Crispy and Quick, Guilt-free Air Fried Swedish Meatballs

Swedish meatballs, also known as köttbullar, have been a popular dish in Sweden since the 18th century. They are traditionally made with a combination of ground beef and pork, seasoned with spices like allspice, nutmeg, and cardamom. These meatballs are typically served with a creamy gravy, lingonberry jam, and mashed potatoes.

Air Fried Swedish Meatballs

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: Main CourseCuisine: Swedish
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A delicious and healthier alternative to traditional Swedish meatballs, these air fried meatballs are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Made with a blend of ground beef and pork, seasoned with classic Swedish spices, and cooked in an air fryer, these meatballs are a perfect addition to any meal.


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)


  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, ground pork, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, salt, pepper, allspice, nutmeg, and cardamom.
  • Using your hands, shape the mixture into small meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 375°F.
  • Place the meatballs in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching each other.
  • Cook for 12 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Slowly pour in the beef broth, whisking constantly to prevent lumps.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens.
  • If desired, stir in the heavy cream for a creamier sauce.
  • Serve the meatballs with the sauce and your choice of sides, such as mashed potatoes or lingonberry jam.


  • To make these meatballs gluten-free, use gluten-free breadcrumbs.
  • For a creamier sauce, add a splash of heavy cream to the sauce before serving.
  • These meatballs can be frozen and reheated in the air fryer for a quick and easy meal.

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