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Air fryer turkey meatballs served on a plate with marinara sauce and pasta.

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

  • Author: Leanne
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 18 meatballs
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: American


Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs are tender and juicy with Italian herbs, panko crumbs and parmesan cheese. They’re ready in less than 25 minutes, freezer friendly and perfect for meal prep!


  • 1 pound (454 grams) lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl. Use a fork or your hands to mix everything together until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  2. Use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to portion out the turkey mixture and roll it into balls. (You should get about 18 meatballs).
  3. Place the meatballs in the air fryer basket in a single layer and air fry at 350F for 10-12 minutes, shaking the basket after 7-8 minutes to ensure the meatballs rotate and brown evenly.
  4. The meatballs are done when they reach an internal temperature of 165F degrees.


  1. If the turkey mixture is too wet or sticky, just cover and refrigerate it for 30 minutes to firm it up before rolling it into balls.
  2. For even cooking, make sure your turkey meatballs are all the same size (about 1.5 tablespoons). If you make smaller or larger meatballs, you’ll need to adjust the air frying time.
  3. Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. The meatballs should be arranged in a single layer and a little bit of space in between them to ensure they air fry evenly.
  4. If you don’t have a non-stick air fryer basket, you may need to lightly spray the basket with oil or use parchment paper. (You can get parchment paper with little holes in it that are made for air fryer baskets).
  5. I didn’t preheat my air fryer, but feel free to do so if your air fryer model requires it.
  6. This recipe was tested in a Cosori 5.8 quart air fryer. Depending on the size, brand and model of your air fryer, you may need to adjust the temperature and cooking time slightly. If your air fryer is smaller, you’ll also need to air fry the meatballs in batches.
  7. Be sure to check out the other sections above the recipe card for more detailed advice and suggestions for making this recipe.

Keywords: turkey meatballs, air fryer meatballs