Air Fryer Meatballs (fresh, frozen)
Air fryer meatballs are crisp and browned on the outside, and so juicy on the inside! Cook them up from fresh or frozen in minutes.
- 1 lb ground beef see note 1
- 1 egg
- ½ cup breadcrumbs see note 2
- 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
Mix ingredients- in a bowl, combine the ground beef, salt, worcestershire, breadcrumbs and egg. Use your hands or a spatula to mix until just combined. Do not over-mix.
Roll meatballs- use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon or cookie scoop to measure out portions, then roll in your hands to form a ball.
Cook- Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes, then add the meatballs to the basket or tray.
Flip- Cook for 3 minutes, then flip (or give the basket a little shake). Cook for another 2 minutes, or until the meatballs reach 150°F *see note 3.
1- choose a ground beef blend with some fat content for juicy meatballs; you may swap for ground turkey, but avoid 'extra lean' or 'turkey breast' blends.
2- breadcrumbs give the meatballs structure and help them hold their shape; you can omit for a low carb option (or swap for almond flour).
3- cooking all the way to 165°F resulted in dry meatballs; removing at 150°F then allowing carry over cooking to continue cooking as they rest resulted in juicy meatballs.
4- nutritional information represents ⅕ of the recipe batch, approximately 5 meatballs
You may cook frozen meatballs without thawing them. Note that if your meatballs are larger than 1 tablespoon, they may take longer to cook through.
Store raw or cooked meatballs in an air tight container the fridge for up to 4 days (depending on the due date of your ground beef).
To freeze, arrange on a parchment-lined sheet pan and freeze for 2 hours or until meatballs are frozen through. Transfer to a meal prep container or freezer bag for longer term storage (up to 3 months).
- raw frozen meatballs- 8 minutes at 400°F, flip/shake halfway
- cooked frozen meatballs- 6-7 minutes* at 400°F, flip/shake halfway
Serving: 5meatballs *note 4 | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 397mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg