I am so excited to have partnered with Lingham’s Hot Sauces to bring you these Juicy Lucy meatballs.  Gooey cheese stuffed inside a tender beef meatball and bathed in a spicy sweet sauce…  perfect for game day!

Juicy Lucy Meatballs with cheese

Friends… this is it…  this is the show stopping appetizer you’ve been waiting for!  This is the recipe that people are going to ask you for over and over again.

If you’ve never had a Juicy Lucy (aka Jucy Lucy) you’ll want to add it to your bucket list!  It’s basically an inside out cheeseburger… a beef patty with gooey cheese on the inside.  Yum right?!

Of course yum, however, serving cheeseburgers isn’t always ideal …  but serving meatballs is!   These cheese stuffed meatballs are simmered in a spicy sweet sauce and are completely irresistible… and of course perfect for game day!

Juicy Lucy Meatballs with green onions in a bowl

If you need to know one thing about me, it’s that I’m crazy for spicy things!  I love and pretty much require hot sauce on EVERYTHING, cheesy meatballs included! I’ve found that Lingham’s Hot Sauces provide the perfect amount of sweet heat and consistency for this sauce.Juicy Lucy Meatballs in a bowl with toothpicks

Not only that, Lingham’s sauces are 100% all natural and have absolutely no bulking agents meaning you’re getting REAL flavor! (You can find them at your local Walmart). These sauces are perfect for dipping, dunking or adding a little sweet heat to any recipe!  This recipe is delicious made with Lingham’s Hot Sauce (original)  but they do have lots of other amazing flavors (like the Ginger Hot Sauce I used in my STICKY HOT WINGS)!  You can follow Lingham’s on Facebook or Pinterest for inspiration!

Juicy Lucy Meatballs in a bowl

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Meat Chopper Tool * Large Saucepan * Ground Turkey or Beef *

Juicy Lucy Meatballs with a toothpick
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Juicy Lucy Meatballs

I am so excited to have partnered with Lingham’s Hot Sauces to bring you these Juicy Lucy meatballs. Gooey cheese stuffed inside a tender beef meatball and bathed in a spicy sweet sauce… perfect for game day!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 15 meatballs
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  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons onion minced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Lingham’s Hot Sauce
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces processed cheese or cheddar cheese cut into 15 pieces
  • green onions for garnish optional




  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Cut cheese into 15 small squares, set aside.
  • Combine onion, egg yolk, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, Lingham’s Hot Sauce and salt & pepper. Mix until well combined. Add in ground beef and mix just until combined.
  • Divide beef mixture into 15 pieces. Flatten one piece, add a piece of cheese in the middle and wrap the beef around the cheese sealing it as best you can.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes. (Don’t worry if you see the cheese leaking out, there will be lots more inside)!


  • Combine sauce ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Allow to boil 2 minutes while stirring. Add in meatballs and toss to coat. Serve warm!
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 128 | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 482mg | Potassium: 145mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

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  1. We had company over for football this weekend and I made a batch of these! Everyone was impressed and they were perfectly spicy!5 stars

  2. Im going to do these with my own little twist. Instead of bbq sauce im goin to put them in brown gravy an serve over rice.

  3. This recipe looks great! There is one really big turnoff — I have worked hard for my money all my life, and I am no longer willing to give my hard-earned money to Walmart.5 stars

  4. This is a perfect recipe for game day. I love a meatball with a little surprise to boot. Looks delicious.