surface.

Poppy bagels are enjoyed in various ways: plain, toasted, or as a sandwich base. They’re often served with cream cheese, butter, smoked salmon, or various other spreads and toppings. The poppy seeds not only enhance the bagel’s appearance but also complement both sweet and savory accompaniments, making poppy bagels a versatile and beloved choice in bagel shops and bakeries worldwide.

Why You Will Love This Recipe!

Air fryer poppy bagels bring a delightful twist to your breakfast table or snack time, and here’s why you’ll love them:

  • Quick and Easy: They cook faster in the air fryer than traditional methods, making them convenient.
  • Crispy Exterior: The air fryer creates a beautifully crispy crust while keeping the inside soft and chewy.
  • Less Mess: No boiling means less cleanup compared to traditional bagel-making methods.
  • Flavorful Crust: The poppy seeds add a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture to every bite.
  • Versatile: Perfect for a savory sandwich or a sweet spread, catering to all tastes.
  • Healthier Option: Air frying uses less oil, making these bagels a lighter alternative to store-bought or deep-fried ones.

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Poppy Bagels

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Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below, in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.

  • Self-Rising Flour: The key to making bagel dough without the hassle, self-rising flour contains both the flour and leavening agents needed to achieve a perfect rise and fluffy texture.
  • Greek Yogurt: Acts as the base of the dough, providing moisture and a slight tanginess that complements the dough’s flavor while also contributing to a tender crumb.
  • Baking Powder: Added even to self-rising flour to ensure the bagels puff up nicely in the air fryer, giving them that classic bagel shape and texture.
  • Salt: Enhances the flavor of the bagels, balancing the tanginess of the yogurt and the blandness of the flour for a perfectly seasoned dough.
  • Egg (for egg wash): Brushed on the bagels before air frying, the egg wash gives them a beautiful golden color and allows the poppy seeds to stick.
  • Poppy Seeds: The star ingredient, poppy seeds add a distinctive nutty flavor and a delightful crunch, making these bagels visually appealing and texturally satisfying.

How To Make Poppy Bagels In Air Fryer

Creating poppy bagels in an air fryer is a simple process that results in delicious, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside bagels. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

How To Make Poppy Bagels In Air Fryer

Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and Greek Yogurt in a large mixing bowl. Mix until the dough comes together.  

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Fold in the poppy seeds. Divide the dough into 4 equal-sized balls. Shape them into bagels. 

In a small bowl, whisk the egg and then brush it on top of the bagel. Set the bagel into the Air Fryer Basket for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees F, air fryer setting.

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Pro Tips

Creating the perfect air fryer poppy bagels requires a blend of technique and creativity. Here are some pro tips to help you achieve the best results:

  • Achieve the Right Balance: Your dough should be slightly tacky but not overly sticky. If it’s too wet, add more flour; if it is too dry, add a tad more Greek yogurt. The right consistency means easier handling and shaping.
  • Uniform Size: Try to make all your bagels the same size for even cooking. A consistent shape and size ensure that they all cook at the same rate, preventing some from being over or undercooked.
  • Smooth Edges: When shaping, smooth out any major cracks or rough edges in the dough. This helps prevent the bagels from splitting or becoming misshapen during cooking.
  • Thorough Coverage: Ensure the entire surface of each bagel is coated with the egg wash. This helps the poppy seeds adhere and gives your bagels a beautiful golden sheen.
  • Avoid Sogginess: Use a brush to apply the egg wash lightly. Too much can make the bagels soggy.
  • Generous Application: Don’t skimp on the poppy seeds. They add texture and a nutty flavor that’s key to the bagel’s character.
  • Even Distribution: Roll the egg-washed bagels in the poppy seeds or sprinkle them evenly to ensure full coverage.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: Place bagels in the air fryer basket with enough space between them. Air circulation is crucial for an evenly cooked and crispy exterior.
  • Flip Halfway Through: Turning the bagels halfway through the cooking time promotes an even golden-brown crust all around.
  • Patience is Key: Allow the bagels to cool on a wire rack for a few minutes after air frying. This waiting period helps the crust set and makes slicing easier, ensuring you don’t squash your beautifully cooked bagels.

By keeping these pro tips in mind, you’re well on your way to making delicious, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside air fryer poppy bagels. Enjoy the process and the delightful homemade taste!

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Can I use regular yogurt instead of Greek yogurt? Greek yogurt is preferred due to its thicker consistency and higher protein content, which contributes to the bagels’ texture. However, you can use regular yogurt in a pinch; just ensure it’s plain and unsweetened. The dough might be slightly stickier, so you may need to adjust the flour amount.

Do I need to boil the bagels before air frying? No, one of the benefits of making bagels in the air fryer is skipping the boiling process. The air fryer will give you a crispy exterior without the need for boiling.

Can I make these bagels with whole wheat flour? Yes, you can substitute whole wheat flour for a healthier option, but you’ll need to add a rising agent like baking powder. The texture might be denser, so consider using half whole wheat and half all-purpose or self-rising flour for a lighter texture.

How do I store leftover air fryer poppy bagels? Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the air fryer or toaster for a few minutes to restore the crispy exterior.

Can I freeze air fryer poppy bagels? Absolutely! Freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet first, then transfer to a freezer bag or container. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or pop them straight into the toaster or air fryer to reheat.

My bagels didn’t rise. What went wrong? Ensure your baking powder (if you’re not using self-rising flour) is fresh, as expired baking powder won’t be effective. Also, be careful not to overmix the dough, as this can lead to tougher bagels.

Can I add toppings other than poppy seeds? Definitely! Feel free to customize your bagels with sesame seeds, everything bagel seasoning, dried onion flakes, or coarse sea salt before air frying.

Why are my bagels dense? This could be due to over-kneading the dough or not using enough leavening agent. Ensure your self-rising flour is fresh and that you’re measuring ingredients accurately. Also, a moist dough is key, so don’t skimp on the yog

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Air Fryer Poppy Bagels

Air Fryer Poppy Bagels

5 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


There is nothing better than a batch of Homemade Air Fryer Poppy Seed Bagels. Made with a few ingredients and they are Weight Watcher's Friendly!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt, non-fat
  • 1 large egg


  • Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and Greek Yogurt in a large mixing bowl. Mix until the dough comes together. 
  • Fold in the poppy seeds. Divide the dough into 4 equal-sized balls. Shape them into bagels. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg and then brush it on top of the bagel. Set the bagel into the Air Fryer Basket for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees F, air fryer setting.
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!


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Serving: 1ServingCalories: 163kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 10gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 777mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 70IUCalcium: 156mgIron: 2mg

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