If you love meatballs and mozzarella, then you’ll love this recipe for slow cooker mozzarella stuffed meatballs! These meatballs are packed with flavor and the mozzarella adds a gooey, cheesy center. They’re perfect for a party or weeknight dinner. Just throw them in the slow cooker and let them cook while you prepare the rest of your meal.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

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Crockpot Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Sometimes when my husband decides to venture into the kitchen I get scared, I think my children do too. To be fair, the man can cook. It’s just not always a hit with everyone, he likes way more salt than us for example. These mozzarella stuffed meatballs, however, were a hit.

It helps that my kids love cheese so of course, they would love mozzarella meatballs right?

What you need:

How to make Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs:

Take your block of mozzarella cheese and cut it into small pieces. Put them in the freezer until you are ready to use them.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Mix together the bread crumbs, egg, spices, and ground beef. Use your hands (there is a reason that I don’t make meatballs, and this is it).

Get your cheese out of the freezer and start rolling small amounts of the meat mixture, about 4 tablespoons worth.

Form a ball, push a piece of cheese into the meat, and roll it into a ball so the cheese is completely covered.

Meatball makers can be used to make stuffed meatballs, Italian meatballs, Swedish fishballs, vegetarian meatballs, whatever you want. These allow you to be a little more hands-free while making them.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Place into a greased slow cooker, or on a baking sheet if baking, or use slow cooker liners for easier cleanup.

Blake chose to pour our favorite pasta sauce over the meatballs into your crock pot, you can choose whatever you enjoy.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

These smell amazing while they’re cooking! And of course, they smell great once they are finished and you’re digging into them.

Making Them Ahead of Time

With the holidays, maybe you’re looking for something you can make ahead and freeze, these work! Instead of putting them in a slow cooker or in the oven, place them evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and freeze.

Once frozen through you can put them in a freezer bag. Perfect for Christmas Eve evening as an appetizer.

You can serve with your choice of dips, for dipping: Alfredo, marinara sauce, pasta sauce, or even a variety for your guests.

Can you freeze mozzarella cheese?

The answer to your question is, yes you can freeze mozzarella cheese. You can freeze the whole block, or you can grate or shred it before freezing it. The block of cheese that you freeze, when you take it out, will be more crumbly. The crumbliness is great for topping your pizza.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
Yield: 6 servings

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These mozzarella stuffed meatballs are a little more effort, but the outcome is going to blow you away with taste. Make these for guests.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup bread crumbs, panko or regular, Italian seasoned or plain
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic, or 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • block of mozzarella cheese


  1. Chop each cheese stick into half inch pieces (about 6-8 pieces for each cheese stick). Place on a plate and chill in the freezer until ready to use.
  2. Add ground beef, bread crumbs, egg and egg yolk, garlic, onion powder, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to a bowl. Mush the ingredients together with your hands until everything comes together.
  3. Remove cheese from freezer. Scoop out about 4 tablespoons of meat mixture and roll into a ball. Gently push a piece of chilled mozzarella into the middle of the meatball. Roll the ball in your hands to cover the hole where the mozzarella cheese was pushed in. Place inside a greased slow cooker and repeat with remaining meat and cheese.
  4. When all meatballs are in the slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 1-2 hours or on low 3-4 hours until meat it cooked through (no longer pink). The cheese may start melting out of the meatballs, that's okay. OR Place meatballs 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet and bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes until browned and cheese is melty.
  5. If desired, when using your slow cooker you can pour your favorite pasta sauce over them as we did.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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