Air Fryer Barbecue Meatballs

Steph Wagner

August 20, 2019

Air Fryer Barbecue Meatballs



Barbecue cheddar meatballs bariatric friendly recipe made in air fryer

Barbecue Cheddar Meatballs in 20 minutes


Texture Matters

Funny enough, I create recipes all the time that I never write down because I forget. My style of cooking is toss a little of this and a little of that so I have had to train myself to take notes!

In particular, I make a lot of meatballs, meatloaf and burgers. I find these three genres of dinners are so similar it’s just tweaking the texture of the meat mixture based on what I’m making.

The trouble is when you go from memory and make meatballs with the texture of meatloaf. It doesn’t work!

Meatloaf can be a little more wet and moist because it bakes for 30-45 minutes depending on it’s size. So when I made these meatballs the first time, they mostly fell apart in the air fryer when I went to flip them. Great taste, terribly presentation!

Tip: Mix the batter well to have a good consistency that will hold together well **image**

Using the Air Fryer

Thanks to Amazon Prime Day 2019, I am a new Air Fryer user! While I still plan to create a post comparing it to using the Instant Pot® for today I’ll just share this successful recipe!

One of the features I do like most about the Air Fryer is how simple it is to clean. For the meatballs I sprayed olive oil lightly in the basket and again on the top of the meatballs. Between that and the non-stick coating of the basket, meatballs have never been so easy to clean!

I put my machine to 360 F for 14 minutes and flipped them at 7 minutes. Read the full recipe below.

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Air Fryer Barbecue Meatballs
Barbecue cheddar meatballs made in 20 minutes in the air fryer! High protein and bariatric friendly.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Air Fryer, American
Keyword Air Fryer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Air Fryer, American
Keyword Air Fryer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use hands or a potato masher to incorporate well until mixture is well formed.
  2. Use a cookie scoop (ice cream scoop or two spoons) to form meatballs together. I recommend small meatballs providing approximately 20 meatballs. Place meatballs in the basket of the air fryer as you go.
  3. Turn air fryer to 360 F (182 C) and the time to 14 minutes. Use a spoon to gently turn over meatballs halfway through the cook time. Remove and serve when time is complete.
Recipe Notes

This recipe makes 4 servings. With one pound of meat losing 25% mass during cooking this makes 3 ounce servings.

One (three ounce) serving provides an estimated 29 grams protein, 9 grams carbohydrate and 13 grams fat.

One meatballs would be 10 grams protein, 3 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fat.

*Nutrition information fluctuates depending on the brands used.

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2 thoughts on “Air Fryer Barbecue Meatballs”

  1. Do you recommend a certain air fryer? I really want to get one and would love a brand recommendation

  2. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert on which particular one. I purchased one on Amazon Prime Day and it looks unavailable now. (This is the link) However, my sister in law purchased one for much less than I did from Walmart and seems just as happy. I wish I had a better answer but would probably recommend a little bit of Google searching to see what others say! I think deals are easy to find with their current popularity.

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