Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

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Looking for a tasty meaty appetizer that is sure to please? Air fryer turkey meatballs are a great option!

Easy to make and on the leaner side, these simple meatballs definitely do not lack flavor!

cooked turkey meatballs in bowl on wooden board
Air fryer turkey meatballs are lean and delicious!

Recipe Tips

Before you make these turkey meatballs in the air fryer, read through the recipe tips so that you know what to expect!

  • The spice blend in these turkey meatballs is simple but delicious. Of course, you can always add or subtract something if you like. For example, cayenne pepper can give these meatballs a bit of a kick!
  • We use unseasoned Italian breadcrumbs for these meatballs. You can also use panko breadcrumbs but we would recommend crushing them a little bit first.
  • It should be easy to form the meatballs with your hands. If it isn’t add a few more breadcrumbs to the mixture and try again.
  • Try making the meatballs roughly the same size so that they are done cooking at the same time. If you have trouble with that, you could use a small ice cream scoop or similar to help you measure.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer when cooking the meatballs. It’s better to leave a little bit of space between them so that they can cook and brown evenly. Cook the meatballs in two batches if you can’t fit them all.

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

Step by Step Instructions

For the step-by-step instructions for how to make turkey meatballs in the air fryer, you can check out the recipe instructions with process photos in this section.

This way, you can see how we make our meatballs if you’ve never done it before.

For the recipe details without visuals, head to the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

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Add the ingredients to a bowl.

Add the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, chopped onion, chopped parsley, and spices to a bowl.

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Mix everything together.

Then use your clean hands to mix everything together until the ingredients are well combined.

If the mixture still feels overly wet, add a few more breadcrumbs in small increments and re-mix.

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Form the meatballs.

Using the palms of your clean hands, form approximately 20 small turkey meatballs and set them aside on a clean, dry plate.

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The meatballs should be roughly the same size.

Try to form all the meatballs to a similar size so that they cook evenly in the air fryer.

raw turkey meatballs in black air fryer tray on counter
Add some of the meatballs to the preheated air fryer.

Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the air fryer is hot, place half of the meatballs onto the tray leaving some space between them.

If you have a very large air fryer, you might also be able to cook all the turkey meatballs in one batch.

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Make sure the meatballs are fully cooked.

Cook the turkey meatballs for 12-15 minutes until browned on the outside and fully cooked through.

Gently shake the air fryer basket every 5 minutes to help with even cooking.

Since all air fryers are slightly different, your cook time might vary a bit. Also, larger meatballs will need longer to cook through fully.

turkey meatballs in bowl on wood with parsley beside
Turkey meatballs made in the air fryer are a great appetizer!

Once cooked, remove the turkey meatballs and cook the second batch.

Place the meatballs into a serving bowl and sprinkle more chopped parsley on top (optional). Enjoy!

Storage Tips

If you have leftovers from your air-fried turkey meatballs you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge. Properly stored, they’ll last for 3-4 days – but because it’s meat, it’s better to eat them sooner rather than later.

To reheat these turkey meatballs, we’d recommend the air fryer to draw out the excess fridge moisture but the microwave will work, too!

Related Recipes

If you enjoyed these tasty meatballs, check out some other meat recipes you can make in the air fryer!

turkey meatballs in bowl on wood with parsley beside

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs are lean yet totally delicious. Easy to make and perfectly seasoned, these tasty meatballs are a great appetizer or addition to a pasta dish!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 4-6 tablespoons breadcrumbs, unseasoned
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Add the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, chopped onion, chopped parsley, and spices to a bowl.
  2. Use your clean hands to mix everything together until the ingredients are well combined. If the mixture still feels overly wet, add a few more breadcrumbs in small increments and re-mix.
  3. Using the palms of your clean hands, form approximately 20 small turkey meatballs and set them aside on a clean, dry plate. Try to form all the meatballs to a similar size so that they cook evenly in the air fryer.
  4. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Once the air fryer is hot, place half of the meatballs onto the tray leaving some space between them. If you have a very large air fryer, you might also be able to cook all the turkey meatballs in one batch.
  6. Cook the turkey meatballs for 12-15 minutes until browned on the outside and fully cooked through. Gently shake the air fryer basket every 5 minutes to help with even cooking. Since all air fryers are slightly different, your cook time might vary a bit. Also, larger meatballs will need longer to cook through fully.
  7. Once cooked, remove the turkey meatballs and cook the second batch.
  8. Place the meatballs into a serving bowl and sprinkle more chopped parsley on top (optional). Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can change up the seasoning to suit your personal preferences or add more salt, pepper, or garlic powder to the mixture if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 226mgSodium: 451mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 52g

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. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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