Guide to Toasting Bagels in a Toaster Oven

Fresh Bagels in a Toaster Oven

Hot, fresh bagels are the perfect base for a variety of toppings. Smoked salmon, cream cheese, or peanut butter are some bagel favorites, but the possibilities are endless. You can make pizza out of a toasted bagel or try a dessert bagel topped with chocolate spread and fruit.

Your toaster oven will get you started by toasting your bagel to perfection!

Can You Toast Bagels in a Toaster Oven?

A toaster oven is ideal for toasting bagels as it heats them up evenly, maintaining the soft, chewy center and the crispy outside. You don’t have to worry about your bagel getting stuck in the slots of a toaster either!

Do You Cut Bagels Before Toasting?

Bagels can be toasted whole or sliced–it’s up to you! Toasting the bagel whole takes slightly longer but keeps the inside of the bagel nice and moist. Slicing the bagel before toasting gives it a crispier texture and only takes a couple of minutes.

How Long Do You Toast Bagels in a Toaster Oven?

A whole bagel will take around four minutes to toast, while a sliced bagel will only take two minutes. If you like your bagels on the crispy side, leave them in an additional minute or two to get them extra toasty.

Toasting Bagels in a Toaster Oven

How you toast your bagels will differ slightly depending on whether or not you slice it first.

Toasting Whole Bagels

Entire bagels ready for the toaster oven.

To toast a whole bagel, start by preheating the toaster oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your bagel on a tray to avoid having food fall in the bottom of your toaster. Bagels with sesame seeds or poppy seeds are notorious for leaving a mess behind.

Sprinkle a few drops of water on the top of the bagel. This will help retain the moisture inside and prevent the bagel from drying out while reheating.

Place the tray with the whole bagel on it inside the preheated toaster oven. Set the timer for four minutes, but watch carefully. You want your bagel to be nice and hot but it can burn if left in too long.

Toasting Sliced Bagels

To toast a sliced bagel, set your toaster oven to broil. If your toaster oven has a bagel setting, you can use this preset function instead.

Bagels sliced in half, just the way you should do before putting them in a toaster oven.

We recommend placing the sliced bagel on a tray so that food debris does not fall in the bottom of the oven and create a fire hazard. Place the bagel on the tray so the cut side is face up.

Once inside the toaster oven, your bagel will only need about two minutes to toast. The time required will depend on your preference for how well toasted you like your bagels. Watch carefully to ensure the bagels don’t burn!

Ready, Bagel, Toast!

You can enjoy fresh, hot bagels in under five minutes by toasting them in your toaster oven. Whether for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon snack, toasted bagels are a great choice!

Larry Flynn

Hi everyone! My name is Larry Flynn and I've been working in the kitchen appliance industry for decades. From manufacturing to retail and everything in between. My latest hobby is running this website, where I share all the knowledge I gathered throughout the years in the industry. I also run a small toaster repair shop in downtown NY, and collect vintage toasters.

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