Meatballs are always fun, but these baked keto cheese stuffed meatballs are extra delicious and very easy to make!
Surprise! At the center of each of these tasty cheese stuffed meatballs hides a cheesy, gooey center. These are so much fun to make, and they are even more fun to eat.
Meatballs are a favorite around here
I love making meatballs for dinner. I have quite a few meatball recipes on this blog, as a matter of fact (these pork meatballs are amazing). Meatballs are easy, versatile (you can use different kinds of meats and seasonings), and everyone loves them – kids and adults.
But these cheese-stuffed meatballs are extra delicious. There’s something about biting into a hot, well-seasoned meatball and finding the melty, cheesy center… it’s really, really good.
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty meatball recipe. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
- Ground beef: I like to use lean ground beef.
- Cheddar cheese: I use sharp cheddar for some extra flavor.
- Kosher salt and black pepper: If using fine salt, you might want to reduce the amount you use.
- Spices: Garlic powder and smoked paprika.
- Olive oil spray. Olive oil is tasty and healthy, but if you worry about using it in cooking, you can use avocado oil instead.
How to make cheese-stuffed meatballs
It’s easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
- Divide the ground beef into eight equal portions.
- Flatten each portion and place a cheese square in the center.
- Wrap the beef around the cheese and shape into a ball. You want to make sure at this point that the cheese is completely enclosed in the meat.
- Dip the meatballs in spices, spray them with oil, and bake.
Tips for making this recipe a success
The main challenge when making this recipe is that sometimes the cheese oozes out of a meatball (or two) into the pan.
If you seal the meatballs well, as shown in the video, this usually doesn’t happen. And if it happens, it’s only with one or two meatballs. But please know that it can happen, and then you’re left with delicious baked meatballs, but they are not filled with cheese.
I like to divide the meat, stuff it with cheese, then roll in spices, because it’s easier. But if you prefer, you can mix the spices into the ground beef, and then divide it into 8 portions.
I usually use block cheddar, cut off 2 ounces and then cube them. But if you only have sliced cheddar, that works too – as shown in the video.
How to serve cheese stuffed meatballs?
Can you freeze them?
Yes. You can keep them in the fridge in a sealed container for 3-4 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months. Reheat them gently, in the microwave on 50% power.
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- 1 lb. lean ground beef (85/15)
- 2 oz sharp cheddar, cubed into 8 cubes
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- Olive oil spray
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Divide the ground beef into eight equal portions. Flatten each portion into a circle. Place a cheese cube in the middle of each circle. Shape each circle into a meatball, sealing well.
- In a shallow bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Roll the meatballs in the mixture.
- Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly spray them with olive oil. Bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.