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Sweet and Spicy Air-Fryer Meatballs

I am always on a quest for meatballs that pack a sweet and savory punch. These are a snap to pull together and can be served over rice or buttered noodles.—Tami Kuehl, Loup City, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    3 dozen meatballs (about 1 cup sauce)

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup crushed Ritz crackers
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions

  • Preheat air fryer to 380°. In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  • In batches, arrange meatballs in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until lightly browned and cooked through, 12-15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Serve with meatballs.
Nutrition Facts
1 meatball with 1-1/2 teaspoons sauce: 90 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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