Air Fryer Meatball Sub Skewers

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Delicious all-beef meatballs stuffed with mozzarella cheese are wrapped in a flaky croissant pastry and placed on skewers for a fun, handheld appetizer.




  • 1 Pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 Cup fine breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 mozzarella cheese sticks or 3oz of mozzarella cut into cubes
  • 1 tube crescent roll dough 8oz tube of 8 rolls


  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese optional
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce optional


  • Begin by combining the ground beef, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder and salt in a medium size bowl. Mix until well combined.
  • Cut the cheese sticks so you have 18 small cubes of cheese.
  • Scoop about 1 ½ tablespoons of the beef mixuture and form into a ball, (I use a cookie scoop for this) then flatten slightly. Press a cheese cube into the middle then wrap the beef around the cheese. You should end up with a meatball about the size of a golf ball. Repeat with the remaining meat and cheese until you have 18 meatballs.
  • Open the crescent roll dough and unroll onto a piece of parchment or wax paper. Pinch the seams then cut into strips of about 1 ¼ inches wide.
  • To make the skewers, thread one end of a dough strip onto the tip of a skewer, then add a meatball. Wrap the dough over the meatball and onto the skewer. Add a second meatball and wrap the dough back over the meatball. Add the third meatball and wrap the end of the dough over the meatball and onto the skewer. It should look like 3 meatballs with the dough wrapping around in an S like pattern.
  • Push the meatballs down the skewer so you have approximately 1 inch of skewer at the top. Then separate the meatballs just a bit to give the dough room to expand between them. Repeat the process until you have 6 skewers.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F for 5 minutes, then place the skewers in the basket leaving room for air circulation and the dough to rise. I place 3 skewers in the basket of my 5.8qt air fryer at a time.
  • Set the air fryer to 350°F and cook for 8-10 minutes until the meatballs are browned and the dough is puffed and golden. Repeat with remaining skewers.
  • While the skewers are cooking make the garlic butter. After the skewers are cooked, remove from the basket, brush with garlic butter, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.


  • Melt the butter then stir in the garlic powder and parsley flakes.


Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 936mg | Potassium: 372mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 416IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 3mg
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