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Homemade Air Fryer Breakfast Pockets

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Do you need a delicious breakfast in a flash? This recipe for homemade air fryer breakfast pockets will be ready to fill you up in moments. Follow the easy recipe for delicious home-baked goodness that is sure to delight you and your family’s taste buds.

What is a homemade breakfast pocket, you ask? These breakfast pockets are very similar to a store-bought breakfast hot pocket – but better. Stuffed with eggs, sausage, and cheese, they are easily made in advance, frozen, and heated up in the air fryer when you’re hungry.

An air fryer breakfast pocket cut in half to show the filling.
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Why You Will Love This Recipe

There are so many things to love about this recipe. Here are some reasons why you should be excited about these homemade air fryer breakfast pockets.

  • Only four ingredients
  • Quick breakfast
  • Fast preparation
  • Great for make-ahead meals
  • Can be frozen
  • Flaky, cheesy, and satisfying with no deep-frying!

Ingredients You Will Need

Are you convinced to air fry some of these awesome breakfast pockets yet? Here are the simple ingredients you will need.

  • Eggs. These will be beaten and made into scrambled eggs. One egg should be left out to use to bind the puff pastry dough together. More on that later.
  • Sausage. Ground and not in casings. I used hot Italian sausage in this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite flavor. If you can’t find any without a casing, scroll down to the FAQ section for tips.
  • Puff pastry OR crescent roll dough. The puff pastry needs to be fully defrosted. If you are using refrigerated crescent roll dough, you will need two packages. See tips down below for more details on how to defrost and which dough to use. See notes if you decide to use crescent roll dough.
  • Cheese. Buy pre-grated or grate yourself.
Ingredients needed to make homemade air fryer breakfast pockets.

How to Make These Breakfast Pockets in the Air Fryer

Step 1: cook the sausage

Add the ground sausage to a skillet and cook until brown, breaking up clumps as they form. Remove the ground sausage from the pan and drain most of the grease, reserving some of it to cook the eggs in.

Step 2: cook the eggs

Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk them with a fork. Pour the beaten eggs into the pan with the leftover sausage grease and cook, stirring occasionally. Take the scrambled eggs off the heat once they are set, but still soft. Be sure not to overcook the eggs to the point where they become rubbery. The eggs should still be glistening and fluffy.

Step 3: prepare the pockets

Take one sheet of the puff pastry and place it on a floured counter or board. Roll the dough out slightly until it is 12 inches long. If you are using crescent dough, see the notes in the recipe card below.

Cut the pastry into three, 4-inch wide strips. These strips will be folded over the filling in order to form the breakfast pockets.

Step 4: assemble the pockets

Assemble the breakfast pockets by placing the filling on one half of the strip of dough allowing you room to fold the other half over the goodies. Place a small amount of sausage on each of the strips of dough, leaving room around the edges. Top with a small spoonful of scrambled eggs and a sprinkle of cheese.

Whisk the leftover egg. Brush the edges of the pastry with the egg wash and fold the empty half of the pastry over the top of the other half until the filling is completely covered and the edges meet each other. Crimp the sides down with a fork so nothing can leak out while it is cooking.

Repeat step 3 and step 4 with the second sheet of puff pastry.

Step 5: cook the breakfast pockets in the air fryer

If you are using puff pastry, preheat your air fryer to 370°F. Place the breakfast pockets in the air fryer, ensuring they are not overcrowded or stacked. We want plenty of space so that the puff pastry can crisp up nicely. If you are using refrigerator crescent rolls, preheat the air fryer to 360°F.

For puff pastry, cook at 370°F for 9 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. For crescent rolls, cook at 360°F for 7 to 8 minutes.

Tips for Success

The perfect temperature for puff pastry

To get a delicious flaky pastry, you need to make sure your puff pastry is cold. For the flakiest possible breakfast pockets, chill your knife, rolling pin, and the floured board and ensure the filling is cold or completely cooled before putting it on the dough.

You don’t want your dough to still be frozen, though. Partially frozen puff pastry is much more likely to tear when you roll it out. It also might not cook properly. To thoroughly defrost your puff pastry, allow it to sit in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours before using. Alternatively, throw the puff pastry in the fridge overnight, and it will be ready to use before breakfast.

Difference between puff pastry and crescent roll dough.

Puff pastry and crescent roll dough are made with almost the exact same ingredients, using different techniques. Puff pastry does not have yeast but it still rises in the oven giving you that airy and flakey exterior. Puff pastry has many alternating layers of dough and fat which adds to the wonderful flavor of these air fryer breakfast pockets.

Crescent roll dough has yeast, which means it rises in the oven but ultimately has a different flavor and texture from puff pastry.

You can use either one in this recipe. Use crescent rolls for a more bread consistency or use puff pastry for extra flakiness.

Freshly baked breakfast pockets in an air fryer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze homemade breakfast pockets?

You sure can! Make the recipe as described and allow the homemade air fryer breakfast pockets to cool completely. Freeze them completely covered for up to 6 months. When ready to serve, defrost and reheat in the air fryer for 5 minutes at 370 degrees. If the breakfast pockets are completely frozen, place them in the air fryer for 10 minutes at 300°F and then 8-10 minutes at 370°F.

Can you double the recipe?

Yes, this recipe is easily doubled or even tripled. Make a bunch ahead of time for an easy, ready-to-go breakfast!

I can’t find ground sausage. Can I use sausage in casings instead?

Yes, if you can’t find ground sausage, you can buy sausages in casings instead and remove the casing. Here’s step by step how you can do this.

How to Remove Sausage Casing from Uncooked Sausages

  1. Cut the sausage casing from end to end with the tip of a knife. You should cut through the casing without cutting all the way into the sausage.
  2. Flip the sausage cut side down and pinch the split casing off of the meat.
  3. Discard the casing and follow the recipe as written.

I forgot to defrost my puff pastry. What do I do?

If you forget to defrost the puff pastry in the fridge, you can defrost it on the counter for 40 minutes. If you’re in a rush, thaw the pastry in the microwave. Remove the puff pastry from the box and take it out of its outer wrapping. Wrap the puff pastry in a paper towel and microwave on high for 15 seconds. Turn the pastry over and microwave for another 15 seconds. If the dough is not yet defrosted, microwave for another 5 seconds on each side.

What else is cooking?

These homemade air fryer pizza rolls are also easy to make ahead of time and way better than any store-bought pizza rolls! They have a delicious, flakey exterior and are filled with your favorite pizza toppings. Step up your pizza roll game by dipping them in pizza sauce. Perfect for a quick snack!

One of my favorite things to make as a side dish (or entire meal) in the air fryer are baked potatoes! Give these air fryer baked potatoes a try. Load them up with some pulled pork or brisket to take them to the next level! Or if it is Taco Tuesday, try out this recipe for air fryer taco stuffed baked potatoes. And if you are feeling sweet, try these air fryer baked sweet potatoes! So many options, what will you try!?

Air fryer breakfast pockets cooling on a wire rack.

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Breakfast pockets stuffed with sausage, egg, and cheese.

Homemade Air Fryer Breakfast Pockets

Yield: 6 breakfast pockets
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These breakfast pockets are better than storebought. We tested the recipe with puff pastry and with refrigerator crescent rolls. If you use the refrigerator crescent rolls you will need two packages. They keep in the fridge for 4 days or the freezer for up to 6 months.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound ground sausage
  • 7 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • (OR 2 packages of refrigerator crescent rolls)

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground sausage and cook until brown. Stir it with a fork and break it up as you go. 
  2. Transfer the sausage to a plate and drain all but 1 tablespoon of the grease.
  3. Break 6 of the eggs in a bowl (save 1 egg for later). Whisk them with a fork. Pour the eggs into the skillet with the sausage grease and cook on medium-low. Stir occasionally until the eggs are fully cooked. Set aside. 
  4. Place one sheet of the puff pastry on a floured counter. Roll the pastry out slightly so it is 12 inches long.
  5. Cut the pastry into 3 strips that are 4-inches wide (right where the fold lines should be). 
  6. Pile a small amount of sausage on half of each of the strips, leaving the edges of the pastry free (see photos). Top with egg and cheese. 
  7. Whisk the remaining egg in a bowl and brush the raw egg around the edges of the pastry. 
  8. Fold the empty half of the pastry over the top of the filling. Fold the edges of the pastry closed. Use a fork to crimp along all the fold to seal it well. 
  9. Repeat the process with the second sheet of puff pastry so you have 6 breakfast pockets. 
  10. Place the breakfast pockets in the air fryer. Do not overcrowd them or stack them. You may have to cook them in batches. 
  11. Cook at 370°F for 9 to 10 minutes until golden brown. (If you are using refrigerator crescent rolls, bake them at 360°F for 7 to 8 minutes).

Notes

  • Thaw the puff pastry in the fridge overnight. Keep it wrapped in the box until you are ready to use it.
  • An optional step for tender scrambled eggs is to add a couple of tablespoons of water or milk to the eggs before cooking them in the skillet. 
  • You can freeze these breakfast hot pockets for up to 6 months. To reheat frozen breakfast pockets cook them at 300°F for 10 minutes then increase the temperature to 370°F for 8-10 minutes.
  • If you are using refrigerator crescent rolls you will need to pinch 3 to 4 individual sheets of dough together. Roll them out a bit so they are 4 inches wide and 9 to 10 inches long. If you have scraps, gather them together and roll out more rectangles.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 323Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 261mgSodium: 625mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 17g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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