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What do you get when you combine garlic knots, melty mozzarella, and mini Italian meatballs? You get the perfect party appetizer: Cheesy Garlic Meatball Bombs. It's like a garlic-butter-slathered meatball sub, but snack-sized, and minus the mess. 

Cheesy Garlic Meatball Bombs

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  • Author: Morgan
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1x


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley, divided
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • Kosher salt & black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 2 cans refrigerated biscuits (such as Pillsbury flaky grands)
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Marinara sauce, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. In a large bowl, add ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, half of the parsley, 1 tablespoon of the minced garlic, half of the Parmesan cheese, and the salt and pepper. Mix until well-combined.
  3. Scoop the meatball mixture into small balls-- about 1 1/2 tablespoons each-- and press a cube mozzarella into the center. Seal the meat tightly and evenly around the cheese. Place on a nonstick baking sheet.
  4. Cook the meatballs in the oven until just browned, about 6-8 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and let the meatballs sit until cool enough to handle.
  5. Meanwhile, open the refrigerated biscuits. Split the biscuits in half horizontally by carefully peeling apart the layers, to create a total of 32 biscuit dough rounds.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a small bowl in the center. Arrange the biscuit-wrapped meatballs snuggly around the bowl. Remove the bowl and bake until lightly golden, about 10-12 minutes.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, Italian seasonings, and remaining garlic. Brush generously over the biscuits. Return to the oven for 5 more minutes.
  8. Sprinkle the meatball bombs with the remaining parmesan cheese and parsley, if desired. Place a small bowl of marinara sauce in the center for dipping. Serve warm.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins