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Air Fryer Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Meatballs stuffed with mozzarella and a crispy breading made in the air fryer.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Chill Time10 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Servings: 22 meatballs
Calories: 70kcal
Author: Oscar
Cost: $8




  • 11 mini bocconcini balls sliced in half

Meatball Breading (optional)


  • In a large bowl combine the ground meat with the meatball ingredients and roll into 1 inch balls.
  • Slice the mini bocconcini in half and then flatten out a meatball in to the palm of your hand and place a piece of cheese in the centre. Fold the edges of the meatball around the cheese and make sure there are no open seals.
  • Place meatballs in the fridge to chill for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F
  • If breading combine the pork rind crumbs and parmesan in a medium bowl. remove meatballs from fridge and roll through the breadcrumb mixture until meatball is coated. Place each meatball in a lightly greased air fryer basket.
  • Air Fry for 12 minutes at 400°F. You may need to fry in batches, depending on your air fryer.
  • Remove from air fryer basket and serve with marinara sauce, shaved parmesan and fresh basil.



Top Tip: I prefer a lean ground beef for this recipe as fattier ground beef may release more juices which in turn will release more of the melted mozzarella during the cooking process.
Tip: when compacting the meatballs try not to pack too tight, oil your hands and gently and quickly form the meatballs.


Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g