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Broccoli Cheese Balls

Broccoli Cheese Balls are crispy fried baslls with a melty broccoli and 3-cheese interior. They are amazing!!

Broccoli Cheese Balls in a bowl.

Broccoli Cheese Balls make a delicious finger food for holiday parties or game day. Make them as an after school snack and your kids will think you are the coolest parent ever. Next to Fried Mac and Cheese, I think these fried broccoli balls are the best kid snack ever.

Crispy on the outside with a Panko crumb coating and totally cheesy on the inside with 3 kinds of cheese. The little bits of fresh broccoli are totally coated in gooey, melted cheese.

Are Broccoli Cheese Balls Spicy?

I add 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes to give them some spice. You can reduce it to 1/4 teaspoon if you like.

Fried Broccoli Cheese Balls

Make Ahead

You’ll need to go ahead and make the Broccoli Cheese Ball mix a little ahead of time and then shape them into balls. You want to refrigerate them at this point for at least 30 minutes so they hold their shape better.

Then they’re coated in flour, dipped in egg wash, coated in Panko crumbs, and fried until golden. For best results, use a thermometer to keep the oil at about 375 degrees.

Recipe Tip

For extra flavor, try adding 5 cooked and crumbled pieces of bacon to the filling.

Fried Broccoli Cheese Balls. One has a bite bitten out showing inside.

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Broccoli Cheese Balls

Broccoli Cheese Balls are crispy on the outside with 3 kinds of gooey melted cheese and fresh broccoli on the inside. Make a great appetizer!
PREP: 1 hour
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 15 minutes
SERVINGS: 8 balls


  • 1 1/2 heaping cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup shredded Colby cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces Velveeta, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/4 cups Panko crumbs, divided
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Vegetable or Canola oil


  • Steam broccoli until slightly softened. Let cool.
  • Finely chop broccoli. You want the pieces to be 1/4-inch or less. Place in a large bowl.
  • Add cheese, red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup Panko crumbs, and 1 egg to bowl with broccoli. Stir well.
  • Use your hands to shape mixture into balls using about a rounded tablespoon for each ball. You should get 12-14.
  • Place balls on a plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place flour in a bowl.
  • Place the 2 lightly beaten eggs in a second bowl and mix in 1 tablespoon water.
  • Place remaining 2 cups Panko crumbs in a third bowl.
  • Pour about 2 inches of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. Heat oil to 375 degrees. For best results use a thermometer.
  • Remove broccoli balls from refrigerator, coat in flour, dip in egg mixture, and then coat in Panko crumbs. 
  • Fry about 4 balls at a time cooking until golden brown on all sides.
  • Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.


For more flavor, add 5 pieces of cooked and crumbled bacon to the filling.


Calories: 322kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: broccoli, fried

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Recipe adapted from: Simply Done, Well Done

Originally posted November 9, 2017.

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70 thoughts on “Broccoli Cheese Balls”

  1. I made too many for Superbowl and want to freeze the leftovers for later. Should I freeze before or after frying?

  2. I wonder if these could be done in an air fryer, would they still hold together or just melt into a glob…. has anyone tried that?

  3. These are amazing! I’ve made them 3 times in 2 months. They were a hit at our holiday block party and I’m bringing them for Christmas dinner with my family. Big hit! One small adjustment… I really didn’t need 2 cups of panko to coat them all (and I got 15). I ended up throwing out quite a bit leftover and felt like it was wasteful.

  4. These are so amazing. I make them different every time. I added garlic minced, red paper flakes and grated cheese added to Panko as well. I have used cheddar, pepper Jack, Colby Jack cheese and they’re everyone’s favorite

  5. These are delicious! I slightly boil the broccoli Al dente drain chopped and sauté in alittle garlic oil and salt and pepper.. removed and added to the cheese which was cheddar Parmesan and mozzarella the egg and panko mixed made the balls and refrigerate for an hour. Flour egg and panko and fried .. you can also put them on a baking pan spray with olive oil and baked turning them till there golden!

  6. Shelley Byers

    These were good and not too hard to make. I substituted American cheese for the Velveeta, which seemed to work just fine. Next time I will add a little bit of salt and make the balls smaller.

  7. There is a place in N. Myrtle Beach that makes something similar to these here. So I am glad to be able to find a recipe that I can make at home to try. These look amazing. I definitely want to try this and then the next time might even add some bacon crumbles to it as well.

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