AirCrisp Teriyaki Meatballs

by Rose Pecci

If you don’t have an air fryer yet, what are you waiting for?? These AirCrisp Teriyaki Meatballs are a flavorful addition to any rice and veggie bowl or salad, and are also delicious on their own. Teriyaki sauce takes ground turkey, a relatively bland meat, and completely elevates it. Drizzle some more sauce on top when they’re ready to serve for good measure, it’s just too good! Throw together the quick mixture, pop them in the air fryer, and you have a meal! Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, you’ll never go back to making meatballs in anything other than the air fryer. 

Close up of finished AirCriped Teriyaki Meatballs in a bowl topped with green onions.

THE GROCERY LIST.

  • Ground turkey – if you don’t have ground turkey in your house, feel free to substitute it with ground chicken, beef, or pork
  • Panko – great for adding texture to your meatballs! 
  • Teriyaki – this ingredient dominates the flavor of the meatballs. I’ve linked my preferred brand, but there are so many on the market – try out different ones and use your favorite! 
  • Red onion – red onion has a very strong flavor, so dice into small chunks to distribute it evenly among the meatballs.
  • Eggs – an important binding agent in your meatballs.
  • Garlic powder – garlic and onion powder are a pantry staple that elevate the flavor of many of my favorite dishes.
  • Onion powder
  • Green onions – crunchy and so flavorful! 
  • Olive oil – this is just so the meatballs don’t stick to your hands when you roll them – feel free to use something else, like avocado oil, if you don’t have olive oil on hand.
  • Cooking spray – so your meatballs don’t stick in the basket of your air fryer.
Meatball ingredients in a glass bowl.

THE PREPARATION.

Start by making the meatball mixture: in a large bowl combine the ground turkey, panko, teriyaki sauce, diced red onion, eggs, garlic powder, and onion powder. To mix, you can use a wooden spoon, but it’s much easier to use your hands! Just make sure the mixture is fully incorporated. 

Before you begin forming your meatballs, preheat the Ninja Foodi to 375°F on the AirCrisp setting. That way, it will be hot by the time you are ready to put the meatballs in. 

To create meatballs of even sizes, use a cookie scoop. Scoop the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Coat your hands in olive oil to prevent sticking, and begin rolling the scooped balls in your hands to smooth them out. 

Lightly spray the basket of the Ninja Foodi with the cooking spray of your choice, making sure to fully coat the basket so the meatballs don’t stick. Spread out the meatballs into a single layer in the basket. You will likely need to AirCrisp the meatballs in 2-3 batches, depending on the size of your air fryer basket. 

Set the time for 8 minutes and AirCrisp the meatballs until crisp on the outside and 165°F on the inside. 

To serve your AirCrisp Teriyaki Meatballs, drizzle with additional teriyaki sauce and top with sliced green onions. These meatballs are delicious over a bed of rice, with simple stir fried veggies, in a salad or on their own! 

Raw meatballs on a sheet pan.

FREEZER MAKE AHEAD.

This is a quick recipe, but if you are looking to make them ahead so you can pop them straight into the air fryer, make the meatball mixture and roll into balls, then store in an airtight container in the freezer. 

When you’re ready to prepare the meatballs, preheat the Ninja Foodi to 375°F. When it is preheated, lightly coat the basket with cooking spray. Remove the meatballs from the freezer and place them in a single layer into the basket. AirCrisp the meatballs until crisp on the outside and 165°F on the inside. 

Since the meatballs are frozen they may take longer than 8 minutes to fully cook. Just make sure to monitor the inside temperature to ensure they are not frozen on the inside. 

Close up of finished AirCriped Teriyaki Meatballs in a bowl topped with green onions.

LOOKING FOR MORE AIR FRYER RECIPES?

Here are a few to try:

AIRCRISP SWEET POTATO FRIES

GOCHUGARU CHICKEN TENDERS W/ CUCUMBER KIMCHI & GOCHUJANG AVOCADO DIP 

AIRCRISP APPLE BUTTER DONUTS

Lastly, if you make this AirCrisp Teriyaki Meatballs recipe, be sure to leave a comment! Above all, I love to hear from ya’ll and do my best to respond to every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of your dayyyummm good recreations is my favorite!

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AirCrisp Teriyaki Meatballs

Rose Pecci If you don’t have an air fryer yet, what are you waiting for?? These AirCrisp Teriyaki Meatballs are a flavorful addition to any… Dinner meatballs, teriyaki, air fryer, AirCrisp, Ninja Foodi European Print
Feeds: 28-30 Meatballs Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki, plus more for serving 
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil (for your hands) 
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced for serving 

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the ground turkey, panko, teriyaki sauce, red onion, eggs, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix with a wooden spoon (or with your hands!) until the mixture is fully incorporated. 
  2. Preheat the Ninja Foodi to 375°F on the AirCrisp setting.
  3. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Once all the mixture has been scooped, coat your hands with a little olive oil and roll each ball between your palms to smooth them out. 
  4. Lightly spray the basket of the Ninja Foodi with cooking spray of choice. Add the meatballs in a single layer into the basket. Set the time for 8 minutes. AirCrisp the meatballs until crisp on the outside and 165°F on the inside. You may need to work in 2-3 batches depending on the size of your air fry basket. 
  5. To serve, drizzle the meatballs with additional teriyaki sauce and top with sliced green onions. These meatballs are great over a bed of rice with simple stir fried vegetables or in salad.

Notes

Nutritional Information: Serves 6-8 / 338 cals / 17g F / 14g C / 33g P

AirCrisp Teriyaki Meatballs

Rose Pecci If you don’t have an air fryer yet, what are you waiting for?? These AirCrisp Teriyaki Meatballs are a flavorful addition to any… Dinner meatballs, teriyaki, air fryer, AirCrisp, Ninja Foodi European Print
Feeds: 28-30 Meatballs Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki, plus more for serving 
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil (for your hands) 
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced for serving 

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the ground turkey, panko, teriyaki sauce, red onion, eggs, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix with a wooden spoon (or with your hands!) until the mixture is fully incorporated. 
  2. Preheat the Ninja Foodi to 375°F on the AirCrisp setting.
  3. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Once all the mixture has been scooped, coat your hands with a little olive oil and roll each ball between your palms to smooth them out. 
  4. Lightly spray the basket of the Ninja Foodi with cooking spray of choice. Add the meatballs in a single layer into the basket. Set the time for 8 minutes. AirCrisp the meatballs until crisp on the outside and 165°F on the inside. You may need to work in 2-3 batches depending on the size of your air fry basket. 
  5. To serve, drizzle the meatballs with additional teriyaki sauce and top with sliced green onions. These meatballs are great over a bed of rice with simple stir fried vegetables or in salad.

Notes

Nutritional Information: Serves 6-8 / 338 cals / 17g F / 14g C / 33g P

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Kelsie July 4, 2021 - 10:08 pm

Yum yum yum! Made it with ground chicken and they were a little wet (didn’t look at nice and smooth as yours) but they were still DELISH! I don’t think there’s a single bad recipe on here! Keep up the awesome work, Sammy!

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Tamara July 14, 2021 - 9:51 am

This was a HUGE winner in my house. My kid even asked for seconds, she never wants seconds on meat.

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Christine July 15, 2021 - 9:27 am

Sammy, what would you recommend to replace the red onions that I cannot use because of sensitivity to it in my family?

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sammymoniz July 16, 2021 - 8:27 am

Christine– you can swap out for white or green onions OR if onions altogether are OUT then simply omit! I bet you could sneak another veg in there if you wanted like spinach or cauliflower rice but know these contain a lot of water and may mess with the consistency.

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