Learn how to make ground turkey meatballs in air fryer in easy steps. This is the best air fryer turkey meatball recipe ever, it is simple and easy to make yet packed with flavor. No, this is not one of those dry ones you have tried in the past. This right here is tender, moist, and deliciously melts in the mouth. Serve as it is with any dipping sauce of choice or in tomato sauce and serve over pasta.
These juicy turkey meatballs are easy to make and taste delicious
Turkey meatballs are a delicious and easy-to-make option for a quick healthy meal. The ground turkey is combined with bread crumbs, onion, mayonnaise, egg, and spices then formed into balls and air fried to perfection. The result is a moist, juicy, flavorful meatball that can be served alone or with a sauce.
Air fryer turkey meatballs are a healthy alternative to traditional beef or pork meatballs, a good source of protein, and are also lower in calories and fat. Whether you're serving them for dinner or as an appetizer, these meatballs are sure to please.
There are many different ways to cook meatballs, but one of the easiest methods is to use an air fryer. Air fryers are designed to cook food quickly and evenly, and cut your cooking time in half.
This recipe is easy, quick (ready under 15 minutes), healthy and perfect for meal prepping. It can be made gluten-free if you swap the breadcrumbs for a gluten-free version.
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What you will need
To make these succulent air fryer turkey meatballs, you will need the following ingredients
Ground turkey: also known as turkey mince in the UK: I used 7% fat
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
Mayonnaise: The mayonnaise helps to keep the meatballs moist
Fresh parsley to serve
salt and pepper
How to make air fryer turkey meatballs
Gather the ingredients and finely chop the onions (I used a chopper for better consistency)
In a large bowl add ground turkey, chopped onions, garlic granules, egg, Italian seasoning, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper, and mix to combine using your hands.
Preheat the air fryer to 180C/360F for 3-5 minutes.
Using a small ice cream scoop, divide the mix into 12-16 places.
Roll the mix into meatballs and place on a plate until you have exhausted the lot.
Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil, and arrange the meatballs in the basket in a single layer.
Cook the turkey meatballs until golden brown on the outside for 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F/74C shaking the air fryer basket halfway through the cooking time.
Serve as it is with any dipping sauce of your choice (I love this marinara dipping sauce) or in a tomato sauce with some spaghetti.
How to store
These meatballs can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months.
To reheat, simply place them back in the air fryer at 180C/360F for 5 minutes until heated through.
You can also reheat them in the microwave or in the oven.
- This recipe will work for beef or chicken mince
- Make sure to divide the meatballs into similar sizes so they cook evenly
- Swap parmesan cheese for mozzarella or any other cheese of choice
- Please check on your meatballs periodically as cooking times may vary depending on the air fryer model. This will help prevent overcooking or undercooking the meatballs.
- If you don't have an air fryer, you can cook these in the oven at 200C/400F for 20 minutes or until cooked through
- Double or triple the recipe as needed, in this case, cook the meatballs in batches.
- Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket as this will result in uneven cooking
- This turkey meatball mix makes a great burger or patties, don't be afraid to experiment
Watch how to make it
How long to cook turkey meatballs in air fryer
This will depend on the size of the meatballs. Cook turkey meatballs in the air fryer for 10-12 minutes at 180C/360F or until the internal temperature reaches 165F/74C shaking the air fryer basket halfway through the cooking time. Please check on your meatballs periodically as cooking times may vary depending on the air fryer model.
Can I cook frozen turkey meatballs in air fryer
Yes, you can, air fry frozen meatballs in the air fryer at 380F/190F for 12-15 minutes depending on the size. Shake the basket halfway through the cooking time for even cooking. Check that the meatballs are fully cooked using an instant meat thermometer.
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Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs
- 1 lb ground turkey also known as turkey mince I used 7% fat
- 1 cup onion finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic granules
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
- ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 ½ Tablespoons full fat mayonnaise
- Fresh parsley to serve
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Gather the ingredients and finely chop the onions (I used a chopper for better consistency)
- In a large bowl add ground turkey, chopped onions, garlic granules, egg, Italian seasoning, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper, and mix to combine using your hands.
- Preheat the air fryer to 180C/360F for 3-5 minutes.
- Using a small ice cream scoop or spoon divide the mix into 12-16 places.
- Roll the mix into meatballs and place on a plate until you have exhausted the lot.
- Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil, and arrange the meatballs in the basket in a single layer.
- Cook the turkey meatballs until golden brown on the outside for 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F/74C shaking the air fryer basket halfway through the cooking time.
- Serve as is with any dipping sauce of your choice or in a tomato sauce with some spaghetti. Enjoy!
Nutritional data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients and brands you use. Under no circumstances will thedinnerbite.com be responsible for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information.
And there you have it, a simple and easy air fryer recipe that you can make at home under 20 minutes. As always, if you made this recipe, I would love to hear from you! Kindly rate the recipe 5 star and leave me feedback in the comment section below. Tag me @thedinnerbite on Instagram and save it away to your Pinterest. Please subscribe to the blog if you haven’t for free new recipes in your inbox. Until next time, happy cooking!!!
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