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Air Fryer Stuffing Balls

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I’m always down for a classic roast dinner on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. From the moist meat to the glazed carrots and glistening potatoes, it’s the perfect way to ring in the holidays. But honestly, no turkey dinner is complete without these air fryer stuffing balls.

Packed with an incredible mix of classic herbs, a hefty dose of chicken broth, and a bunch of butter, this rich and flavorful recipe is bound to have your friends and relatives reaching for seconds!

I’d say that the beautiful golden-brown cook and distinctive flavors are the best parts of these air fryer stuffing balls. But there’s something wonderful about its simplicity that keeps me coming back to this recipe year after year. Ready in just over 30 minutes? Check. Minimal preparation steps that are ideal for beginners? You bet.

So, whether you’re on the hunt for new air fryer recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas or just want to flex your cooking muscles this holiday season, I’ve got you covered. Trust me when I say that you’ll have the whole family asking for the recipe by the end of the night. So, you’ll totally want to pin this recipe or bookmark it for later!

air fryer stuffing balls plated in a stack

💪Why This Recipe Works

  • Using dried bread cubes from a stuffing mix keeps things super easy.
  • The combination of dried herbs, garlic powder, and celery ribs gives the recipe an earthiness and signature crunch.
  • The addition of butter gives these air fryer stuffing balls a rich and indulgent flavor.
  • The chicken broth lends the recipe an unmatched savory bite that’s ideal for pairing with grilled or roasted meats.
  • Allowing the stuffing mix cubes to absorb the liquid in the recipe keeps things incredibly moist and leaves the dish brimming with flavor.

golden brown stuffing balls cooked in the air fryer with gravy on top


You only need a handful of ingredients to bring these air fryer stuffing balls to life. For full details and quantities, scroll down to the printable recipe card.

If Using Leftover Stuffing

  • Leftover stuffing. Make sure it’s cold, but any stuffing recipe should do.
  • Egg. Helps to bind everything together so you can get perfect balls of stuffing.
  • Chicken broth. For a delicious hit of savory flavors and aromatics while adding moisture to the stuffing.
  • Olive oil. Mild, extra-virgin olive oils are best for a light and fruity flavor that won’t overwhelm your stuffing balls.

If Making Stuffing from Scratch

  • Dried bread cubes from a box of stuffing mix. You can switch this out for any dried-out bread of your choice, but this keeps things super easy!
  • Olive oil. For frying your aromatics.
  • Onion. Acts as the base that gives the recipe just the right hint of sweetness. White or yellow onions are best as they’re soft and mild.
  • Celery ribs. The natural crunch and earthiness of celery ribs instantly lift this dish.
  • Dried garlic powder. Brings a punch of flavor to the recipe.
  • Dried sage. Wonderful flavor boost, essential to every stuffing recipe.
  • Dried thyme. Gives the iconic and wonderful aromatics you expect from stuffing.
  • Ground pepper.
  • Salt. Be careful how much you add if you’re using a high-sodium chicken broth.
  • Butter. Allows the outside of your stuffing balls to crisp up and brown beautifully. The rich flavor and texture don’t hurt, either!
  • Egg. Necessary to help combine the dry ingredients and add fluffiness.
  • Chicken broth. For moisture and an enhanced flavor!

👨‍🍳How To Make It

These air fryer stuffing balls are incredibly easy to make and will be ready in a jiff. This guide should give you a decent overview of how to make them, but you should scroll down to the printable recipe card for step-by-step instructions for this recipe!

  1. Place the bread cubes in a mixing bowl.
  2. Prepare the aromatic ingredients and cook them until softened.
  3. Stir in the herbs, garlic powder, pepper, and salt. When everything’s cooked, transfer the mixture to the bowl of bread cubes.
  4. Add the melted butter, egg, and a portion of the chicken broth to a separate bowl before whisking to combine and pouring over the bread cubes.
  5. Let the mixture sit in the fridge.
  6. If it seems dry, add more broth to the mix.
  7. Form the stuffing into balls and coat with oil.
  8. Air fry the stuffing balls (make sure you leave room between each one!).
  9. Cook the stuffing balls in batches until golden brown.

stuffing balls fried to a golden brown exterior with gravy

😉Tips For Success

  • It’s worth weighing each stuffing ball to get a completely even cook. If not, just keep the shapes as similar as you can.
  • If you don’t feel like using stuffing mix, feel free to grab French bread or brioche for a bougie result. Just remember to turn the bread into small cubes and dry it out in the oven before using it.
  • Don’t be afraid of using extra chicken stock – remember to add a bit of it at a time! Flooding your stuffing mix with stock probably means it won’t absorb properly. Slow and steady truly wins the race here.
  • It’s a great idea to lightly spray your air fryer with spray cooking oil before adding your stuffing balls as it’ll help you avoid any sticking! Stay away from “non-stick” sprays and go for a spray oil that doesn’t use additional chemicals. These types of spray are known to leave a residue behind that builds up over time and ruins your air fryer basket.
  • I love jazzing up this recipe with ¼ pound of ground sausage for an extra hit of savory goodness.
  • Don’t forget to increase the cooking time if you make your stuffing balls larger!


How long do stuffing balls take to cook?

The cooking time depends entirely on the size of your stuffing balls. Walnut-sized stuffing balls will be done in about 15 minutes, but you’ll need to adjust the cooking time up or down if you change the size.

Can stuffing balls be made in advance?

These air fryer stuffing balls can easily be pre-cooked and reheated in the air fryer before any guests arrive. I don’t recommend leaving them in the fridge for longer than 3 days though.

Why do my stuffing balls go flat?

Your stuffing balls might go flat if you don’t get the ratio of dry to liquid ingredients quite right. Keep a keen eye on your measurements to prevent your stuffing balls from flattening or falling apart.

How I keep my stuffing moist?

To keep your stuffing moist, allow your bread cubes to completely soak up the liquid before moving on to the next step. If in doubt (or your stuffing feels dry), don’t be afraid to throw in a bit more chicken broth to moisten things up.

Can you reheat stuffing in an air fryer?

If you need to reheat your stuffing in the air fryer, simply put them back in the air fryer (with space between them!) and cook them at around 380°F until they’re completely heated through. The outsides should be slightly crisp but they’ll still be moist on the inside.

Why is my stuffing mushy?

You should be fine if you’re using dried cubes from a stuffing mix. But if you’re using a different type of bread, you may get mushy stuffing if you don’t dry the bread out properly. To make sure your stuffing is glorious, leave your bread out for a couple of days to go stale, or bake cubes in the oven until dried out!

air fryer stuffing balls plated next to a bowl of gravy

🎁Wrap Up

Whether you’re looking for a unique snack for game night or want to jazz up your Thanksgiving dinner this year, these air fryer stuffing balls have got you covered.

Ridiculously moist, packed with herby flavors, and perfectly golden brown on the outside, these small (but mighty!) stuffing balls will be served up in a flash.

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Air Fryer Stuffing Balls

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

This Thanksgiving staple food is transformed into easy finger food fit for any gathering with family and friends. These air fryer stuffing balls are crispy on the outside and tender and moist on the inside. If you have leftover stuffing, you can bring it to life by turning it into stuffing balls. We also have instructions to make air fryer stuffing balls from freshly made stuffing.

You can add cooked sausage to give the stuffing balls a wonderful, savory flavor.

Use your favorite bread in this recipe. Put a unique spin on your traditional stuffing by using cornbread, or keep it simple and use stale sourdough, croutons, or boxed stuffing breadcrumbs.


If Using Leftover Stuffing

  • 3 cups leftover stuffing (cold)
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons chicken broth
  • Olive oil

If You’re Making Stuffing from Scratch

  • 4 cups dried bread cubes from a box of stuffing mix
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons dreid thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ to ½ cup chicken broth


For Leftover Stuffing Balls

  1. Combine the stuffing and the egg in a mixing bowl. Stir in chicken broth or water 1 tablespoon at a time until the stuffing is moist enough to cling together. 
  2. Scoop the stuffing into balls the size of a walnut and coat them with olive oil (I used a spray bottle, but you can use a basting brush or spray them with cooking oil). 
  3. Place the balls in the air fryer basket, spacing them about 1 inch apart. 
  4. Cook at 375°F for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Work in batches, so you don’t overcrowd the stuffing balls. 

Stuffing Balls From Scratch

  1. Place the bread cubes in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the onion and celery and cook until softened. Stir in the garlic powder, sage, thyme, pepper, and salt. Transfer the mixture to the bowl with the bread cubes. 
  3. Add the melted butter, egg, and ¼ cup of chicken broth to a small bowl. Whisk together until combined. Pour over the bread cubes and stir well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the stuffing mixture sit in the fridge for 30  minutes to give time for the bread cubes to absorb the liquid. 
  4. If the mixture seems dry, add additional broth until it is moist enough to stick together. 
  5. Scoop the stuffing into balls the size of a walnut and coat with olive oil or cooking spray. 
  6. Place the balls in the air fryer basket, spacing them about 1 inch apart. 
  7. Cook at 375°F for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Work in batches, so you don’t overcrowd the stuffing balls. 


  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. 
  • If desired, add ¼ pound of cooked ground sausage to the stuffing mix. 
  • If you make the stuffing balls larger than the size of walnuts, you will need to increase the cooking time. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 stuffing ball
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 315mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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