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Healthy Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs – Gluten Free

  • Author: Amy Estes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 15-17 meatballs 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Air fryer turkey meatballs are healthy and easy to make in just 15 minutes in the air fryer. These gluten-free meatballs are perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner everyone will love!



For the Meatballs

  • 1 pound (16 oz) ground turkey – I used 93/7
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/41/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper

For the sauce


Make the meatballs

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. 
  2. While the air fryer is preheating you can mix up and form the meatballs.  Add all meatball ingredients to a medium size mixing bowl and mix well with a rubber spatula or use your hands. Use a small ice cream scoop or rounded tablespoon to form and roll the meatballs into about 1.5-inch balls and place them onto a clean plate. 
  3. Spray the air fryer basket with non-aerosol olive oil spray.  Working in batches, place the meatballs in a single layer in the basket about 1 inch apart. Lightly spray them with olive oil spray then close the basket and cook for 7-10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through the cooking time. This took about 8 minutes in my air fryer

Mix up the sauce

  1. While the meatballs are cooking, mix up the sauce. In a small mixing bowl combine the chili sauce and the apricot preserves.  Mix well to form the most delicious meatball sauce. 
  2. Once all of the meatballs are done cooking, transfer them to a large mixing bowl, immediately pour on the sauce, and toss the meatballs to coat all of them in the crazy good sweet, and spicy sauce. 


  1. Serve warm with a sprinkle of fresh parsley over cooked rice. 


  • Use good quality ground turkey meat. I used organic 93/7 lean ground turkey for this recipe, which is perfect.
  • Roll the meatballs a little smaller than usual. Rolling these meatballs into 1.5 inch balls or smaller will allow them to cook faster and not dry out. Also using a small ice cream scoop or rounded tablespoon to portion the mixture will really help create even size meatballs that will all cook at the same time.
  • Use a little bit of olive oil in this recipe. There is a little bit of olive oil in this recipe which allows the meatballs to get nice and crispy when cooked in the air fryer. It still ends up being much less oil than what is used to make traditional meatballs like this, making this a healthier meatball recipe.
  • Make sure to spray the air fryer basket with non-aerosol olive oil cooking spray before you add the meatballs so that they don’t stick to the basket.
  • Toss the meatballs in the sauce right after they are done cooking so the sauce sticks to them
  • To store these meatballs: let them cool completely but do not roll them in the sauce. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat these meatballs: Reheat them in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 350 degrees F. Then mix up the sauce and coat the meatballs.
    • Prep Time: 5 minutes
    • Cook Time: 10 minutes
    • Category: Main dishes
    • Method: Air Fryer
    • Cuisine: American

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