Cheesy Meatball Bombs Recipe (With Bread Dough) + Video

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Cheesy Meatball Bombs are loaded with fresh herbs and marinara for a delicious bite. Make this easy stuffed bread recipe for dinner tonight! You’ll love the tender meatballs in the center of each biscuit! 

woman's hand holds a cheesy meatball bomb


Perfectly seasoned meatballs are stuffed with cheese, wrapped in pillowy pockets of dough, and topped with even more cheese! 

You can eat this as a main course or whip them up as a crowd-pleasing appetizer for game day.

They’re not only perfect for the big game, but they’re a treat that takes just a few simple steps to do! 

Your taste buds will the flavor of these cheesy meatball biscuit bombs – and you’ll love having easy meals like this in your back pocket. In my opinion, these are the perfect meatballs loaded with great flavor. 

Once you make the meatball mixture, all that’s left is to fill the biscuit dough and cook.

Before you know it, you’ll have a tender meatball wrapped in soft bread that everyone in the whole family will love. 

bread roll dough on counter with meatball ingredients

Meatball Bombs

Not only are meatball bread bombs easy to make, but they make a filling meal all on their own.

Turn another classic comfort food into poppable bites with my Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Bombs

Perfectly seasoned and baked to perfection, these are sure to become a family favorite.

Or try these Cheesy Breakfast Bombs for the perfect on-the-go morning meal! They’re stuffed with gooey cheese, crispy bacon, and fluffy bits of egg.

You can make these for easy Fourth of July appetizers or pair them with a simple salad for a whole meal.

There’s no limit to when or how often you make these garlic bread meatball bombs – so more is better!

You’ll be addicted to the flavor of these golden brown goodies and find yourself wanting to make them all the time! 

meatball mixture in white bowl

Tips and Tricks for Cheesy Meatball Bombs

  • Use full fat cheese. Whole milk mozzarella melts better than part-skim, and low moisture cheese will give you that classic stretch when pulled apart. 

    However, this recipe is very forgiving, so use whatever you can get your hands on.
  • Use freshly grated cheese. Not only is the flavor bolder in a wedge of Parmesan, but it melts better too. 

    Pre-bagged shreds have a preservative to prevent clumping that gives them a waxy texture and keeps them from melting properly.
  • Don’t need as many? Simply cut this recipe for meatballs wrapped in dough in half to make a quick snack! 

    On the other hand, you can easily double or triple the recipe to feed a crowd.
  • Make ahead of time. You can prep the stuffed meatballs with bread up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake.

    Then you just pop these bad boys onto a prepared baking sheet and pop them into the oven when you’re ready to cook them! 

    Allow them to sit on the counter while you preheat the oven to remove the chill first.
overhead: meatball on top of unbaked bread dough

Meatballs Wrapped In Dough Ingredient Substitutions

  • Ground beef: You can replace this with ground chicken or turkey instead, but I suggest increasing the spices, mainly because these alternate meats tend to be milder in flavor.
  • Frozen dinner rolls: I like to use the Rhodes brand, but any brand will work fine. 

    You could also use homemade bread dough or refrigerated tubes of biscuit or pizza dough if you’d like!
  • Marinara: Use your favorite brand or make a quick batch of homemade red sauce instead.
  • Fresh herbs: It really does make a difference in flavor, but you can use dried seasoning if needed. 

    Reduce the amount to ½ teaspoon each and crush the herbs between your fingers before adding to the ground beef mixture.
brushing butter on unbaked bread rolls

Meatball Bread Bombs FAQs

Can I use different cheeses? 

I haven’t tried this particular recipe for meatballs wrapped in dough with different varieties, but I don’t see why not!

Choose your flavors carefully to be sure they go well together and use a good melting cheese for the center of the meatballs.

You can use all the real cheeses that you want – fresh mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, pepperjack cheese – you name it! 

Mild cheddar or provolone melts really well, while Asiago or Romano are a great salty substitute for Parmesan. Easy recipes like this can have varied flavors. 

How long does stuffed meatball bread last in the refrigerator?

Leftover meatball bombs will keep in a sealed container for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave in bursts or in the oven until warmed through. 

Can I freeze meatball bread? 

Absolutely! Once baked, allow the bombs to cool completely and freeze for up to 6 months.

Thaw the meatballs with bread in the refrigerator before reheating or bake straight from frozen for about 15-20 minutes at 350°F.

Do I dip these cheesy garlic meatball bombs into anything? 

If you want to, you can! You can dip them in barbecue sauce, pasta sauce, or homemade garlic butter as well. I’ll also put a cup marinara sauce on the table for easy dipping! 

If I’m making these for a crowd or for game night, I’ll have lots of options for the best results. My dipping preferences change depending on the time of year. 

brushing butter on top of dinner rolls

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Cheesy Meatball Bombs Recipe (With Bread Dough) + Video

Donna Elick
Cheesy meatball bombs are loaded with fresh herbs and marinara for a delicious bite. Make this easy stuffed bread recipe for dinner tonight!
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 12


For the meatballs

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon marinara sauce
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, fine chop
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh parsley, fine chop
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh basil, fine chop
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 6 ounces mozzarella , cut into 12 even-sized cubes

For the bombs

  • 12 white dinner roll dough balls, thawed
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce, plus more for serving
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, fine chop
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Flour for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside. Add the ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, parmesan cheese, marinara, egg yolk, rosemary, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper to a large bowl. Mix together until fully combined. Separate the mixture into 12 evenly sized meatballs. Flatten out the meat mixture and place a piece of the mozzarella in the center. Encase the cheese cube with the meatball meat, roll between your hands to form a ball, and place it on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until fully cooked, let cool to the touch. While the meatballs are cooking, take out the dinner roll dough balls to thaw.
  • While the meatballs are cooling, add ½ cup of marinara sauce to a small bowl. Lightly dust a clean work surface and roll out or use your hands to form the dough balls into a flat circle about 4 inches wide. Dip a meatball into the marinara sauce. Place the meatball into the center of the rolled out dough ball. Gather the dough around the meatball and pinch the seams together. Gently roll into a ball and place it on to a parchment-lined baking sheet seam side down. Repeat with the remaining dough balls and meatballs. Brush the tops with the beaten egg. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  • While the bombs are baking, whisk together the melted butter, parsley, and garlic powder. As soon as the bombs are done baking, brush with the butter mixture and sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top. Serve with more marinara sauce for dipping.



Serving: 1 | Calories: 232cal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 491mg | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published January 2021, updated and republished June 2024

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  1. To save a little time I mixed up the meat mixture the day before I was going to make these and stored in the fridge.
    I also bought a prepackaged of cubed cheese to save time in having to cut the cheese in equal size cubes.

  2. Decided to try these because my husband loves meatball subs and these looked a fun appetizer for The Super Bowl. Only thing is I forgot to add marinara in the meat mixture so I left it out all together. Husband said it's the best meatball he's ever eaten. Win win for me! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I let them thaw and rise (before I put together the meat mixture) because they were not thawing out fast enough. I put them in an egg keeper so that they would thaw and keep their shape but not rise too much. I kept them in the fridge over night so they thawed slowly. This recipe was a hit but it took way much longer to make than the directions would have you believe. The suggestions for cutting time were great! (I doubled the recipe–it was awesome!)

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