Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

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Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs. Moroccan couscous turkey meatballs cooked in the air fryer. A delicious easy turkey meatballs recipe and a great healthy meatball alternative too.

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs
Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs is a delicious recipe using up leftover couscous and other leftover ingredients and then cooked in the air fryer. It was published on in March of 2017 and we decided to update it with new info and new kitchen gadgets. We hope you enjoy our updated version.

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

My Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs is a genius leftover recipe of the silly leftover foods that you don’t know what to do with and you can now combine into one.

You can use up all those little bits of vegetables, some spare turkey, turkey stock if you have some and then you can use couscous to combine them.

I particularly like these Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs because everything that goes into them, I have in the fridge and the cupboard and let’s face it when it comes to leftovers, I think we always end up eating curry or pie and this is something different.

These Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs are also healthy, and you could take them with you to work, or even as a snack after exercise to refuel.

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs (from leftovers)

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

If you have read our blog for a while, then you will know that we like to save money on our groceries and love making use of our leftovers.

Just today as I write this, I have made the kids vegetables in a cheese sauce for lunch.

Made from vegetables that needed using up from the fridge and a half used can of coconut milk as well as some spare cheese. It was delicious and there is enough for a second helping for dinner tonight.

There is a similar theme going on with our Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs.

After a fridge raid, I have decided to add to them:

  • Spare Vegetables
  • Leftover Couscous
  • Leftover Brown Turkey Meat

You might have some leftover Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken or some vegetables that you bought that you forgot to use.

You are probably wondering why couscous? Well couscous is a very cheap ingredient and is an amazing binding agent when making turkey meatballs.

Quite often when you cook couscous you can end up with lots of leftover as it multiplies so much and instead of breadcrumbs you can use it in your turkey meatballs in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs + Coconut

My magic trick with making Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs is coconut flakes or you might call them desiccated coconut. It gives it a fantastic crunchy coating and helps make the turkey meatballs crispy.

Also, when you use a wet texture in your meatballs, coconut can help to stop the turkey meatballs from sticking to the air fryer.

Turkey Meatballs In The Air Fryer

I love using the air fryer to cook my turkey meatballs and it is so EASY. Simply add your meatball ingredients into a bowl, mix well and then shape into turkey meatballs.

Cook in the air fryer on a medium heat and you have delicious Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs.

They are delicious, and you will want to rinse and repeat and cook meatballs in your air fryer forever.

You can also mix and match your air fryer meatballs. Maybe next time you will make beef meatballs, or pork meatballs!!!

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Using A Meatball Press

We used a Meatball Press to create perfect Air Fryer Meatballs. It is just the BEST. Then nobody argues over who gets the biggest one as they will all be in the same equal shape.

You feed the meatball mixture into the press and then the meatball press does the hard work for you.

Here it is in action when we made our Air Fryer Honey & Mustard Pork Meatballs:

Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs ready to press

MORE Air Fryer Meatball Recipes

I am a HUGE fan of meatballs and cook them frequently in the air fryer. I love them with different types of mince including chicken meatballs, pork meatballs, turkey meatballs and of course beef meatballs.

Here are a few Air Fryer Meatball Recipes:

Welcome to my latest recipe in the air fryer and this is my Airfryer Moroccan Turkey Couscous Balls.

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs. Moroccan couscous turkey meatballs cooked in the air fryer. A delicious easy turkey meatballs recipe and a great healthy meatball alternative too.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 195kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Recipe Ingredients:


  • Cook the couscous if you don’t have some cooked already. See recipe notes below.
  • Place the cooked vegetables in the blender along with the turkey leg meat, turkey stock, soft cheese Greek yoghurt and seasoning. Blend for a couple of minutes or until the mixture resembles a thick pate.
  • Remove the blender ingredients into a mixing bowl, add in the couscous and mix well.
  • Make the mixture into balls and roll in the desiccated coconut.
  • Place in the Air Fryer for 16 minutes at 180c/360f and then serve.
  • If serving at a party place on sticks for a nice party piece.


If you’re not using leftover couscous, then you will need to make a quick batch of it or use breadcrumbs. To make couscous in a small pan add 1 cup of boiling water, along with ½ cup of couscous. Place the pan lid on top and leave for 10 minutes. Stir after 10 minutes and it is done.
We used leftover brown turkey meat from a turkey leg. But you could use chicken leg, turkey breast or chicken breast if you preferred.


Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2050IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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