Cheese/ Lunch

Pizza Bagels

April 29, 2020 (Last Updated: May 11, 2020) 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!

overhead shot of bagels on slate with hand grabbing one

The BEST Pizza Bagel Recipe!

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

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, topping with sauce and cheese then cooked.

DGBMH 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.

closeup shot of bagel with fillings spilling out on slate

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 – Work to preference, here I use: pepperoni, peppers and onion.
  • Toppings – Brush the top bagel with butter, then sprinkle with parmesan and oregano. Game changer!
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 recipe 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.

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 adding the topping then.

over head shot of bagels on baking tray ready to go in oven

And there we have it! Pizza bagels, just a little more intense. A running theme in this blog it seems 🤣

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:

If you’re on the hunt for some similar recipes then have a ganders at these too:

Crazy Pizza Recipes: Spicy Pepperoni Pizza Parcels | Pizza Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms | Flatbread Pizzas

Fun Bagel Recipes: Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel | Smoked Salmon Bagel | Breakfast Quiche Stuffed Bagels | Tuna Melt Bagels

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

Pizza Bagels

Forget what you thought you knew about pizza bagels and prepare to uncontrollably drool. These pizza bagels are an absolute game changer!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American / Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4 Pizza Bagels
Calories: 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 (or to preference)
  • 4 heaped tsp Onion, finely diced (or to preference)
  • 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, and 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) Parmesan - I recommend the dusty type of parmesan, just because it sticks the the butter easier.
c) 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. 
d) Calories - using plain medium sized bagels.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
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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11 Comments

  • Reply
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.

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