These TERIYAKI MEATBALLS are juicy, tender, and flavorful. A simple homemade teriyaki sauce is perfect for tossing your homemade beef meatballs in. Serve over rice for a quick dinner.
In our house, we like to get creative with meatballs.
Not only do we season them in a multitude of ways, we also serve them up for a variety of things.
Snack time? Grape Jelly Meatballs.
Dinner? Crockpot Meatball Subs.
Quick lunch? Air Fryer Meatballs with pasta.
Football food? Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.
The thing I love about these teriyaki meatballs is that you can serve them for any occasion! They’re good on a toothpick as an appetizer and they’re delicious and filling over a pile of rice for dinner!
Plus, these homemade teriyaki meatballs are easy and the homemade sauce is so flavorful! Way better than the stuff you find bottled at the grocery store!
Teriyaki Meatball Ingredients:
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Ground Beef – We use all beef, but you could swap in 1/2 pork if you prefer.
Panko Bread Crumbs
Panko is a Japanese bread crumb that is light, airy, and crispy. It can be found in most any grocery store. We highly recommend using Panko over traditional bread crumbs in any breading recipe where you want a crispy finished product.
Ginger – We normally buy the squeeze tube of ginger that you keep in the fridge, but you can also buy fresh and keep it frozen until ready to use. Just pull it out and grate it as needed.
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients:
Low Sodium Soy Sauce – It’s important to use low sodium here or your sauce will be too salty.
Cornstarch – We use this to thicken the sauce up a bit.
Prepare the meatballs: Add all of the ingredients for the meatballs to a mixing bowl and mix well.
Shape: We like to use a medium cookie scoop to shape our meatballs. It makes it easy to get them a consistent size, which is important for them to cook evenly.
We use cookie scoops for everything from baking cookies to scooping meatballs to easily filling muffin tins.
Bake: These meatballs bake in a 400 degree oven in about 15 minutes. Quick, simple, and tasty!
Prepare the sauce: While the meatballs are baking, whip up the teriyaki sauce. Just whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, honey, and ginger with a cup of water. Whisk in a cornstarch slurry and cook until the sauce has thickened.
How to make cornstarch slurry:
A cornstarch slurry is a quick and simple way to thicken a sauce. Just mix together 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water, until smooth. Whisk into your hot liquid.
Mixing the cornstarch with water prior to adding to hot liquids keeps you from getting a lumpy sauce.
Combine: Once your sauce has thickened to your liking and the meatballs are cooked through, add the sauce and meatballs together and toss them around to coat.
What to serve with teriyaki meatballs?
We’re big fans of rice in this house, so a big pile of perfectly cooked rice is the obvious answer for us!
My rice pilaf is an easy way to cook rice that turns out tender and flavorful every time. Keep it simple and add some steamed vegetables on the side. We buy the Asian medley at our local grocery store.
For the meatballs:
- 2 pounds ground beef
- ¾ cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup chopped green onions
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
To make the meatballs:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Add all of the meatball ingredients to a large mixing bowl and use your hands to combine the mixture. Be careful not to overmix.
- Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop out balls of the mixture and roll gently into a meatball.
- Place the meatballs evenly spaced on the prepared baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through.
To make the sauce:
- While the meatballs are cooking, add the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, honey, and 1 cup of water to a saucepan over medium heat and whisk well to combine.
- Bring sauce to a simmer.
- Add the cornstarch to a small bowl with 2 tablespoons of water and stir with a fork to combine.
- Pour the cornstarch slurry into the simmering sauce and whisk well until the sauce has thickened, about 2 minutes.
- Toss the cooked meatballs in the teriyaki sauce to coat.
- Serve over rice or with toothpicks.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped green onions, if desired.
Tips & Notes:
This recipe was one of the first on this blog, originally published in January 2009. The recipe itself has been updated along with the photos in 2021. Original photo below.
Aren’t you glad my photography has improved? 😉