Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs

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Looking to make frozen meatballs in the air fryer? This is the post for you. Tasty to snack on and made in minutes, these air fryer frozen meatballs make a great appetizer dish.

Frozen meatballs are less work than homemade meatballs in the air fryer – but still pack all the flavor. Serve them with a dipping sauce to bring out the meaty goodness!

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Frozen meatballs made in the air fryer.

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you make these air fryer frozen meatballs, have a quick read through these recipe tips:

  • There’s no extra oil needed for these meatballs – they cook perfectly well on their own. In fact, they might end up losing quite a bit of their own grease in the air fryer.
  • There are lots of different kinds of frozen meatballs – but they mainly differ by size. Smaller meatballs (like ours) will obviously take less time to cook/heat through than larger-sized frozen meatballs. So be sure to keep an eye on them when making them the first time. The meat might also be different – you can also cook frozen turkey meatballs in the air fryer!
  • Be sure not to overcrowd the air fryer because these meatballs need a little bit of space to crisp up evenly on the outside!

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

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Step by Step Instructions

If you want to see exactly how we make our frozen meatballs, you can follow the recipe photos in this section – but it really is very easy!

Alternatively, you can skip down to the recipe card at the bottom of this post for cook times and temperatures.

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Place the frozen meatballs into the air fryer.

First, preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit. When the air fryer is hot, add the meatballs in one even layer.

There should be some space between them so that they can cook evenly. If your air fryer is very small, you might have to cook these meatballs in two batches.

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Make sure the meatballs are fully heated through.

Cook the meatballs for 10-14 minutes until fully heated through and slightly brown on the outside. Shake every 4-5 minutes.

These guidelines are for small meatballs – larger meatballs will need longer. Also, since every air fryer is slightly different, your cook time might vary a bit.

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Crispy, juicy meatballs – ready to eat!

Remove the meatballs from the air fryer tray and serve them on their own or with a dipping sauce like ketchup or a sweet/smoky barbecue sauce.

Storage Tips

If you have any leftover meatballs, you can put them in a sealed container and store them in the fridge. Make sure that they have cooled first. They’ll last for up to three days like this – but they’ll likely be gone before then!

To reheat them, you can microwave them, pan-fry them in a little bit of oil, or toss them back in the air fryer for a few minutes!

Related Recipes

If you liked these frozen meatballs, check out these other air fryer appetizers from fresh and frozen:

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Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs make for a simple meat-based appetizer. All the flavor without the hassle of making them from scratch, these frozen meatballs are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen meatballs

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When the air fryer is hot, add the meatballs in one even layer. There should be space between them so that they can cook evenly. If your air fryer is very small, you might have to cook these meatballs in two batches.
  • Cook the meatballs for 10-14 minutes until fully heated through and slightly brown on the outside. Shake every 4-5 minutes. These guidelines are for small meatballs – larger meatballs will need longer. Also, since every air fryer is slightly different, your cook time might vary a bit.
  • Remove the meatballs from the air fryer tray and serve them on their own or with a dipping sauce like ketchup or a sweet barbecue sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 298kcal | Protein: 19g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 325mg | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
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Lisa is the main creator for Simply Air Fryer. As the author of two successful food blogs, she's usually found measuring ingredients, trying out new combinations, or hiding behind the camera snapping photos of food. She bought her first air fryer almost 2 years ago and has since used it over 350+ times. With the help of her trusty sidekick (husband), she's created and tested every single recipe on Simply Air Fryer.

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