Air Fryer Mac and Cheese Balls


These little mac and cheese balls make great little appetizers or finger food. Kids love them!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 25 mins
24 balls


  • 6 cups water

  • 1 (7.25 ounce) package macaroni and cheese dinner mix (such as Kraft®)

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 4 tablespoons margarine

  • ¾ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • nonstick cooking spray

  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs

  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 eggs, beaten


  1. Pour water into a bowl and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in macaroni pasta from dinner package. Cook until tender, stirring occasionally, 7 to 8 minutes. Drain; do not rinse. Return to the pot and stir in included cheese sauce, milk, and margarine. Add Cheddar cheese and stir until well combined and cheese is melted.

  2. Refrigerate macaroni and cheese until firm, 2 hours to overnight.

  3. Scoop macaroni and cheese into 1 1/2-inch balls and place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Freeze for 1 hour.

  4. Preheat an air fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) according to manufacturer's instructions. Spray the basket with nonstick cooking spray.

  5. Mix panko, bread crumbs, salt, and garlic powder together in a medium bowl. Dip each ball in beaten eggs and then in panko mixture.

  6. Place mac and cheese balls into the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they are not touching; cook in batches if necessary.

  7. Cook in the preheated air fryer for 6 to 8 minutes. Turn over and fry until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

Make macaroni and cheese mix according to individual package instructions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

87 Calories
4g Fat
9g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 87
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 227mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 57mg 1%

* 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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