Mozzarella Stuffed Homemade Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Homemade Meatballs by Picky Palate

Bringing more delicious dinner ideas your way! Anyone else think they could eat these meatballs everyday next week and be completely happy?! Heaven knows my family could and practically did last week, lol! My boys devoured these gorgeous beef balls and are very sad they are gone now.

I’ve created a simple homemade meatball that is stuffed with those gorgeous marinated Mozzarella balls you’ll find in the refrigerated section of your grocery store by the fresh Mozzarella. They are a bit on the pricey side, but worth every single penny according to my family 🙂

Hope you enjoy! On another note, did anyone see Adjustment Bureau over the weekend?! We loved it! I couldn’t be more thrilled that my sister and her family are visiting from AZ! We are off to Disney today, let’s hope the weather cooperates with us!

Here’s your line up 🙂

Little Mozzarella balls straight from heaven, love these blasted things.

Let’s make the meatballs, add your seasonings…

…..your milk

….add a little Tabasco

…some Worcestershire sauce.

Bread crumbs…


add your egg…

….Mmm Parmesan Cheese

…don’t forget your onion!

…and the garlic. Give it all a big mix until just combined.

Time to stuff em!

Don’t they look like little nests? Too funny 🙂

Make sure the cheese is fully enclosed and it’s time to bake.


These are so good, hope you enjoy!


Mozzarella Stuffed Homemade Meatballs

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 pound lean ground beef

1 large egg

1/2 cup finely chopped white onion

1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1 teaspoon hot sauce, like Tabasco

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Ten 1-inch Mozzarella balls

1. Preheat oven to 35o degrees F. and grease 9×13-inch baking dish with oil.

2. Place beef, egg, onion, bread crumbs, Parmesan, milk, garlic, Worcestershire, mustard, hot sauce, salt, pepper and garlic salt into a large mixing bowl, stirring until just combined. Take 1/4 cup beef mixture and press into center with your thumb to make room for cheese ball. Place cheese in middle then with hands enclose the cheese with the beef, making sure the cheese is completely covered. Place meatballs into prepared baking dish and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until cooked through.

3. Serve over top your favorite pasta or inside a warm roll for delicious meatball sandwich.

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122 Responses

    WOW,Another great dish idea, my husband is going to be thrilled. This also looks so very good.

  2. Kaitlyn

    Absolutely AMAZING! The meatball itself is moist yet stays together perfectly. I used shredded mozzarella instead and it worked just as well. YUM!

  3. Kim

    OMG I made these on Saturday and loved loved loved them. I even gave a couple to my landlord who asked for the recipe. they are very easy to make and did I mention delicious.

  4. These were delicious, remember to let them cool for a little while first though, especially if you’re serving them for children, the molten cheese in the middle does stay really really hot.

  5. Kristy

    I am thinking of doing these as an appetizer and putting them in a crockpot tossed with some marinara sauce. What do you think?

  6. ecameron0

    Jenny, do you think that these will freeze? I have frozen meatballs before but never meatballs stuffed with cheese. I am concerned about what may happen with the cheese upon thawing to eat later. I am expecting a little boy in a few weeks and am cooking and freezing like crazy right now– this seems like a great thing to cook in advance and have on hand in the freezer. Please let me know what you think of freezing them. Thank you!

  7. Aime

    Looks amazing – can’t wait to try it, but why does it call for yellow mustard? Sounds like a strange ingredient for Italian meatballs over spaghetti.

  8. Taylor

    I made these last night with ground pork, and they turned out delicious. My husband was super surprised, and he loved them! Thank you for the recipe!

  9. Julie

    Just made these for the 3rd time and they were so good. My kids did not want cheese inside (this time) so I left it out and they were gobbled up. Thanks for the delicious recipes!

  10. Stephanie

    Mine are baking right now and smell delicious. I used ground turkey and mozzarella string cheese cut up. My only issue so far is that I wanted to turn them halfway thru the baking, so they’d be browned all over, but they were sticking to pan. I oiled it, but didn’t seem to be enough. I left them as is because I didn’t want them to fall apart.

    1. Stephanie

      Just wanted to follow up– they didnt fall apart at all once they were baked through. Took 25 min. in my oven. Really moist and had a nice flavor. Hubby and kids loved them. Thanks for the yummy recipe. It’s a keeper.

  11. Johnny

    I’m trying out your recipe tonight while I have guests, but I’ve made a few minor changes others might want to try to vary it up randomly.

    I’m using Provel cheese instead of mozarella. It’s a St Louis specialy cheese that was created in the quest for the perfect pizza and pasta cheese… Seriously, you have not had pizza or pasta done right until you use this cheese. Epic on salads too! (Silly new york and chicago thinking they’ve had real pizza without ever using Provel. I feel bad for them.)

    I’m also using oregano, thyme, and some other italian seasonings with the meatballs instead of tobasco and mustard. Everything else is pretty much the same as your recipe though.

  12. Eva Mobley

    I absolutely can not wait to try your stuffed meatballs for my submarine sandwiches. The extra work of placing the cheese inside the meatballs takes the frustration out of melting it over the sandwiches and not burning it later on. Thank you! Can’t wait to try these!

  13. Lindsey R

    Hi Jenny,

    I made these for my family and WOW!! They were a hit! So flavorful!! This will for sure be a keeper in my family. Thanks!!

  14. This is delish. I live in a small town with a small grocery store and they don’t carry the mozzarella balls. I bought mozzarella string cheese and cut them into pieces. I worked great. We used them in club rolls with marinara sauce. My husband had the rest of the meatballs for his breakfast this morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Alejandra

    Hรญ! This looks delicious!
    Do you have an alternative for the mozzarella balls?? I can only seen to find the mozzarella sticks!

  16. I am 19 years old and I was wondering how old I had to be to gamble at the del mar horse track? I thought it was 18 but im not exactly sure if its 18 or 21?

    This is in San Diego, California by the way(:

  17. I’m trying them right now! Wish me luck. I didn’t really add so much garlic and onion cause I suck at chopping and dicing and all that jazz! but we’ll see how they turn out!

  18. Nathan Drysdale

    I am making these for a date tonight. I didn’t put Tabasco, Worcestershire, or mustard in it, but I wrapped each mozzarella ball in prosciutto and then stuffed the meat ball with that. I am going to use an arrabbiata sauce and I am serving it over home made noodles. I think its going to turn out great. Thanks for the idea!

  19. The things I would do to be able to make this right now!!
    I miss cooking so much. Definitely a downside of college.
    I love meatballs, I’ll definitely be making these when I’m home next!

  20. Leslie Ingwall

    These are so good! I tripled the recipe because I added 1lb of ground pork and 1 lb of ground hot Italian sausage. It was still amazing!!!

  21. Barb Walker

    Served these to my family Friday night and they almost licked the pan clean. They LOVED them. It was also fun to make.

  22. I made these the other night for dinner. The meatballs had great flavor and the cheese was an awesome addition to them. Thanks for another great one!

  23. I’ve made these twice now. AMAZING! I can see why they are one of your favourite things to eat Jenny (I saw that on that yummy mummy website you were featured on!) Thank you for this fantastic recipe, that would even be fabulous without the cheese if one wanted–but who would want to leave the cheese out??!!?!

    Thanks for a keeper. Everyone fights over these leftovers (if there are any).

  24. Charlotte

    I made these for dinner last night and they were AWESOME!! Can’t wait to heat up the leftovers for lunch

  25. Callie

    Made these last night with my boyfriend. He’s a avid lover of meatballs and said these were some of the best he’s had! I recently found Picky Palate and this was the first recipe I’ve tried and loved them myself. Cannot wait to try the other recipes, especially the cookie recipes! I may have to start working out harder, but it’ll definitely be worth it. Thanks!

  26. Debbie B

    I made these last night, SUPER YUMMY. I am actually eating two right now for lunch. They may be even better as leftovers! I may have to eat the other two in the fridge! Thanks for the recipe.

  27. These are divine!!! Most meatballs are so bland, but even without the cheese these would be fab. But with the mozza—-yummmmmm! I can’t wait to make these again. Both my husband and 4-yr old loved these and look forward to another meal of it.

  28. We tried these the other night. WOW! They were a huge hit and lucky we had leftovers (I made the meatballs much smaller than you suggested), so I ate some of them yesterday for lunch and when my daughter got home and found out their wasn’t much left she claimed them for her supper. I LOVE trying new recipes and usually experiment so much I only make each recipe a few times a year, but this one we’ll be having again VERY soon.

    I also love that the meatballs themselves are bursting with flavour and would even taste fab on their own! Thank you for this recipe and keep ’em coming!

  29. Wait a minute. This isn’t a dessert! Are you feeling okay? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›

    These sound delicious. Like others, I’ve had stuffed burgers before, but never gone so far as to stuff individual meatballs. Hmm.

  30. Sophie

    Made these last night with ground turkey… soo good, yum! Thank you for all of your great recipes, from a fellow foodie in Huntington Beach!

  31. Sophie

    Made these last night with ground turkey…. sooooo good, yum!!! Thanks for all your great recipes, from a fellow foodie in Huntington Beach!

  32. I fallowed a link from Pioneer woman to your website, it is my first time here and I had just been thinking about making mozzarella stuffed meatballs. I stuff burgers but I have never stuffed meatballs before I was thinking about making them and then I read your blog and there was a recipe for them.

    Just thought I would tell you about it.

  33. Yummy! My toddler loves cheese, so hopefully this is a way to get him to also eat the meatballs. Bet you could also do these in the slowcooker?

  34. jackie

    I made these last night for supper, but didn’t have mozzarella balls, so I cut up some pieces of string cheese (I know, right?) and used that…along with a few other modifications to make them to my family’s taste. They were AWESOME! Thanks for the great recipe!

  35. This looks SO good to me that I literally was telling my husband about this as we enjoyed a delicious bowl of Jambalaya with Andouille Sausage with Shrimp that I made for Fat Tuesday…made it a day early so I could blog it LOL. Anyway, when we get off this healthy kick (made a lighter jambalaya but omg so good)…I am MAKING THESE!

  36. Mindy

    These look great! Saw a Chef last night on Iron Chef America make a version of these(mozzarella was the secret ingredient). Looking forward to trying these balls.

  37. I just saw this post and screamed to my husband in the other room about how excited I am to try these. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  38. Wow, I am so glad my husband doesn’t read food blogs (besides mine of course)…because he would seriously be dying for these right now…and then I, Mrs. Pregnant-with-no-will-power would end up eating them all. We’ll have to make these for an upcoming party–yum!!

  39. Did you watch Iron Chef America last night? Mozzarella was the secret ingredient and someone made mozz stuffed meatballs. Yum-o – thanks for posting!

  40. Kathryn

    I was just thinking to myself that I have some ground beef I need to use up this week. This is perfect! Thank you!

    Also, I LOVE your napkins!

  41. I’m a huge meatball fan, but I’ve never tried them stuffed with cheese. Now I can’t imagine why I never would have thought of something so obviously meant to be! You’re a genius! Thanks!!

  42. Oh my goodness, these look delish!!!! Wonder how they would be if made with turkey? We recently gave up red meat in an EFFORT to be more healthy LOL….good luck right? We love good food and I love to cook and blog about it too (new blogger but hey..). Oh man, I must try these! YUMM! I love those little cheese balls too. Great in a caprese salad with tomatoes, some basil etc. YUMM!

  43. Shana

    What a great concept since you can not go wrong with CHEESE! I will be trying these but just changing them to accomadate my Gluten Free Life!

  44. Lauren

    This is one of my fiance’s favorite recipes. I haven’t made them in ages, and I know he would be pleasantly surprised if these showed up on his plate some night this week. Thanks for the reminder!

  45. Jenny my hubs would adore these! I don’t eat meat or cheese or bread…lol…so these are not on my radar screen but what is…is your amazing photography!

    I would love to learn from you! I just got a new lens (Marla has it and I think she said you have it) and so far I’m in love. But clearly have a long way to go before my pics look like yours ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Enjoy that new lens! I live it, be patient with yourself, it takes lots of practice to figure out those fancy camera settings ๐Ÿ™‚

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