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How to cook turkey meatballs in an air fryer

Cooking turkey meatballs in an air fryer is perhaps the most efficient and effective way to get evenly done, juicy, flavorful meatballs. Turkey meatballs can be prepared to your liking, complete with breadcrumbs and sauce.

Cooking turkey meatballs in an air fryer is convenient because you don’t have to turn them frequently for an even cook. One turn halfway through will do it. The meatballs brown evenly, and they’re not as prone to falling apart. All you have to do is stand back and let the air fryer do what it does best.

Read on to see how to cook turkey meatballs in an air fryer and to see a few suggestions for what to serve them with!


  1. Lightly spray the air fryer rack with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place the meatballs on the rack, evenly spaced apart. OR place them on a skewer before you put them in the air fryer.
  3. Set the temperature to 400˚F and set the timer to 10 minutes for Parmesan Garlic meatballs. Close the door and press start. Please note that time and temperature may vary depending on air fryer wattage and personal preferences.
  4. Stop the air fryer halfway through the cooking cycle and turn the meatballs over once. Close the door and complete the cycle. Be sure to cook the meatballs to 165˚F as measured by a meat thermometer.

What To Serve With Air Fryer Meatballs

Turkey meatballs are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes. They can be cooked in just about any sauce, from marinara to Bolognese to Pesto. They’re just as good in Asian-style sauces. They’re delicious in soups from spicy miso ramen to vegetable. And, they go really well with classic sides like mashed potatoes, polenta, and many more.

Here are a few entrees where turkey meatballs make a great addition.

And, here are a few side-dish recipes for inspiration.

Turkey Meatballs Air Fryer FAQs

Yes, you can freeze turkey meatballs to cook later, or you can cook them and freeze them to eat at a later date. We recommend that you eat them within 3 to 4 months of freezing for best taste.

To take the guesswork out of making meatballs, use our pre-made turkey meatballs. Choose from Fully Cooked Italian Style or Parmesan Garlic.

Of course, you can also use our ground turkey and make meatballs exactly the way you want them. If you’re making turkey meatballs from scratch, use eggs and breadcrumbs to help bind them. Also, be sure not to overmix your ingredients. Use your hands or a wooden spoon so you can tell when the mixture is sufficiently bound together.


Turkey meatballs should reach a minimum internal temperature of 165°F. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.

Eggs and breadcrumbs are used as a binder to keep the meatballs from falling apart once cooked and contribute to the proper texture and bite for meatballs.

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