Air fryer meatballs are quick and easy to make!

Homemade meatballs in the air fryer come out tender and juicy with a crisp exterior.

These are perfect for appetizers, meatball subs, or spaghetti!

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Easy Air Fryer Meatballs

  • Making meatballs in the air fryer will be your new favorite way to get fast and fresh meatballs for your favorite recipes!
  • Make ahead! Cook air fryer meatballs and use them all week long or freeze them raw or cooked for future meals!
  • Simply blend, shape, and cook! The Ninja, Corsori, or Vortex air fryer makes meatballs with less fat and less clean-up!
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Ingredients and Variations

Meat – Choose an 80/20 ratio for extra juicy meatballs or add some ground Italian sausage for extra juicy meatballs. Mix and match ground beef with ground chicken, pork, or turkey, if desired.

Breadcrumbs – Save time and use pre-seasoned breadcrumbs. Gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed pork rinds are excellent substitutes for regular breadcrumbs if you want a low-carb meatball.

Seasonings – Parmesan cheese helps bind the meatball ingredients and offers flavor. Experiment with other flavorful herbs and spices like a dash of red pepper flakes or this zesty taco seasoning blend.

uncooked meatballs in an air fryer tray

How to Make Air Fryer Meatballs

Make 16 regular-sized meatballs, or 32 for appetizers, or 8 large meatballs for spaghetti! Just be sure there’s enough space between the meatballs so they cook evenly.

  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until fully incorporated.
  2. Shape meatballs into 16 portions and cook until browned and crispy on the outside.
cooked meatballs in an air fryer tray

Storing Meatballs

  • Store leftover air fryer meatballs in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze them in zippered bags for up to 3 months. Use them in meatball subs, soup, or as a snack with buffalo sauce.
  • Frozen meatballs can be thawed and reheated in the air fryer on medium power so they don’t dry out.
  • Uncooked meatballs can be frozen on a baking sheet and transferred to a zippered bag for up to 2 months. Cook from frozen in the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Meatballs

Make these quick and easy air fryer meatballs. They are so good for adding to spaghetti sauces, making a meatball sub, or serving as an appetizer.
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.


To Make 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: If 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 Main Course
Cuisine Italian

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