Air fryer meatballs are super easy to make and delicious!

Why buy ‘em when you can make tender, juicy, meatballs in the air fryer in minutes?

Add them to appetizers, pasta dishes, soup, or a hearty meatball sub!

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Easy Air Fryer Meatballs

  • Quick and simple! Powerful Ninja, Nuwave, or Cuisinart air fryers cook with little to no fat and in less time than other methods and cleanup is a cinch!
  • This go-to meatball recipe produces moist and flavorful meatballs with a crispy exterior using just a few ingredients and they can be seasoned to match the meal!
  • Batch cooking fave! Cook air fryer meatballs and use them all week long or freeze them raw or cooked for future meals!
ingredients assembled to make air fryer meatballs , including ground beef, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, spices, worcestershire sauce, and eggs

Ingredients and Variations

Meat – An 80/20 is best if you’re just using ground beef. Feel free to mix in some ground chicken or turkey. Or make extra juicy meatballs using ground pork!

Filling – Egg, breadcrumbs, and cheese are the binders for air fryer meatballs. For a gluten-free and low-carb meatball, replace the breadcrumbs with 3 tablespoons of almond flour or use crushed pork rinds.

Seasonings – Season air fryer meatballs with your favorite blends from your cupboard! Try Italian, Taco, Greek, or Cajun to match the meal!

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How to Make Air Fryer Meatballs

Simply blend, shape, and cook!

  1. Combine all ingredients and shape into 16 meatballs.
  2. Cook meatballs in a single layer until they reach 165°F internally.

In a Rotisserie Basket:

  • Cook meatballs in the rotisserie basket set at 380°F for 10 minutes.

Easy Clean-Up!

Place a clean coffee filter in the bottom of the air fryer to absorb grease and make cleanup quick and easy!

cooked meatballs in an air fryer tray

Ways to Use Meatballs

Meatballs really can go in anything! Add them to a meat sauce, Instant Pot spaghetti, or game-day meatball subs.

Storing Meatballs

Store cooked and cooled meatballs in an airtight container for up to 3 days and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat leftover or frozen meatballs in the air fryer until heated through.

More Air Fryer Ground Beef Recipes

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Homemade Meatballs in the Air Fryer

Air fryer meatballs are a quick and easy dinner, snack or appetizer solution! Versatile and delicious on spaghetti, in subs, or on toothpicks for dipping in BBQ sauce!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 16 Meatballs



  • 1 pound ground beef or pork or turkey
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Preheat the air fryer to 380°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together until fully incorporated.
  • Divide the mixture evenly into 16 meatballs.
  • Place them in the air fryer basket and cook for 12-14 minutes or until they reach 165°F internally.


  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months. 
For cooking in a rotisserie basket: 
  • Add meatballs to the rotisserie basket and place into the air fryer. 
  • Turn the air fryer on “Rotate” at 380°F and cook for 10 minutes.
Note: When using a rotisserie basket, do not preheat the air fryer as the basket will be too hot to handle. 
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 2meatballs | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian

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  1. We just got the Vortex mini for 2 people and most recipes I see are for larger models. Please send healthy recipes for the mini.

    1. Hi Neva, we don’t have any recipe specifically made for that air fryer but most of our recipes could be halved and should work well in any air fryer.