Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs
Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs! This easy method is a great way to cook frozen meatballs at the perfect time and temperature in the air fryer. You’ll be able to cook them fast whether they are raw or precooked to make a great appetizer or main course.
Using the air fryer to cook frozen foods makes weeknight meals a breeze with little clean up. I love making vegetables, frozen wings and even frozen meatballs.
You can cook frozen meatballs in your air fryer no matter what they are made of and no matter what size they are. The perfect meatball right from frozen is right around the corner.
📝 What You’ll Need
- Frozen Meatballs – You can make them from scratch and freeze them cooked or uncooked OR simply buy a bag of store-bought frozen meatballs. They can be mini or regular size!
- Air Fryer – There are so many great air fryers to choose from including Nuwave, Instant Pot, Phillips and Chefman, but my favorite air fryer of all time is the Ninja Foodi. It triples as an ar fryer, instant pot and slow cooker. Learn out all about it in my Ninja Foodi Review.
📖 How To Cook Frozen Meatballs in the Air Fryer
These times and temperatures are a good start. Please note that every air fryer is different in how long to cook them. Temperature may vary slightly. Test meatballs periodically to make sure they are cooked through, especially if they are being cooked from raw.
1️⃣ Place frozen meatballs in the fryer basket and cook at 350 degrees for 7 minutes (for medium/large meatballs).
2️⃣ Shake the air fryer basket, raise the heat to 400 degrees and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until they are warmed through.
To make frozen mini meatballs, place them in the air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, tossing or flipping halfway through.
Frozen Raw Meatballs
1️⃣ Place frozen meatballs in the air fryer basket and cook at 350 for 10 minutes.
2️⃣ Toss and flip, raise the heat cook at 400 degrees for another 5 to 15 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
🧑🍳 Recipe Tips
- Make sure your meatballs are in a single-layer on the bottom of the basket to make sure they are cooked evenly.
- To help with cleanup, add a layer of foil under the basket to catch any excess oil.
- For large meatballs or homemade raw meatballs, start them at a lower temperature to them out. Then, cook them at a higher temperature to finish.
🍽️ How To Serve
Add them to this Instant Pot Pasta with Jarred Sauce instead of ground sausage.
Toss them in a homemade BBQ sauce as a game day appetizer.
Put them in a sandwich to make a meatball sub.
Serve them as a protein along with air fryer broccoli and horseradish mashed potatoes.
Essentially any type of frozen meatballs can be cooked in the air fryer –beef, chicken, turkey, Italian beef, mini cocktail meatballs and plant-based meatballs.
To reheat meatballs in the air fryer, add them to the basket in a single layer and cook at 325 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. This will reheat most sizes of meatballs perfectly. Be sure to check on them halfway through and flip.
Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs
- 1-3 lbs Frozen Meatballs
- Air Fryer
How To Cook Frozen Meatballs In the Air Fryer
- These are the best times and temperatures to start with when cooking frozen meatballs in the air fryer. Please note that every air fryer is different in how long to cook them. Temperature may vary slightly. Test all meatballs periodically to make sure they are cooked through, especially if they are being cooked from raw.
Store Bought Frozen Meatballs (Medium/Large)
- Place frozen meatballs in the air fryer basket and cook at 350 for 7 minutes.
- Toss and flip then cook at 400 degrees for another 5-10 minutes until they are warmed through.
Raw Frozen Meatballs (Medium/Large)
- Place frozen meatballs in the air fryer basket and cook at 350 for 10 minutes.
- Toss and flip then cook at 400 degrees for another 5-15 minutes until they are completely cooked through.
Frozen Mini Meatballs
- Place frozen meatballs in the air fryer basket and cook at 400 for 10-12 minutes tossing or flipping halfway through.