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Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

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I’ve talked before about how we had a margarita pizza years and years ago which inspired us to start playing around with fresh ingredients, and honestly basil is still one of my all time favorite herbs. Is the blog’s name totally making even more sense? Anyway, Calphalon approached me about trying out their new pan that is making it’s way to Williams and Sonoma and I immediately knew what I would make, mozzarella stuffed meatballs that are easy to make especially in a nonstick pan with the flavors of our favorite Margarita pizza. These are probably our new favorite meatball, but don’t worry, our Waikiki meatballs still rock our world, hoisin glazed meatballs are still saucy and delicious, and please never forget the amazing meatball sub.

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First things first. I like free stuff.  I love these pans. And I love my readers. I want you all to have something for free so Calphalon is giving away a 10″ Fry pan worth $150. They rock.

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Second, because the older I get the more I want quality products in our home that are actually going to last and be worth it I want to tell you why I was willing to write about this product. And no, I did not get paid to say this, although as a review goes I did get to test the pans out. So, here’s my conclusion…

Want an #easy and #healthy #dinner #recipe- We adore these super fast turkey #meatballs stuffed with mozzarella and covered in fresh marinara Margarita Meatballs

Calphalon Williams-Sonoma Elite Nonstick is a beautifully designed product that is made to withstand the rigors of metal whisk and spatula use. Hallelujah! Heaven knows I hate having to think about what utensil I grab when I cook and I despise having my pans break down on me.

Want an #easy and #healthy #dinner #recipe- We adore these super fast turkey #meatballs stuffed with mozzarella and covered in fresh marinara Margarita Meatballs

“The cookware line also comes with a textured Sear nonstick surface, which seals in flavor when browning or searing (typical to what you would find in a stainless steel pan, with the convenience of a nonstick surface). It also features ergonomic handles for a secure grip to make lifting easier and more comfortable, and is dishwasher safe for convenient clean-up.” So, pretty much the pan rocks. You can sear in delicious flavors like a stainless steel pan with the ease and easily cleanable nonstick pan.

Want an #easy and #healthy #dinner #recipe- We adore these super fast turkey #meatballs stuffed with mozzarella and covered in fresh marinara Margarita Meatballs

I love the pan. Like, for real. You should just see how easily these meatballs cook up without any additional oil, AND crepes. Oh my goodness, crepes are so easy!!! But let’s not forget what’s important here. You can make healthier meatballs by using ground turkey and skipping on the noodles completely. The meatballs are tender and juicy, but hold together perfectly. They have a lightness about them that is so refreshing in a purely meat dish, and the surprise of mozzarella in the middle is perfection. Just throw on a little homemade or store bought marinara (not spaghetti sauce) and you’re all set. Serve with fresh veggies or salad!

Are Turkey Meatballs Healthier Than Ground Beef Meatballs?

Turkey meatballs are leaner than beef meatballs.

Typically, light meat turkey will always be leaner than dark meat turkey and beef.

Can Meatballs Be Made Ahead?

Meatballs can be shaped and kept refrigerated up to a day ahead.

Remove from the refrigerator and bake or fry as usual when ready to serve.

How Long Will Meatballs Keep in the Freezer?

Properly stored, meatballs will keep 3-4 months in the freezer.

They should be kept in heavy duty freezer bags or wrapped in plastic and foil.

Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

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Want an #easy and #healthy #dinner #recipe- We adore these super fast turkey #meatballs stuffed with mozzarella and covered in fresh marinara Margarita Meatballs

Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 24 meatballs


  • 1 1/2 Lbs Ground Turkey
  • 2/3 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Clove Garlic minced
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Skim Milk
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Dry Basil or 3 Teaspoons Fresh chopped basil
  • 1/2 Ts Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • Mozzarella cut in small cubes
  • Marinara for serving


  • Place the meat in a large bowl and sprinkle the garlic, basil, salt, and pepper on top.
  • Next, add the panko bread crumbs and then the milk.
  • Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add the egg and lightly mix until everything is just combined.
  • Refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the meat from the fridge and roll into golf ball sized meatballs, being careful to not overwork the meat, press down to create a crater with your thumb, place a small chunk of mozzarella and seal the meatball again.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, add the meatballs and turn down to medium.
  • Cook the meatballs for about 8 minutes, turning occasionally to brown all sides.
  • Remove to a dish and top with warmed marinara sauce.
  • Enjoy!


The meatballs can be cooked almost entirely through, 5-6 minutes, cooled completely and frozen on a baking sheet. Place the frozen meatballs in a ziploc bag for easy dinners all winter long. Just cook the meatballs in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or in a skillet for 8-12 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 51
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 26.3mg9%
Carbohydrates 1.4g0%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 6.1g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    thank you

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  • Can you make this with beef?

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  • Can you make the meat mixture and leave it in the fridge overnight to be cooked next day?

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    • Kristina, for sure! I do that all the time. Just make sure you tightly wrap them and don’t let them sit for longer than overnight.

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  • I need to make more meatballs. Josh would love me more if I did 😉 Hope you are doing well friend!

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  • These meatballs are calling my name! Just look at that cheese!!

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  • Anything stuffed with cheese is a huge two thumbs up for me..! Seriously gotta make these for dinner stat. Kevin would love ’em too. Turkey meatballs are one of our faves.

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  • SHUT. UP. I need 50 of these right now.

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  • Wow, that looks so good and I could make it! I have the stuff right now!

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  • I LOVE my Calphalon pan too! And these stuffed meatballs look phenomenal. Anything “stuffed” will always win me over!

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  • Did I miss the part where the cheese goes in the middle? lol…

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    • Hi Corrine I’m your mom’s Texas cousin and have had her mbelaatls and sauce tons of times! You are right .they are the absolute best. In fact, I still have her original hand-written recipe she wrote out for me on one of our Rhode Island trips when we were younger !! The paper it is written on is pretty worn, but I have kept it in a favorite cookbook for probably 25 years and would never re-write it. It is perfect just as it is. Your mom and I look more like sisters than cousins! Love your website and happy I found it. Your recipes sound delicious and I made the Butternut Squash Risotto. Big hit! Thank you! Hope to be in Rhode Island soon to visit my New England Branch of our family tree!! Hugs!

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  • mhhhhh that sounds just delicious! been looking for a good turkey meatball recipe and think i may have just found it!

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  • All my nonstick pans are beat to heck and every time my mom comes over she yells at me for still using them. I NEED this! 🙂

    The meatballs look and sound delicious. We’re still in the middle of a kitchen remodel, but I officially have a stove again as of last night. YAY! I think I need to make these happen.

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  • Mozzarella stuffed meatballs…..maybe one of the best surprise ingredients ever!

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  • I need that pan, I wish they sold it in Spain! :(( But these meatballs look amazing. The mozzarella adition is a genius one, I love it! x

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  • Meat and cheese are the best combo ever!! Can’t wait to try this recipe, friend!

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  • These are seriously calling to me!!

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  • I seriously could go for these awesome meatballs!!! Stuffed with mozzarella – Count me in!!!

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  • I love turkey meatballs and stuffed with cheese is even better, yum!

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    • Thanks, Ashley!

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  • Yum! These turkey meatballs look great!! Definitely dinner this week!

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    • Thanks Jenna!!

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  • These look so good and delish!! I want them now!

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  • Meatballs stuffed with mozzarella is such a delicious creation. Easy, peasy and totally awesome! Love these!

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