Air Fryer Broccoli Cheese Balls

up close shot of the inside of a broccoli cheese ball

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Fresh chopped broccoli and Colby jack cheese rolled in Panko crumbs, then air fried until crunchy and golden brown. The perfect combination of crispy and creamy in every bite makes them an irresistible snack or appetizer!



  1. Chop broccoli florets into ¼-inch pieces.  Drain any water off if needed.  Place in a large bowl.
  2. Add shredded cheese, cheese sauce, red pepper flakes, butter, 1 egg, and ½ cup panko crumbs to broccoli. Mix well.
  3. Using a scoop, form 2 inch balls and place them on a plate.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Put flour, remaining egg (lightly beaten), and remaining panko crumbs in three separate bowls.
  5. Roll ball in flour, then cover it in beaten egg, and finally, coat it in panko crumbs.
  6. Place prepared balls on a plate and refrigerate again for 30 minutes.
  7. Place balls into your greased air fryer basket and air fry at 390ºF for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.