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!

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Cheesy Turkey Meatballs (makes 30 meatballs)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

nut free


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


1. In a bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Mix to combine thoroughly.

2. Slice the cheese sticks into 1/4-inch cubes.

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. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the meatballs for about 5 minutes, until the turkey is cooked through.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.