Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs

Full of flavor and spice, the Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs recipe is perfect for any occasion. Serve them with toothpicks for an easy appetizer or over rice for a complete meal.

This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more info.

Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

Are you looking for a unique and delicious recipe to try in your air fryer? Then check out these amazing air fryer firecracker meatballs!

They are full of flavor and spice and are perfect for any occasion.

These firecracker air fried meatballs are made with ground beef, bread crumbs, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, egg, and milk.

Plus, they are so easy to make that anyone can cook them up.

Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

These air fryer meatballs are great for feeding a crowd and can be served as an appetizer or main dish.

Serve them with toothpicks for an easy appetizer or over rice for a complete meal.

You will love how simple they are to make and how delicious they taste!

These firecracker meatballs are sure to be a hit with your family and friends!

Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

So give this recipe a try today and enjoy the fireworks!

(makes about 26 but it depends on the size of your meatballs)

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: about 15 minutes per batch 

Ingredients:

Air Fryer Meatballs Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • Onion powder
  • Black pepper
  • Smoked paprika
  • Eggs lightly beaten
  • Ground beef
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Sesame seeds
  • Minced parsley (add more if using for garnish)

For exact measurements, please see the recipe card below.

Firecracker Sauce

  • Packed light brown sugar
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Low sodium soy sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt 
Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

Can I Substitute Frozen Meatballs

Yes, absolutely. Just prepare the meatballs according to the package directions and skip the instructions for making the homemade meatballs.

How Long Does It Take To Cook Frozen Meatballs In The Air Fryer

I like to prepare frozen meatballs in the air fryer versus the microwave because they come out so much more juicier.

I used large meatballs for my meatball subs and left them in the air fryer for approximately eight minutes at 390 degrees F.

Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

I did shake the basket to rotate them every two minutes.

If I were using the smaller meatballs, I would probably leave them in the ninja foodi for about 6 minutes while shaking around every two minutes as well.

More Air Fryer Recipes

  • Air Fryer Italian Sausage Hoagies – If you’re looking for a delicious meal and easy way to enjoy sausage, peppers, and onions, air fryer Italian Sausage hoagies is the way to go!
  • Air Fryer Copycat KFC Famous Bowl – The Air Fryer Copycat KFC Famous Bowl Recipe is an easy meal and the perfect blend of cooked chicken, sweet corn, and delicious gravy.
  • Air Fryer Fried Ice Cream – A scoop of vanilla ice cream, coated in flour, egg white, and cinnamon sugar cereal, then “fried”! Fried ice cream is heavenly!
  • Best Air Fryer Flank Steak Recipe – Are you looking for a delicious, simple recipe, and easy way to cook a flank steak? If so, then you’ll love this air fryer flank steak recipe!
  • Easy Air Fryer Cake Recipe – Making an Air Fryer Cake is easier than you think. It comes out moist and delicious and will be your favorite way to bake a cake.

How to Make Air Fried Meatballs

Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.

Add your ingredients for your meatballs to a large bowl. Mix well. 

Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

Using a cookie scoop or your hands, roll 2-inch Meatballs between the palm of your hands to form a ball.

Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

Lightly spray your basket for your air fryer with cooking spray. Add your meatballs to your basket. Be sure to not overcrowd. Spray your meatballs with cooking spray.

Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

Cook your meatballs at 400°F for 10 minutes. Flip them over and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until your beef reaches an internal temperature of 140°F – 155°F. Spray with cooking spray one more time.

Repeat steps 3 – 5 until your meatballs are cooked.

Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

Warm your saucepan on medium-high heat. Once hot, add the ingredients for your sauce to a small saucepan.

Continue to whisk for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.

Prepare Your Air Fryer Meatballs

In a large bowl, add your meatballs. Pour your sauce over the meatballs and stir to evenly coat your meatballs.

Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

Serve as is with a side of vegetables, over rice, or as an appetizer. Enjoy warm.

Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe
Yield: 25

Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

Full of flavor and spice, the Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs recipe is perfect for any occasion. Serve them with toothpicks for an easy appetizer or over rice for a complete meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp minced parsley (add more if using for garnish)

Firecracker Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Buffalo sauce
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe
  2. Add your ingredients for your meatballs to a large bowl. Mix well. Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe
  3. Using a cookie scoop or your hands, roll 2-inch Meatballs between the palm of your hands to form a ball. Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe
  4. Lightly spray your basket for your air fryer with cooking spray. Add your meatballs to your basket. Be sure to not overcrowd. Spray your meatballs with cooking spray. Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe
  5. Cook your meatballs at 400°F for 10 minutes. Flip them over and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until your beef reaches an internal temperature of 140°F – 155°F. Spray with cooking spray one more time. Repeat steps 3 – 5 until your meatballs are cooked. Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe
  6. Warm your saucepan on medium-high heat. Once hot, add the ingredients for your sauce to a small saucepan. Continue to whisk for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the sauce thickens. Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

Prepare Your Air Fryer Meatballs

  1. In a large bowl, add your meatballs. Pour your sauce over the meatballs and stir to evenly coat your meatballs. Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe
  2. Serve as is with a side of vegetables, over rice, or as an appetizer. Enjoy warm. Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

Notes

Can I Substitute Frozen Meatballs

Yes, absolutely. Just prepare the meatballs according to the package directions and skip the instructions for making the homemade meatballs.

How Long Does It Take To Cook Frozen Meatballs In The Air Fryer

I like to prepare frozen meatballs in the air fryer versus the microwave because they come out so much more juicier.

I used large meatballs for my meatball subs and left them in the air fryer for approximately eight minutes at 390 degrees F.

I did shake the basket to rotate them every two minutes.

If I were using the smaller meatballs, I would probably leave them in the ninja foodi for about 6 minutes while shaking around every two minutes as well.

Nutrition Information

Yield

25

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 169Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 48mgSodium 337mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 12g

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram

Follow us on Pinterest and PIN IT FOR LATER!

Air Fryer Firecracker Meatballs Recipe

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.