Lean and moist, these Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs are a healthy addition to the dinner menu or served as a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

These easy meatballs are an easy main dish that pair well with almost anything from vegetables to noodles. They can be dressed up with sweet-sour BBQ sauce or served with a hearty and filling tomato sauce.  And most importantly they are quick and simple to make.

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Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

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Ingredients & Variations

THE MEAT: Turkey is the meat of choice for this recipe, but ground beef or chicken will also do.

THE SEASONING:  Italian seasoning is the spice of the day for these turkey meatballs. A store-bought version can be used or use a homemade version.

THE FILLER: The bread crumbs in these meatballs will help bind the meat. The parmesan gives them a sharper cheesy flavor,

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How to Make Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

The homemade main course in no time!

  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix with hands or with the flat paddle of a KitchenAid.
  3. Form into small balls (as per recipe below).
  4. Cook until they reach a temperature of 165°F.

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Tips & Tricks

  • While forming the meatballs use an ice cream scoop or your hands.
  • To make a more uniform meatball mixture, make the filler first. To do this, mix the egg with the breadcrumbs, spices, and cheese until it forms a bit of a paste. This paste can then be added to the meat. Form into 1 inch balls.
  • Gently place them in the air fryer basket. Don’t stack or crowd them.
  • If the batch is being doubled, don’t worry if there isn’t time to cook them all right away. They are best for freezing.
  • Uncooked meatballs can be frozen and will keep in the freezer for 3 months. It may be best to lay them on a cookie sheet with some parchment paper. Place the pan with the meatballs in the freezer. Once they are frozen, then transfer them to a freezer bag.

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Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

These air fryer turkey meatballs are perfect for pasta or appetizers.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese


  • Preheat air fryer to 350°F.
  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Divide into 16 meatballs and place in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 12-14 minutes or just until meatballs reach 165°F. (Do not overcook)
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 544mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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