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Air Fryer Hot Pockets with Ham and Cheese

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Whip up these air fryer hot pockets for lunch or even dinner. A crescent roll dough filled with deli sliced ham and cheese and air fried to golden perfection. The ultimate air fryer ham and cheese hot pocket.

Ham and cheese hot pockets stacked.

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Now, if you are not wanting ham and cheese, no worries, fill your crescent dough with any of your favorite fillings for a quick lunch. Pizza sauce and pepperoni, chicken and broccoli, and more. The options are endless with this homemade version. Toss the crisper sleeve and frozen hot pockets to the side, and learn how to make the best crescent roll dough hot pockets in no time.

Make sure to check out these air fryer chicken and waffles for a simple dinner or lunch option. Or try out my air fryer sausage kolaches, for another tasty bread and meat option.

  • Homemade hot pockets
  • Easy air fryer method
  • Crescent rolls from can dough
  • Golden brown texture
  • Quick snack, lunch or dinner option
  • Easy meal the whole family will enjoy
  • Versatile in ingredients used for filling

Ingredients needed for hot pockets in air fryer

Diced ham, shredded cheese, and crescent dough on a marble counter.
  • Refrigerated Crescent Roll – Canned crescent roll dough is the base of the hot pockets. It offers a buttery and delicious crust.
  • Diced Ham – You can use deli sliced ham or diced ham. Either works great.
  • Shredded Cheese – I used shredded Colby Jack cheese for this pocket.
  • Butter – Make sure to use butter and not margarine.

How To Make Air Fryer Hot Pockets

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Collage of creating Hot Pocket crust and filling.

Step One: Preheat your air fryer and place your parchment paper in the air fryer basket.

Step Two: On a floured surface, you will unroll the crescent roll dough and then press it into even rectangles. Then cut each sheet of crescent dough into 4 squares. (Photos 1 & 2)

Step Three: In a medium bowl, add your cheese and ham. Then place some of the meat and cheese on the dough and leave the edges free. (Photos 3 & 4)

Collage of filling the dough with ham and cheese filling and seal it by pressing the edges.

Step Four: Fold the crescent roll dough over the mixture pressing the edges to seal them. I used a fork to crimp. (Photos 5 & 6)

Collage of unbaked and baked hot pockets with ham and cheese.

Step Five: Place pockets in the air fryer basket. Then brush with melted butter. (Photo 7)

Step Six: Air fry as directed, flipping halfway through cooking. (Photo 8)

A pile of hot pockets with ham and cheese sitting on a white table.

How to Store

Any leftover hot pockets need to be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. These can store for up to 3 days in the fridge. Then to reheat you can warm in the microwave or opt to reheat in the oven if you prefer. Either will work, you just want to warm it up enough to be warm.

Tips and tricks

  • Make sure when air frying you leave a space between each hot pocket and in a single layer. If the dough overlaps or touches, that are will not cook properly.
  • The cook time can vary depending on the size of the hot pockets.
  • You could use a puff pastry in replace of the crescent roll dough for the homemade air fryer pockets.
  • Change up what you add in as filling. For a homemade pizza pockets do mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and pizza sauce.
  • Add in a thin layer of cream cheese to richen the flavor.
  • Brush with an egg wash instead of butter if you want.
  • Do even a breakfast hot pocket with ham, egg and cheese, or bacon.
  • This is an easy recipe to adapt to fit what you want.
  • You can swap the dough with a store-bought pizza dough for a bit of a different texture.


Can I double the recipe?

Make as many or as few hot pockets as you want. Just know depending on the size of pockets, you will adjust the cooking time. If smaller, do less time, or larger, add a few minutes to the cooking process. But batch cook and serve up all the hot pockets.

Do I need to let the hot pockets cool a bit before serving?

The inside of the hot pocket will be very hot. So make sure to allow a few minutes to cool before serving. This is a great way to prevent anyone getting burned from the sandwich pockets.

Homemade ham and cheese hot pocket on a table with strawberries and baby carrots.

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Stack of homemade ham and cheese hot pockets on a white table.
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Air Fryer Hot Pockets

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Air Fryer Hot Pockets are a crescent roll dough hot pocket filled with ham and cheese. Try out these easy hot pockets in air fryer tonight.


  • 2 8 ounce cans refrigerated crescent dough
  • 2 cups (228 g) finely diced ham
  • 1 ½ cups (198 g) shredded colby jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted


  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 °F (177 °C). Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the air fryer basket.
  • On a lightly floured surface, unroll the crescent dough and press into an even rectangle. Cut each sheet of crescent dough into 4 equal rectangles.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the ham and cheese. Place about ¼ cup of the mixture on each piece of crescent dough towards one end.
  • Fold the crescent dough over the mixture and press to seal the edges. Crimp with a fork.
  • Place the pockets into the air fryer basket, leaving space between for the crescent dough to puff. Brush with melted butter.
  • Cook in the air fryer for 7 to 9 minutes, flipping halfway or until golden.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 355kcal (18%) Carbohydrates: 8g (3%) Protein: 23g (46%) Fat: 27g (42%) Saturated Fat: 15g (94%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0.2g Cholesterol: 93mg (31%) Sodium: 1197mg (52%) Potassium: 65mg (2%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 667IU (13%) Vitamin D: 0.3µg (2%) Calcium: 341mg (34%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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