Treat yourself and your loved ones to these scrumptious Broccoli Cheese Balls, a perfect blend of health and taste. This recipe is a fantastic way to enjoy the nutritional benefits of broccoli while indulging in the gooey goodness of melted cheese. These balls are a great appetizer for parties, family gatherings, or even as a tasty snack. The combination of cheddar, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses, mixed with the distinct flavor of broccoli and spices, creates a delightful treat that’s hard to resist.


  • 2 cups broccoli florets, steamed and finely chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, plus more for coating
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Mix the steamed broccoli with cheddar, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses in a large bowl.
  2. Add eggs, breadcrumbs, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. Combine into a sticky mixture.
  3. Form the mixture into small, golf ball-sized balls.
  4. Roll the balls in additional breadcrumbs for a crispy exterior.
  5. Heat oil in a deep fryer or deep pan to 375°F (190°C). Fry the balls in batches until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Drain the balls on paper towels.
  7. Serve hot with a dipping sauce like marinara, ranch, or spicy aioli.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: Approximately 15-20 balls

  • Calories per ball: Approximately 70-90 kcal
  • Note: The calorie count is an estimate and can vary based on the size of the balls and specific brands of ingredients used.

This appetizer is a wonderful way to sneak some vegetables into a cheesy, mouth-watering snack.

Preparation Time

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 3-4 minutes per batch
  • Total time: Approximately 30 minutes

Additional Tips

  • For a healthier version, you can bake these balls in the oven at 400°F (200°C) until golden brown.
  • Try adding chopped onions or bell peppers for extra flavor.
  • These cheese balls can be made ahead and frozen. Reheat in the oven for best results.

FAQ Section

  1. Can I use frozen broccoli? Yes, thaw and drain it well before chopping and using in the recipe.
  2. Is it possible to make these gluten-free? Use gluten-free breadcrumbs to make them gluten-free.
  3. How do I store leftovers? Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  4. Can I make these balls in an air fryer? Yes, air fry them at 360°F (182°C) for about 8-10 minutes or until golden.
  5. What other cheeses can I use? Feel free to experiment with other melting cheeses like Gouda or Swiss.

Enjoy your homemade Broccoli Cheese Balls, a delightful snack that’s as fun to make as it is to eat!