For a fun twist on pizza, try making Air Fryer Garlic Knot Pizza. Refrigerated biscuits are stuffed with pizza toppings and baked together with extra cheese for a kid-friendly, crowd-pleasing dish.

cassole in air fryer topped with cheese and pepperoni

recipe Overview

Everyone loves pizza, right? This garlic knot pizza recipe is like pizza, but way more exciting.

We’re taking refrigerated biscuit dough and wrapping it around savory Italian spices and garlic, pepperoni, and cheese to make garlic knots.

Then we’re topping the knots with more cheese and pepperoni to create a melty masterpiece of pizza goodness, all in the air fryer.

If you want a pizza snack with really minimal work, try Air Fryer Pizza Rolls. For a simple pizza recipe, you can make Pizza in the air fryer.

a plate of cheesy garlic knots next to an air fryer basket.

ingredients you’ll need

  • Butter – We’ll add butter to the inside of our knots.
  • Italian Seasoning – This blend of dried herbs turns any dish into a savory, Italian delight.
  • Parmesan Cheese – We add shredded parmesan cheese inside of the garlic knots.
  • Garlic Salt – This is what gives us the garlic flavor.
  • Refrigerated Biscuits – We’ll use these as a shortcut to make our garlic knots. This dough is already ready to use.
  • Mozzarella Cheese – Top your garlic knot pizza with shredded mozzarella cheese. It gets melty and delicious.
  • Pepperoni– I take sliced pepperoni and cut it down into quarters. This way you get more pepperoni in every bite!
  • Spray Oil – Spray the bottom of your air fryer basket or baking dish to keep the dough from sticking.
  • Fresh Herbs – to garnish this dish at the end, try fresh parsley or basil, chopped.

how to make it

photo collage of six steps to make air fryer garlic knot pizza
  1. Remove the biscuit dough from the tube and cut each piece in half.
  2. Gently stretch or roll the pieces into triangles.
  3. Whisk together melted butter, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, and Garlic salt. Spread the mixture onto one side of each dough piece.
  4. Top the dough pieces with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. Set aside some of the pepperoni and cheese for later.
  5. Gently fold the dough pieces in half the long way (like a taco). Then pull the ends together to form a loose knot. Place the knots into an oiled air fryer pot. Air fry at 350F/175C for 12-14 minutes.
  6. Remove from air fryer, top with remaining cheese and pepperoni. Place back into the warm air fryer and let the residual heat melt the cheese.
air fryer garlic knot pizza on a plate being eaten with a fork

Serving ideas

Serve a nice green salad with this dish and you have a full meal that everyone will enjoy.

A side of marinara sauce would be great for dipping.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings would pair well with garlic knot pizza too for a pizza and wings experience.

want to add pizza sauce?

I don’t include any sauce in this recipe for a really good reason. I find that it makes the dish soggy and doesn’t cook as well. If you feel like you want sauce with your garlic knot pizza, serve it on the side.

variations

The fun thing about pizza is that you can add whatever toppings you like!

  • Swap out the pepperoni for cooked bacon, sausage, or mushrooms.
  • Add some crushed red pepper to the butter mixture for a little bit of heat.
  • Add a small amount of cooked veggies like onions, peppers, or even broccoli.
garlic knot pizza in air fryer

more Italian air fryer recipes to try

You can make crispy Eggplant Parmesan in your Air Fryer.

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks are so good dipped in a little bit of marinara sauce for a snack or appetizer.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Meatballs are easy to make and a perfect weeknight dinner.

Air Fryer Garlic Knot Pizza

For a fun twist on pizza, try making Air Fryer Garlic Knot Pizza. Refrigerated biscuits are stuffed with pizza toppings and baked together with extra cheese for a kid friendly, crowd pleasing dish.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 657kcal
Ken

Equipment

  • oven safe dish that fits in your air fryer

Ingredients

  • 2 T Butter melted
  • 1 T Italian Seasoning dried
  • 1/2 c Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 1/2 t Garlic Salt
  • 1 can refrigerated biscuits
  • 3/4 c Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • 1/2 c Pepperoni cut into quarters
  • Spray Oil
  • Fresh Herbs for garnish

Instructions

  • Remove the biscuit dough from the tube and cut each piece in half.
  • Gently stretch or roll the pieces into triangles.
  • Whisk together melted butter, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, and Garlic salt. Spread the mixture onto one side of each dough piece.
  • Top the dough pieces with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. Set aside ¼ cup of cheese and 2T of pepperoni for later.
  • Gently fold the dough pieces in half the long way (like a taco), Then pull the ends together to form a loose knot. Place the knots into an oiled air fryer pot. Air fry at 350F/175C for 12-14 minutes.
  • Remove from air fryer, top with remaining cheese and pepperoni. Place back into the warm air fryer and let the residual heat melt the cheese. If needed, run the air fryer for one minute to melt the cheese.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs
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Nutrition

Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 2010mg | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 438IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 336mg | Iron: 5mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
pizza knots in an air fryer basket, toped with cheese and pepperoni

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  1. 5 stars
    I love everything about this recipe! cheese, garlic, pepperoni – I’m in! Making on Monday night for the kids.

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