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Air Fryer Meatballs Recipe

In my household, this air fryer meatballs recipe has become a favorite for my kids. Simple ingredients and can be cooked and ready in just 30 minutes. Also, it is delicious!

air fryer meatballs

I’ve now posted several air fryer recipes since it has become my most used kitchen appliance in the past year. My family loves the food I’ve cooked using my air fryer so I will continue to share these recipes with you.

I would normally oil fry meatballs in the past. They end up being greasy and unhealthy. Using an air fryer to cook meatballs eliminates all the grease and will come out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. You won’t ever go back to cooking them the old way!

Another reason I love using my air fryer is how fast it heats up. It reaches your set temperature in just a minute which cuts down the cooking time. Unlike an oven or oil filled pan which takes much more time to heat up to your desired temperature.

Roll up your sleeves and let’s get started!

What Makes A Good Meatball Recipe

Meatballs are simple to make with just ground up meat mixed with a few ingredients. Here are some general tips in making the perfect meatballs.

First let’s start with picking the right meat. Stick with fatty meats such as pork or beef which will give you tender meatballs.

air fryer meatballs temperature

In addition to keeping meatballs moist and tender, don’t forget to mix eggs, milk, and breadcrumbs to add to the meat. This is a must.

Loosely form the balls without packing them too tight to avoid tough and chewy meatballs. Either gently used your hands or use a scoop to make the balls.

How To Make The Best Air Fryer Meatball Recipe

This meatball recipe is straight forward and easy to follow. Here are some tips in cooking meatballs in an air fryer a success.

Make sure that you finely chop onion and garlic using a knife or food processor. You wouldn’t want uncooked chunks of garlic or onion inside the meatball.

Spread the meatballs evenly in the air fryer without overcrowding or overlapping. You want some space in between the meatballs so the air can circulate evenly.

air fryer meatballs cooking time

Use a thermometer to make sure the meat is cooked all the way. Meat temperature should be at least 165F. 

You can substitute breadcrumbs with parmesan cheese for a lower carb version of this recipe.

These can be eaten as is, glaze them, or add these meatballs in a sauce. For me, I eat them on their own. Yummy!

meatballs in air fryer

Air Fryer Meatballs

Delicious meatballs cooked in the air fryer in just 15 minutes.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


  • 1/2 lb Ground Pork
  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 pc Small Onion minced
  • 1 pc Egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp Parsley chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp Italian Season Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Milk


  1. Place all ingredients and meat in a bowl.

  2. Combine and mix all the ingredients until everything is well blended.

  3. Use a scoop or your hands to make meatballs to about 1.5 inch size balls.

  4. Place meatballs in the air fryer in one layer with space in between each meatball.

  5. Set air fryer to 400F and cook for 12-15 minutes or until meat temperature reaches 165F.

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