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Air fryer meatballs (fresh or frozen)

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Juicy healthy ground beef air fryer meatballs. Use them as an appetizer, try them as a main dish (pair up with some Air fryer french fries ) or just cook this little meatballs for your kids, they love it! You can use chicken or turkey in this recipe too. Meal prep and lunch box ready.

(Right Points) MyWW green plan 3 points, blue plan 2 points, purple 2 points per serving- about 5 mini meatballs( all calculations are done by adding ingredients to Weight watchers app calculator, see the screenshot in the end of the post).  

air fryer beef meatballs

You can make this meatballs from fresh and also you can freeze them for later use.

Frozen air fryer meatballs

If you want to precook a batch a freeze it for later , that’s a great idea. I usually make the whole recipe and then we eat only one batch, and the rest is going to the freezer.

Make sure to freeze meatballs in the air tight bag and try to lay them down as flat as possible to prevent from sticking together.

Reheating is easy- just place meatballs n to your air fryer basket at 390 degrees for about 3 minutes (the time varies on the size of your meatballs)

ingredients to make meatballs

Should i make ground turkey or beef meatballs?

This recipe is made with a ground beef. To achieve more delicate flavor you can mix the meat with some ground turkey or chicken. Turkey meatballs are leaner and lower in calories.

You can adjust this recipe easily for any type of meat.

How to make Keto air fryer meatballs

Its very easy to make this recipe keto friendly. Just don’t add any panko crumbs. It will not affect the flavor so feel free to do that if you want or need to.

Additionally you can add some chopped herbs like basil or cilantro to the meatballs to add more flavor and the aroma will be lovely. Try it! ( I didnt use much herbs because of my kids, they wont eat it)

raw meatballs in air fryer basketcooked meatballs

Meal prep and lunch box

These air fryer meatballs are a wonderful meal prep or a lunch box idea. Easy to make and healthy lunch for your kids to take to school. You can also make a sandwich with this meatballs or just put them in the bow with some Air Fryer loaded baked potato or Air fryer corn on the cob.

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5 from 8 votes

Air fryer meatballs

Juicy healthy ground beef air fryer meatballs. Use them as an appetizer, try them as a main dish (pair up with some Air fryer french fries ) or just cook this little meatballs for your kids, they love it!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time24 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer meatballs
Servings: 5 servings (about 6 meatballs)
Calories: 260kcal


  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup panko (optional, dont use if keto or weight watchers)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1 tspn pepper
  • 1 tspn garlic powder


  • Mix all the ingredients together in the medium size bowl (dont use panko if on KETO or Weight Watchers).
  • Shape little meatballs( Cook meatballs in batches trying not to overcrowd the air fryer basket.)
  • Place them in to your preheated to 390 degrees air fryer for about 13-14 minutes (shake couple times while cooking)
  • Serve and enjoy


* Originally published with points calculated wrong. See the screenshot below for current points . Thank you my readers for pointing it for me.
** NEW POINTS: MyWW green plan 3 points, blue plan 2 point, purple 2 point ( all calculations are done by adding ingredients to Weight watchers app calculator). Points are per serving 
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Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 273mg | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2.1mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators.

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Donna Abbott

Sunday 1st of March 2020

So simple and so yummy! Thanks for sharing!


Tuesday 25th of February 2020

I have honestly NEVER liked meatballs but these were so amazing! I normally have an issue with the squishy-ness of normal meatballs but these were perfectly browned yet still moist and incredibly easy to make! 4 year old approved as well :)

Tatiana Shifruk

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

So glad you liked it! Thank you for the review!


Monday 17th of February 2020

These turned out spectacularly! I used 85% beef, added parsley, and reduced the cook time since my air fryer seems to run hotter than others. I really liked this simple but tasty meatball.


Monday 13th of January 2020

There I see no way your WW points are correct.. unless it's for 1 meatball.

Tatiana Shifruk

Monday 13th of January 2020

Thank you for pointing it out for me! I just calculated new points and attached a screenshot to the recipe

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