Cheesy Air Fryer Meatballs Recipe – Keto & Carnivore

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Delicious, easy Keto meatballs you can put together in less than 30 minutes, with no greasy, splattery mess!

Easy Air Fryer Recipe - Keto

Angela’s Air Fryer Cheesy Meatballs

My kids love meatballs. And I like them, too. But I HATE frying them. If it were up to me, I’d mix up the ingredients, shape it into a loaf and throw it in the oven. You get all the beefy, cheesy goodness, and with this recipe there’s almost zero carbs.

But there’s something about the individual balls that you don’t get from a slice of meatloaf. It’s that crispy outer layer. When you make this tasty Keto recipe as meatballs, you get some of that awesome crispy texture with each bite.

The traditional way to crisp your meatballs is to fry them in stable cooking fat, like lard. After you shape the balls, you put them in the hot oil and then painstakingly turn them every few minutes to get them browned on all sides. In the meantime, the hot oil sputters and splatters and makes a mess.

That’s too much work. And too much mess.

Enter the air fryer. Our family got one of these for Christmas and I never would have believed how often we use it. Hot wings, chicken thighs, cheese sticks. I’ve even made cheesecake in mine! (Keto-friendly, of course.)

With just one turn, you get meatballs that are perfectly browned on all sides. Yes!

These meatballs are bound with crushed pork rinds instead of the traditional breadcrumbs. This zero carb binder also ensures these meatballs are almost zero carb. Whether you are tracking your carbs for Keto or avoiding plant products all together on the Carnivore Diet, these meatballs will hit the spot for you.

Easy Keto Air Fryer Recipe

Cheesy Air Fryer Meatballs Recipe

Cheesy Air Fryer Meatballs Recipe – Keto & Carnivore

Super easy low carb recipe for Cheesy Meatballs made quick and easy in your air fryer. Great for a keto diet or a Carnivore Diet, and perfect for a Carnivore Keto Diet.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Dish, Party Food
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer, Carnivore Recipe, Keto Meal Prep
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Resting Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 4 Meatball Servings
Calories: 461kcal
Author: Stacey Davis


  • Air Fryer


  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 large pastured eggs
  • 2 ounces pork rinds
  • 3 ounces shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1 tsp pink sea salt
  • 1 tbsp lard


  • Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. With clean hands, knead the mixture until thoroughly combined.
    Air Fryer Meatball Recipe for a Keto Diet.
  • Roll into balls approximately 1 ½ inches in diameter. This should make 24 meatballs.
    Air Fryer Meatball Recipe for a Keto Diet. ~Angela of @AdvantageMeals #ketoRecipe
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you’ll cook them in batches.
  • Line your fryer basket with liners, if you use them. Otherwise, spray with cooking spray.
  • Place meatballs in the basket, making sure they do not touch each other or the sides of the basket.
  • Cook at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Pull out the basket and turn the meat balls over. Return to fryer and cook at 350 degrees for another 4 minutes.
    Air Fryer Meatball Recipe for a Keto Diet. ~Angela of @AdvantageMeals #ketoRecipe
  • Meatballs should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees, and then they’re done!

Nutrition – Not laboratory tested.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Air Fryer Meatballs Recipe – Keto & Carnivore
Amount Per Serving (4 Meatballs)
Calories 461 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 197mg66%
Sodium 776mg32%
Potassium 486mg14%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 368IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 144mg14%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Stacey Davis

I am the co-founder of Advantage Meals along with my wife, Angela Davis. Together we run a Meal Solutions Business we created called Magic Meals Home Delivery. In April of 2018, we launch to help others thrive.

3 thoughts on “Cheesy Air Fryer Meatballs Recipe – Keto & Carnivore

  1. curious if rather than making them into meatballs if I can leave it all together and turn it into a meatloaf? I am having a hard time finding a carnivore air fryer meatloaf recipe. Thanks.

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