Quick and Delicious Weeknight meatballs
Sometimes all I want is meatballs and pasta but the idea of making meatballs on a weeknight can feel daunting, you know? This air fryer turkey meatballs recipe is here for the craving rescue.
These air fryer meatballs come together quickly and cook super fast in the air fryer. The convection aspect of the air fryer makes the consistency amazing. Get delicious and tender turkey meatballs in less than 30 minutes.
How to serve
Then I spoon the meatballs and sauce over cooked pasta. My go-to pasta shape lately is rigatoni, but any shape works!
For a low carb or keto meal you can substitute pasta with some zoodles or serve them over a cooked spaghetti squash.
These air fryer meatballs are ideal for making meatball subs. They are medium in size and extremely tender.
I like to toast small rolls in butter and then line them with marinara, meatballs and slices of mozzarella cheese. Then, I warm them under the oven broiler to melt the mozzarella cheese.
Air Fryer Turkey Meatball Ingredients
- Ground turkey (dark meat ground turkey preferred)
- Panko bread crumbs
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
- Crushed red pepper (optional)
To make tender and flavorful turkey meatballs in the air fryer it is important to use dark meat ground turkey. Lean white meat ground turkey will result in dryer and less flavorful meatballs. I like to look for the 94% lean and 6% fat label at the grocery store.
You can make these with any type of ground meat you like best or have on hand. These air fryer meatballs are great with ground chicken, ground beef, ground pork or even a blend of meats.
You can make vegetarian air fryer meatballs by replacing the ground turkey with a plant based ground meat. If you are dairy free, you can try a dairy free version of grated parmesan or replace it with some nutritional yeast.
To make this recipe gluten free you can use a gluten free panko breadcrumb mixture. You can also make these air fryer meatballs keto friendly by replacing the breadcrumbs with pork panko or finely ground pork rinds.
I made my own seasoning blend by combining salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder and crushed red pepper. You can use the same blend or use any Italian seasoning blend you have.
How to make air fryer turkey meatballs
Step 1: prepare Ingredients
Measure out the panko bread crumbs, grated parmesan cheese, and spices. Get the egg and ground turkey out of the fridge.
Step 2: Mix the meatballs
Add the ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, parmesan cheese, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper into a large bowl. Mix the ingredients together gently with a spoon or your hands until a smooth, even mixture remains.
Be careful not to overmix as this causes tougher meatballs!
Step 3: Prep the air fryer and meatballs
Use a 2 tbsp scoop to scoop out 12 meatballs. If you do not have a 2 tbsp scoop, use any kind of measuring device to make even sized meatballs.
Using wet hands, roll the meatballs into tight balls. Then, arrange them on the air fryer basket in an single layer.
Step 4: Air Fry the meatballs
Can i make these in the oven?
If you do not have an air fryer, you can prepare these turkey meatballs in the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the meatballs in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.
Storage, Reheating and freezing
Allow the meatballs to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Reheat in the air fryer at 350F for about 5-10 minutes, or until warmed thorugh.
Make a batch or a double batch of these air fryer meatballs and freeze them for later. Place the cooked meatballs in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow the meatballs to defrost and reheat in marinara sauce on the stovetop.
Check out these other simple meatball Recipes
- Cast Iron Meatballs
- Pesto Turkey Meatballs
- Sweet and Sour Chicken Meatballs
- Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Meatballs
- Easy Instant Pot Meatballs
You can find the full recipe below. If you make this recipe, please rate and review it in the comments, or share it with me on Instagram!
- 1lb ground turkey (I like to use dark meat ground turkey)
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (omit if you don’t like spice)
- Pour ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, parmesan cheese, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper into a large mixing bowl. Mix together with a spoon or your hands until a smooth, even mixture remains.
- Spray air fryer basket with non stick spray. Use a 2tbsp scoop to scoop out 12 meatballs. Roll them into tight balls with wet hands and arrange on the air fryer basket.
- Preheat your air fryer to 350F. When the air fryer is warm, place the basket inside and cook at 350F for 14 minutes or until the internal temp of the meatballs reaches 165F.
** To serve I like to heat a jar of marinara sauce over med-low heat on the stove. Then, I toss the meatballs in the sauce and serve over pasta!