Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

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Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs are packed with flavor. These meatballs are a quick, easy, and delicious recipe that the whole family will enjoy.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs in a white dish.

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs are packed with flavor. These meatballs are a quick, easy, and delicious recipe that the whole family will enjoy.

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs in a white dish.

These healthy and hearty air fry turkey meatballs can be made in 30 minutes or less, making them the perfect option for a busy weeknight when you still want a nutritious meal. Serve with your favorite veggies and potatoes or serve as an appetizer or side dish.

For more information for about ground turkey, visit the USDA.


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What We Love About This Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs Recipe

  • 30 Minute Meal: Make air fryer meatballs in 30 minutes.
  • Family Friendly: This is a great family meal to make on busy weeknights.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Use leftover air fryer turkey meatballs to make sandwiches or meatball subs.
A fork with a meatball on it.

Ingredient Notes for Meatballs in the Air Fryer

  • Saltines: You will need about 35 crackers, you can use name brand or store brand.
  • Milk: Any type of milk will work, I recommend using whole or 2% milk.
  • Turkey: You will need 2 pounds of ground turkey. You can use lean ground turkey or one with higher fat.
  • Onion: You will need to grate a white or yellow onion.
  • Garlic: I used 3 cloves of garlic, but you can also use garlic powder.
  • Eggs: For this recipe, you will need 2 large eggs.
  • Parmesan Cheese: You will need 1 cup of parmesan cheese, you can use freshly grated or from a container.
  • Parsley: This recipe, calls for fresh parsley.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Worcestershire sauce will help to give a savory, umami flavor.
  • House Seasoning: You will need all purpose seasoning blend.
  • Italian Seasoning: You will also need Italian seasoning blend for this air fryer turkey meatballs.
Turkey meat, eggs, breadcrumbs and seasoning.

Equipment Needed for Airfryer Meatballs

How to Make Air Fry Turkey Meatballs

These are the basic steps for making Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

making a mixture of the meatballs.

STEP 1: PREPPING

With a food processor or rolling pin and plastic bag, crush the cracker until it reaches a fine crumb. Then use a box grater to grate the onion.

STEP 2: MAKE MEATBALLS

In a small bowl, combine the saltines and milk, then set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, onion, garlic, seasonings, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce, mix until combined. Then add in the soaked cracker crumbs and mix with hands until fully incorporated.

STEP 3: AIR FRY MEATBALLS

Place meatballs into a single layer in your basket, then cook the meatballs in the air fryer for 12-14 minutes or until the temperature inside reaches 165 degrees. Remove from air fryer and serve immediately.

Rolling and then air frying the meatballs.

Prep and Storage Tips for Turkey Meatballs Air Fryer

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

To prepare this recipe ahead of time make the meat mixture and rolls into balls and store in the fridge covered for 1-2 days until you are ready to cook them.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

You can freeze air fried meatballs in freezer bag for up to 3 months. Frozen meatballs can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator or placed directly into the air fryer, simply increase the cook time.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat air fryer turkey meatballs, you can heat in microwave for 1-2 minutes or until hot or in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions about this Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs Recipe

HOW LONG TO COOK MEATBALLS IN AIR FRYER?

Since these meatballs are on the smaller side, you will need to cook airfryer meatballs for 12-14 minutes, if using bigger meatballs cook for 14-16 minutes.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE CHICKEN IN PLACE OF TURKEY?

You can substitute for the ground turkey for ground chicken in this recipe meatballs in air fryer.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, just increase or decrease ingredients proportionally.

CAN YOU PUT GROUND TURKEY IN THE AIR FRYER?

You can cook ground turkey in the air fryer, for this method I make the turkey into round meatballs.

CAN I USE BREADCRUMBS?

You can use regular breadcrumbs or panko bread crumbs.

CAN THESE MEATBALLS BE MADE LOW CARB?

Of course, a keto version of this dish can be made with a carb free bread crumb. THen serve with salad or cauliflower rice.

A stack of the AIr fryer meatballs.

Expert Tips for Making This Air Fry Turkey Meatballs Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This recipe for Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs is great to bring to party as an appetizer, you can double or triple ingredients by increasing them proportionally. Cook in batches if your air fryer is not large enough.
  • Add Ground Chicken for Turkey: If ground chicken was on sale this week, it will work just as well for this recipe. You can actually type of ground meat, ground beef or pork will work just as well.
  • Oven: If you don’t own an air fryer, you can also bake these in the oven at 350 degrees f for 20-22 minutes.
  • Meal Prep: This a great recipe to meal prep to have a protein to add to your dishes through out the week.
  • Serve with Pasta: Serve meatballs with spaghetti and marinara sauce or your favorite pasta sauce. You can also free with zucchini noodles for a gluten-free alternative.
  • Fresh Herbs: Oregano or basil really enhance this dish.

What to Serve with Turkey Meatballs Air Fryer

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Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs in a white dish.

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs are packed with flavor. These meatballs are a quick, easy, and delicious recipe that the whole family will enjoy.
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Ingredients

  • 35 saltine crackers, crushed into fine crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup onion, grated
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons House Seasoning Blend
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning Blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs and milk; Stir to combine and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the ground turkey, grated onion, minced garlic, eggs, parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, House Seasoning Blend, Italian Seasoning Blend and red pepper flakes.
  • Add soaked cracker crumbs to the meat mixture.
  • Using your hands, carefully mix the meat until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix the meat.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Spray air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Arrange meatballs in a single layer in the prepared basket.
  • Turn the heat down to 380 degrees F and air fryer for 12-14 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 165 degrees F.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This recipe for Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs is great to bing to party as an appetizer, you can double or triple ingredients by increasing them proportionally. Cook in batches if your air fryer is not large enough.
  • Add Ground Chicken for Turkey: If ground chicken was on sale this week, it will work just as well for this recipe. You can actually type of ground meat, ground beef or pork will work just as well.
  • Oven: If you don’t own an air fryer, you can also bake these in the oven at 350 degrees f for 20-22 minutes.
  • Meal Prep: This a great recipe to meal prep to have a protein to add to your dishes through out the week.
  • Serve with Pasta: Serve meatballs with spaghetti and marinara sauce or your favorite pasta sauce. You can also free with zucchini noodles for a gluten-free alternative.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 1174mg | Potassium: 619mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 748IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips, Brunch, dinner, Lunch, Main Dish, Supper
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crackers, meatballs, saltines, turkey

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