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Air Fryer Meatballs are made from scratch in this easy, juicy, and tender recipe. You can pair them for spaghetti and meatballs or serve them as a simple appetizer.

If you’re looking for the best easy air fryer meatball recipe, you’ve found it.

I’ve included directions, tips to ensure you get a juicy and tender meatball every time, and even instructions to cook them from frozen (yes, you CAN freeze this recipe!).

Spaghetti with meatballs on top covered in sauce. Basil piece in front.

Truth is, we have two young kids, and making foods from scratch every night can be a challenge. It’s why Air Fryer Spaghetti and Meatballs has become a regular in the house.

The kids love the spaghetti while we can make a flavorful meatball the whole family enjoys.

We even double the recipe and freeze half to make life a little easier down the line – because who doesn’t love popping things from the freezer when you’ve had a stressful day?

I love using leftover meatballs to make Air Fryer Meatball Parmesan Subs. The Italian Meatballs add big flavor while the sub roll gets incredibly crispy.

Looking to make your meatballs from frozen in the air fryer? Use these directions!

Title and Shown: Air Fryer Meatballs (place on top of spaghetti with sauce on top)

How to Make Air Fried Meatballs

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
Meatball Ingredients piled into a clear bowl
  • Place the ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, Parmesan cheese, diced onion, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a big bowl and mix to combine.
Meatball Ingredients Mixed Together in a Clear Bowl
  • Form into 2-inch meatballs and place into the air fryer in a single layer, not touching.
Raw formed meatballs in the air fryer
  • Cook meatballs for about 10 minutes, until the inside, reaches 165 degrees.
  • Remove meatballs from air fryer and enjoy immediately or freeze up to 3 months.

Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Use as little movement as possible when mixing the ground beef with the other ingredients. Overmixed ground beef can turn tough, which makes for tough meatballs.
  • Remove the meatballs from the air fryer as soon as their internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Meatballs in the air fryer can become very dry and tough when overcooked.

    Keep an eye on them by checking the temperature one or two minutes prior to being done with an Instant-Read thermometer. It allows you to take the temperature of the meatball quickly without the air fryer losing heat.
Air Fryer spaghetti and meatballs covered in sauce with basil piece on side
  • Use a small ice cream scoop to make consistently sized meatballs. If they’re all one size, they will all cook evenly.
  • Use a food processor to chop up the onion and garlic to avoid chunks of them in your meatballs. This is completely optional but can lead to a much cleaner and more mixed meatball.
  • Switch it up and use ½ pound of ground beef and ½ pound ground pork for even more flavor. Ground beef and ground pork pair perfectly together for a blend of flavors you can’t recreate with just ground beef.
  • Replace the Italian seasoning for ¼ cup of freshly cut Italian herbs for extra flavor. Using fresh herbs will make for a true Italian meatball. You can also mix these up in the food processor with the onion and garlic above.

How to Reheat Meatballs in an Air Fryer

While this recipe can be frozen, I hate putting food in a freezer just to enjoy it the next day for leftovers.

Simply, cook the meatballs at 320 degrees for 3-4 minutes until they are warmed thoroughly.

Meatballs and spaghetti covered in sauce.

How to Air Fry Meatballs from Frozen

These air fried meatballs can be frozen for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to cook them, place them in an air fryer preheated at 320 degrees and cook for 9-11 minutes until they are thoroughly heated.

Remove from the air fryer and enjoy!

Sides to Enjoy with Spaghetti and Meatballs

See even more air fryer vegetable side dishes to make with this dish here!

Spaghetti and meatballs covered in sauce with meatball broken open

Tools I Used in This Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Meatballs

Meatballs and spaghetti covered in sauce.

A delicious freezable air fryer Italian meatball recipe that's perfect as an appetizer or with spaghetti!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning (or 1/4 cup fresh Italian herbs, chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Add ground beef, Italian breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, onion, garlic, egg, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to a bowl.
  3. Mix to combine ingredients by using as little movement as possible.
  4. Form the ground beef mixture into 2-inch meatballs and place in the air fryer in a single layer, not touching.
  5. Cook the meatballs for 10-12 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. Meatballs are done when the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
  6. Remove the meatballs from the air fryer and enjoy immediately, store in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

How to Reheat Meatballs in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat air fryer to 320 degrees.

2. Cook meatballs for 3-4 minutes, until heated thoroughly.

How to Cook Frozen Meatballs in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat air fryer to 320 degrees.

2. Cook meatballs for 9-11 minutes, until heated thoroughly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 711mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 38g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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