Air Fryer Meatballs: the simple and tasty appetizer recipe made with the Air Fryer

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
By Cookist
Ground beef
500 g
40 g (1 tbsp + 2 tsp)
250 g (2 cups)
edam cheese
200 g (1 cup)
Vegetable Oil
15 ml (1 tbsp)

Air Fryer Meatballs make the perfect snack, appetizer, or meaty addition to dinner. This is an easy meatball recipe that's lighter than classic fried ones. Why? Because it’s made in the air fryer. And they’re so much than baked meatballs!

These juicy meatballs are soft on the inside but nice and crispy on the outside. They’re easy to make too. You only need ground beef, seasoning, breadcrumbs, eggs, and of course, cheese. Form them into balls and air fry until cooked through.

These are the best cheesy and juicy air fryer meatballs! Serve them with your favorite sauce, and you have a winner on your hands! Make sure to check out our tips below for excellent results.


Air Fryer Meatballs Ingredients

Ground beef – use lean ground beef.

Eggs – these act as a binder.

Parmesan – this adds flavor.

Breadcrumbs – help to bind the meatballs, but can also be made without it.

Edam cheese – this will make the stretchy, cheesy filling.

Vegetable oil – use canola oil, it creates a crispy surface.

How To Make Meatballs In The Airfryer


Create the ground beef mixture by mashing together the beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. Shape into balls, adding a small piece of cheese in the center.

Sprinkle or spray the meatballs with oil. Bake at 200°C/390°F for 12 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 160°C/320°F and bake for another 5 minutes. Be careful when placing the meatballs into the Airfryer so that they stay round.

Tips For Juicy Meatballs

Keep an eye on the meatballs as they cook. Once the internal temperature reaches 165°F, they are ready to eat. Overcooking them will result in dry meatballs.

Don’t overmix the ground beef and seasoning. This will result in tough meatballs.

You can also use ground turkey and chicken instead of beef.

Make keto Airfryer meatballs by mixing together 1 lb ground beef, ½ cup parmesan cheese, ½ cup mozzarella cheese, 1 large beaten egg, 2 tbsp heavy cream, and seasoning.


What To Serve With Meatballs

Serve the meatballs with a sauce as a snack or appetizer. You can also add it to spaghetti with marinara sauce. Or keep it simple and toss them in a salad.

What To Do Meatball Leftovers

Use the leftover meatballs to make a sub. Add them to a toasted bun with melted cheese.

How To Store Air Fryer Meatballs

Store the air fryer meatballs in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Can You Freeze Meatballs?

The air fryer meatballs can be frozen for up to 3 months. Make sure to keep it in an airtight container or plastic bag.


Use a fork to mash the ground meat in a large glass bowl. Add the eggs.

Add the parmesan, salt, pepper, and parmesan. Mix to combine.

Take about 60 g of the mixture, mash it in your hands and put a cube of Edam cheese inside the meat mixture, fold the cheese with the meat and shape it into a ball.

Put the balls in an air fryer basket and sprinkle with oil.

Bake at 200°C/390°F for 12 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 160°C/320°F and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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