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Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs are a quick and easy weeknight meal or appetizer that is so delicious! Turkey meatballs topped with an incredible homemade teriyaki sauce. Perfect over rice or noodles!

Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

So these might just be the ultimate turkey meatballs. The meatballs are jam-packed with Asian flavors with freshly grated ginger and green onions baked right into the meatballs which is really what takes them to the next level in my opinion. The teriyaki sauce on top is thick and has just the right amount of sweetness and complements the meatballs perfectly. Serving them over white rice or noodles (such as ramen or rice noodles) makes this a filling and delicious meal that’s sure to be a new favorite!

Turkey Meatballs

I think my favorite part of these teriyaki meatballs was just how quick and easy they really were to make! Start to finish, I only spent about 20-25 minutes making them so they turned out to be such an awesome weeknight meal! I always try keeping a bunch of quick dinner recipes on hand for those nights where dinner has to be made quickly and this is definitely going to be a regular in the dinner rotation. These meatballs were so great that there weren’t any leftovers! We are huge fans of making Asian-inspired recipes, with things such as Orange Chicken being staples at my house but combining those incredible Asian flavors with classic meatballs is such a great combination of classic foods!

Asian Meatballs

You can substitute in garlic powder and ground ginger but the flavors will definitely not be as strong. I would use just ¼ teaspoon ground ginger and ⅓ teaspoon garlic powder in both the meatballs and sauce. If you prefer beef meatballs, you can sub beef in for turkey in the recipe.

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A bowl of Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

4.81 from 21 votes
Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs are a quick and easy weeknight meal or appetizer that is so delicious! Turkey meatballs topped with an incredible homemade teriyaki sauce. Perfect over rice or noodles!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 12 meatballs

Ingredients
  

Turkey Meatballs

  • 16 oz ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 minced garlic cloves

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Toppings

  • Thinly sliced green onions
  • Sesame seeds
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Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients for meatballs in a large mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Roll meatballs into balls that are 1 1/4".  Place on a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil and bake for 12 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, combine the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • Transfer cooked meatballs to a mixing bowl and pour sauce over.  Lightly mix before serving.  Top with green onions and sesame seeds.

Notes

You can substitute in garlic powder and ground ginger but the flavors will definitely not be as strong. I would use just ¼ teaspoon ground ginger and ⅓ teaspoon garlic powder in both the meatballs and sauce. If you prefer beef meatballs, you can sub beef in for turkey in the recipe.
Keyword teriyaki meatballs, teriyaki turkey, turkey meatballs

Nutrition

Calories: 101kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 10gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 255mgPotassium: 145mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 39IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of "Yellow Bliss Road" is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

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  1. Matt says:

    2 teaspoons of sesame oil sounds like a lot. Am I overthinking this?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      It adds to the flavor – I don’t think it’s overpowering but you can add less if you are worried about it.

  2. Dani says:

    Can you do this recipe in the crockpot?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Try this – Roll the meatballs as directed, than place in the bottom of the crock pot. The combine the ingredients for the sauce and pour over the meatballs. Cook on high for 3-4 hours. Let me know how it comes out – I haven’t personally tried this method, but I think it should work.

  3. Marissa says:

    OMG! I’ve made turkey meatballs before but this has just become my favorite recipe for them! I was a bit skeptical because of the turkey but they taste so so good! I didn’t not make any substitutions and I think they were perfect as is. Half the recipe made about 15 meatballs for me.

    1. Kristin says:

      That’s awesome Marissa! Love the feedback, thanks for stopping by.

  4. Tracy S says:

    Such an easy, delicious recipe! It got dinner on the table quickly and my husband said it looked very impressive, just like the picture. I doubled the sauce and think it would be delicious on other meats and veggies for sure!

    1. Kristin says:

      Love the feedback Tracy! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Lydia says:

    Super yummy! Served with a coconut curry veggie stir fry from Target. A perfect pairing!
    Quick question: what is the individual servicing size? I see 100 cal, but is that for 12 meatballs? Thanks!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Lydia, The recipe makes 12 meatballs, and that would be 101 calories per meatball, including the teriyaki sauce.

  6. Denyse says:

    Absolutely loved this recipe, for me personally I would double up on the sauce.
    Such lovely flavours, will definitely make this again

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thank you for stopping by Denyse.

  7. Tracy says:

    So tender and delicious! The sauce was so good, it was sticky and coated the meatballs just like the picture. I am already planning on doubling it and making it for family next time they’re here. A winner!!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thank you for the awesome feedback Tracy.

  8. Rebecca Payne says:

    Love these meatballs

  9. Kristine S says:

    So yummy! I think I will cook a little less because they were a tad dry. And I will up the sauce by half because I loved it so much. Put toothpicks in each and served as an appetizer. Just marvelous!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Kristine.

  10. Sherona says:

    Kristin, these teriyaki meatballs were fantastic! My husband and I enjoyed. Thank you for this delicious recipe. This will be in rotation!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Sherona! Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Kathleen Foster says:

    The most delicious meatballs and teriyaki sauce. Easy to put together too. Added Trader Joe’s chicken pot stickers. Perfect meal!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thanks Kathleen! Awesome feedback!

  12. Lauren Louviere says:

    This was amazing! So good! Very flavorful. Recipe came out perfect and was a huge hit!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Lauren.

  13. Michelle says:

    I stumbled across this recipe and realized I had all the ingredients, which was a very good thing as we’re all in the “shelter in place “, and didn’t need to venture out. It was delicious and quite easy to prepare. I added broccoli to the sheet pan for a complete meal.

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Michelle.