After cooking meatballs in the air fryer, I will never bake them in the oven again. The insides stay nice and tender while the outsides get a slight crisp on them. The best part is that you can make them ahead of time and freeze for later use. I have included those directions in the notes. Dip meatballs in marinara, if desired.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
20 mins
5 mins
35 mins
16 meatballs


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Combine beef, pork, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic, egg, Parmesan cheese, and bread crumbs in a large bowl. Mix well until evenly combined. Form into 16 equally-sized meatballs using an ice cream scoop and place on a baking sheet.

  • Place 1/2 of the meatballs in the basket of the air fryer and cook 8 minutes. Shake the basket and cook 2 minutes more. Transfer to a serving plate and let rest for 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining meatballs.

Cook's Note:

These can be made ahead and frozen for later use. After step 2, place the baking sheet in the freezer for 4 hours. Transfer meatballs to a freezer-safe container. Cook time will need to be increased to 15 minutes (cook for 12 minutes, shake, and then cook 3 minutes more).

Nutrition Facts

96 calories; protein 7.9g 16% DV; carbohydrates 2g 1% DV; fat 6.1g 9% DV; cholesterol 35.5mg 12% DV; sodium 170.4mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is so easy and so good. The only thing I did different is we only had elk meat instead of regular hamburger. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
I added extra parmesan cheese because we loooove cheese and used teriyaki sauce to give it a lil bang it was soooo good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy as cake! I made some adjustments for personal taste, but this is in HEAVY rotation in my house! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Really good. I was shocked that I actually had all the ingredients. I made my meatballs the size of billiard balls so I had them in the air fryer for 14 minutes at 350. I used my meat thermometer to verify that they were cooked inside. I followed the recipe exactly as shown. Definitely use the ice cream scoop to make your meatballs uniform. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is so easy and so good. The only thing I did different is we only had elk meat instead of regular hamburger. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
What a great simple recipe! I quadrupled the recipe and was able to get half of all of my meatballs into my large air fryer. The flavor was great and my husband was extra happy that I didn't use onions to make them. The meatballs have great flavor and I look forward to making this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Just got the air fryer and was a little hesitant how these would come out. DELICIOUS! Made no changes to the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These were delicious. I made them smaller - slightly bigger than a golf ball and 10 min was good in air fryer. Used the two cloves of garlic but they were big cloves. They were still awesome. This one is a keeper. Read More