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Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

These air fryer turkey meatballs are delicious, healthy, easy, and quick to make. Serve them as they are or include them in other recipes.
Course Air Fryer Recipes, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 30 meatballs
Calories 46kcal
Author Adina


  • Air fryer


  • 1 ¾ lb ground turkey 800 g/ 28 oz
  • 3 oz panko breadcrumbs 85 g
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs Note 1
  • ½ - ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • cooking spray


  • Finely grate the onion and the garlic (Note 2). Place them in a bowl.
  • Meatball mixture: Add ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, Parmesan, sweet and smoked paprika, chopped fresh herbs or dried herbs, salt, and pepper, and combine. Don’t overmix.
  • Form about 30 meatballs, slightly smaller than a golf ball; each should weigh about 1 oz/ 30 g. Lightly wet your hands several times while forming the meatballs.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200C). Spray the basket with cooking spray.
  • Arrange the meatballs in the basket in a single layer; you will probably have to cook them in two batches. Spray them with cooking spray as well.
  • Air fry the meatballs: Cook them for 6 to 8 minutes, flipping them or shaking the basket halfway through.
  • Check that they are cooked through; the internal temperature should be 165°F (74°C). Or break one in the middle to see if it’s fully cooked inside.


  1. I love using fresh or frozen dill for meatballs, but parsley or other herbs are also great. Sub with 1 teaspoon dried thyme, oregano, or marjoram if you like.
  2. Grating ensures that you will not bite on onion pieces; the cooking time is short, and they will not be able to soften properly if not grated. Alternatively, you can cook the onions in a pan until soft, but that takes longer, and it means that you will have to clean an extra pan.


Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg