Teriyaki Meatball Recipe

This Teriyaki Meatball Recipe can be served as both appetizers or dinner! Bursting with flavor from ginger, garlic and soy sauce, these meatballs are not only easy to make but will no doubt get you cheers at the dinner table!

Serve these delicious meatballs with your favorite rice side dish, plain rice or ramen noodles. Add a side of Garlic Roasted Broccoli and dinner is done!

A Teriyaki Meatball recipe in a bowl with cilantro

Why You’ll Love These Teriyaki Meatballs

This Teriyaki Meatball recipe is not only a delicious dinner recipe served with rice or noodles, they can also be made smaller and served as appetizers. Which makes them a super versatile recipe. Grab a few toothpicks and watch them disappear.

  • Easy To Make: These turkey meatballs only take minutes to get together. And since they only take 15 minutes in the oven, dinner will be on the table in no time.
  • Versatile: As we just mentioned, you can serve these meatballs for dinner or for appetizers. Smaller ones for appetizers and larger ones for dinner portions.
  • Kid Friendly: Kids love these meatballs, I mean LOVE them. It’s always a win to have a recipe on hand that both kids and adults enjoy.
  • Make Ahead: Make these teriyaki meatballs ahead of time and simply warm them in the microwave for a minute or two to heat them through.

Ingredients You’ll Need

There are lots of different flavors that you can add or take away from this meatball recipe but this is recipe is about adding big flavor and getting dinner on the table fast. We’ve taken a few shortcuts like using ginger and garlic paste from a tube and using store bought teriyaki baste (or glaze).

Of course, you can use fresh garlic and fresh ginger, too. Just make sure to mince those ingredients very fine so you don’t have any big chunks of garlic or ginger in your meatballs.

  • Ground Pork
  • Ground Beef
  • Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Ginger Paste
  • Garlic Paste
  • Soy Sauce
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Store-Bought Teriyaki Glaze
  • Sesame Seeds and Fresh Cilantro for garnish
Ingredients for making a teriyaki meatball recipe

How To Make Teriyaki Meatballs

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Start making the meatballs by adding all the ingredients to a large bowl (using only 1 tablespoon of the teriyaki glaze in the meatball mixture).

  1. Form the meatballs using a #20 scoop if you’re making these meatballs for dinner, use a one ounce scoop if you’re making meatball appetizers. Place the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet; you’ll end up with 24 large meatballs or about 48 smaller meatballs.
  2. Bake the meatballs for 15 minutes until the center is cooked through. Remove the meatballs from the oven and place into a large bowl.
  3. Warm the teriyaki glaze in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and then toss with the meatballs. Toss the meatballs carefully so they don’t break apart.
  4. Serve with sesame seeds and fresh cilantro for garnish.

How Long Do These Meatballs Take To Cook?

If you’re making this Teriyaki Meatball recipe for dinner, we make them bigger like you see in these pictures. A #20 scooper (2 ounces, or about the size of a golf ball) is perfect for making these into a dinner recipe served with rice or noodles on the side.

But if you need the most delicious, easy appetizer for a party or holiday, you can make the meatballs smaller (about 1 ounce) and serve with toothpicks for easy grabbing. The larger sized meatballs take about 18 minutes to cook and the smaller meatballs will take about 12-14 minutes.

Can You Make This Meatball Recipe Ahead Of Time?

Absolutely! You can do this a few different ways. Form the meatballs and keep them in the refrigerator, then bake when ready. Or you can cook the meatballs, toss in the glaze, let cool and then refrigerate until you need them. Warm them up in the oven or the microwave for an easy meal!

Lastly, you can make these meatballs all the way through and then transfer them to a slow cooker on the “warm” setting and they should be good for the length of your party!

Teriyaki Meatballs with sesame seeds and cilantro

These Teriyaki Meatballs are super tender, but they won’t fall apart on you. But if you do have them in your slow cooker, make sure that you stir them gently so that they don’t break apart.

Since the glaze we’re using on these meatballs is store-bought, it’s easy to add more glaze to the meatballs if it starts to dry out on you.

Teriyaki Meatballs in a bowl with red napkin


Instead of using a mixture of ground pork and ground beef, you can use all ground beef if you like. We’ve also made these meatballs with ground turkey and ground chicken. Ground turkey and ground chicken are leaner, so they will produce a firmer meatball but they are still wonderful.

Instead of using a store bought teriyaki glaze, try using our homemade Stir Fry Sauce. It only takes 5 minutes to make and it goes perfectly with these meatballs.

A Teriyaki Meatball recipe in a bowl with sesame seeds and cilantro

What To Serve With Teriyaki Meatballs

If you’re serving these meatballs for appetizers, then they can pretty much stand alone. Just set out a few toothpicks and let everyone devour them.

However, if you’d like to have these for dinner, then we have a few ideas for side dishes that will turn these meatballs into a complete meal!

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Teriyaki Meatballs with sesame seeds and cilantro

Teriyaki Meatball Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

This Teriyaki Meatball Recipe is one of our favorite, easy to make dinners! Oven baked, flavorful meatballs tossed in a store-bought teriyaki glaze!



  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon store bought teriyaki glaze, divided (you can also use our 5-minute Homemade Stir Fry Sauce)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste or fresh minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste or fresh minced ginger
  • Sesame seeds and fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the meatballs, using only 1 tablespoon of the teriyaki glaze in the meatballs. Mix together with your hands to make sure all the ingredients are well-combined. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. (If you are making these meatballs ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready).
  3. Using a 2 ounce scoop (#20), portion out 24 meatballs onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes, or until the centers are cooked through, and remove from the oven.
  5. While the meatballs are baking, heat the remaining 1 cup of teriyaki glaze in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until warmed through.
  6. Add the cooked meatballs to a large bowl and then pour on the teriyaki glaze. Gently toss to coat and then place in a serving bowl.
  7. Garnish with sesame seeds and torn, fresh cilantro (optional).

Recipe Notes

You can also make these meatballs smaller for appetizers, ending up with 48. Reduce the cooking time for the smaller meatballs to 12-14 minutes, until the centers are cooked through.

Nutrition information is for the large meatballs, 4 per person.

Store: Store leftover meatballs in an air tight container for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the meatballs in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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