Best meatballs in air fryer that drains the fat and creates a crispy outside you will love. If you love tender bite size ground beef bites, try these. They’re low carb and keto friendly so everyone will give them a thumbs up.
Meatballs in an air fryer may not be on your radar or you might ask what’s the point. Let me tell you they are so yummy!! I love how the meat is tender on the inside but has a nice crispy texture on the outside. Find this one and many more on our easy air fryer recipes index. (affiliate links present)
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Now on to this meatball recipe of ours.
Of course if you have a favorite meatloaf recipe of your own, by all means use that. That is what I do. I make the same mixture and then just roll it into meatballs that are a bit bigger than golf balls.
This is what I use to make air fryer meatballs:
- Ground beef
- Italian breadcrumbs
- Parmesan cheese
- Minced garlic
- Onion soup mix
- I have used quick oats alternatively in our basic meatball recipe if you’d rather follow that one.
Add or omit what you want but this is my go to for meatballs in the air fryer.
Now it is time to mix. Please, just use your hands!! It is so much easier to really really incorporate all the ingredients together if you just take off your rings and knead it all together.
- I use the measurements below but honestly, I normally don’t even measure the bread crumbs. What I do is add all the other stuff and add some from the container, mix, add a bit more if it is still sticky. When it reaches this consistency you see here I know I have enough added.
If your meatballs are really tacky you probably need a bit more.
The larger they are the longer they will take to cook thoroughly, obviously. However, if you don’t like your hamburger well done then larger is probably the best size for you.
- I prefer a golf ball size meatball so there isn’t really any pink inside and the outsides are nice and crispy!
Why do I LOVE making meatballs in air fryer this way?
Because how crispy they get AND the fact that the fat automatically drains away from the meat. You see the grates underneath have a space so while they cook the saturated fat just drains away from the meat. It’s great! There’s nothing worse than cooking a meatloaf in the oven, take it out, and see that it’s been sizzling in the fat and there’s tons to drain away before cutting it.
Of course there is a difference depending on what % ground beef you purchase. Honestly I prefer 80/20 over 90/10 because the fat does give it great flavor. I just don’t like it bathing in it while it cooks.
The hamburger we use now, and for the past year, came from a local organic cow. Yes, we have a huge freezer packed with it so it is quite lean but if it is store bought this is what I prefer.
- Give them a bit of space in a single layer in your air fryer basket, close the drawer or crisp lid and let them sizzle away until lightly browned. It is so quick and easy with such a fast cook time.
- In under 30 minutes you can have this and a side of air fryer cauliflower and butter noodles!
OR pour a sauce over them like our cranberry meatballs and serve as an appetizer!
Did you love our air fried meatballs?
Looking for other great air fryer and Ninja Foodi recipes?
- Our air fryer fried shrimp is the bomb!!!
- Here are the best air fryer zucchini chips, seriously.
- Breakfast is great with these 2 ingredient air fryer bagels and bagel bites.
- Ninja Foodi chicken wings
Our salami cups are a great appetizer too if you’re having people over.
When cooking meatballs this way it is best to preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees just for a few minutes. If you forget don’t worry, it will just take a few more minutes.
Meatballs in Air Fryer
- Mix all ingredients together. Preheat air fryer for 4 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Form meat mixture into golf ball size balls and put into preheated air fryer, leave a bit of room in between each one.
- Cook for 8-10 min. total (depending on the size of your meatballs), flipping them halfway through the cooking process.