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Epic Pizza Bagels

April 29, 2020 (Last Updated: March 15, 2022) by Chris Collins

Forget what you thought you knew about pizza bagels and prepare to uncontrollably drool. These pizza bagels are an absolute game changer!

In answer to your question, no I will not stop turning random things into pizzas 😂 Today’s victim: the humble bagel. Follow me…

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The BEST Pizza Bagel Recipe!

Bagel pizzas are totally already a thing, and I’ve been wanting to whip up a batch for a while now. But couldn’t quite justify adding to the hundreds or recipes there already are. As such, I’ve decided to put my twist on it.

Regular Pizza Bagels

Most pizza bagels I’ve seen are simply half bagels, topped with sauce and cheese then cooked.

Don’t Go Bacon My Heart’s Pizza Bagels

Here I use the whole bagel as one. So you’ve got bagel (bottom layer) fillings (middle layer) then the top bagel with a crispy herb & parmesan crust (top layer). Essentially a face full of deliciousness, the way that pizzas and bagels should be. Kinda like a pizza bagel sandwich!

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Making Pizza Bagels

As you can imagine, turning bagels into a pizza is a fairly easy process. Here’s what you’ll need:

Pizza Bagel Ingredients

  • Bagels – Plain medium/large sized bagels. I don’t recommend any flavoured/seeded bagels.
  • Pizza SauceHomemade or store bought. You could even use BBQ Sauce if you’re going for that vibe!
  • Cheese – Always mozzarella!
  • Fillings – Here I use: pepperoni, peppers and onion.
  • Toppings – Brush the top bagel with butter, then sprinkle with parmesan and oregano. Game changer!

Can I use different fillings?

Sure! If you’re using a fair bit of veg, I recommend frying it off first. Just to get rid of some of the moisture. If you’re adding meat that needs cooking, definitely make sure you cook it before adding to the bagels (ground beef, chicken etc).

Top Tip – Ensure you dice up the fillings nice and small so they cook in the short time they’re in the oven.

To make the bagel pizzas it’s really as easy as spreading over pizza sauce on the bottom slice of bagel (photos 1&2), topping with mozzarella (photo 3), adding your toppings (photos 4&5), sprinkle a little more cheese (photo 6), plonk on the top bagel (photo 7), then brush with butter and sprinkle with parmesan and oregano (photo 8).

How to make pizza bagels - 8 step by step photos

Oven Cooked Pizza Bagels

Step away from the microwave 😂I have seen similar recipes to this suggest cooking in the microwave, but here we’re looking to get a nice crispy bagel (notably the top) so the oven is the only way.

I usually set the oven fairly low at 180C/356F, just to give the fillings a chance to cook through before the outside crisps up. Too high and the outside will burn before the inside has cooked & the cheese has melted.

Can you prep these ahead of time?

Absolutely! Just leave off the butter/parmesan/oregano, tightly wrap and store in the fridge until needed. When ready to bake, just add the topping then.

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Serving Pizza Bagels

What to serve with pizza bagels?

Honestly? They’re pretty delicious and filling as they are. But, if you’re looking for DIPS then Garlic and Herb (classic Domino’s style) or Sour Cream and Chive work great. If you’re looking for a few nibbles on the side check these out:

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these pizza bagels shall we?!

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How to make Pizza Bagels (Full Recipe & Video)

closeup shot of bagel with fillings spilling out on slate

Epic Pizza Bagels

Forget what you thought you knew about pizza bagels and prepare to uncontrollably drool. These pizza bagels are an absolute game changer!
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Servings (click & slide): 4 Pizza Bagels
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American / Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories per serving: 477kcal
Cost per serving: £1.50 / $2

Equipment:

  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Small Pot & Brush (for butter)
  • Baking Tray

Ingredients (check list):

  • 4 Bagels, halved
  • 1 cup / 100g Mozzarella, shredded (or as needed)
  • 16 slices of Pepperoni
  • 4 tbsp Pizza Sauce
  • 4 tbsp Mixed Peppers, finely diced
  • 4 heaped tsp Onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp Butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan (see notes)
  • 1 tsp Oregano

Instructions:

  • Pre heat oven to 180C/356F.
  • Spread the bottom slice of your bagel with pizza sauce, followed by a sprinkle of mozzarella, then pepperoni, peppers and onion. Top with a pinch more mozzarella, then finish with the top slice of bagel.
  • Brush the top of the bagel with melted butter, then sprinkle with parmesan and oregano.
  • Pop bagels on a baking tray and place in the oven for 15mins, or until the parmesan goes golden crispy, the bagel is crispy and the cheese is melted.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Toppings/Fillings - Feel free to add any fillings you want! These are just what I like. In all cases I recommend you dice the fillings really small, just so they cook properly in short time they're in the oven. Things like chicken, ground beef etc you'll definitely want to pre cook.
b) Preventing Excess Moisture - I only use a small amount of veg in the bagels, just because they release moisture as they cook. Too much veg and you might end up with a slightly soggy bottom bagel. If you want to pack in more veg you can certainly do so, just fry it off beforehand to remove the water!
c) Parmesan - I recommend the dusty type of parmesan, just because it sticks the the butter easier.
d) Make Ahead - You can prep these ahead of time, cover and store in the fridge until needed. Just leave off the butter/parmesan/oregano and do that just before you pop them in the oven. I usually bring them close to room temp before baking, just so they cook through evenly.
e) Calories - using plain medium sized bagels.

Your Private Notes:

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Epic Pizza Bagels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 477 Calories from Fat 146
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.19g25%
Saturated Fat 8.018g40%
Trans Fat 0.131g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.404g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.759g
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 1008mg42%
Potassium 260mg7%
Carbohydrates 60.43g20%
Fiber 3.2g13%
Sugar 2.35g3%
Protein 20.87g42%
Vitamin A 730IU15%
Vitamin C 14.7mg18%
Calcium 273mg27%
Iron 2.11mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Lorraine
    December 15, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Really Tasty, but how do we stop it from getting a soggy bottom?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      December 16, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Lorraine! I can’t say I’ve experienced the bottoms going soggy before, if anything they end up a little on the crunchy side. Few things that might help you though:

      – Make sure the onions/peppers are fried off properly, to extract as much moisture as possible. Otherwise they’ll release the moisture as they bake and potentially make the bottom bagel steam/go soggy.
      – Consider placing the pepperoni first and spread the pizza sauce in the middle. The pepperoni will make a barrier so the sauce doesn’t seep into the bottom bagel.
      – Maybe hold back on a little pizza sauce and serve some on the side, just so it’s not overloaded in the centre.

      Hope these things help next time!

      Chris.

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    Leeann Cooksey
    September 28, 2020 at 6:52 am

    Just reading The English Kitchen blog and she basically lifted your recipe for pizza bagels. I probably wouldn’t have mentioned it, but she constantly complains about people stealing her content, and she seems to do this too often. I intend to read your blog vice hers in the future.

  • Reply
    Lizzie
    May 3, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    5 stars
    Brilliant, these look incredible! Definitely making these.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 3, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Enjoy!!

  • Reply
    Marlynn
    May 3, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    5 stars
    These look amazing! What a great recipe using ingredients we always have on hand.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 3, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Totally! Thanks Marlynn 🙂

  • Reply
    Emily Liao
    May 3, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, these pizza bagels are amazing! Has all the right flavors and hearty enough for a meal 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 3, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Oh yes! Thanks Emily!

  • Reply
    Toni
    May 3, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    5 stars
    For a mom of pizza loving kids who has been cooking multiple meals a day for weeks, this recipe comes at a perfect time! Everyone loves them and they are so easy to make!!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 3, 2020 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks Toni! 🙂

  • Reply
    Biana
    May 3, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    5 stars
    These pizza bagels look amazing, and they are so simple to make! Looking forward to making them.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 3, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      Enjoy!! 🙂

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