No matter if you’re meal prepping or looking for a quick dinner for yourself or the family, these air fryer Turkey Meatballs are the perfect answer. They’re seasoned just right, and pair well with all your favorite sauces, and they’re a quick fix in your air fryer!
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Ready in about 20 minutes, these air-fryer-to-table tasty turkey meatballs are a quick fix everyone will love. They’re moist, tender, and the perfect pick for spaghetti and meatballs, to add to a sub, or to top with your favorite sauce. Hungry? Read on and I, Chef Jenn, will show you all my tips and tricks to make these meatballs perfectly every time!
What You Need
- An air fryer – I LOVE the Cuisinart oven-style multi-function air fryer because it does so much more than just air frying
- Digital meat thermometer – these are so affordable and they make cooking easy!
- Ground turkey
- Bread crumbs
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Salt and pepper
How To Make These Easy Turkey Meatballs
This recipe couldn’t be any simpler!
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, and combine well without overmixing. Just mix until everything is combined.
- Form into ping pong ball-sized meatballs. I get 16 meatballs out of this recipe.
- Line them up in your pre-heated air fryer and air fry at 375-F for 7-8 minutes or until the internal temperature has reached 165-F.
- Serve with your favorite sauce and enjoy!
Chef Jenn’s tips
- You can use regular breadcrumbs or Panko in this recipe. Either works fine.
- No fresh parsley? Add 1 tbsp dried parsley instead.
- Mix things up! Make these Italian-style with 1/2 tbsp of your favorite Italian seasoning, add some spice with chipotle powder, or go Greek with a side of Tzatziki.
- This recipe doubles beautifully, just don’t overfill your air fryer. Make them in two batches if the basket is too full.
What To Serve With These Turkey Meatballs
Use your favorite sauce to turn these meatballs into spaghetti and meatballs, or serve them as they are with tasty sides like this Baked Spanish Rice or Pasta with Ricotta and Tomatoes. I also love skipping the sauce and serving these tasty meatballs with baked Bacon Macaroni and Cheese. So good!
This is the perfect meal prepping recipe. Make a double batch and eat one for dinner and freeze the other for another meal.
Here’s another idea: make this easy meatball recipe and freeze them in a single layer on a sheet pan. Then, once frozen, pop them into a zipper-top freezer bag and just heat up as many as you need for a meal. This is a great idea for meatballs for one.
They will keep in the fridge, in an air-tight container, for 5 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Turkey meatballs can fall apart if the balance of wet and dry ingredients is off, and ground turkey is already moist. Use an egg to help bind the meat, and 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs per pound of ground turkey. Don’t over-mix them, and they’ll cook up perfectly!
If you don’t want to use an egg, I’d use 2 tbsp of milk, cream, or buttermilk instead. Even sour cream will work.
You can reheat these frozen meatballs in the air fryer set to 350-F for about 6 minutes or until heated through.
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Step by Step process
Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well mixed.
- Form the ground turkey mixture into about 16 ping pong sized meatballs and arrange them in your air fryer.
- Air fry at 375-F for about 7-8 minutes or until the internal temperature has reached 165F on a digital thermometer.
- Serve and enjoy!
A Note on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed.