Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

18 Meatballs88 cals

Meatballs are back on the meal prep menu with this low carb and high protein recipe! These Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs are packed with flavor, can be made in your slow cooker, oven, or air fryer, and use common ingredients you might already have.

Start these meatballs by adding into a large mixing bowl 1 1/2 pounds of either lean ground beef, turkey, or chicken. I went with 93/7 ground turkey today.

If you’re using a less lean meat say below 90/10 you may want to consider making these in either the oven or air fryer which we’ll talk about how to do below.

Continue with 2 large whole eggs, 3/4 cup of bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. This is your base, nothing else is needed.

With that said, I also like to add in 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic, and some chopped up onion for texture. Some of my other favorite things to add into these?

Other Meatball Ingredients

  • Smoked Paprika
  • Curry Powder
  • Basil
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Chili Powder
  • Hot Sauce
  • Mustard
  • Bell Peppers (texture)

After you’ve decided what to do add in, mix all of those ingredients together. Keep mixing until everything looks incorporated. I like using my hand(s) to do this.

Stuffed Mozzarella Meatballs

From here, you’ll need some mozzarella cheese. You can use mozzarella sticks, a block, or some pearls. What you want to use will depend on the size you’re making them. For smaller meatballs, pearls work great. For bigger meatballs? Sticks or a block.

To incorporate your mozzarella, roll your meatball out and press in with your thumb. You’ll want to press in far enough that a piece of your mozzarella cheese will fit/stick into the middle of it. Place your piece of mozzarella in and enclose it while rolling it out again.

Repeat until all of your mix is gone and your easy mozzarella stuffed meatballs are ready for the next step!

I used mozzarella pearls with the size meatballs I made here. If I were making bigger meatballs (see below) I’d simply chop some mozzarella sticks or block up accordingly.

Cooking Your Meatballs

Onto the last step, choosing how you’d like to prepare your stuffed meatballs! Slow cooker? Oven? Air fryer? The choice is yours…

Slow Cooker Meatballs

Place your meatballs into your slow cooker and pour over a jar of your favorite pasta sauce. Make sure your sauce is evenly distributed over the top.

Turn your slow cooker on high for around 2 1/2-3 hours or low for 5-6 depending on the size meatballs you’re making. You’ll know they’re done when they reach 165F/73C.

Air Fryer or Oven Meatballs

If you’re using a fattier/less lean meat and don’t want all the extra juice you can make these in the air fryer or oven.

To do this, all you need to do is to put them onto a baking or air fryer sheet and into whatever you’re using on 400F/204C for around 11-14 minutes in the air fryer or 20-25 minutes in the oven. Make sure to flip them halfway through cooking!

Again, remember that your cooking time will depend on how big your mozzarella stuffed meatballs are. The most accurate way to know if they’re done is to use a food thermometer (I link to mine below)!

My favorite things to pair these with? Pasta, rice, or vegetables for a lower carb option. Let me know your favorite thing to pair these with in the comments below!

How about some Protein Pineapple Whip for dessert?

Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs Recipe

Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Low carb, high protein, and absolutely delicious Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs are here! This easy recipe is made with 8 simple ingredients.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mozzarella meatballs, mozzarella stuffed meatballs, stuffed meatballs
Servings: 18 Meatballs
Calories: 88kcal
Cost: $7.25

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Base Recipe

  • 1 ½ Pounds Ground Meat - Lean (Beef, Turkey, or Chicken work great!)
  • 2 Large Whole Eggs
  • ¾ Cup Bread Crumbs - Low Sodium Preferred
  • ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese - Grated
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Cup Mozzarella Cheese - Sticks, Block, or Pearls
  • 1 Jar Pasta Sauce - Only needed if you're making these in your Slow Cooker

Optional Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Minced Garlic - or Garlic Powder
  • Onion - Chopped or Other Vegetable(s) for texture
  • Hot Sauce - Crushed Red Pepper or Other Seasoning for some added heat!


  • Mix all of your ingredients together aside from your Pasta Sauce and Mozzarella in a large mixing bowl
  • Take some of your mix and roll it out into a ball
  • Press your thumb into the middle of it making a space large enough to place a piece of your Mozzarella Cheese
  • Put your piece of Mozzarella Stick, piece of Mozzarella Block, or Mozzarella Pearl inside that spot
  • Enclose it around your Mozzarella Cheese and roll it out into its final meatball form
  • Repeat until your mix is gone

Slow Cooker Method

  • Place your rolled meatballs into the bottom of your Slow Cooker
  • Pour over and evenly distribute your Pasta Sauce
  • Let them cook on High Heat for 2 1/2-3 hours or Low Heat for 5-6 hours depending on the size of your meatballs (they should reach 165F/73C internally)

Air Fryer Method

  • Place your rolled meatballs onto an air fryer sheet
  • Let them cook on 400F/204C for 11-14 minutes depending on the size of your meatballs making sure to flip them halfway through cooking
  • Remove them once they reach 165F/73C

Oven Method

  • Place your rolled meatballs onto a baking sheet
  • Let them cook on 400F/204C for 20-25 minutes depending on the size of your meatballs making sure to flip them halfway through cooking
  • Remove them once they reach 165F/73C



*Add your Pasta Sauce in separately
Calories in the whole recipe with 93/7 Ground Turkey:
*This is the base recipe
  • Calories: 1588
  • Fat: 72g
  • Saturated Fat: 30g
  • Sodium: 2302mg
  • Carbs: 63g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Protein: 172g
Calories in Each Meatballs (Makes 18) with 93/7 Ground Turkey:
*This is the base recipe
  • Calories: 88
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6g
  • Sodium: 133.4mg
  • Carbs: 3.5g
  • Fiber: .3g
  • Sugar: .3g
  • Protein: 9.5g


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.5g | Protein: 9.5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Sodium: 134mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.3g


  1. Dante on May 3, 2024 at 8:29 am

    5 stars
    Made these in the oven and they came out great! Thank you

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