I’ve been working on these teriyaki turkey meatballs, which I tested the other night. These are very basic teriyaki turkey meatballs, but rather than a typical marinara sauce and Italian seasoning, I’ve created a teriyaki sauce with Asian flavors.
Since I wanted to have this dish be Asian inspired, I knew I didn’t want to use ground beef, but rather something with a lighter flavor like ground turkey. These are very simple to make and only require a minimal amount of ingredients.
All you need is ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, onion, garlic, ginger, pepper, and teriyaki sauce. These teriyaki turkey meatballs don’t call for any salt because you’ll get enough salt from the sauce. I used a Teriyaki glaze, but something that is a little saucier will work better when heating it up – then a glaze works great at the end.
Combine all the ingredients, except the egg, in a medium-size bowl and mix them well with a spatula or your hands.
Crack in the egg; it works as a binder, and mix it in with the ingredients. If you don’t have an egg, I’ve heard that milk works well too.
Form the mixture into 1-1.5 ounce meatballs. I have a kitchen scale which made this step easy for me, but a cookie scoop, or estimation, works great too! 1.5 ounces is great for eating the meatballs plain, but since I put mine into lettuce wraps, a smaller size would have worked a little bit better.
Heat up a few tablespoons of oil in the same skillet that you sauteed your onion in, and then begin browning the meatballs. Turn them over a few times so that they brown up all around. Then pour in the teriyaki sauce so that the meatballs can finish cooking with the sauce. They will only take about 10-15 more minutes to cook– make sure to turn them over a few times so the sauce glazes over them.
Serve the teriyaki turkey meatballs ls with lettuce leaves and rice to make lettuce wraps. I even added green beans and mushrooms to top it all off.
Delicious Teriyaki Turkey MeatballsPrint Recipe
- 12-ounce ground turkey
- 1/2 onion - sauteed
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2-1 cup Teriyaki sauce of your choice
- Sesame seeds
1. Finely dice half of an onion and saute until translucent.
2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine turkey, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, ginger and pepper. Mix until well combined and form 1-1.5 ounce balls.
3. Heat up a few tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium heat.
4. Put the meatballs into the skillet, continually rotating until all sides are browned.
5. Pour in the Teriyaki sauce and continue cooking until no pink shows, about 10-15 minutes.
6. Serve with rice, lettuce leaves and veggies to create a lettuce wrap.