These easy Air Fryer Meatballs are perfectly crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside, and only take a few minutes to make. Whip together a big batch and keep them in the freezer for a quick weeknight meal.

Want to try more air fryer recipes? Try my Air Fryer Chicken Wings, Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries, or Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets.

A plate filled with homemade Air Fryer Meatballs, ready to serve or freeze for another day.

Why I love this recipe:

Best way to cook meatballs: they cook quickly and have the perfect texture.

Meal Prep: The meatballs are freezer friendly and can reheat from frozen in the air fryer. Great for meal prep lunch buddah bowls, or to quickly throw together Swedish Meatballs or Green Curry Meatballs.

How to cook Raw Meatballs in Air Fryer:

Mix Ingredients: Add all meatball ingredients EXCEPT the meat. Stir and rest for 10 minutes so the crackers can soak up the liquid. Add the meat and mix just until combined (don’t over mix).

All of the ingredients needed to make the best air fryer meatballs: ground beef, egg, crackers, spices, beef broth, and flour.

Form Meatballs: Scoop meat mixture into 15 meatballs, about the size of golf balls, then gently sprinkle them all around with flour.

Two baking pans with parchment paper with 12 meatballs before and after flour is dusted on them.

Air Fry: Preheat air fryer if needed then spray basket with cooking spray and add meatballs in one layer leaving a little space between each. Air fry for 9-11 minutes or until cooked through. Rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Two images showing how to cook raw meatballs in air fryer, before and after they are cooked.

Serve or Store leftover homemade air fryer meatballs in the fridge for up to 5 days.

A plate of pasta with red sauce next to five homemade air fryer meatballs, ready to enjoy.

Serve Air Fryer Meatballs with:

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

To Make Ahead: These homemade air fryer meatballs can be made and shaped one day ahead of time (depending on the freshness of the meat). Keep in an airtight container in the fridge then cook when you’re ready.

To Freeze: for uncooked meatballs, “flash freeze” on a cookie sheet first to prevent them from sticking together. Both cooked and uncooked meatballs freeze well in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Reheat in the air fryer.

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A plate filled with homemade Air Fryer Meatballs, ready to serve or freeze for another day.
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 25 minutes
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Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Mix Meatball Ingredients: In a large bowl combine all ingredients except for the meat. Stir and rest for 10 minutes so the crackers can soak up the liquid. Add the meat and mix just until combined (don’t over mix).
  • Form 15 meatballs about the size of golf balls, and gently sprinkle them all around with flour. Preheat air fryer to 400.
  • Air Fry: Spray the basket with cooking spray, add meatballs in one layer leaving a little space between each. Air fry for 9-11 minutes or until cooked through. Rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Store leftover meatballs in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

Serving Size: 3 meatballs
Make Ahead Instructions: raw meatballs can be made one day ahead of time (depending on the freshness of the meat), stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Freezing Instructions: for uncooked meatballs, “flash freeze” on a cookie sheet first to prevent them from sticking together. Both cooked and uncooked meatballs freeze well in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge, then cook or reheat in the air fryer.

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 24gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 399mgPotassium: 428mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 110IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 4mg

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I originally shared this recipe January 2022. Updated March 2024.

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  1. 5 stars
    I used these for spaghetti and meatballs tonight, and they were wonderful! So happy to have an extra batch in the freezer for the next time. I received an air fryer for Christmas, and am so excited to try out new recipes in it. Thank you for all your great dishes!

  2. 5 stars
    Made these for pasta night and they were devoured! When all my kids go back for seconds (or thirds), I know it’s a hit. Will definitely be making agin.

    1. I don’t have an air fryer, but wonder if I can use my convection oven, and it will cook the same?