Dutch Meatballs (Bitterballen) in the air fryer, how best to prepare them? 

Updated on 27 May 2023
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Bitterballen, it’s that delicious Old Dutch snack that really nobody can refuse. Nowadays, however, we choose to eat a little more consciously, so we increasingly put them in the Airfryer. But how best to prepare them, and which bitterballen are the best? We take you through that!

How long should bitterballs be put in the Airfryer?

The quick answer: 7 to 9 minutes at 180 to 200 degrees. Is that all? No. It depends a bit on how many you fry at once, which brand of bitterballs you have, etc.

If you prepare ordinary croquettes in the Airfryer, you don’t want them to burst open in the basket. But of course, you don’t want them to stay pale either. As you gain more experience with them, you will find out for yourself what works best for your case. But isn’t there a general approach then? Yes, there is, which is where we come in.

Baking time for each brand of bitterball

The general baking time is 8 minutes at 200 degrees, but there are different baking times for different brands.

  • Mora: 9 minutes, 200 degrees
  • Kwekkeboom Black Angus bitterball: 8 minutes, 200 degrees
  • Kwekkeboom oven croquette: 8 minutes, 200 degrees
  • Lidl oven croquette: 8 minutes, 200 degrees
  • AH oven croquette: 7 minutes, 200 degrees
  • Aldi oven croquette: 8 minutes, 200 degrees
  • G’woon oven croquette: 8 minutes, 200 degrees
  • Jumbo oven croquette: 8 minutes, 200 degrees

Preparation tips

  • You can just use frozen bitterballs. There is no need to defrost them.
  • If you want crispy bitterballs, don’t overcrowd them, spread them out well. The bottom may be covered, and then it will be full.
  • Shake the bitterballs occasionally
  • Let them rest in the Airfryer for 1 to 2 minutes after preparation


Can you put bitterballs in the Airfryer?

Yes, you can put them in the Airfryer. However, it is advisable to get special bitterballs for the Airfryer, as they come out nice and golden brown more often than ordinary bitterballs, which taste less delicious in the Airfryer.

How many bitterballs can I put in the Airfryer?

This depends on the type of Airfryer you have. You can buy different variants that are suitable for a number of people. You can buy one suitable for 2, 3 or even 6 people. The basket may be well filled with bitterballs, but if the bottom is full then that’s the max. Don’t bulge it all the way to the brim.

Which bitterballs are best?

This obviously depends on which flavours you like the most, but here are some bitterballs I would highly recommend: Kwekkeboom Black Angus, Dr Oetker’s Pizza bitterballs, AH Airfryer bitterballs, Aldi oven bitterballs, G’woon oven bitterballs, Aldi oven bitterballs, LIDL oven bitterballs, KFC Bitterballs (distinct but innovative and tasty).

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