Did you know you can make your own homemade hot pocket recipe with simple ingredients in an Air Fryer in minutes? Hot pockets are so much better when you make them yourself! Once you try this Air Fryer Hot Pocket recipe you'll never buy the frozen variety again.
Homemade Air Fryer Hot Pocket is the perfect snack for your family. This recipe is easy to make, and it's a little healthier than the boxed frozen type or takeout.
My kids love to make these for a quick lunch on weekends or after school as a hearty snack with whatever leftovers we have in the fridge. You can make big ones or even mini ones that are bite-sized. There are more options than we can ever list. Air frying a golden crispy crust filled with my favorite fillings? Sign me up!
Canned Crescent Rolls - I do use canned biscuit rolls for ease of prep but you can sub in fresh or store-bought pizza dough, pie crust, or puffed pastry. You can even use homemade whole-grain pizza dough to really boost the nutrition. For a low carb keto version just use fathead dough.
Steak - Cook your steak however you like. For this recipe, we just pan-seared a steak, let it rest for a few minutes, and then sliced it.
Peppers - Sweet peppers are my top choice but any peppers will work. Just remove the seeds and thinly slice them.
Onions - Peel and thinly slice the onions of your choice. Yellow onions, red onions, and Vidalia onions are good choices.
Cheddar Cheese - For a strong flavor choose an extra sharp cheddar. To let the steak be the boldest flavor in the pocket choose a mild cheddar. Up to you!
BBQ Chicken Filling
Chicken - Leftover chicken is perfect for this! If you don't have leftover chicken you can cook some fresh chicken or even sub in canned chicken.
BBQ Sauce - Sweet, spicy, smoky, any sauce you love tastes great.
Shredded Cheese - Any cheese can work but cheddar is my top choice to pair with barbecue sauce.
How to Make Air Fryer Hot Pockets
Step One: Open the can of crescent rolls and separate it into four rectangles on waxed paper or parchment paper. Press the seams together well.
Step Two: Place your desired fillings in the center of each rectangle.
Expert Tip: Make sure to use warm fillings otherwise the outside might cook before the inside is warm.
Step Three: Fold each rectangle and press the edges together to seal it closed.
Step Four: Place two of the air fryer hot pockets into the air fryer basket. Sprinkle with extra cheese, if desired.
Expert Tip: I recommend using a non-stick silicone liner or spraying it with cooking spray,
Step Five: Cook the sandwich pockets at 350 for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown.
This is a great recipe to use up any cooked leftover meat or vegetables you have in the fridge! The variations are pretty much endless.
Air Fryer Pizza Pockets - Just fill with some cooked crumbled sausage or pepperoni slices, pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Mushrooms, green peppers, onion, garlic, and black olives are other great additions to pizza rolls.
Taco Rolls - Have leftover taco meat? It is amazing in these homemade air fryer hot pockets. I like to add some cream cheese to it along with shredded Monterey Jack.
Samosas - Craving Indian? You can make these taste like samosas as well with come cooked potatoes, peas, cilantro, and garam masala inside.
Deli Sandwich - As a kid my favorite hot pockets were the ham and cheese ones. Just chop up some deli ham and add cheese for that simple variation on this air fryer recipe.
Chicken Bacon Ranch - Another favorite combo in my house. Cooked shredded chicken, crumbled bacon, ranch dressing, and shredded cheddar cheese go perfectly together. Using up air fryer bbq chicken is great in this option.
Breakfast - Love breakfast pockets? Scramble an egg and add that as a filling with bacon, sausage, Taylor ham (or pork roll), sauteed veggies, and/or cheese.
Other Types of Crust
Puff Pastry - If you'd prefer to use puffed pastry instead of canned biscuits that is fine too. Just cut it into large squares and brush with melted butter after filling and sealing. The cook time will be similar, maybe a minute or two longer.
Pizza Dough - Pizza dough is another substitution that will work well. You end up with a softer crust but it is still delicious.
Pie Crust - Pie crust is also a good choice for the crust on air fryer hot pockets. You can use a homemade or store-bought crust.
How do I store leftover homemade hot pockets?
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven or air fryer. Reheating in the microwave can make the crust soggy.
Can I cook frozen Hot Pockets in the air fryer?
Sure, if you were just looking for cook times for the boxed frozen Hot Pockets you've also come to the right place. Take them out of the freezer, discard all packaging including the crisper sleeve, and place them into the air fryer. Cook at 375 for about 10-12 minutes. You want to make sure the filling is hot so I do recommend checking with an internal thermometer.
- 1 can crescent rolls
BBQ Chicken Filling
- 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
- ¼ cup shredded cheese
- 3 tbsp bbq sauce
- 4 oz steak
- ¼ cup sliced onions
- ¼ cup sliced peppers
- Press the seams of the crescent rolls together to form 4 rectangles.
- Add about ⅔ cup of your desired fillings to each rectangle.
- Fold over the dough and press the edges together well.
- Cook two hot pockets at a time in the air fryer at 350 for 7-8 minutes.
BBQ Chicken Filling
- Mix together the ingredients in a small bowl.
- To make the cheesesteak filling brown the steak in a large skillet, add the peppers and onions and saute until golden.