Air-Fried Asian Meatball Hoagies

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Tucked inside hoagie rolls with spicy mayonnaise, julienned carrots and fresh cilantro, these flavorful air-fried Asian meatballs make an irresistible sandwich. They are also terrific served on their own with a big salad or atop a bed of steamed rice.


  • 1/3 cup (1 1/2 oz./45 g) dried bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbs. whole milk
  • 1 lb. (500 g) ground beef
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 green onions, white and tender green portions, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs. soy sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs. chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 4 hoagie rolls, split
  • Julienned carrots for serving
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for serving


Preheat an air fryer to 390°F (200°C).

In a bowl, stir together the bread crumbs and milk. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add the ground beef, egg, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, green onions, soy sauce and 1/2 tsp. salt and use your hands to mix the ingredients gently but thoroughly. Form the mixture into 12 equal-sized meatballs and place on a plate.

Carefully place 6 of the meatballs on the nonstick grill pan and insert the pan into the air fryer. Cook until the meatballs are browned on the exterior and no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes, turning them over halfway through cooking. Transfer the meatballs to a plate. Repeat with the remaining 6 meatballs.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, chili garlic sauce and honey.

To assemble each sandwich, spread about 1 Tbs. of the spicy mayonnaise on the inside of a hoagie roll and fill with 3 meatballs. Garnish with carrots and cilantro and serve. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams Sonoma Air Fryer Cookbook (Weldon Owen, 2015)

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