April 24, 2024

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 budget-friendly 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 vegetarian 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. 

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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

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Recipe Notes

  • To mimic the classic broccoli rice casserole, add 1/2 cup of cooked white rice to the mixture.
  • Instead of cheddar cheese try Swiss, gruyere, Monterey Jack or your favorite cheese.
  • Store the broccoli cheese balls in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat them in the oven or microwave.

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.  

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 157

Total Fat: 7.4g

Saturated Fat: 3.6g

Cholesterol: 106mg

Sodium: 219mg

Total Carbohydrate: 14

Dietary Fiber: 2.2g

Total Sugars: 2.4g

Protein: 9.4g

Vitamin D: 10mcg

Calcium: 166mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 256mg

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