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teriyaki meatballs in pot.

Teriyaki Meatballs

Juicy, tender meatballs tossed in a simple homemade teriyaki sauce. These make a great appetizer, served with toothpicks, or an easy dinner, served over rice.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword easy dinner recipes, game day recipes, holiday recipes, party recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 501kcal


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

For the sauce:

  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


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.

For serving:

  • 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.


Be sure to use low sodium soy sauce in the sauce, so that you can control the salt levels. It’s easy to add additional salt (or a dash or two of regular soy sauce) after the sauce comes together, but it will be too salty if you start with regular soy sauce.
For an extra dark sauce, use half low sodium soy sauce and half dark soy sauce. It adds a gorgeous color to the sauce without adding a ton of extra sodium.


Serving: 5meatballs | Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 627mg | Potassium: 503mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 4mg