Air Fryer Meatballs


After trying air fryer meatballs, 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.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
16 meatballs


  • 16 ounces lean ground beef

  • 4 ounces ground pork

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

  • 1 egg

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat an air fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Combine beef, pork, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, egg, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt in a large bowl. Mix until evenly combined. Form into 16 equal meatballs (a small ice cream scoop is helpful) and place on a baking sheet.

  3. 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.

To Freeze:

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

457 Calories
33g Fat
8g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 457
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 634mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 146mg 11%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 402mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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