Crispy Air Fryer Reuben Egg Rolls Recipe

These delicious and crispy air fryer Reuben egg rolls are the perfect way to use up leftover corned beef. Take that leftover St. Patrick’s Day feast and turn it into crunchy, cheesy egg rolls instead. They’re a great appetizer, snack, or even an easy lunch.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Air fryer Reuben egg rolls are such a great way to use up leftover corned beef, so you don’t even feel like you’re eating leftovers. That said, they work great with deli corned beef and pastrami, so you can make them any time you have a craving.

I love that you can wrap a big batch of these up and then cook them as needed. They store great in a Tupperware in the fridge, and I’m sure you could freeze them too.

Plus, they use the same method as reheating spring rolls in the air fryer to crisp up quickly!

closeup of reuben egg rolls cut in half diagonally on a plate

Since these egg rolls only take about 10 minutes (or less) to cook, it makes them perfectly easy to whip up for a snack, app, or even lunch. Leave some for your kids (or spouse) to heat up when they’re hungry. It’s so convenient!

What You’ll Need

air fryer reuben egg rolls ingredients
  • 12 Egg roll wrappers (or 36 wonton wrappers for mini egg rolls)
  • ½ pound corned beef, shredded or thinly sliced
  • 6 slices swiss cheese, cut into approximately ½” squares
  • ¾ cup sauerkraut (drained)
  • 6 Tablespoons Thousand Island dressing (plus additional for dipping)

Ingredient Substitutions and Variations

  • Egg roll wrappers can be swapped for the smaller wonton wrappers for mini egg rolls. Both are found in the refrigerated section with Asian foods. Alternatively, rice paper or spring roll wrapper may be used
  • Instead of corned beef, you can use pastrami, beef brisket, or sliced turkey instead
  • Swiss cheese is most common, but you can use other varieties of swiss or sub in another mild cheese like mozzarella or Monterey Jack if desired
  • The sauerkraut may be substituted for regular or pickled cabbage, or coleslaw. If you’re using sliced turkey, adding coleslaw here makes a Rachel variation.
  • For the Thousand Island dressing, you may swap in Russian dressing, “secret” burger sauce, French dressing, or even ranch in a pinch

How to Cook Reuben Egg Rolls in an Air Fryer

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine corned beef, cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing. Stir to combine and evenly distribute everything
combine corned beef, sauerkraut, cheese, and thousand island dressing in a mixing bowl
  1. Using your fingers, wet the outside perimeter of your egg roll wrapper
use fingers to wet the edges of the egg roll wrapper
  1. For a full size egg roll, place about 3T of the filling mixture near one corner of the wrapper. For a wonton (mini egg roll) wrapper, use 1T instead
add corned beef mixture to egg roll wrapper
  1. Fold the closest corner of the wrapper over top of the filling, and press down to secure it against the base of the wrapper
fold the closest corner of the wrapper over the filling
  1. Next, fold the right and left sides of the wrapper inwards so they meet in the middle
tuck in both egg roll wrapper edges
  1. Roll the filling pouch forward, up over the remaining top corner
roll over the top of the filling to complete the seal
  1. Repeat until all egg rolls are rolled
continue wrapping all your egg rolls
  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  2. Place the egg rolls in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer
add reuben egg rolls in single layer to air fryer basket
  1. Spritz the top of the egg rolls with a little olive oil or similar to give them extra browning (optional)
spray reuben egg rolls with oil in air fryer basket
  1. Cook for 8-10 minutes at 400°F, stopping halfway through to flip egg rolls and reapply oil if desired, until outside is browned
  2. Serve with additional dressing for dipping
overhead view of air fryer reuben egg rolls cut in half circling a plate

What to Serve With Reuben Egg Rolls

  1. Thousand Island or Russian dressing
  2. Mashed potatoes or colcannon
  3. Coleslaw 
  4. Chips or fries
  5. Green salad
  6. Other flavors of egg rolls
  7. Onion rings
  8. Fried rice
  9. Soup or stew
  10. Potato skins
  11. Cheese dip

Try your Reuben egg rolls with these crispy Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings or this easy Air Fryer Potato Leek Soup

They complement dishes like Air Fryer Fried Rice and Air Fryer Loaded Potato Skins particularly well when you swap in corned beef for the meat in those dishes as well. 

Recipe FAQs

Can You Freeze Reuben Egg Rolls?

Yes, you can freeze Rueben egg rolls for up to a month.

There’s no need to defrost them ahead of time. Simply add 5 extra minutes to cooking time in your air fryer to account for cooking them from frozen.

How Do You Reheat a Reuben Egg Roll?

To reheat an already cooked Reuben egg roll, cook in the air fryer for 5-7 minutes at 400°F to warm through.

Make sure to flip them halfway to prevent one side from getting soggy.

What is the Best Dipping Sauce for Reuben Egg Rolls?

The best dipping sauce for Reuben egg rolls is traditionally Thousand Island or Russian dressing.

Other less common alternatives are: French dressing, ranch dressing, secret burger sauce, horseradish sauce, cheese sauce, spinach and artichoke dip, or mustard.

Recipe Expert Advice

  • You don’t have to cut your ingredients up if you don’t want to. Use a half slice of cheese and a slice of beef in each egg roll. However, cutting it into smaller pieces helps distribute more evenly so you get a little of everything in each bite, and it’s easier to eat because the meat is less chewy
  • If you swap wonton wrappers to make mini egg rolls like I did, it’s a 3:1 ratio versus full size egg rolls. So, you’ll get about 36 mini or 12 large. If you’re adjusting your ingredient amounts to make more or less, adjust accordingly
  • Make sure when adding the filling, you do not mound or pack the Tablespoon. Doing so will cause you to overstuff the egg roll. Just a loose, even scoop works best
  • Should you overpack it accidentally, the best way to fix it is by wrapping it again. Wet another wrapper, place the first egg roll on seam side down in place of filling, and wrap it again. This should prevent it from falling apart
  • It is normal for some of your egg rolls to leak slightly during cooking. They still taste great!
half a plate of sliced reuben egg rolls next to platter of uncut rolls

More Air Fryer Corned Beef Recipes

Final Thoughts

This Reuben egg rolls air fryer recipe is a great way to use up leftover corned beef, but is also great anytime of year with deli meat. Nice, crispy egg roll wrappers give way to salty meat, melted cheese, acidic kraut, and creamy dressing. It’s the perfect bite!

Whether you go with full sized rolls or make the smaller mini egg rolls with wonton wrappers, they all come out delicious!  Enjoy them as a snack or appetizer, or pair them with some sides for a complete meal. Yum!

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Reuben Egg Rolls Air Fryer Recipe

This Reuben egg rolls air fryer recipe is the perfect way to use up leftover corned beef. They cook up crispy and delicious in 10 minutes or less!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Irish
Servings 12
Calories 228 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 Egg roll wrappers (or 36 wonton wrappers for mini egg rolls)
  • ½ Pound corned beef shredded or thinly sliced
  • 6 Slices swiss cheese cut into approximately ½” squares
  • ¾ Cup sauerkraut (drained)
  • 6 Tbsp Thousand Island dressing (plus additional for dipping)
  • Nonstick or oil spray (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine corned beef, cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing. Stir to combine and evenly distribute everything
    ½ Pound corned beef, 6 Slices swiss cheese, ¾ Cup sauerkraut, 6 Tbsp Thousand Island dressing
  • Using your fingers, wet the outside perimeter of your egg roll wrapper
    12 Egg roll wrappers
  • For a full size egg roll, place about 3T of the filling mixture near one corner of the wrapper. For a wonton (mini egg roll) wrapper, use 1T instead
  • Fold the closest corner of the wrapper over top of the filling, and press down to secure it against the base of the wrapper
  • Next, fold the right and left sides of the wrapper inwards so they meet in the middle
  • Roll the filling pouch forward, up over the remaining top corner
  • Repeat until all egg rolls are rolled
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  • Place the egg rolls in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer
  • Spritz the top of the egg rolls with a little olive oil or similar to give them extra browning (optional)
    Nonstick or oil spray
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes at 400°F, stopping halfway through to flip egg rolls and reapply oil if desired, until outside is browned
  • Serve with additional dressing for dipping

Notes

  • You can use regular egg roll wrappers or the smaller wonton wrappers for mini egg rolls. Both are found in the refrigerated section with Asian foods. Alternatively, rice paper or spring roll wrapper may be used
  • Instead of corned beef, you can use pastrami, beef brisket, or sliced turkey instead
  • Swiss cheese is most common, but you can use other varieties of swiss or sub in another mild cheese like mozzarella or Monterey Jack if desired
  • The sauerkraut may be substituted for regular or pickled cabbage, or coleslaw. If you’re using sliced turkey, adding coleslaw here makes a Rachel variation.
  • For the Thousand Island dressing, you may swap in Russian dressing, “secret” burger sauce, French dressing, or even ranch in a pinch
  • If you don’t want to cut your ingredients up, use a half slice of cheese and a slice of beef in each egg roll. However, cutting it into smaller pieces helps distribute more evenly so you get a little of everything in each bite, and it’s easier to eat because the meat is less chewy
  • If you swap wonton wrappers to make mini egg rolls like I did, it’s a 3:1 ratio versus full size egg rolls. So, you’ll get about 36 mini to 12 large. If you’re adjusting your ingredient amounts to make more or less, adjust accordingly
  • Make sure when adding the filling, you do not mound or pack the Tablespoon. Doing so will cause you to overstuff the egg roll. Just a loose, even scoop works best
  • Should you overpack it accidentally, the best way to fix it is by wrapping it again. Wet another wrapper, place the first egg roll on seam side down in place of filling, and wrap it again. This should prevent it from falling apart
  • It is normal for some of your egg rolls to leak slightly during cooking. They still taste great!
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients, substitutions, additional sauces, and total quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 81gCalories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 12gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4.3gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 512mgPotassium: 85mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 1.3gCalcium: 146mgIron: 1.7mg
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