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Air Fryer Meatballs

What makes this air fryer meatballs recipe a standout is you get a delicious and easy meal in a fraction of the time it would take if you baked them. It’s a quick and easy dinner that reminds me of my mom’s meatballs. Crispy on the outsides, yet soft and scrumptious on the insides.

A white platter with meatballs stacked on each other, asparagus and a bowl of lentils in the back
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I don’t know about you, but I always thought my mother made the best meatballs ever. They were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. She baked her meatballs to perfection.

But since I got my air fryer and started making meatballs in it, I wouldn’t go back to baking them. The flavor is the same, but the cooking time is so much faster.

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These are especially good when you serve them with a veggie, lentils, and tomato sauce.

Love meatballs? Try my instant pot meatballs!

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Helpful
Tips
  • I enjoy using a mixture of meat in my meatballs. My go-to is the combination I use in this recipe – ground pork and beef. Sometimes I change it up with ground lamb instead of pork.
  • You can also use ground turkey or chicken if you prefer.
  • I’m using 2 large eggs, but if you find the meat mixture too dry after you mix it together, add another egg.
  • On the other hand, if you find the meat mixture too wet, add more breadcrumbs. I add a scant 1/4 cup if that happens.
  • I’ve used a few different air fryers; the oven type, the air fryer lid for my instant pot, the basket type, and the one that currently has my heart: the instant vortex pro. The IVP is my current favorite because, in my opinion, it is the easiest one to use and clean.
  • When you add the meatballs to your air fryer, make sure they are not touching each other.
  • The oven type of air fryer lets you remove the trays while the fryer is heating up. That means you can set up the meatballs on the trays and add them to the fryer at the right time.
  • If you have the basket type, after it preheats, you will take out the air fryer basket and add the meatballs. Just know, if you have the basket type, you’ll most likely have to do them in batches.
  • You can store any leftover meatballs in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week. You can also freeze them in an airtight container in the freezer for three months.
Closeup of meatballs stacked on each other with a bite taken out of one
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How to make air fryer meatballs

Pre-step

Get out your air fryer and large bowl.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – ground beef, ground pork, herbs and spices, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, eggs, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.

A white plate with ground beef and pork with spices, herbs, parm cheese and an egg in the back
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Step two

Add the beef, pork, and breadcrumbs to the mixing bowl. (A)

Step three

Add parmesan cheese. (B)

Left - bowl with ground beef, pork and bread crumbs. Right - bowl with the same ingredients with parmesan cheese added
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Step four

Add onion powder, garlic powder, basil, oregano, ground pepper, and salt. (C)

Step five

Add an egg. (D)

Left - glass bowl with beef, pork, breadcrumbs, parm cheese and herbs and spices. Right - bowl with the egg added
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Step six

Add Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. (E)

Step seven

Take your hand and mix the ingredients together. If your eggs are on the small side, you may have to add another. Or if your mixture is too wet, add more breadcrumbs. (F)

Left - all the ingredients for the meatballs plus the mustard in a bowl. Right - the ingredients mixed together in the bowl
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Step eight

I take some of the meat mixture in my hand and roll it into balls. I try to get them the same size. If you prefer to use a medium cookie scoop, do so.

Step nine

Turn the air fryer on and set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and the timer for 10 minutes.

Step ten

Remove the trays from the air fryer and place the meatballs on trays as the fryer is heating up.

If you have a basket type air fryer, you’ll have to wait and add the meatballs once the AF beeps to tell you it has reached cooking temperature. Place the meatballs in a single layer and make sure they don’t touch each other.

Raw meat rolled into balls on two grill trays
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Step eleven

Add the trays into the air fryer. After 5 minutes, switch the position of the trays. Top to bottom, bottom to top.

I don’t need to flip the meatballs with my oven air fryer, but if you have the basket type, now is the time to flip them.

Air fryer open with the meatballs in it cooking
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Here are the meatballs after the timer beeps. Done!

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Let’s take a bite.

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Delicious!

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And to plate some.

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I hope you enjoyed this air fryer meatballs recipe!

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Air Fryer Meatballs

This air fryer meatballs recipe reminds me of my mom's meatballs. The outside is crispy, yet the inside is soft and delicious.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer meatballs, air fryer recipes, meatballs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 14 meatballs
Calories: 114kcal

Ingredients

  • .50 pound ground beef
  • .50 pound ground pork
  • .50 cup breadcrumbs (plain)
  • .13 cup parmesan cheese (grated fine – 1/8 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon basil (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (ground)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1.5 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients – beef, pork, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, eggs, herbs and spices, salt, pepper, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.
    .50 pound ground beef, .50 pound ground pork, .50 cup breadcrumbs, .13 cup parmesan cheese, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon basil, 1 teaspoon oregano, 2 large eggs, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper, 1.5 teaspoon dijon mustard, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Mix with your hands until combined.
  • Take some of the meat mixture into your hands and roll it into a ball. Try go get all the meatballs the same size.
  • Turn on the air fryer and set the temperature to 400 and the timer to 10 minutes.
  • If you have the oven type air fryer, remove the trays and place the meatballs on them making sure they don't touch.
  • When the air fryer has finished preheating, add the trays to the oven. If you have the basket type, once the air fryer beeps that it's ready to start cooking, add the meatballs with space between each one.
  • After 5 minutes, switch the position of the trays – from bottom to top and vica versa. If you have the basket air fryer, flip the meatballs so the other side cooks.
  • Plate
  • Eat
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • I enjoy using a mixture of meats in my meatballs. My go-to is the combination I use in this recipe – ground pork and beef. Sometimes I change it up with ground lamb instead of the pork.
  • I’m using 2 large eggs, but if you find the meat mixture too dry after you mix it together, add another egg.
  • On the other hand, if you find the meat mixture too wet, add more breadcrumbs. I add a scant 1/4 cup if that happens.
  • I’ve used a few different air fryers; the oven type, the air fryer lid for my instant pot and the one that currently has my heart: the instant Vortex pro. The IVP is my current favorite because in my opinion, it is the easiest one to use and to clean.
  • When you add the meatballs to your air fryer, make sure they are not touching.
  • The oven type of air fryer lets you remove the trays while the fryer is heating up. That means you can add the meatballs to the trays before adding them to the fryer at the right time.
  • If you have the basket type of air fryer. You will add the meatballs after it has finished heating up.

Nutrition

Serving: 3meatballs | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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24 Comments

  1. I do love using my air fryer. These meatballs would be great as a sub filling, appetizer or added to pasta. You can never have too many meatball recipes.

    1. Thanks Gloria. They are great for every one of those options! And I so agree, never enough. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I have never thought about doing meatballs in the air fryer but this is a great idea! They look like they are done perfectly and in much less time, too.

  3. This recipe is awesome, I like the mix of beef and pork. These meatballs make me want to have an air-fryer

  4. I love how you’ve used a combination of beef and pork in your meatballs. They always seem juicier and more tender that way. Great recipe for the air fryer!

    1. That looks really delicious and I love the combination of pork and beef in this recipe. I eill def try this, thanks!

  5. I have not tried meatballs in my air fryer yet so this recipe is what I needed to get me to that step. I have the basket type but can certainly see why that Vortex pro would be handy. Such a savory blend of seasonings!

  6. these meatballs turned out incredible! So much better than the frozen type we have been buying at the supermarkets! I can’t wait to make these again!

  7. You gotta love a good meatball. And you definitely hit the mark here! I had bought an air fryer recently and just love it. I like that you combine ground meats. I do the same. I can just imagine biting into that crisp surface only to be blown away with juiciness and tenderness. Well done!

  8. The texture of these meatballs looks great and I love how the air fryer allows them to be prepared in such a quick and easy manner.

  9. Meatballs in the air fryer are my next frontier. You make them sound so do-able and worth trying, I can hardly wait!

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