How To Make Air Fryer Meatballs
These homemade air fryer meatballs are wonderfully simple and deliciously tasty! They are crispy on the outside and mouth-wateringly juicy in the middle. Your friends and family will not be able to get enough. They are a definite crowd pleaser! And thanks to the help of our trusty air fryer, you can save on time, cleaning, and even calories!
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Air fryer meatballs should be a staple of every home as they are quick to make, quick to cook and surprisingly versatile. Whether you are making a lunchtime meatball sub, an evening spaghetti and meatballs, or even just sticking them on cocktail skewers as a snack, you can’t go wrong with these succulent bites.
Ingredients (Serves 4 : Meatballs 16)
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- ½ lb lean ground pork
- 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
- 1 medium shallot finely diced
- 3 cloves of crushed garlic (if you are using garlic powder or puree, it’s about 1 tablespoon)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
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For this recipe, and air fryer cooking in general, we recommend a couple of things to make life easier. The first is a meat thermometer. One of the things that beginner cooks often struggle with is how to tell if something is cooked yet. Now, obviously this becomes easier with practice, but with a meat thermometer you can take the guess work out of it. This can also make your meals much more consistent no matter how much experience you have.
The second items that we recommend when air fryer cooking, is to invest in a set of silicone utensils. This is because the air fryer basket or pot that you cook in will be lined with a non-stick coating. When you use metal utensils it becomes much easier to accidentally chip this coating, which then starts peeling. This not only contaminates your food but also makes cleaning the appliance more difficult and time consuming. Silicone utensils will have some flex in them so this problem can be avoided altogether. This will also improve the lifespan of your air fryer!
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- Place the breadcrumbs and whole milk in a large mixing bowl and leave to soak for 5 minutes.
- In a medium pan fry the shallot in the oil on a medium high heat for 3 minutes until softened. If you are using fresh garlic add the crushed cloves to the shallots with 1 minutes left; if you are using powder or puree, then we can add this straight to our meatball mix so no need to fry here.
- Once the finely diced shallot has been softened, add it to the breadcrumbs along with the ground beef and pork, then give a quick stir.
- Now add the rest of your ingredients. Once you have added the egg, parsley, Parmesan, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper, stir the mixture well to ensure all ingredients have been combined evenly. Don’t forget to add the garlic at this stage if you are using powder or puree.
- Split the mixture in half, and in half again, to get quarters. Each of these quarters is a serving and will produce 4 meatballs each. Gently shape each meatball into a sphere. The more even you are here, the more evenly they will cook!
- If you are not planning on eating these immediately, pack them in an airtight container. They will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days and in the freezer for up to a month.
- Preheat the air fryer to 380°F (195°C).
- Once the air fryer comes to temperature, place the meatballs in a single layer ensuring that they do not touch. The air must be able to circulate between them so they can cook properly.
- Cook for 12-14 minutes until browned. We recommend using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature and make sure they have cooked all the way through. The ideal internal temperature for these meatballs is 165°F (74°C).
- Remove the meatballs from the air fryer with silicon tongs.
- Serve immediately for the best result!
Air Fryer Meatballs Conclusion
Whether you are feeding your family, cooking for friends, or even just after a substantial sub for lunch. These homemade air fryer meatballs are simple to make, quick and easy to cook, and are perfect for every occasion.
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