Cheesy Turkey Meatballs
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Cheesy Turkey Meatballs

Cheesy Turkey Meatballs



The first time I made Kenya and Chloe my Mexican Rice Balls they got a major thumbs up from them. It's such a simple recipe at that -- savory spheres of rice stuffed with a chunk of sharp cheddar which melts inside, creating a gooey center that brightens your day when you take a bite. Since then, whenever I make my family a batch we finish them all in one sitting without fail.

I got to thinking about what other foods you could stuff with a morsel of oozy gooey cheese. Chloe adores turkey meatballs and since they are so easy for little hands to pick up and eat, I whipped up a test batch and tucked away a cube of cheddar in each one. Voila! Cheesy Turkey Meatballs were born! I did all the prep work in the morning, so all I had to do was sautéed them up minutes before dinner and serve them with a simple side of pesto pasta.

One important note: always make sure to cut into a hot cheesy turkey meatball before you serve it to your kids. You definitely don't want any burned tongues!

Cheesy Turkey Meatballs  (makes 30 meatballs)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins,
  • Cook Time: 10 mins,
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The first time I made Kenya and Chloe my Mexican Rice Balls they got a major thumbs up from them. It's such a simple recipe at that -- savory spheres of rice stuffed with a chunk of sharp cheddar which melts inside, creating a gooey center that...


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cheddar cheese sticks
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  1. 1. In a bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Mix to combine thoroughly.
  2. 2. Slice the cheese sticks into 1/4-inch cubes.
  3. 3. Using a 1 tablespoon measure, form the meat mixture into a disc, place a cheese cube in the center, and then roll the meat around the cheese to form a ball. If the meat sticks to your hands, lightly wet your hands with water.
  4. 4. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the meatballs for about 5 minutes, until the turkey is cooked through.
Cheesy Turkey Meatballs

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  1. Nes

    January 6, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    How many grams of cheese is used in this recipe? Just not sure what ‘4 sticks of cheese’ is.


    • Catherine McCord

      January 8, 2015 at 9:21 am

      I’m not sure about the grams. I buy those cheese sticks at the grocery… like string cheese, but it is cheddar cheese. and then I cut those into cubes. It comes out to about 1 cup of cheese cubes!

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  4. Anna

    August 22, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I just made these for my husband (our daughter isn’t quite old enough to eat them) and he LOVED them!! He’s kind of a foodie so if he likes something that much then you know it’s good! Thanks for making me look like such a great cook :)

  5. kristen

    June 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    my 4 year old has never really liked any kind of meat. he just gobbled up 5 of these!

  6. Melissa

    April 23, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I had some ground pork in the fridge that I needed to cook by today – I recalled seeing a link to the video on this a couple of days ago and thought the pork variety might be pretty tasty. Just got done cooking them up and could hardly wait to try one – I can confirm pork is delicious in this! I’m not typically a huge fan of “cheesy” anything, but this has just the right amount to make it fun. The true test will be my I Eat Nothing 7 year old – will try at dinner tonight and report back. Even if he doesn’t love it, so what? More for me!

  7. Kieran

    January 17, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Can you omit breadcrumbs? or sub with parm cheese? I’m trying to figure out stuff all of us can eat and I don’t eat grain (I make grain for hubs and LO)

    • Angie

      March 5, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      If it’s gluten sensitiviy, you could try gluten free oatmeal i’ve used oats instead of bread crumbs for burgers and meat loaf with good results..

      • Charlie

        June 15, 2014 at 10:26 am

        im gluten free and i used almond meal in place of bread crumbs and it worked wonders

    • Catherine McCord

      January 17, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Hmmm the breadcrumbs help them stay together. Maybe try gluten-free breadcrumbs?

  8. alicia

    December 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Made this tonight for my girls who are 1 and a half- 2 and a half- it was a hit! I didnt have any onion powder on hand so I just omitted that. Baked them and they came out moist. Stored the remaining in the freezer. I will definitely be making this again for the family :)

    • Megan

      January 28, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Have you eaten any that you froze ? Just wondering how they hold up before I make them.

  9. Maribel

    November 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Is the nutritional information available? TIA

  10. Holly Kohli

    October 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    We just made these and they are delicious! My daughter & husband love them. I baked them at 350 for 15 minutes (sprayed a light coat of olive oil) and they came out great. The cheese did melt out of a few of them though.

  11. Kate

    October 4, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Yummy! So simple! My kids would love these.

  12. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste

    October 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I saw these on your Instagram feed and I came running! Count me in! I could probably polish off a dozen in one sitting…

  13. Audrey Sinclair

    October 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Could you bake these as well? If so what temp and duration would you recommend.

  14. Carmen

    October 2, 2013 at 11:25 am

    My son is allergic to eggs. Can I omit the egg? Or what other substitute can I use?

  15. Erin

    October 2, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Do you use ground turkey breast, or just regular ground turkey?

  16. Sheila

    October 2, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Have you ever made them ahead and kept them in the freezer?

    • Sunny

      October 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      I’d like to try freezing them, too. Has anyone tried it?

      • BlssedMama429

        January 21, 2014 at 11:00 pm

        I froze them, uncooked. I cooked them for a bit longer and on a lower heat because I was worried they wouldn’t cook all the way through, but they still came out great! :)