Mozzarella Stuffed Homemade Meatballs

These Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs are filled with gooey cheese for the ultimate sandwich ingredient or pasta topping. They’re super flavorful and easy to make!

A Bowl of Spaghetti Topped with Gooey Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Homemade Meatballs

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!

Ingredients You'll Need to Make Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Here’s your line up 🙂

A Package of Mozzarella Balls

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

A Bowl Filled with the Beef

How to Make The Best Homemade Meatballs

Let’s make the meatballs, add your seasonings…

Adding Milk to the Meat Bowl

…..your milk

Adding Tabasco to the Bowl

….add a little Tabasco

Adding Worcestershire Sauce to the Bowl

…some Worcestershire sauce.

Pouring Bread Crumbs into the Meatball Bowl

Bread crumbs…

Adding Mustard to the Bowl


Meatball Bowl with Egg Added

add your egg…

Parmesan Cheese being Added to the Bowl

….Mmm Parmesan Cheese

Minced Onion being Added to the Bowl

…don’t forget your onion!

Minced Garlic on a Knife

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

Mozzarella Balls

Time to stuff em!

Meatballs Stuffed with Mozzarella

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

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs on Tin Foil

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

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs in the Oven


A Bowl of Pasta with Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

These are so good, hope you enjoy!

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs Leaking Gooey Cheese
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs on Pasta
Close-up of Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Homemade Meatballs

These Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs are filled with gooey cheese for the ultimate sandwich ingredient or pasta topping. They're super flavorful and easy to make!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 412kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb 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 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp hot sauce like Tobasco
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 10 Mozzarella balls 1 inch each


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and grease 9×13-inch baking dish with oil.
  • 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.
  • Serve over top your favorite pasta or inside a warm roll for delicious meatball sandwich.


Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 775mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 376mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: baked meatballs recipe, best meatballs recipe, easy meatballs recipe

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122 Responses
  1. Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy.

    What a great idea, love that cheese oozing out from the center! YUM!

  2. Diane {}

    LOVE this! Cheesy and gooey and all tucked so nicely in a meatball 🙂

  3. Briana

    Wow! These look delicious! Perfect way to spruce up spaghetti night! It is amazing how cheese makes everything better! 😉

  4. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Instead of stuffed cookies – cheesy stuffed meatballs. Love this Jenny! My whole family would be all over that beautiful bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. Gotta get some mozzarella pronto!

  5. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    What a fun dinner idea! These look delicious, Jenny. I’m sure your family enjoyed them so much, and I know my husband and I will, too! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Lisa

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

  7. 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!

  8. Melissa @ Chocolate & Kisses

    Those look amazing!!!! I know just the person who would love those…. ME!!!! The oozing cheese makes my heart melt 🙂

  9. Stephanie

    These look amazing! Yum!

    I’m hoping our next date night involves seeing The Adjustment Bureau. It looks like a great movie.

  10. Cookbook Queen

    Meatballs, cheese, pasta…pretty sure all bases are covered!! Is it too early for a plate of this right now?

  11. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    Delicious little bites! Perfect idea to tuck the cheese inside there all melty and everything. Yum!

  12. Cookin' Canuck

    These remind me of deep-fried risotto balls, stuffed with fresh mozzarella. What a fun way to shake up meatballs a little. Have a great time at Disneyland!

  13. Darla @ Bakingdom

    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!!

  14. Erin A.

    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!

  15. Jen @

    These look DELICIOUS!!! YUM! Can’t wait to give them a try! 🙂

  16. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen

    I just someone make this on Food Network yesterday! 🙂 It looks fabulous, I love how the mozzarella seeps out after baking 🙂

  17. 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!

  18. jen @ the baked life

    yum! I love the little mozzarella balls. I will definitely be making these. Enjoy Disney today!

  19. Nonna Beach

    Wowzer, that’s heaven alright. I’m going to put some Mootz in my meatball recipe next time I make the !!!

  20. Heather (Heather's Dish)

    i’ve always thought to stuff mozzarella into meatballs but never actually saw it done…it sounds AH-mazing!

  21. 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!

  22. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    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 🙂

    1. Jenny

      Enjoy that new lens! I live it, be patient with yourself, it takes lots of practice to figure out those fancy camera settings 🙂

  23. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    These look delicious! I’ve stuffed burgers but never meatballs. Looks like I’ll have to try this soon!

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