Using the air fryer to cook frozen meatballs is great for quick and easy cooking.
Once the meatballs are ready, they will be slightly browned and cooked perfectly in the middle. Depending on the meatball brand, they should be loaded with flavor and be excellent to eat without the need for any extras.
You can use any type of meatball in this recipe. I typically use some delicious frozen beef meatballs, but pork, chicken, or lamb will work fine as well. Homemade meatballs will require more prep time in the kitchen but less cooking time in the air fryer.
A single batch of these meatballs will feed roughly two to four people. If you want to feed as many people as possible, I recommend cooking some extra sauces or food to go with the meatballs.
Any leftover meatballs can be used in a meal the next day. For example, meatballs are great in sandwiches, pasta, and so much more. They should last for roughly three days in the fridge.
Serving Ideas for Meatballs
Meatballs are excellent platter food, especially when served alongside some delicious condiments. For example, something like ketchup, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, sweet n sour sauce, gravy, or even a blue cheese sauce will work great with meatballs.
The air fryer is excellent for cooking the meatballs before they go into a delicious homemade pasta sauce. One of my all-time favorites is a slow-cooked tomato sauce that matches perfectly with meatballs. The sauce is super easy to make and will leave you wanting more.
For a basic meal, you can serve these meatballs with some delicious fries and a healthy salad. There are loads of different salads that you can make, but if you want to keep it basic, a garden salad will work best.
A meatball sandwich is one of the most delicious meals you can make without much effort. I usually use a bread roll and load it with cooked meatballs, pasta sauce, and a generous amount of cheese. For the best result I usually grill the sandwich open so that the cheese melts and the bread crisps slightly.
The recipe below will take you through the few short steps to cooking frozen meatballs in the air fryer.
Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs Recipe
- 500 g (1.1 lb) frozen meatballs
- 1 tsp cooking oil
- Preheat the air fryer to 200°C (390°F). It will take roughly five minutes to heat up.
- Place the meatballs into the air fryer. Try to keep them as a single layer.
- Lightly drizzle or spray the meatballs with cooking oil.
- Lightly season with salt and pepper.
- Cook for 10-14 minutes. Turn halfway through cooking.
- Serve & Enjoy.
- I highly recommend preheating the air fryer for the best result. If you do not preheat the air fryer, you will need to increase the cooking time by a few more minutes.
- A meat thermometer comes in handy for checking whether the meatballs are cooked. The internal temperature of the meatballs should be roughly 75°C (170°F).
- Chicken, beef, pork, or lamb meatballs will all cook roughly the same, so feel free to use whatever you like the most.
- You may need to increase the cooking time if your meatballs are large.
- Spraying the meatballs with oil will help get a better cook on the outside.
- The nutritional information is only an estimate and will vary heavily depending on the brand of frozen meatball you have bought. Please refer to the packet for the most accurate information.
Note: I use a 7.2L (6.6 qt) Air Fryer for all the delicious Air Fryer recipes that I have on this website. If you have a different-sized air fryer, you may need to adjust the recipe’s quantities and timings.
The information above is an estimate generated by an online nutrition calculator.
More Air Fryer Recipes
There are so many different recipes that work great in the air fryer. Below is a couple of my favorite meals that I highly recommend giving a try.
Our seasoned chicken thighs is one of the most delicious meals that you can cook in the air fryer. The result is tender chicken loaded with flavor, thanks to the homemade seasoning. It really does taste as good as it looks.
Another one of our favorite recipes is the pork belly. By the time the pork is ready, it will have developed a lovely crackling on top of the tender meat. If you are a fan of pork belly, then you need to give this recipe a try.
I hope that your frozen meatballs cook perfectly in the air fryer as mine did. If you have some feedback, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.