We love these tasty homemade Air Fryer Meatballs served with our favorite pasta sauce or even in a meatball sub!

Ground beef and pork are combined with our favorite Italian inspired flavors make these juicy bites a crowd pleaser! Save on time, clean up, and even calories by using the air fryer!

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Air Fryer Meatballs

Air Fryer Meatballs are crisp on the outside and juicy inside!

An air fryer is quick cooking (I have this air fryer here), these meatballs will cook in almost the time it takes to boil your pasta. Heat up some marinara sauce you’ve got the perfect Spaghetti and Meatballs dinner!

These meatballs don’t just have to be a meal, they’re great for snacking or as an appetizer too!

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Ingredients and Variations

MEAT The meat is the most important part of any great meatball recipe! Lean ground beef and pork are the perfect blend of flavor and ensures they’re juicy.

SEASONINGS Italian seasoning along with Parmesan and onion powder are our favorites. I prefer onion powder in this recipe as they cook quickly and raw onion may not have a chance to cook through properly.

EGG & BREADCRUMBS Egg and breadcrumbs hold everything together.

How to Cook Air Fryer Meatballs

  1. Combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Form and place in the Air Fryer basket.
  3. Cook according to recipe below.
  4. Let meatballs rest a few minutes before serving.

Air Fryers can vary slightly, check your meatballs a couple of minutes early to ensure they don’t overcook. The meatballs should be 165°F in the center.

Air Fryer Meatballs in the air fryer before cooking

What to Serve with Air Fryer Meatballs

Fresh or frozen meatballs are easy to pop into soups or stews. We absolutely love them in our Spaghetti Carbonara or Italian Wedding Soup. Don’t forget some Cheesy Breadsticks. Mix up a brightly flavored Tossed Salad and dinner is served!

Leftovers

  • Keep leftover meatballs in an airtight container or a zippered bag in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and in the freezer for up to a month.
  • Reheat meatballs by microwaving them a minute at a time on high until they are heated through, or place them on a baking sheet and put them under the broiler for a few minutes until they are crisp again.

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Juicy Air Fryer Meatballs

Seasoned with breadcrumbs & Parmesan, these Air Fryer Meatballs are tender & juicy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 16 meatballs

Ingredients  

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound lean ground pork
  • cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Combine all ingredients except beef and pork in a medium bowl. Mix well.
  • Add beef and pork and mix to combine. Divide into 16 meatballs.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Place meatballs in a single layer in the air fryer. Turn air fryer down to 380°F.
  • Cook meatballs for 12-14 minutes or until browned and the center of the meatball reaches 165°F.
  • Rest 3 minutes before serving.

Notes

Air Fryers can vary slightly, check your meatballs a couple of minutes early to ensure they don't overcook. The meatballs should be 165°F in the center.
Keep leftover meatballs in an airtight container or a zippered bag in the fridge for up to 4 days and in the freezer for up to a month.
4.97 from 94 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 114 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Beef, Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pork
Cuisine American

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  1. These were great! I used 1 lb of ground turkey and a half pound of ground beef and they were delicious & easy! I had made meatballs on the stove before and it was hard to make them cook evenly and they took so much longer. This recipe is a keeper!5 stars

  2. DO YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION FOR OVEN BAKING THESE BABIES ???
    NO AIR FRIER IN MY HOUSEHOLD.
    WAS THINKING OF USING THESE IN YOUR SLOWCOOKER MEATBALLS & GRAVY RECIPE.

    ALSO, IN THAT RECIPE, DO YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE IN FROZEN MEATBALLS THAT WORKS FOR YOU. JUST GIVES ME A JUPING OFF POINT AS I HAVE NEVER USED FROZEN.

    I DO HAVE A COUPLE OF MEATBALL RECIPES BUT LIKE TO GO WITH AN ORIGINAL RECIPE WHEN TRYING SOMETHING NEW LIKE THIS. IT CAN BE TWEEKED LATER IF NEEDED.

    1. Hi Toni! Either fresh or frozen can be used in the slow cooker meatballs and gravy.
      Frozen makes it really fast and easy but we do prefer the flavor of homemade. As for brand, many of the name brand meatballs are great.

      If you’d like to bake these I would suggest rolling them into 36 smaller meatballs and baking them for 18-20 minutes at 400°F. If making the meatball and gravy recipe, they do not need to be fully cooked before adding to the slow cooker and can be browned in a pan.

  3. this sounds delish. i’m getting the ingredients to try, next time i shop. if you had a button to halve recipe amounts, it would help. you can only increase the amounts.

    thanks