Air-Fryer Meatballs

These air-fryer meatballs cook quickly and stay juicy in the air fryer. Seasoned simply with Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese and paired with your favorite marinara sauce, they make the perfect weeknight meal.

air fryer meatballs
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • Cooking spray

  • 1 pound 90%-lean ground beef

  • 1 small yellow onion, grated (about 1/2 cup)

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 3 tablespoons whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • Marinara sauce for serving


  1. Preheat air fryer to 370°F for 10 minutes. Lightly coat the air-fryer basket with cooking spray.

  2. Mix beef, onion, Parmesan, panko, egg, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper in a medium bowl just until combined. Form the beef mixture into 16 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs.

  3. Working in batches if necessary, arrange the meatballs in the fryer basket in a single layer. Coat the tops of the meatballs with cooking spray. Cook until lightly browned on top and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, about 8 minutes. Serve with marinara sauce, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

119 Calories
6g Fat
3g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 119
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 13g 26%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Vitamin A 62IU 1%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Vitamin D 7IU 2%
Folate 7mcg 2%
Vitamin K 1mcg 1%
Sodium 307mg 13%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 11mg 3%
Potassium 152mg 3%
Zinc 3mg 27%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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