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keto low carb air fryer meatballs with bbq sauce

Super Easy Air Fryer BBQ Beef Meatballs

Easy Air Fryer BBQ Beef Meatballs (Fresh or Frozen) is a quick recipe prepared with homemade BBQ sauce. This post includes the cook time and instructions for how long to cook and what temperature to prepare meatballs using the Nuwave, Power Air Fryer or any brand. Substitute turkey if you wish.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 336kcal


  • 1 pound ground chuck beef You can also use standard ground beef
  • ½ cup almond meal You can substitute for breadcrumbs if you wish.
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick's Grill Mates Steak Seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free BBQ Sauce


Homemade Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce


  • Add the ground chuck beef, almond meal, onions, garlic, cheddar, egg, worcestershire sauce, and seasonings to a large bowl.
  • Using clean hands, combine the ingredients and form one large ball.
  • Use a spoon and form 10 smaller meatballs. You can sit them on parchment paper to avoid contamination.
  • Load the meatballs into the air fryer. It's ok to stack them. I chose to cook them in batches instead. Optional: Line the air fryer with air fryer liners to prevent sticking. You can also spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil. 
  • Cook the meatballs for 8 minutes on 365 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer and flip the meatballs.
  • Cook for an additional 5-8 minutes until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Remove the meatballs from the air fryer and drizzle in BBQ sauce. 



If you aren't looking for keto or low-carb you can use breadcrumbs as a substitute.
Frozen meatballs will need 15-16 minutes of cook time. Always use a meat thermometer to test doneness.


Serving: 2meatballs | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 26g