Air Fryer Meatballs

by Karly

These AIR FRYER MEATBALLS are made with both beef and pork and seasoned with Italian seasonings! You can make them and serve them fresh or freeze them after prepping for a fast snack or meal later.

A black bowl full of italian meatballs

I was watching a cooking show recently and I saw a chef blend two different meats to make a hamburger. I thought that was brilliant for a cheeseburger (trying this on our air fryer hamburgers ASAP!) and it made me want to do the same.

I have done this with meatballs in the past, so I was rolling with that and decided to try and throw them in my air fryer! In my pantry I found some garlic and Italian seasonings and it was like my kitchen was making up my mind for me.

After I put this together, in all of about 20 minutes from the moment I got off my couch, I knew I had a winner! I think you will love these air fryer meatballs too!

Tender meatballs in minutes. Love it!

A fork stabbing through an Italian meatball.

How to air fry Italian meatballs:

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  1. Add every ingredient in the ingredient list to one bowl and mix them all together by hand. You want to mix them sufficiently but not overwork the meat. Overworking the meat will make it tough.
  2. From the meat into 16 individual balls. I did this with a cookie scoop, but you can do it however you wish.
  3. Place the meatballs in a single layer in your air fryer basket and cook until the center of the meatball is 160 degrees F. This took 7 minutes in my air fryer, but your air fryer may differ slightly.
A cookie scoop getting a scoop of meatball mixture

Questions about this recipe:

Can you freeze these meatballs?

Yes! To freeze, place uncooked meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for one hour. Remove the meatballs from the freezer and place into a zip top freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Cook frozen meatballs at 380 degrees for 12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

How should I serve these air fryer meatballs?

We like to serve these meatballs as the main dish with a little marinara sauce on the side. The kids love to dip their meatballs in the sauce.
These meatballs are also perfect tossed in marinara and served over spaghetti.
Toss the meatballs in marinara, place on a toasted bun, load up the cheese and enjoy a meatball sub!

raw meatballs spreadout in an air fryer basket

Air Fryer Tips and Products

I use the OMORC Air Fryer XL. It’s 5.8 quarts which means that it’s large enough to hold plenty of food. Some of those air fryers are tiny (which is fine for small households!), but I wanted a bigger one for my family of four.

Another note on your air fryer is that those easy non-stick spray cans can hurt your air fryer basket. Instead, you should use normal vegetable oil and apply it with a pump spray bottle. This will stop your basket from discoloring.

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Air Fryer Meatballs

Yield: 16 meatballs
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Italian meatball recipe blends cheese with pork and sausage, then cooks in the air fryer with a slightly crisp crust. They stay together perfectly for easy serving!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 ounces ground pork
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup minced parsley
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and use your hands to mix together, being careful not to overwork the meat. 
  2. Form into 16 equally sized meatballs.
  3. Place a single layer of meatballs in your air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 7 minutes or until the meat reaches 160 degrees. 
  4. Remove the cooked meatballs to a plate and cover with foil while cooking any remaining meatballs.

Notes

To freeze, place uncooked meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for one hour. Remove the meatballs from the freezer and place them into a zip top freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Cook frozen meatballs at 380 degrees for 12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 meatballs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 506Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 185mgSodium: 436mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 45g

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