Cooking air fryer frozen meatballs is so easy! They turn out so juicy and tender and are ready in under 15 minutes. These beef meatballs can be used for so many things including being added to pasta dishes, eaten as an appetizer or as a snack.
Why you will love this recipe:
- These air fried frozen meatballs are so easy to make and are ready in under 15 minutes!
- The clean up is so simple since they're made in an air fryer.
- The meatballs turn out so juicy and tender even though they are cooked from frozen.
- You can use any brand of frozen meatballs that you like when you cook frozen meatballs in an air fryer including Trader Joe's meatballs. You can also use either frozen beef meatballs, frozen pork meatballs, frozen chicken meatballs or frozen turkey meatballs. You can also use your own frozen homemade meatballs too.
- You can use these meatballs in so many ways: add them to pasta dishes, serve as an appetizer or eat as a snack.
- Meatballs are a healthy snack or meal that are gluten free, paleo, keto, low carb, Whole30 and carnivore.
Taste and texture:
When cooked in the air fryer, meatballs turn out so juicy and tender. They are never dry or tough and the flavour will depend on the spices added to your meatballs.
- Frozen meatballs - I use grass fed pure beef meatballs but you can use any meatballs that you like including either homemade frozen meatballs or store bought frozen meatballs including both Trader Joe's frozen meatballs and Ikea frozen meatballs.
How to cook:
Simply place the frozen meatballs on the rack or in the basket of your air fryer and cook them for 11-12 minutes at 390 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are using a basket style air fryer, be sure to shake the basket half way through the cooking time.
- Cooking times will vary depending on the model of air fryer you have, so you may need to adjust this recipe slightly.
- Don't overlap the meatballs when putting them in the air fryer. Place them in a single layer to ensure they cook evenly.
- Depending on the size and brand of meatballs you use, you may need to adjust the cooking time.
- This method of air fryer meatballs is for frozen beef meatballs, if you use another type of meat you will likely need to adjust the cooking time slightly.
How to serve meatballs:
- You can enjoy them plain or with a dipping sauce such as mustard, ketchup or bbq sauce.
- Add them to pasta dishes such as spaghetti or marinara sauce.
- Add them to soup or stew recipes for some added healthy protein.
- Serve them as appetizers at your next tailgate or Super Bowl party!
How to store:
Store any leftover meatballs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
How to reheat:
If you have any leftover cooked meatballs, simply reheat them in your air fryer for 2-4 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Frequently asked questions:
When you cook frozen meatballs in an air fryer it only takes 11-12 minutes to cook them at 390 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to at least 20 minutes when you cook them in an oven.
Yes! You can cook many frozen meats in an air fryer including meatballs, chicken wings, steak, chicken tenders and more!
Meatballs are done cooking when they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Absolutely! You can cook any brand of meatball in an air fryer and you can cook them either from fresh or frozen, whichever you prefer.
For this air fryer recipe you do not need to preheat your air fryer. If you do choose to preheat it, subtract 2-3 minutes from the cooking time.
Other air fryer recipes you will love:
- Frozen French fries in the air fryer
- Frozen burgers in the air fryer
- Lamb chops in the air fryer
- Air fryer pork belly
- Air fryer salmon cakes with lemon dill aioli
- Air fryer frozen chicken wings
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Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs
- 1 lb frozen beef meatballs
- spray oil (if food tends to stick to your air fryer, spray it with some oil before placing the meatballs on it)
- Place the frozen meatballs on the top tray of your air fryer and cook at 390F for 11-12 minutes.
- If you are using a basket style air fryer, be sure to shake the basket half way through cooking.
- Cooking times will vary depending on the size of your meatballs.
- You do not need to preheat your air fryer for this recipe.
- These cooking times are for beef meatballs.
- If food tends to stick to your air fryer, spray it with some oil before placing the meatballs on or in it.
- Nutritional values will vary depending on the specific type of meatballs you use.