Mozzarella stuffed meatballs are one of the best things you’ll ever taste! They are filled with mozzarella cheese, and they are the best meatballs ever. All you need is 8 ingredients and 25 minutes to bake my delicious low carb keto stuffed meatballs.
In my world, meatballs are pure comfort food. The flavor is super satisfying, they keep you full, and they are easy to make too. What can be better than that? I’ve always been a fan of meatballs because they are great for all occasions. I used to think that they took forever to make, and I wasn’t too excited to learn how. Guess what! They take minimal effort and taste as if they have cooked all day long.
You can quickly whip up a batch of keto stuffed meatballs with mozzarella cheese for an appetizer, take them to a potluck, or enjoy them as the main course for dinner. I love the look on everyone’s face when they bite into them and see the oozing cheese. It’s a great surprise, and even the kids will eat them.
After this make sure to try my Stuffed Sausage! I stuff mozzarella cheese sticks into Italian sausage for another delicious main course.
Ground Turkey or Ground Beef - Since ground sausage is pretty fatty I prefer to use lean ground beef or ground turkey as the second meat in this recipe.
Ground Sausage - Adding ground sausage gives a lot of flavor and helps keep the meatballs moist.
Almond Flour - Almond flour helps these hold together. For a nut-free option use parmesan cheese. You can also sub in coconut flour but only use ⅓ of the amount listed.
Egg - Eggs help bind the meatballs so they don't fall apart.
Seasonings - I use Italian seasoning, garlic powder, dried minced onion (or onion powder), salt, and black pepper to season the meat.
How To Make Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
I know that stuffing meatballs sounds like it would be hard to do, but it’s really very simple.
First Step: Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F.
Second Step: Mix the ground beef or turkey, sausage, flour, egg, minced onion, and seasonings into a medium or large mixing bowl until incorporated.
Third Step: Use a large cookie scoop and make 24 meatballs from the meat mixture. Take a cube of mozzarella cheese and place it into the center of the meatball, then fold the meat around it. All the cheese needs to be covered.
Fourth Step: Put the stuffed meatballs in a greased roasting pan or rimmed sheet pan and back for 25-30 minutes. I normally just drizzle a little olive oil into the pan first.
Fifth Step: Serve hot with store bought or homemade tomato sauce, keto marinara sauce, grated parmesan cheese, or low carb pasta, enjoy!
Meatball Parmesan - Double the cheese and use these mozzarella stuffed meatballs in my meatball casserole!
Stuffed Barbecue Meatballs - Swap out the mozzarella for cheddar cheese, omit the Italian seasoning, and cover these with some sugar-free bbq sauce.
Veggies - I add shredded zucchini and spinach to a lot of my meatball recipes. You can add 1 cup of either to this recipe.
Cheese - You can sub in another cheese if you've like. Cheeses that are on the softer side but not very soft work best. Cheddar cheese or Monterey jack are good options. I don't recommend using fresh mozzarella because it releases a lot of liquid.
How Do Know When The Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs Are Done?
The meatballs will be golden brown and will read 160 degrees on a thermometer. It’s important when making this mozzarella stuffed meatballs recipe that you don’t overcook them. Otherwise, the cheese will melt and seep outside of the meatballs and make a mess.
Can I Use One Kind Of Meat For This Meatballs Recipe?
Yes, if you prefer to stick with one kind of meat, that’s fine. I love the flavor of combining the ground beef or turkey with sausage. It adds a delicious flavor element that you don’t get with one kind of meat. However, they will still be good if you make them with just turkey, ground beef, or sausage. If you want, you could even make them with ground chicken too.
Just keep in mind when you change the protein, each one cooks a little different, and sometimes they can be dried out. That’s another reason to keep an eye on how long the keto stuffed meatballs are baking, so they are at their best every time.
Do I Need Breadcrumbs To Make Meatballs?
No, you do not need breadcrumbs to make these easy mozzarella stuffed meatballs. I use almond flour, and it helps bind them together. You shouldn’t leave out the almond flour, or they will fall apart. Using almond flour adds the perfect flavor to the meatballs too.
It’s as equally important not to put more almond flour in than what the recipe calls for. Otherwise, too much of a binder will make them fall apart too.
Can I Double This Keto Stuffed Meatballs Recipe?
Yes, absolutely! Make as many batches as you need and bake them. This is great for meal prep. To serve guests a great option is to keep them in an electric roasting dish on warm to keep them hot before serving. Either add sauce to the pan or let everyone add their own as they wish. These meatballs are wonderful for community events and fundraisers too.
How Do You Store Low Carb Meatballs?
Let the meatballs cool to room temperature then put them in a storage container that’s sealed so air can’t get to them. The low carb meatballs will last 3-4 days in the fridge.
You can also freeze the low carb meatballs too. Lay them out on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet and put them in the freezer for a couple of hours. Once they have frozen, place them in a freezer bag, and they will last 3-4 months.
How Do You Reheat Meatballs?
Place the meatballs in a casserole dish and cover it with foil. Bake them at 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until they are hot. You can also warm them in the microwave too. Just don’t overheat them, so the keto stuffed meatballs don’t become dried out.
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
- Preheat oven to 400. Spray a sheet pan or casserole dish with cooking spray
- Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs and mix thoroughly. Make 24 meatballs.
- Insert one cube of mozzarella into each meatball and enclose it in the meat. Put the stuffed meatballs on the prepared pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
Originally Published January 16, 2020. Revised and Republished March 7, 2023.
If you are looking for more low carb meatball recipes, you are going to want to try these too!
- Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
- Instant Pot Meatballs
- Keto Swedish Meatballs
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