Cheddar Meatball Poppers with marinara sauce

These are easy to make and everyone loves them!  Whether it’s hungry kids after school or unexpected neighbors popping by to say hello, these are the perfect snack to serve!

Cheddar Meatball Poppers start with pre-cooked meatballs (store bought or your own) and are loaded up with cheddar cheese and wrapped in a nice crispy crust.  If you use premade meatballs, these will be on the table in about 15 minutes!  We usually serve them with warm tomato sauce but they’re great with ketchup  too!

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Cheddar Meatball Poppers

These are easy to make and everyone loves them! Whether it’s hungry kids after school or unexpected neighbors popping by to say hello, these are the perfect snack to serve!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 8


  • 16 small meatballs cooked and cooled (about 1″)
  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
  • cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • Italian seasoning
  • tomato sauce for serving


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Unroll crescent dough and cut each triangle in half. You should have 16 halves.
  • Place about ½ tablespoon of shredded cheese into one of the triangles. Top with a meatball. Wrap the dough around the meatball gently stretching as needed. Pinch the seams closed and roll into a ball in your hands.
  • Roll the wrapped meatballs into the remaining cheese and roll in your hands to smooth and help cheese stick. Sprinkle each with a pinch of italian seasoning.
  • Place on a parchment lined pan and bake 12-14 minutes or until browned. Serve hot with tomato sauce.
5 from 26 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 104 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 84mg | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Snack
Cuisine American

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  1. i would like to try this recipe for Cheddar meatball poppers. In Australia we cannot find Crescent dough. Can you recommend an alternative to wrap the meatballs in?

  2. I’m new to air fryer craze and gathering ideas to try. Anyone have experience with this recipe in an air fryer rather than heating up the big oven?

    1. Hi Susan, we haven’t tried this recipe in an air fryer but it should work well. I would try cooking it 350°F for 8-10 minutes. I would check it around 8 minutes and adjust from there.

  3. I don’t have an oven, it went out but sounds god to fry it. Can you send me recipies that doesn’t need oven instructions.

    1. We’ve only made these poppers as written. I’m not sure how they’d work if you fry them. Let us know if you try it Angel!

  4. can you make them for later? I need a half time snack! I have meatballs thawing for bbq meatballs, can I make these ahead and then pop them in the oven at a later time?

    1. If you make these ahead of time be sure that the meatballs are cold and that you store them in the refrigerator before baking.

  5. These are super yummy! I love this idea! Thank you so much for linking them up with Mouthwatering Mondays! I featured them in this week’s linky post! Have a delicious week!

  6. Yum!! Perfect for the big game!!
    Hey I would love for you to share your stuff at My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Link party!! Hope to see you there!!

  7. These poppers are calling my name! I can’t wait to try them! I’d love for you to link up today at my link party!