Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger Air Fryer Biscuit Bombs Made Easy!

If you want to change things up a little from normal hamburger night, have I got something you’ll love! These pretzel bacon cheeseburger air fryer biscuit bombs are next level! Beef, bacon, cheese, and condiments are tucked inside of a pretzel biscuit for a fun and delicious meal.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

These amazing air fryer biscuit bombs are like a bacon cheeseburger slider, but instead tucked inside of a warm pretzel bun. They’re kid friendly (but adults love them too)!

You can adjust the fillings any way you like to make it something your family will love, from the meat to the cheese to the condiments!

breaking open a pretzel bacon cheeseburger bomb with my hand

Speaking of filling, feel free to prepare the filling ahead of time for an even quicker meal. The cooking time of the biscuit bombs themselves is less than 10 minutes, making it easy enough for weeknights.

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

ingredients to make air fryer pretzel bacon cheeseburger biscuit bombs
  • 8-ounce can biscuit dough (approximately 8-10 count)
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 tsp steak or burger seasoning
  • 2-3 slices American cheese
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Ketchup (optional)
  • Mustard (optional)
  • Pickles (optional)
  • Onion (optional)

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Any canned biscuit dough is fine, whether it’s Grands, buttermilk, or anything similar
  • You can sub ground turkey or even ground chicken for ground beef if preferred, scrambled egg for a breakfast biscuit bomb, or omit it entirely because bacon and cheese bombs are delicious too!
  • Swap Air Fryer Turkey Bacon for regular bacon if desired
  • You can use other varieties of cheese if preferred instead of American cheese. Cheddar is another great option. You’ll need ¼ of a slice per biscuit (so it will vary based on the size of your biscuit tube)
  • In lieu of sea salt for the topping, you can use everything bagel seasoning or sesame seeds if preferred
  • You can add ½ Tbsp ketchup and mustard, or 1 Tbsp onion or chopped pickles into your filling if everyone in your family likes them. If not, serve on the side!

How to Make Air Fryer Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger Biscuit Bombs

  1. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium high heat until desired level of crispiness (I cut mine in half so it fits better in the pan)
cook bacon to preferred crispy level
  1. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate to cool, and then add ground beef to the skillet
drain bacon on paper towel and add ground beef directly into skillet
  1. Cook beef, breaking it up into crumbles, until it is browned and cooked through (approximately 5-7 minutes)
cook ground beef until browned
  1. Drain excess grease if needed, then season with burger seasoning 
add seasoning to ground beef in skillet
  1. Crumble bacon and add back in to beef mixture
combine ground beef and bacon in a bowl
  1. Open can of biscuits, separating each one
open and separate can of biscuits
  1. Using your palms or a rolling pin, flatten each biscuit to about ¼” thick
flatten each biscuit in your palm
  1. Place one quarter of American cheese in the center of the biscuit, then top with about 1 Tbsp beef mixture (the amount may vary based on the size of your specific biscuit)
add cheese, beef, and bacon to biscuit
  1. Fold the edges of the biscuit up over the filling, pinching the seams to seal
roll edges of dough over top the filling into a ball
  1. Repeat until all the biscuit bombs are filled
continue filling all biscuits with meat and cheese
  1. Preheat your air fryer to 325°F (or the closest setting your air fryer has)
  2. Heat the water on the stove or in your microwave (about 1 ½ – 2 minutes in a 1000W microwave) until it’s about 110°F
heat water in microwave
  1. Add the baking soda to the water and stir until it dissolves
dissolve baking soda into water
  1. Place the biscuit bombs into the baking soda water, making sure to coat all sides of the ball, for about 30 seconds
place cheeseburger bombs into water mixture
  1. Remove from the water and sprinkle the tops with the sea salt while they’re still wet
remove cheeseburger pods from water and add sea salt to the top
  1. Place the biscuit bombs into the preheated air fryer basket, allowing some air space between them for expansion during cooking
place cheeseburger buns in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 8 minutes at 325°F. If a darker brown is desired, add additional time as needed in small increments
  2. Serve with ketchup, mustard, onions, and pickles!
overhead view of air fryer pretzel cheeseburger biscuit bombs on a plate

What to Serve With Cheeseburger Bombs

  • French fries
  • Onion rings
  • Jalapeno poppers
  • Fried pickles
  • Chips
  • Chili cheese dip
  • Cheeseburger dip
  • Potato salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Mac and cheese
  • Hash brown casserole
  • Tater tots
  • Green salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Fruit salad
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Secret burger sauce
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Garlic aioli
  • Pickles
  • Onions
  • Jalapeno slices

There are a variety of sides, sauces, and toppings to serve with your cheeseburger biscuit bombs. Really, anything that you’d want with your regular cheeseburger or burger sliders is a great choice!

Try pretzel bacon cheeseburger air fryer biscuit bombs with my quick Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings, crispy Air Fryer Ore Ida Fries, creamy Air Fryer Potato Salad, or tangy Air Fryer Frozen Fried Pickles.

Recipe FAQs

What Are Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs?

Bacon cheeseburger bombs are biscuit dough or a similar dough that’s stuffed with ground beef, bacon, cheese, and sometimes burger toppings. They are then cooked to brown the bread, and served with burger condiments on the side.

They’re somewhat equivalent to a Hot Pocket and a slider mashup.

Can You Make Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs in an Air Fryer?

Yes, you can make bacon cheeseburger bombs in an air fryer. In fact, it takes about half the time as baking them in the oven.

Start with premade dough, or make your own, and add in any type of cheese and toppings you like.

How Long Do You Cook a Biscuit Bomb in the Air Fryer?

You cook a biscuit bomb for an average of 8-12 minutes in the air fryer. The specific time will vary based on the size of the biscuit bomb and your air fryer’s power level.

Add time in small increments near the end so that you don’t overbrown the dough.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • If you don’t have a stove, you can chop the bacon and combine it with the ground beef, rolling them into small (1”) meatballs. Cook for 10-15 minutes at 400°F in the air fryer and then proceed
  • Feel free to add the ketchup, mustard, onions, or pickles into the ground beef mixture before stuffing the biscuit bombs (as long as everyone likes the same toppings)
  • You don’t have to pretzel the bun if you don’t want to. Just skip the baking soda water bath if that’s your preference!
  • Try to keep the edges clean of filling when you’re stuffing the bombs, as this will give you a better seal
  • You will have some leftover filling more than likely, so feel free to double the amount of biscuits and freeze some for later!
  • It’s normal for some of the biscuit bombs to leak a little cheese during cooking. If you want, use some parchment or a liner under them to make cleanup easier
air fryer biscuit bombs stacked on a plate

Storage and Reheating

  • Store leftover bacon cheeseburger bombs in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or individually wrap and freeze for up to 3 months
  • To reheat, air fry for 2-3 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through (this works even from frozen)! Alternatively, wrap your biscuit bomb in a damp paper towel and microwave for 1 to 1 ½ minutes on high

More Air Fryer Recipes That Use Canned Biscuits

  • Air Fryer Biscuit Pizza Bombs
  • Cheesy Air Fryer Taco Bombs
  • Air Fryer Beignets With Biscuits
  • Cinnamon Roll Bites With Canned Biscuits

Final Thoughts

These bacon cheeseburger biscuit bombs are so easy to make in your air fryer, and with a simple pretzel outside, they become even more magical!

They make a great appetizer or game day snack, much like a slider. But, they’re also great paired with sides for a lunch or even dinner!

I love making these because they’re both kid and adult approved, and really tasty. You can put out a bunch of condiments and topping options too and let people build their own favorite!

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Air Fryer Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger Biscuit Bombs

These air fryer biscuit bombs are loaded with a bacon cheeseburger filling and a pretzel crust. They’re perfect for a snack, appetizer, or meal when paired with sides!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 430 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 8 Ounce can biscuit dough (8 or 10 biscuits)
  • ½ Pound lean ground beef
  • 4 Slices bacon
  • 1 Tsp steak or burger seasoning
  • 2-3 Slices American cheese
  • 4 Cups water
  • ¼ Cup baking soda
  • ½ Tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Cook bacon in a skillet over medium high heat until desired level of crispiness (I cut mine in half so it fits better in the pan)
    4 Slices bacon
  • Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate to cool, and then add ground beef to the skillet
    ½ Pound lean ground beef
  • Cook beef, breaking it up into crumbles, until it is browned and cooked through (approximately 5-7 minutes)
  • Drain excess grease if needed, then season with burger seasoning
    1 Tsp steak or burger seasoning
  • Crumble bacon and add back in to beef mixture
  • Open can of biscuits, separating each one
    8 Ounce can biscuit dough
  • Using your palms or a rolling pin, flatten each biscuit to about ¼” thick
  • Place one quarter of American cheese in the center of the biscuit, then top with about 1 Tbsp beef mixture (the amount may vary based on the size of your specific biscuits)
    2-3 Slices American cheese
  • Fold the edges of the biscuit up over the filling, pinching the seams to seal
  • Repeat until all the biscuit bombs are filled
  • Preheat your air fryer to 325°F (or the closest setting your air fryer has)
  • Heat the water on the stove or in your microwave (about 2 minutes in a 1000W microwave) until it’s about 110°F
    4 Cups water
  • Add the baking soda to the water and stir until it dissolves
    ¼ Cup baking soda
  • Place the biscuit bombs into the baking soda water, making sure to coat all sides of the ball, for about 30 seconds
  • Remove from the water and sprinkle the tops with the sea salt while they’re still wet
    ½ Tsp sea salt
  • Place the biscuit bombs into the preheated air fryer basket, allowing some air space between them for expansion during cooking
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 8 minutes at 325°F. If a darker brown is desired, add additional time as needed in small increments
  • Serve with ketchup, mustard, onions, pickles, or other favorite burger toppings!

Notes

  • Any canned biscuit dough is fine, whether it’s Grands, buttermilk, or anything similar
  • You can sub ground turkey or even ground chicken for ground beef if preferred, scrambled egg for a breakfast biscuit bomb, or omit it entirely because bacon and cheese bombs are delicious too!
  • Swap turkey bacon for regular bacon if desired
  • You can use other varieties of cheese if preferred instead of American cheese. Cheddar is another great option. You’ll need ¼ of a slice per biscuit (so it will vary based on the size of your biscuit tube)
  • In lieu of sea salt for the topping, you can use everything bagel seasoning or sesame seeds if preferred
  • You can add ½ Tbsp ketchup and mustard, or 1 Tbsp onion or chopped pickles into your filling if everyone in your family likes them. If not, serve on the side!
  • If you don’t have a stove, you can chop the bacon and combine it with the ground beef, rolling them into small (1”) meatballs. Cook for 10-15 minutes at 400°F in the air fryer and then proceed
  • You don’t have to pretzel the bun if you don’t want to. Just skip the baking soda water bath if that’s your preference!
  • Try to keep the edges clean of filling when you’re stuffing the bombs, as this will give you a better seal
  • You will have some leftover filling more than likely, so feel free to double the amount of biscuits and freeze some for later!
  • It’s normal for some of the biscuit bombs to leak a little cheese during cooking. If you want, use some parchment or a liner under them to make cleanup easier
  • Store leftover bacon cheeseburger bombs in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or individually wrap and freeze for up to 3 months
  • To reheat, air fry for 2-3 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through (this works even from frozen)! Alternatively, wrap your biscuit bomb in a damp paper towel and microwave for 1 minute on high
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any sauces or sides added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 166gCalories: 430kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 21gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8.7gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 4556mgPotassium: 360mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 101IUVitamin C: 3.6mgCalcium: 173mgIron: 3.6mg
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