Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs

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Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs. How to air fry your favourite frozen meatballs from raw and frozen to perfectly cooked and crispy in the air fryer.

OMG Frozen meatballs in the air fryer are so easy to cook and don’t taste dry at all. They are moist, they are crispy, and they are effortless.

Perfect for when you are planning on having our instant pot garlic spaghetti for dinner and want some quick meatballs to serve with it.

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs
Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs

One of my readers asked me to do some air fryer frozen meatballs and to add it to our growing collection of air fryer frozen food. Another reader mentioned to me that their most cooked air fryer food was meatballs because of how easy the air fryer was for cooking them for dinner.

But unlike many countries we only have one brand of frozen meatballs available to us in Portugal. It was a small bag with hardly any meatball for your money and I just didn’t want to do that.

So, instead I treated it like when I did my instant pot cheap freezer meals and bought the food fresh and raw and then froze it for later.

I got a wonderful pack of fresh meatballs that were perfectly shaped from Lidl and then placed them in the freezer so that I could see how well they cooked from frozen.

Well today is the day and welcome to my easy air fryer frozen meatballs.

Why Cook Frozen Meatballs In The Air Fryer?

Frozen meatballs in the air fryer are easy, tasty and perfect for meal prep. Its one of the best meal preps you can do, because you can prep you own meatballs (or buy them in) and add them to freezer bags ready for when you are your family want to eat air fryer meatball subway sub or have a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs.

Then while you plan the rest of your meal, you know that your meatballs will be cooking in the air fryer, without much effort from you.

It doesn’t take much longer to cook air fryer frozen meatballs compared to thawed meatballs and then it stops you wasting food if your meal plans change.

Frozen Uncooked Meatballs In The Air Fryer

How To Cook Frozen Uncooked Meatballs In The Air Fryer

As you know today, I have used frozen uncooked meatballs for cooking in the air fryer. You could use whatever meatballs you like.

Whether this is frozen turkey meatballs, frozen chicken meatballs, frozen beef meatballs or even a mix of those.

Normally the meatballs we make in the Milner house are a mix of beef and pork. You can keep them gluten free as you don’t need breadcrumbs to bind them and the pork and the beef work well together.

What Ingredients & Gadgets Go Into Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs?

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs Ingredients

There is not much to cooking air fryer frozen meatballs.

Grab your favourite frozen meatballs from the freezer and place them in the air fryer out of their packaging.

The air fryer we used for recipe testing our frozen beef meatballs was the Philips Air Fryer XL. It is the perfect size for freezer food and does an excellent job of cooking meat from frozen.

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs Temperature

I recommend an air fryer frozen meatballs temperature of a mix of low and medium. Start your frozen meatballs at a low temperature and then finish off on a medium temperature.

Its important you don’t cook your meatballs on high. That is because it will crisp the outside and it won’t thaw them out enough to thoroughly cook them.

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs Cooking Time

The recommended air fryer frozen meatballs cooking time is 17 minutes. You start off with 12 minutes on a low temperature and then to make sure they are crispy and thoroughly cooked add another 5 minutes on a medium temperature.

How To Air Fry Frozen Meatballs?

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs step by step

Cooking meatballs in the air fryer is so simple:

  1. Remove the frozen meatballs from the packaging and place in your air fryer basket.
  2. Cook for 12 minutes first on a low temperature followed by 5 minutes on a medium temperature until they are thoroughly cooked.
  3. Serve with your favourite carbs!
Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs

More Air Fryer Frozen Food

Here at Recipe This we love sharing with our readers lots of frozen food that they can cook from frozen in their air fryer.

The possibilities are endless and often frozen food tastes better in an air fryer, then in the oven or in the deep fat fryer.

Here are a few of our other air fryer frozen meat favourites for you to try next:

We also have a lot more air fryer recipes for you to check out and find some new ideas for planning your meals. As well as this we have our air fryer frozen food ecookbook, which is full to bursting with all our air fryer frozen recipes in one big PDF ebook. You can order it on this link or click on the banner below.

How To Cook Frozen Uncooked Meatballs In The Air Fryer
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Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs. How to air fry your favourite frozen meatballs from raw and frozen to perfectly cooked and crispy in the air fryer.
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 92kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs Ingredients:


  • Remove your frozen beef meatballs from the packaging and place in the air fryer. Make sure they are not overcrowded and there is room for them to cook.
  • Set the temperature to 160c/320f and the time for 12 minutes.
  • When it beeps after 12 minutes adjust the temperature to 180c/360f and cook for a final 5 minutes.
  • Serve with your favourite pasta.


You can be making the rest of your meal while your frozen meatballs are cooking in the air fryer. I like to serve mine with either instant pot garlic spaghetti or with bread for our air fryer subway meatball sub. Though it is all about personal preference.
I recommend slicing a meatball in half when done, just to make sure it is cooked properly in the middle. As you want to be safe when it comes to cooking frozen meat in the air fryer.
In our example we have used frozen beef meatballs, but you could use turkey, chicken, pork or a mix.


Calories: 92kcal | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 100mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs”

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is really easy and very tasty. They come out so juicy and not dry at all which seems to be the most common complaint about air frying that i have come cross, but these were so nice!


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