This recipe for Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs can help get dinner on the table fast. Cook your meatballs from frozen and serve them with your favorite sauce and steamed vegetable for a satisfying meal.

meatballs in air fryer

Not only can you cook frozen meatballs in your air fryer, but you don’t even need to thaw them first.

Air frying frozen meatballs is about as simple as dumping them into your air fryer basket. I can get on board with that! Be sure to have a bag (or two!) in your freezer at all times and you’re only 15 minutes away from a meal.

You can slather your air fryer meatballs in store-bought marinara and toss over noodles for a super easy spaghetti and meatballs or serve them up as a no-fuss appetizer for a party. For a less traditional route but equally delicious one, serve the meatballs alongside roasted vegetables and rice.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Sometimes life happens and we find ourselves in a pinch with nothing to cook come dinner time. Air fryer frozen meatballs are the answer.
  • Since meatballs are essentially just seasoned ground beef balls they taste good with anything. Serve alongside corn on the cob, roasted vegetables, rice, salad, noodles, or even as meatball subs. You can also serve these as a quick snack for hungry kiddos if necessary.
  • They’re cooked and ready in under 15 minutes.

Key Ingredients

Frozen fully-cooked meatballs – Choose your favorite brand of meatballs but make sure they’re fully cooked (most are).

Meatballs usually contain breadcrumbs (gluten), and parmesan (dairy) so if you are on a specific diet be sure to check ingredients.

You can find gluten-free and dairy-free frozen meatballs but you will usually have more options at a health food store. It’s always best to read the ingredients and labels anyhow to make sure they line up with your dietary preferences and don’t include any artificial ingredients.

Marinara sauce – This is optional but one of the easiest ways to prepare these meatballs for dinner. Simply toss with marinara, spaghetti sauce, or tomato sauce and serve over noodles!

ingredients for air fryer meatballs

Recipe Steps

Step One

Lay the frozen meatballs in an even single layer in the basket of your air fryer.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes cook time and toss the meatballs in the basket halfway through. This will help them cook evenly.

meatballs in air fryer basket

Step Three

Use tongs to transfer the hot meatballs to a serving dish or large bowl.

Step Four

Serve plain or with noodles and marinara for a quick dinner. See other ways to serve these meatballs below.

meatballs on serving plate

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Read the package of frozen meatballs to make sure they are fully cooked.
  • If your frozen meatballs are larger than 1-inch in diameter, you will need to increase the cooking time by 2-4 minutes.
  • You can use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that the inside of the meatballs reaches 160°F.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may be able to make a larger batch. Just don’t over-crowd the meatballs or they may not get warmed through.
  • For a lower-fat version, you can use frozen chicken or turkey meatballs in place of beef meatballs.

FAQs

Can I stack the meatballs in the air fryer?

No, it’s best not to because the hot air won’t be able to circulate and the meatballs won’t cook evenly. If you bought a large bag of meatballs cook them in batches.

Do I need to thaw the meatballs before air frying?

Nope! In fact it’s best you don’t since the recipe and time below is for frozen meatballs.

What can I serve with air fryer meatballs?

You can toss them in marinara and put them on a sub. You can serve with rice or quinoa and sautéed veggies for a main course. Almost any dish that would taste good with ground beef will taste great with meatballs. You can also just toss them with BBQ sauce and place toothpicks in them for a simple appetizer.

cooked meatballs

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This recipe for Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs can help get dinner on the table fast. Cook your meatballs from frozen and serve them with your favorite sauce and steamed vegetable for a satisfying meal.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 20 frozen fully-cooked meatballs (about 110 ounce bag)
  • Warmed marinara sauce (optional, for serving)

Instructions

  1. Lay the frozen meatballs in an even layer in the basket of your air fryer.
  2. Set the temperature to 400°F for 8 minutes, stopping to toss the meatballs in the basket halfway through the cook time.
  3. Use tongs to transfer the cooked meatballs to a serving dish.
  4. Serve plain or with your choice of cooked pasta or zucchini noodles and marinara sauce.

Notes

  1. Read the package of frozen meatballs to make sure they are fully cooked.
  2. If your frozen meatballs are larger than 1-inch in diameter, you will need to increase the cook time by 2-4 minutes.
  3. You can use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that the inside of the meatballs reaches 160°F.
  4. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may be able to make a larger batch. Just don’t over-crowd the meatballs or they may not get warmed through.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: air fryer meatballs, air fried cooked meatballs, how to cook frozen meatballs

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