Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs – Organize Yourself Skinny

Looking for a delicious and easy-to-make meal that the whole family will love? Try these mouthwatering mozzarella stuffed meatballs made with ground turkey! Bursting with flavor and loaded with protein, these meatballs are made with a mixture of ground turkey, Italian-style poultry sausage, breadcrumbs, and a blend of savory seasonings. But the show’s real star is the ooey-gooey mozzarella cheese stuffed in the center of each meatball. Baked to perfection in the oven, these cheese stuffed meatballs are the ultimate comfort food. Serve them with your favorite sauce and pasta, or enjoy them on their own for a tasty and satisfying meal. 

mozzarella stuffed meatballs on a plate.

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Making meatballs is one of my all-time favorite recipes, especially turkey meatballs. They’re easy to make, low carb, and perfect for meal prep and freezing ahead. 

But sometimes, even my favorite recipes need a little something extra. That’s why I decided to put a twist on my go-to baked turkey meatballs by adding a delicious surprise inside – gooey, melted mozzarella cheese! The result? Mouthwatering mozzarella stuffed turkey meatballs that are even more satisfying and flavorful than the original. Trust me, once you try these cheesy meatballs, you won’t want to return to the plain old version.

Need some more tasty meatball recipes? Try these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs, Turkey Pesto Meatballs, Turkey Zucchini Meatballs, Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs, and Spinach Feta Turkey Meatballs.

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Reasons You’ll Love This Recipe

  • They’re packed with flavor: Thanks to the blend of Italian-style poultry sausage, breadcrumbs, and seasonings, these cheese stuffed meatballs are bursting with savory, delicious flavor in every bite.
  • They’re low carb: If you’re watching your carb intake, these mozzarella stuffed turkey meatballs are a great option. 
  • Perfect for meal prep and freezing: Whether cooking for one or feeding a crowd, these meatballs are an excellent option for meal prep and freezing ahead. Make a big batch and enjoy them throughout the week!
  • Versatile: Serve them with your favorite pasta and sauce for a classic Italian meal, or enjoy them as a protein-packed snack or appetizer. These stuffed turkey meatballs are versatile and can be enjoyed in various ways, making them a great addition to any meal plan.

How to make Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

These mozzarella stuffed turkey meatballs are the perfect twist on a classic dish. Not only are they low carb and packed with flavor, but each bite is a delicious surprise with a gooey, melted mozzarella cheese center. Whether you serve them with your favorite homemade spaghetti sauce or enjoy them alone, these cheesy meatballs will surely become a new family favorite.

The Ingredients

Ingredients to make cheese stuffed meatballs.
  • Ground turkey: This lean protein is a great alternative to beef to create a healthier option with lower fat and calories. I suggest using a 90/10 ground turkey mix.
  • Italian poultry sausage: Adding Italian-style poultry sausage to the mix gives the meatballs an extra boost of flavor and helps keep them moist and tender. You can use hot or mild sausage, depending on your preference. Poultry Italian sausage links typically only come in links, so you must remove the casing before using them. Also, you can find Italian poultry sausage in the meat section or at the meat counter of the grocery store.
  • Breadcrumbs: These are a classic ingredient in meatballs and help hold the mixture together. Make sure to use unseasoned breadcrumbs so the other flavors can shine through.
  • Milk: Adding milk to the meatball mixture helps keep them moist and tender. You can use any milk you like, such as whole, almond, or even heavy cream.
  • Egg: The egg acts as a binder and helps hold the meatballs together.
  • Worcestershire sauce: This is my secret ingredient in all of my ground turkey recipes for meaty, delicious flavor. You can also use soy sauce or tamari sauce.
  • Parmesan cheese: Grated parmesan cheese adds a salty, nutty flavor to the meatballs and helps bind the mixture together. You can use freshly grated or pre-grated cheese.
  • Italian seasoning: A blend of dried herbs like oregano, parsley, basil, and thyme, Italian seasoning adds classic Italian flavor to the meatballs. You can purchase Italian seasoning or make this delicious homemade Italian seasoning mix.
  • Granulated garlic: This is dried garlic that’s been ground into a powder, and it adds a mellow garlic flavor to the meatballs without overpowering the other ingredients. You can also use finely chopped fresh garlic.
  • Onion powder: Like garlic powder, onion powder adds a subtle flavor to the meatballs without being too strong.
  • Red chili flakes: These spicy flakes add a bit of heat to the meatballs. Use more or less depending on how spicy you like your food.
  • Mozzarella cheese sticks: These are pre-packaged cheese sticks that are perfect for stuffing inside the meatballs.

The Directions

  • First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is heating up, in a large mixing bowl mix the ground turkey, Italian poultry sausage, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, Worcestershire sauce, parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper, and other seasonings in a large bowl.
  • Be gentle when mixing to ensure all ingredients are combined without overworking the meat.
  • Once everything is mixed, it’s time to portion out the meat mixture into 20 meatballs. You can use a cookie scoop or measure two tablespoons of mixture per meatball. 
  • Next, cut up the mozzarella cheese sticks into five pieces each. Place one piece into the center of each meatball and then roll it into a ball, covering the cheese completely.
  • Place the meatballs onto a baking sheet pan.
  • Finally, bake your meatballs for 20-23 minutes until they’re cooked through and golden brown.

Once they’re done, serve them hot with your favorite sauce and pasta, or enjoy them alone.

stuffed mozzarella meatballs on top of pasta.

Serving Suggestions

Here are some serving suggestions for your delicious mozzarella stuffed meatballs:

  • Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs – Serve your meatballs on top of a bed of spaghetti noodles with your favorite marinara sauce or homemade tomato sauce.
  • Meatball Subs – Stuff your meatballs and sauce into a sub roll for a delicious sandwich.
  • Meatball Appetizers – Serve your meatballs on toothpicks with a marinara sauce for a fun and easy appetizer.
  • Zucchini Noodles – Replace your spaghetti with spiralized zucchini noodles for a low-carb, healthier twist.
  • Meatball Pizza – Leftovers are delicious as a pizza topping for a fun and tasty pizza night.
  • Meatball Salad – Serve your meatballs on top of a bed of greens with your favorite salad dressing for a delicious and healthy meal.

Cooking Tips

  • Don’t overmix the meat mixture; overworking the meat can result in tough meatballs. Gently mix the ingredients until just combined.
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion the meat mixture for evenly sized-meatballs. Alternatively, you can use a spoon or your hands to measure the mixture.
  • Make sure to fully enclose the cheese inside the meatball so it doesn’t ooze out during cooking.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure that your meatballs are cooked through. They should reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • If you want to save time, you can prepare the meatballs ahead of time and freeze them for later use.
  • If you prefer a crispier exterior, you can broil the meatballs for the last few minutes of cooking.
close-up of stuffed meatballs.

Substitutions & Variation

  • Ground turkey: You can substitute ground chicken for chicken meatballs or even lean ground beef for a classic meatball if you prefer.
  • Italian poultry sausage: If you can’t find this at your grocery store, use regular Italian sausage or substitute it with ground pork and add some extra Italian seasoning.
  • Breadcrumbs: You can use almond flour or crushed pork rinds for a lower-carb option or regular bread crumbs if you don’t have unseasoned ones on hand. You can also use gluten-free breadcrumbs for a gluten-free option. Check out my gluten-free turkey meatballs for more tips.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Soy sauce or tamari can be used as a substitute for this rich sauce. I don’t recommend coconut aminos because that has more of a sweet teriyaki sauce flavor.
  • Italian seasoning: You can combine dried oregano, basil, parsely, and thyme if you don’t have Italian seasoning.
  • Cheese: If you don’t have mozzarella cheese sticks, you can use cubes of fresh mozzarella or any other type of Italian cheese that melts well.

Make-ahead Tips

These mozzarella stuffed turkey meatballs are perfect for meal prep and can easily be stored later. Here are some tips for storing them:

For the week: You can store cooked meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. When you’re ready to eat, reheat them in the microwave or oven until heated.

For the freezer (raw): You can freeze uncooked meatballs for up to 3 months.

  • After assembling the meatballs, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until firm.
  • Once frozen, transfer them to a resealable freezer bag or airtight container.
  • To cook, bake them directly from frozen for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.

For the freezer (cooked): Freezing cooked meatballs is a great way to have a quick and easy meal when you’re short on time. To freeze cooked meatballs:

  1. Start by allowing them to cool completely after cooking.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the cooled meatballs on it, making sure they’re not touching each other.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze until the meatballs are solid, which should take about 1-2 hours.
  4. Once frozen, transfer the meatballs to a resealable freezer bag or airtight container, making sure to label the bag or container with the date and contents.
  5. Store the meatballs in the freezer for up to 3 months. 
  6. When you’re ready to eat the frozen meatballs, you can either thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and reheat them in the oven or microwave or reheat them directly from frozen in the oven or microwave. Just be sure to check that they’re heated through before serving.
stuffed turkey meatballs on a plate with sauce.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Looking for a delicious and easy-to-make meal that the whole family will love? Try these mouthwatering mozzarella stuffed meatballs made with ground turkey! Bursting with flavor and loaded with protein, these meatballs are made with a mixture of ground turkey, Italian-style poultry sausage, breadcrumbs, and a blend of savory seasonings.

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American, Italian

Keyword: cheese stuffed meatballs, mozzarellla stuffed meatballs, stuffed meatballs, stuffed turkey meatballs

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 20 people

Calories: 79kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs you can use gluten-free
  • 1/4 cup milk any milk will work
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 lb Italian poultry sausages 2-3 links and the casings removed
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce you can also use soy or tamari sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • 4 mozzarella cheese sticks

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  • Make the meatball mixture. Add the ground turkey, Italian poultry sausage, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, Worcestershire sauce, parmesan cheese, and seasonings to a large bowl.

  • Gently mix until all ingredients are combined.

  • Portion out the meat mixture into 20 meatballs. I used a cookie scoop for this but you can also measure out 2 tablespoons of mixture per meatball. Please note this might change the amount of meatballs you end up with.

  • Cut up the cheese sticks into 5 pieces each. Place one piece into the center of each meatball and then roll it into a ball making sure to cover the cheese completely. Place the meatballs onto a baking sheet.

  • Bake for 20 -23 minutes. Serve hot with sauce and pasta or on their own.

Notes

These mozzarella stuffed turkey meatballs are perfect for meal prep and can easily be stored later. Here are some tips for storing them:
For the week: You can store cooked meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. When you’re ready to eat, reheat them in the microwave or oven until heated.
For the freezer (raw): You can freeze uncooked meatballs for up to 3 months. After assembling the meatballs, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until firm. Once frozen, transfer them to a resealable freezer bag or airtight container. To cook, bake them directly from frozen for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
For the freezer (cooked): Freezing cooked meatballs is a great way to have a quick and easy meal when you’re short on time. To freeze cooked meatballs:

  1. Start by allowing them to cool completely after cooking.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the cooled meatballs on it, making sure they’re not touching each other.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze until the meatballs are solid, which should take about 1-2 hours.
  4. Once frozen, transfer the meatballs to a resealable freezer bag or airtight container, making sure to label the bag or container with the date and contents.
  5. Store the meatballs in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

When you’re ready to eat the frozen meatballs, you can either thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and reheat them in the oven or microwave or reheat them directly from frozen in the oven or microwave. Just be sure to check that they’re heated through before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.4mg

FAQs

What does adding milk to meatballs do?

Adding milk to meatballs can serve a couple of different purposes. First, it can help to keep the meatballs moist and tender. Additionally, the milk can add a subtle richness and creaminess to the meatballs, enhancing their flavor. So, if you’re looking to make meatballs that are both juicy and flavorful, adding milk to the mixture is definitely worth a try.

Should you brown meatballs before baking?

You might be wondering whether you need to brown your meatballs before baking them, and the answer is no! You can skip that step altogether because the meatballs will brown nicely in the oven as they bake. In fact, I never bother with browning them, and they always turn out great. So, save yourself some time and effort, and let the oven do the work for you!

What is the secret to meatballs?

Making the best meatballs is easy when you follow these three secrets. Firstly, don’t forget to add milk or cream to your ground beef or turkey mixture. This secret will help you achieve a juicy meatball that’s full of flavor. Secondly, for added depth and richness, add Worcestershire or soy sauce to your mixture. This will take your meatballs to the next level. Lastly, try using a combination of ground beef or turkey with Italian sausage for an amazing flavor. By incorporating these three tips, you’ll be sure to make the most delicious meatballs every time.

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About Tammy Overhoff

Hi, I’m Tammy Overhoff, a busy mom, wife, and entrepreneur. I am the owner, author, and recipe developer here at Organize Yourself Skinny. Since 2011 Organize Yourself Skinny has become a trusted resource for clean eating recipes to meal prep, reviews, and lifestyle hacks to help you fit healthy habits and routines into your busy schedule. Check out my online shop Reset & Flourish for all of my eBooks, Guides, and Bundles!

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