Bacon-Wrapped Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs with Maple Balsamic Sauce

Italian appetizers never tasted so good! Big beef & pork meatballs, stuffed with mozzarella cheese, wrapped in bacon, and drizzled with maple balsamic sauce are all you need to get the party started!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 36
Calories 150kcal
Author Erica


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 8 ounces package Mozzarella Pearls
  • 3/4 pound bacon cut in half
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray and set it near your work area.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, bread crumbs, Parmesan, garlic, shallot, salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. Add beef and sausage and, using your hands, mix ingredients until just combined without overworking meat.
  • Use a 2-Tablespoon scoop to portion meat, placing a Mozzarella ball inside and rolling into a ball. Repeat with each portion, setting them on the roasting pan.
  • Wrap each meatball with a half slice of bacon, and secure with a toothpick. Place each on the broiler pan and bake 30-40 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your bacon.
  • While meatballs are baking, prepare your sauce. Combine balsamic and maple syrup in a small saucepan set over low heat. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook 3-4 minutes until sauce is reduced. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Drizzle maple balsamic sauce over warm meatballs and serve immediately. Enjoy!


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 99mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 0.6mg