Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

These cheese-stuffed meatballs are perfect to add to spaghetti or serve on their own as an appetizer!

These easy cheesy meatballs are great to serve at parties or throw in marinara sauce for spaghetti!

Hello! How’s this holiday weekend treating you? If you have to work this weekend, I’m sorry I just said that. I actually had to work yesterday too, but my work involved doing a winery tour and tasting in Sonoma. Woe is me. I’ll tell you all about it later this week!

Unfortunately, our weekend has also involved some aquatic fatalities. Remember when I told you in my beef and gravy post that we got a fish tank last week? Those first two fish are still thriving, but we tried to add some new residents that didn’t fare so well. We got an African dwarf frog and ghost shrimp, both very cute and labeled as beginner pets. I am so sad to say they both died within 24 hours!

I asked people at two different pet stores what could have gone wrong and had our water tested, but they all said that it was probably just the stress of a new tank and nothing we did wrong. We also got a pretty male guppy, and our existing two fish chased him around trying to bite him! I returned him back to the store to spare him the bullying. Hopefully he did OK and will find a better home.

These easy cheesy meatballs are great to serve at parties or throw in marinara sauce for spaghetti!

When you are facing the loss of teeny pets, nothing makes you feel better than meatballs filled with cheese. The next time you find yourself in such a situation, now you’ll know how to cope. You’re welcome. Even if you’re having a perfectly happy day, these meatballs will only make it better. Look how easy they are!

How to Make Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

I used a very basic meatball recipe for these, but if you have a favorite way to season yours, by all means go with your favorite. Alternatively, you could make sausage meatballs instead and turn this into a two-ingredient recipe! One other note is that I used string cheese to fill mine, which is not the highest quality mozzarella you can find. If you want a creamier cheese that will melt even better, try cubes of fresh mozzarella instead. These meatballs are sure to impress either way!

These easy cheesy meatballs are great to serve at parties or throw in marinara sauce for spaghetti!
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These easy cheesy meatballs are great to serve at parties or throw in marinara sauce for spaghetti!

Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

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Serve these easy meatballs with marinara sauce over pasta or on their own as a party food!

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • 16 ounces ground turkey (or substitute ground beef)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese cut into 1″ cubes


  1. Stir together all ingredients except cheese.
  2. Spray a skillet with cooking spray, and heat over medium-high heat.
  3. Using a medium disher, scoop meat mixture. Press a cube of cheese into the center of the scoop of meat, and use your fingers to spread meat over the cheese to cover it completely.
  4. Drop the stuffed meatball right into the hot skillet. Repeat until you’ve made all the meatballs. Use tongs to flip the meatballs to brown on all sides. (Cooking will take approximately 10 minutes.)
  5. If serving as a party food, serve immediately while hot. If you are stirring them into pasta sauce, the cheese will stay melted in the hot sauce until ready to serve.


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  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15

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Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar
9 years ago

I absolutely LOVE turkey meatballs and the fact that these are stuffed with cheese makes them even better. By the way, I don’t ever think I have heard of a cookie scoop called a disher! Haha, too funny!

9 years ago

I love the idea of cheese-stuffed meatballs! I’m thinking meatball subs!!

Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
9 years ago

A way to make my vegetarian meatballs even more awesome?! I can never have enough cheese! I am so surprised I have never stuffed any meatballs with cheese before…

Heather / girlichef
9 years ago

These sound delicious…I definitely can’t say no to something stuffed with cheese (especially meatballs). Fun little video – so simple to make…whoda thunk it!? I’m intrigued by the bottles in the background; is that a hoppy beer?

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Hi, Heather! I just came back to this post and saw that I missed this comment somehow. Sorry!! If you still want to know, the beer is Hop Notch IPA from Salt Lake City. (They make beer there??) Thank you, my friend!

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