Teriyaki Meatballs Recipe

It goes without saying that weeknights can be hectic. After a long day, the last thing you want to do is spend hours cooking. If you're looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe, this dish is sure to fit the bill. Not only are these teriyaki meatballs simple to prepare from scratch, but they're jam-packed with flavor. "This teriyaki meatballs recipe has become a favorite in my house," says food photographer Petar Marshall. "They can be served with sautéed vegetables, rice, or even noodles. The possibilities are endless."

These teriyaki meatballs only require a handful of ingredients to make, and they can be put together in no time. While it may seem intimidating to make meatballs from scratch, it really is easy to pull off. They're full of flavor from a homemade teriyaki sauce, making for a great dinner or even leftovers for lunch. Sounds delicious, right? Read on for step-to-step instructions to get cooking!

Gather the ingredients for teriyaki meatballs

To get started on making these teriyaki meatballs, grab all of your ingredients first. This recipe comes together with just a handful of easy-to-find items! For this recipe, you'll need two pounds of ground beef, breadcrumbs, two eggs, three cloves of garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, ground ginger, honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Want to add a pop of color to the finished dish? Grab scallions for garnish as well.

Mix the ground beef

With all of your ingredients gathered, it's time to get cooking! First, preheat your oven to 400 F. To start your meatballs, you'll want to put together the meat mixture first. Put the ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Use a large spoon or your hands to mix all of the ingredients until well incorporated. "The eggs and breadcrumbs will help to hold the mixture together to form meatballs," says Marshall.

Form and bake the meatballs

With the mixture ready, it's time to form the meatballs. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. If you don't have parchment or aluminum foil, spray the baking sheet with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Use a scoop to form the meat mixture into golf ball-sized balls. Alternatively, you can just use your hands to form the meatballs. Place each meatball on the prepared baking sheet, then pop them in the oven to bake for 25 minutes.

Mix the teriyaki sauce

It wouldn't be a teriyaki recipe without some teriyaki sauce, right? Luckily, it's easy to whip up some teriyaki sauce from scratch. "I chose a quick homemade sauce for this recipe," says Marshall. "But you could use a favorite store-bought option as well." In a bowl, add in the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and honey. Use a whisk to mix the teriyaki sauce until the ingredients are fully incorporated and smooth. Easy and delicious!

Simmer the meatballs and teriyaki sauce

Once the meatballs are baked, they're ready to simmer in the sauce. Remove the meatballs from the oven, and transfer them from the baking sheet to a saucepan. Turn the stove top on medium and pour the prepared sauce over top. "You want to simmer the meatballs with the sauce for 10 minutes, giving enough time to infuse great flavor," says Marshall. Once the meatballs are covered in sauce, dish them up with rice and spoon additional sauce over top. Garnish the dish with chopped scallions if desired, and serve with rice, noodles, or enjoy this delightful meatballs on their own!

Teriyaki Meatballs Recipe
4.9 from 35 ratings
These teriyaki meatballs are baked to perfection and loaded with savory flavor.
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teriyaki meatballs
Total time: 45 minutes
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
Optional Ingredients
  • scallions, chopped, for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, salt, and pepper. Mix together until well incorporated. Form the meat into golf ball-sized balls.
  3. Grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Place each meatball onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake the meatballs in the oven for 25 minutes.
  5. While the meatballs are baking, make the sauce. Whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and honey.
  6. Transfer the baked meatballs to a saucepan. Turn the stove top to medium heat, and coat the meatballs with the sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with rice and garnish with chopped scallions if desired.
Calories per Serving 148
Total Fat 8.9 g
Saturated Fat 3.3 g
Trans Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 43.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 7.7 g
Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
Total Sugars 4.3 g
Sodium 697.5 mg
Protein 9.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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