Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs

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These air fryer frozen meatballs have all the flavor we love about classic meatballs without all the work. All you need are frozen meatballs, an air fryer, and an appetite!

Closeup shot of air fryer frozen meatballs in bowl with bite taken out of one meatball

Meatballs are a delicious dish perfect for both meals and appetizers. Pair them with noodles, rice, or potatoes for a main dish, or pop them on toothpicks for a tasty appetizer.

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs

I’ve always loved making meatballs. They’re so delicious and so versatile – perfect for everything from meatball subs to spaghetti and everything in between. I’ve never been a fan of all the work that making them usually requires. Then I realized that frozen meatballs could be the answer.

Closeup shot of air fryer frozen meatballs in bowl with toothpick in top meatball

Ingredients

It only takes three simple ingredients to make this recipe.

  • cooking spray
  • meatballs
  • BBQ sauce (optional) 
Frozen meatballs in a bowl sitting in front of nonstick spray and a bottle of barbecue sauce

Instructions

This super easy recipe only takes four steps.

Step 1: Place meatballs in a greased air fryer basket.

Overhead shot of frozen meatballs in air fryer basket

Step 2: Air fry at 400ºF for 12 minutes or until meatballs are heated through.

Overhead shot of cooked meatballs in air fryer basket

Step 3: Transfer meatballs to a medium mixing bowl.

Step 4: Combine with BBQ sauce and serve immediately. 

Closeup shot of meatball covered in barbecue sauce on spoon

Equipment

It takes almost no equipment to make this simple recipe.

  • Air fryer
  • Measuring cup
  • Bowl
  • Spoon

Substitutions

Any Meatball Variety: You can use any meatball variety you like from plain to any of the flavored options.

Any Barbecue Sauce: Use your favorite barbecue sauce. They all work well.

Closeup shot of air fryer frozen meatballs in bowl

Options

Looking for ways to change up these air fryer frozen meatballs? Here are some suggestions.

Chopped Green Onions: Try garnishing your meatballs with chopped great onions.

Cheese: Topping anything with cheese makes it better, especially these meatballs.

Tips:

  • Always preheat your air fryer for the best results.
  • Be sure your air fryer basket is thoroughly coated with nonstick spray so the meatballs don’t stick.
  • Don’t defrost your meatballs before cooking.
Closeup shot of air fryer frozen meatballs in bowl

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FAQ

How long are meatballs good?

You can store these meatballs in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to 3 months.

How do you freeze meatballs?

Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and open air freeze them. Then, transfer them to an air-tight, freeze-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.

How do you reheat meatballs?

Reheat thawed meatballs in the microwave at 30-second intervals until hot.

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs

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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs

These air fryer frozen meatballs make it so easy to prepare everyone's favorite finger food. All you need are meatballs and an air fryer!

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • cooking spray

  • 16 oz frozen meatballs
  • 
1 cup BBQ sauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place meatballs in a greased air fryer basket.
  2. Air fry at 400ºF for 12 minutes or until meatballs are heated through.
  3. Transfer meatballs to a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Combine with BBQ sauce and serve immediately. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 446Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 75mgSodium 1480mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 3gSugar 27gProtein 17g

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