6-Ingredient Crispy Baked Broccoli & Cheese Balls Recipe Is a Fan Favorite by 30Seconds Food

6-Ingredient Crispy Baked Broccoli & Cheese Balls Recipe Is a Fan Favorite

Kids and adults both love these crispy broccoli and cheddar cheese bites. This is a fan favorite recipe here at 30Seconds – and for good reason! The crispy, cheesy baked broccoli cheese balls are an irresistible appetizer or side dish.

The shopping list for these baked broccoli cheese balls is short and simple: broccoli, panko, eggs, cheddar cheese, green onion and garlic. Steam your broccoli until tender, then add it to panko breadcrumbs, eggs, grated cheese, chopped green onions and fresh garlic. Roll into balls and place them on a baking sheet. Give the balls a quick mist with nonstick cooking spray (this helps them crisp up). Bake until hot and crispy, about 20 minutes. 

This easy broccoli cheese balls recipe makes a fun appetizer with ranch dressing or your favorite dipping sauce, or light lunch or dinner served with a salad. You can't go wrong. 

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 8


  • 2 cups chopped steamed broccoli (packed)
  • 1 cup panko
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Combine the steamed broccoli, panko, eggs, cheese, green onions and garlic in a bowl. Mix until well combined and mashed together. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Form broccoli mixture into balls and place on a baking sheet that’s been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Lightly spray the tops of the balls with olive oil cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven about 20 to 25 minutes, or until they begin to get brown and crispy.  

Variation: To mimic the classic broccoli rice casserole, add 1/2 cup of cooked white rice to the mixture. 

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This looks yummy
Elisa Schmitz
I could see eating a bowl of these while binge-watching Netflix, LOL! Gwen Johnson
Tiffany Zook
Would Rice Krispies work to make it gf? Or Chex ?
It indeed looks healthy I lay at my own little spice to it and let you know but it looks wonderful can't wait to try it
Serena Johnson
Yummy I Think Fried Rice would go well with it I'm Going To Make These Definitely Delicious💜😁
Or possibly baked chicken and this as a side with potato soup or salad.
Serena Johnson
That Sounds So Goodies👍💜💜😊
Do you add a whole onion?? (small/medium?) Recipe calls for 3 onions, would think it would be too much.
Green onions, also known as scallions or spring onions. They're long and thin. Definitely not 3 regular onions, though I think you could sub 2 or 3 tablespoons of chopped regular onions with no issue.
Donna John
It's green onions, not a whole white or yellow onion. :-)
Serena Johnson
I Usually Just And 1 purple Onion Only Because Onions In General Are Strong .😁However I Would Use 1 purple Onion In Medium Chunks But Not to Large Cut...Also Green Bell peper, red bell pepper, Cut In medium Chunks And Kinda Section The Portions Of Vegetables As You Serve When Its Finished Ready To Serve... 👍💞💞😊
Marie Khoury Polifrone
Looks so hoods! I’m going to try making a vegan version by using ‘Egg Replacer’ and vegan cheese.
Could you use the microwaveable steamed broccoli or broccoli & cheese as a shortcut instead of having to steam fresh broccoli?
Ann Marie Patitucci
Looks good! I may need to make this for the Super Bowl!
Sandra Foster Smith
They look delicious! Can't wait to make it! Can they be made in the Air Fryer instead of in the oven?
Donna John
I've never made them in an air fryer, but I don't see why not. I would mist them with cooking spray before air frying them.

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