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The Best Air Fryer Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

by Capri Lilly

Air Fryer Cheese Stuffed Meatballs filled with luscious burrata and topped with a warm marinara sauce. These juicy, flavorful meatballs are perfect for dinner or as an appetizer for your next party!

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Air Fryer Cheese Stuffed Meatballs with Marinara Sauce served over rice

I guarantee this air fryer cheese stuffed meatballs recipe will blow your mind! It’s incredibly simple to make, requiring only a few ingredients, less than 20 minutes of your time, AND they taste phenomenal! Plus, they are naturally gluten-free and can be made dairy-free by opting for vegan cheese.

Close up of cheese stuffed meatballs to show texture

Air Fryer Burrata Stuffed Meatballs

I should call this recipe, “clean out the fridge meatballs” because that is exactly how this recipe came about. I made these meatballs after discovering I only had Trader Joe’s Burrata filled with Cream, ground beef, and a few peppers left in the fridge. Luckily, I always keep a few pantry staples, like marinara sauce and rice in my pantry. So, on the spur of the moment, I decided to make these air fryer cheese stuffed meatballs!

These Air Fryer Cheese Stuffed Meatballs are tender, moist, perfectly seasoned, and oozing with mouthwatering cheesy goodness! 

What You Need To Make These Air Fry Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

Ground Meat: I use ground beef to make my meatballs, but you can also use ground turkey, chicken, bison, lamb, or pork! All are great options! (I have not tried this recipe with ground alternative meat, like Beyond Meat. If you try it, please let me know how it goes!)

Cheese: I use Trader Joe’s Burrata filled with Cream and delicately slice it into small pieces to fill each meatball. You can also use fresh mozzarella and cut it into smaller pieces or buy it packaged as small individual balls.

Egg: The egg is used to help bind the ingredients together so that the meatballs do not fall apart. It also keeps the meatballs from drying out.

Seasonings: I use Italian Seasoning, Paprika, Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper, and Red Crushed Peppers. 

Onion and Jalapeno: I like to add minced jalapeno and onion for added texture and flavor

Steps to make stuffed meatballs

How To Make Air Fry Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

  1. Prepare the ground meat mixture by combining all the ingredients (except the cheese).
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 370F for 5 minutes.
  3. Scoop 3 tablespoons of the mixture and form into 2 small flat patties. Place a cube of cheese in the middle of one of the patties and use the other to place it on top.  Pinch meat up around cheese to seal and form into a ball. (You can also simply form a meatball, make a large indentation, place the cheese inside, and close the meatball.)
  4. Place meatballs in the basket of the air fryer and cook at 370° for 13 minutes. Work in batches if needed to ensure the meatballs are not overcrowded in the air fryer.
  5. Serve with warmed marinara and enjoy!
Raw Meatballs arranged in the air fryer for cooking
Before
Cooked Cheese Stuffed Meatballs in the air fryer
After

Common Questions

What Type of Meat Is Best For Meatballs?

I use ground beef to make my meatballs, but you can also use ground turkey, chicken, bison, lamb, or pork! All are great options! (I have not tried this recipe with ground alternative meat, like Beyond Meat. If you try it, please let me know how it goes!)

How Long To Cook Meatballs in the Air Fryer?

Cook the meatballs at 370°F for 13 minutes. Work in batches if needed to ensure the meatballs are not overcrowded in the air fryer.

How To Know When Your Meatballs Are Done

The best way to check the doneness of the meatballs is to use an instant thermometer to measure the temperature of the meat. It should read 160°F if you are using ground beef, pork, or lamb and 165°F if you are using ground turkey or chicken.

You can also cut to the center of the meatball. It is done when the outside is golden brown and there is no pink meat in the center.

How To Store These Air Fryer Cheesy Meatballs

Store the cheese filled meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can rewarm the meatballs in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-5 minutes or in the microwave for 60 seconds (depending on the power of your microwave).

How To Freeze These Meatballs

To freeze, simply place the cooked meatballs in an airtight container or freezer bag (make sure they are completely cooled first), then put them in the freezer. You can freeze these cheese-stuffed meatballs for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to enjoy the meatballs, transfer them to the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Then, warm the meatballs and serve with your favorite sauce.

Air Fryer Cheese Stuffed Meatballs with Marinara Sauce served over rice

What To Eat With These Air Fryer Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

You can always enjoy these meatballs on their own. I like to serve them with marinara sauce! Here are a few more options to make this an even fuller meal:

Dairy-Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Homemade Vegan Ranch

5-minute Avocado Crema

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Air Fryer Cheese Stuffed Meatballs with Marinara Sauce served over rice

I hope you enjoy this Air Fryer Cheese Stuffed Meatballs Recipe!

If you make the recipe, don’t forget to rate it and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love hearing from you! 

Air Fryer Cheese Stuffed Meatballs
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Air Fryer Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

These Air Fryer Cheese Stuffed Meatballs are filled with luscious burrata, then topped with a warm marinara sauce. These juicy, flavorful meatballs are perfect for dinner or as an appetizer for your next party!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, cheese, cheese stuffed, cheeses filled, gluten-free, meatballs
Servings: 3
Calories: 238kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 4 oz Burrata, cut into small cubes (or Mozzarella Cheese)
  • 1 lb Ground Beef (or ground meat of choice)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Jalapeno, Minced
  • 1/4 cup Onion, finely chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1.5 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Red Crushed Peppers
  • Marinara for serving

Instructions

  • Prepare the ground meat mixture by combining all the ingredients (except the cheese).
  • Preheat the air fryer to 370F for 5 minutes.
  • Scoop 3 tablespoons of the mixture and form into 2 small flat patties. Place a cube of cheese in the middle of one of the patties and use the other to place on top. Pinch meat up around cheese to seal and form into a ball. (You can also simply form a meatball, make a large indentation, place the cheese inside, and close the meatball.)
  • Place meatballs in the basket of the air fryer and cook at 370° for 13 minutes. Work in batches if needed to ensure the meatballs are not overcrowded in the air fryer.
  • Serve with warmed marinara and enjoy!

Notes

  • The number of meatballs made depends on the size you make the meatballs. 
  • *I made 6 large meatballs. The nutrition facts are for 1 meatball (without marinara) 
How To Know When Your Meatballs Are Done
The best way to check the doneness of the meatballs is to use an instant thermometer to measure the temperature of the meat. It should read 160°F if you are using ground beef, pork, or lamb and 165°F if you are using ground turkey or chicken.
You can also cut to the center of the meatball. It is done when the outside is golden brown and there is no pink meat in the center.
 
How To Store These Air Fryer Cheesy Meatballs
Store the cheese filled meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can rewarm the meatballs in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-5 minutes or in the microwave for 60 seconds (depending on the power of your microwave).
 
How To Freeze These Meatballs
To freeze, simply place the cooked meatballs in an airtight container or freezer bag (make sure they are completely cooled first), then put them in the freezer. You can freeze these cheese stuffed meatballs for up to 3 months.
When you are ready to enjoy the meatballs, transfer them to the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Then, warm the meatballs and serve with your favorite sauce. 
 
Nutrition Facts for Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs

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11 comments

Alexandra May 10, 2021 - 6:33 am

5 stars
Oh yum! 🙂 So tasty!

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Lara May 10, 2021 - 7:14 am

5 stars
Never thought you could make these in an air fryer! What a great idea!

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Sue May 10, 2021 - 11:53 am

5 stars
These stuffed meatballs are perfect!

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Amanda Dixon May 10, 2021 - 1:23 pm

5 stars
These were seriously amazing! The burrata made for such a decadent filling, and they were super easy to prepare. Will make again and again!

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Capri Lilly May 10, 2021 - 4:03 pm

Hi Amanda! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for leaving a comment! 🙂

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Pam Greer May 10, 2021 - 1:44 pm

5 stars
You have convinced me I need an air fryer! These look amazing!

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Capri Lilly May 10, 2021 - 4:03 pm

Definitely get one! It took me a while but I am so happy I did! It’s such a time savor!

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Ksenia prints May 10, 2021 - 1:57 pm

5 stars
I love making meatballs in the air fryer, but the fact that these are stuffed with cheese made them just all the more appealing!

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Kasey May 10, 2021 - 2:21 pm

5 stars
So heavenly! Thanks for the information on storage and freezing. These are perfect for meal prep!

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Capri Lilly May 10, 2021 - 4:02 pm

Hi Kasey! You are so welcome! I enjoy making these meatballs for meal prep too!

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Nora May 10, 2021 - 5:43 pm

5 stars
I can’t even remember the last time I had stuffed meatballs! I like the recipe! I definitely have to try!

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