Teriyaki Meatballs

Teriyaki Meatballs - Juicy, tender meatballs tossed in a super easy, homemade sweet teriyaki sauce!

Juicy, tender meatballs tossed in a super easy, homemade sweet teriyaki sauce!

Teriyaki Meatballs - Juicy, tender meatballs tossed in a super easy, homemade sweet teriyaki sauce!

Meatballs and I didn’t get along all that much when I was growing up. I’d even purposefully eat around all the meatballs when I was served spaghetti and meatballs. I know, it’s weird. But somewhere along the way, I’ve become somewhat obsessed with meatballs, and I’ve found myself making a million different kinds of variations left and right, like these hoisin asian meatballs or these Italian meatball sandwiches, and of course, these swedish meatballs. So after making all these meatballs, I wanted to try something really different, and since I love teriyaki sauce, I just had to put two and two together.

Teriyaki Meatballs - Juicy, tender meatballs tossed in a super easy, homemade sweet teriyaki sauce!

Teriyaki Meatballs - Juicy, tender meatballs tossed in a super easy, homemade sweet teriyaki sauce!

Teriyaki Meatballs - Juicy, tender meatballs tossed in a super easy, homemade sweet teriyaki sauce!

These meatballs come together very easily using a combination of ground beef and pork. Feel free to use your preferred combination of ground meat but I’ve found that this particular combination produces the most tender, juicy meatballs. From there, you’ll pop these bad boys into the oven before slathering them in my homemade teriyaki sauce from my teriyaki salmon dish. You can certainly use store-bought teriyaki sauce but we all know that at the end of the day, nothing beats homemade.

Teriyaki Meatballs - Juicy, tender meatballs tossed in a super easy, homemade sweet teriyaki sauce!

The best part about these is that they can served either as a party appetizer or as a main dish over a bed of rice – either way, everyone will be dying for seconds and thirds!

Teriyaki Meatballs - Juicy, tender meatballs tossed in a super easy, homemade sweet teriyaki sauce!

Teriyaki Meatballs

Juicy, tender meatballs tossed in a super easy, homemade sweet teriyaki sauce!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

For the teriyaki sauce

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a cooling rack with nonstick spray and place on baking sheet; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 1/4 cup water; set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic powder, honey and 1 cup water; bring to a simmer. Stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, Panko, egg yolks, green onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and white pepper. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 40 meatballs.
  5. Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.
  6. Serve meatballs immediately with teriyaki sauce, garnished with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired.

*Panko is a Japanese-style bread crumb and can be found in the Asian section of your local grocery store.

Adapted from Budget Bytes.