Air Fryer Swedish Meatballs

Have you had Swedish meatballs before? They are a tender meatball coated in a rich gravy. Making air fryer Swedish meatballs is incredibly easy and takes just 30 minutes from start to finish!

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I love Swedish meatballs. Like many people, I first tried them at IKEA. I stop and get them every time I visit the store (which is not often) and have been wanting to recreate them at home. 

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Since I have been all about my air fryer lately, I figured I might as well try making them in the air fryer. I already knew meatballs turned out great in the air fryer (crispy on the outside without drying out). I was not disappointed, and you won’t be either!

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Keep in mind that you will need to use the stove to make the sauce but you can do it while your meatballs are cooking in the air fryer. It’s an easy peasy recipe that your family is sure to love.

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What makes Swedish meatballs different?

The main difference is the sauce. Italian meatballs are served in a marinara. Swedish meatballs are served in a rich gravy. Swedish meatballs are also often served with lingonberry sauce.

What is Swedish meatball sauce made of?

Swedish meatball sauce is essentially a gravy. To start, you may a roux of butter and flour. Then, you mix in beef broth, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Let it simmer until it thickens and then serve it over the Swedish meatballs. Scroll down for the full printable recipe!

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4.56 from 9 votes

Air Fryer Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Have you had Swedish meatballs before? They are a tender meatball coated in a rich gravy. Making air fryer Swedish meatballs is incredibly easy and takes just 30 minutes from start to finish!

Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine Swedish
Keyword air fryer Swedish meatballs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 593 kcal
Author Aileen Clark


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat air fryer to 360°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, onion, milk, breadcrumbs, egg yolk, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, allspice and nutmeg. Mix well.
  3. Roll meat mixture into golf ball sized meatballs.
  4. Arrange meatballs inside air fryer.
  5. Air fry for 6 minutes, turning half-way through.
  6. Heat a medium skillet over medium high-heat.
  7. Melt butter in skillet and whisk in flour.
  8. Continue to mix until butter is fully disolved and a light beige roux forms.
  9. Slowly whisk in broth, sour cream, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  10. Continue to cook, mixing constantly, until sauce is thickened. About 3 minutes.
  11. Place meatballs inside a (6-inch) cake pan.
  12. Pour sauce over cooked meatballs and carefully place cake pan inside air fryer.
    A pan of Swedish meatballs inside an air fryer basket.
  13. Air fry an additional 3 minutes.
  14. Serve with lingonberry sauce, if desired.

    A fork holding a meatball over a cake pan of Swedish meatballs with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Swedish Meatballs Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 593 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 245mg82%
Sodium 1419mg62%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 37g74%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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