Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs are a delicious low-carb recipe that's made with lean ground turkey, egg, bell pepper, and the perfect blend of seasonings. If you're looking for a delicious low-carb dish that doesn't take a ton of time, this is the recipe for you.
Why I Love This
Air Fryer Meatballs are some of my favorite things to make in the air fryer. They are perfect for meals, appetizers, and even meal prep. Other than these turkey meatballs, I also love to make these homemade meatballs.
I love my low carb meals and these are delicious, quick, and easy.
Love this dish? You might also love these air fryer chicken meatballs made with marinara and parmesan cheese. They're so good and can be served several different ways.
But for now, let's talk about these amazing turkey meatballs. You only need a handful of ingredients and a few minutes to make this delicious and healthy air fryer recipe.
Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs Ingredients
- ground turkey
- red bell pepper
- chopped parsley
- Italian seasoning
- ground black pepper
Just a few ingredients and you'll be cooking this easy low-carb dish before long.
How to Make Turkey Meatballs in the Air Fryer
Preheat the Air Fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray or parchment paper for easier cleanup..
Add ground turkey, bell pepper, parsley, egg, and seasonings to a bowl. Mix well.
Use a scooper or a tablespoon to shape each meatball into 1 ¼” balls.
Place the meatballs in a single layer in the prepared air fryer basket, leaving room between the meatballs.
Cook at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked completely through.
Remove the cooked turkey meatballs from the air fryer and continue to cook the remaining meatballs.
Note: All air fryers cook differently. You may have to adjust the time up or down depending on the power and wattage that your air fryer cooks. It's always best to try a small portion of a new recipe in case you need to adjust the time.
Use a scoop and then hand roll the meatballs to pack them. Don't pack them too tightly or they will cook unevenly.
Mix the ingredients just until they're combined. Overmixing can make the meatballs tough.
Place the meatballs in the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they don’t touch. This allows the hot air to circulate freely, cooking them evenly and giving them a nice outer crust.
Use a meat thermometer to ensure they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C), which is the safe temperature for poultry.
Let the meatballs rest for a few minutes after cooking. This allows the juices to be redistributed, making them more tender and flavorful.
- Cooling Down: Allow the meatballs to cool to room temperature before storing. This prevents condensation inside the storage container, which can make them soggy.
- Refrigeration: Place the cooled meatballs in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag. They should last in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
- Freezing: For longer storage, freeze the meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. This prevents them from sticking together, allowing you to take out only as many as you need later. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to around 350°F (175°C).
- Single Layer: Place the meatballs in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they're not touching.
- Reheating Time: Heat them for about 3-5 minutes if refrigerated, or 6-8 minutes if frozen. No need to defrost frozen meatballs before reheating them.
- Check for Warmth: Ensure the meatballs are heated through before serving. If not, heat for an additional minute or two.
Reheat in Sauce: Place the meatballs in a saucepan with some sauce (like marinara or gravy). Heat over medium-low heat until the meatballs are warmed through. This method is great for adding extra flavor.
If you would like to make these meatballs but don't have turkey, you can also use this same recipe with lean ground beef or with lean ground chicken.
Serve turkey meatballs with spaghetti noodles and pasta sauce, on a bun with sauce and cheese as a sub sandwich, or plain as an appetizer with different dipping sauces.
Air frying generally requires less oil than traditional frying methods, which can result in fewer calories and less fat in the final dish, making it a healthier option.
Enhance the flavor by adding spices, herbs, garlic, onion, and Parmesan cheese to the mix. You can also experiment with different seasoning blends to suit your taste.
It's generally a good idea to preheat your air fryer for a few minutes before cooking. This ensures the meatballs start cooking immediately and helps achieve a more even cook.
Making turkey meatballs in an air fryer is a great way to enjoy a healthier version of this classic dish.
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Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs
- Air Fryer
- 1 ½ lbs ground turkey
- 1 medium bell pepper red
- ½ cup Italian parsley chopped
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the air fryer basket.
- Add ground turkey, bell pepper, parsley, egg, and seasonings to a bowl. Mix well.
- Use a scooper or a tablespoon to shape each meatball into 1 ¼” balls.
- Place the meatballs in a single layer in the prepared air fryer basket
- Cook at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Remove the cooked meatballs from the air fryer and continue to cook the remaining meatballs.
*Nutritional information is a calculated guesstimate. Please note that this can change with different brands and modifications you may make to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements you're using with each recipe.