Teriyaki Meatballs (An Easy Family Favourite Recipe) (2024)

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These Teriyaki Meatballs are a great family friendly weeknight meal. The tender meatballs are packed with so much flavor thanks to chopped scallions, garlic and fresh ginger and oven baked and then smothered in a sticky homemade teriyaki sauce. They are a great make ahead dish that freezes well too.

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Why You Are Going To Love These Teriyaki Meatballs

Tips For Making These Teriyaki Meatballs

Are These Teriyaki Meatballs Spicy?

How To Serve These Teriyaki Meatballs

Easy Variations To This Recipe

Can I Use A Different Meat?

Can I Omit The Egg?

Is This Teriyaki Meatball Recipe Whole30?

Can I Make These Teriyaki Meatballs In Advance?

Teriyaki Meatball Recipe

Why You Are Going To Love These Teriyaki Meatballs

  • These aren’t your average meatballs, they are loaded with flavor, moist and tender in texture and so dang tasty.
  • These easy teriyaki meatballs are baked in the oven, not fried on the stove top which means they are healthier but also much more moist in texture.
  • These teriyaki meatballs are guaranteed to quickly become a family favorite, even with picky kids! If you are struggling to find meal ideas that your whole family will love than look no further.
  • Or alternatively serve them with toothpicks as a party appetizer or as part of a game day spread.
  • They are great for meal prep, so make them on a Monday and enjoy them all week long and then freeze leftovers for a quick meal in the future.
  • These delicious Teriyaki Meatballs are Whole30, Dairy Free, Grain Free and Gluten Free.

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Tips For Making These Teriyaki Meatballs

  • Roughly chop the ginger rather than grate it. When the ginger is grated it blends into the meat and loses some of its flavour, chopping it into small pieces allows the ginger to stand out amongst the ground meat, plus it adds a bit of crunchy texture which I love.
  • Don’t be afraid to get messy! Use your hands when mixing up the meatball ingredients in a large bowl, it’s the best way to ensure everything gets well incorporated.
  • Add the almond flour in portions, start with 1/3 cup and mix it well before adding a bit more. You want the mixture to bind together without becoming too dry.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to form uniform sized meatballs, this will help to ensure that they cook evenly. If you don’t have an ice cream soup a large spoon would also work.
  • To save time cleaning up, line the baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil before placing the uncooked meatballs ont op.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the flavours by adding more sweetener or vinegar as needed.

Are These Teriyaki Meatballs Spicy?

No there is actually no spice in these saucy teriyaki meatballs which makes them perfect for kids. That being said if you want to give them a bit of spice I recommend adding a finely diced fresno chile to the meatball mixture or alternatively you can add a pinch (or more!) of chile powder to the sauce or 1-2 teaspoons of sriracha.

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How To Serve These Teriyaki Meatballs

These Paleo Teriyaki Meatballs can be served as a main meal or appetizer. You can serve them garnished with lots of sesame seeds and chopped green onion and with toothpicks and extra teriyaki on the side for dipping as a canape or in lettuce cups with cucumber and carrots as bite sized tacos. For dinner I like serving these teriyaki meatballs as a main dish over cauliflower rice (or jasmine rice) or rice noodles with broccoli, stir fried veggies such as bell peppers, onions and zucchini or sliced cucumber on the side.

Easy Variations To This Recipe

Depending on the ingredients that you have on hand, there are a few simple ingredient swaps that you can make.

  • If you aren’t on a soy free diet (Paleo, Whole30 etc) feel free to swap the coconut aminos for soy sauce or tamari
  • Apple cider vinegar can be substituted for rice wine vinegar
  • As mentioned below in further detail, these can easily be made into teriyaki turkey meatballs or chicken meatballs depending on what meat you have.
  • Instead of baking the meatballs in the oven you can cook them in the air fryer. Lay them out in an even single layer in your airfryer and cook for 14 minutes at 380 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meatballs to ensure that they are cooked through.

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Can I Use A Different Meat?

I really like the flavour and texture of these homemade meatballs thanks to the combination of half ground pork and half ground beef. If you don’t eat pork and/or beef feel free to use ground turkey or ground chicken in place of pork, or do 50% pork and 50% chicken/turkey or use all beef or all pork. The flavours will still be good any way that you do it.

Can I Omit The Egg?

I highly recommend using an egg in the meatball mixture so that they remain moist and tender. If you have an egg allergy you can omit the egg although the meatballs will be more dense in texture (but the flavour will be exactly the same!).

Is This Teriyaki Meatball Recipe Whole30?

The meatballs are Whole30 and with one simple modification the delicious homemade teriyaki sauce can be made Whole30 compliant too. Soak 3 pitted medjool dates in very hot water for 3-5 minutes. Once they are soft, remove them from the water and place them in a blender with the other sauce ingredients (garlic, ginger, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos and chicken stock) and blend until smooth.

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Can I Make These Teriyaki Meatballs In Advance?

Absolutely! You can make the entire recipe a day or two in advance, refrigerate and reheat on the stove top in a skillet on medium heat. After making the meatballs I recommend leaving them to cool to room temperature before transferring them to an airtight container in the refrigerator. The meatballs and teriyaki sauce can be stored together or separately in the fridge.

What About Leftovers?

Leftover Teriyaki Meatballs will last for up to 4 days in the fridge stored in an airtight container. To reheat the meatballs I recommend warming them in the microwave, or in a small saucepan on the stove on medium heat. If the sauce is too thick after thawing, I recommend adding a splash of chicken stock to thin it out. Alternatively these meatballs can be frozen in an airtight container or ziploc bag for up to 4 months, so make a double batch and freeze, so you have a quick dinner or great appetizer on hand and ready in no time.

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Here are a few more meatball recipes that you might enjoy:

  • Asian Pork Meatballs
  • Mexican Meatballs
  • Salisbury Steak Meatballs
  • The Best Italian Meatballs
  • Eggplant Polpette (aka Meatless Meatballs)
  • Greek Lamb Meatballs

If you make this recipe let me know in the comment section below, I would love to hear what you think or take a photo and tag me (@everylastbite_) on Instagram, I love seeing your photos!

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Teriyaki Meatball Recipe

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These Teriyaki Meatballs are a great family friendly weeknight meal. The meatballs are packed with chopped scallions, garlic and ginger, oven baked and then smothered in a sticky teriyaki sauce. They are a great make ahead dish that freezes well too.

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Prep Time 20 minutes mins

Cook Time 25 minutes mins

Total Time 45 minutes mins

Diets Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Whole30

Servings 24 meatballs

Calories 102 kcal



  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lbs ground pork
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 inch piece ginger finely diced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup almond flour

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or rice vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos (or tamari/soy sauce)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tsp arrowroot starch (or cornstarch)
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds (garnish)
  • 1 tbsp chopped green onions (garnish)


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil

  • In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients for the meatballs and mix it together with your hands. Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, scoop out some of the meat mixture and roll the into 1 1/2 inch sized meatballs. Place them approximately an inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the meatballs in the oven for 18 minutes until they are golden in colour and a thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball reads 160°F

  • While the meatballs are cooking make the teriyaki sauce. In a blender or nutribullet combine the garlic, ginger, vinegar, coconut aminos, honey and chicken stock and blend until smooth. Pour the sauce into a large skillet on medium high heat and bring to a gentle simmer before adding in the arrowroot starch and whisking quickly to ensure it's well blended. Leave to simmer for 4-5 minutes until the sauce has begun to thicken.

  • Add the cooked meatballs to the skillet with the sauce and spoon the sauce over each of the meatballs. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions before serving.


Calories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 9gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 274mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 3gCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

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originally posted February 24, 2023 — last updated December 7, 2023by Every Last Bite

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  1. Betsy February 27, 2023 @ 9:38 pm Reply

    Fabulous recipe! My entire family loves these meatballs! I have made this recipe twice already. Thank you for all of your delicious gluten free recipes!

    • Every Last Bite March 10, 2023 @ 8:14 pm Reply

      I’m so happy to hear that you liked it! Thanks for the kind comment Betsy!

  2. Maya April 10, 2023 @ 4:32 pm Reply

    Love this recipe! My whole family loves them and I make extra and freeze for easy meals later on. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  3. geometry dash subzero April 24, 2023 @ 6:44 am Reply

    Adore this dish! My family goes through them quickly, so I always make extra and store them in the freezer.

  4. Frank Merritt June 16, 2023 @ 7:37 am Reply

    This is a fantastic idea, especially if you’re sick of eating brisket the same old way and are looking for a new method to use up the rest of the roast geometry dash lite

  5. dreadhead parkour June 24, 2023 @ 3:57 am Reply

    The Teriyaki Meatballs recipe is simply irresistible! These flavorful meatballs glazed with a sweet and savory teriyaki sauce create a mouthwatering combination. A perfect blend of Asian flavors that will leave you craving for more!

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What to eat with teriyaki meatballs? ›

Serving suggestions

I love serving these teriyaki chicken meatballs with jasmine rice and steamed broccoli, but you can also serve them with my edamame crunch salad for extra veggies. If you really want a lot of flavor, you can even serve with my peanut butter noodles, sesame noodles, or spicy chili garlic noodles.

How to make meatballs that aren t tough? ›

Add moisture.

Eggs and binders like breadcrumbs mixed with milk all help with keeping meatballs tender and moist, so don't skip any of these.

How to make tight meatballs? ›

Massage your meat

Get your hands into your mixing bowl and combine the ingredients for your meatballs using your fingers. The heat from your hands will help release the proteins in the meat which will in turn help the mixture stick together when it cooks. Don't overmix, just a few minutes will do.

Why are my homemade meatballs tough? ›

More Reasons Your Meatballs are Hard

Sticky hands can result in an overworked farcemeat. Too much time spent forming the balls can also make them tough, and you're more likely to overwork them if you can't get them off your hands.

What does teriyaki pair with? ›

Veggies, veggies, veggies! Steamed broccoli, roasted carrots, roasted fennel, grilled zucchini or patty pan. Think light vegetables to go with the saltiness of the teriyaki.

What is the secret to making tender meatballs? ›

Egg and breadcrumbs are common mix-ins to add moisture and tenderness. Another binder option that people swear by is a panade, which is fresh or dry breadcrumbs that have been soaked in milk. “The soaked breadcrumbs help keep the proteins in the meat from shrinking,” as food writer Tara Holland explained in the Kitchn.

Is milk or egg better for meatballs? ›

The solution: Milk does wonderful things for meatballs, especially when mixed to a paste with fresh bread crumbs. Still better is buttermilk, which, as we had discovered when testing meatloaf recipes (see "Memorable Meat Loaf," September/October 1996), delivers a delicious flavor.

Do meatballs get more tender the longer they cook in sauce? ›

As the collagen in the meat dissolves over time, it transforms into gelatin, which not only adds a silky texture to the sauce but also contributes to the overall richness and depth of flavor. The longer the simmer, the more tender and succulent the meatballs become.

Why do my meatballs fall apart when I cook them? ›

Because meat shrinks when cooked, mince proteins are likely to separate and crumble unless bound together. Whether it's breadcrumbs or egg (or both), or simply salt, binding the mince is a crucial step in maintaining the softness of your meatballs while preventing them from falling apart.

How do I stop meatballs from falling apart? ›

The only way to prevent your meatballs from falling apart is to add some flour in the precooked seasoned ground beef. once you season the ground beef to your taste, you then add some flour, not too much but at least half of a handful.

What causes rubbery meatballs? ›

If the meatballs are packed together too tightly, they will cook up rubbery, chewy, and tough. If the meatballs are different sizes, they will cook unevenly. The smaller meatballs may end up dry and overcooked, while the larger ones may end up undercooked.

What to serve with Costco teriyaki meatballs? ›

The best side dishes to serve with teriyaki meatballs are jasmine rice, vegetable stir-fry, soba noodles, pineapple fried rice, steamed dumplings, ramen, Chicken Udon Noodle, shrimp fried rice, steamed bok choy, edamame, Asian slaw, and spring rolls.

How to serve amylu chicken teriyaki meatballs? ›

Amylu Chicken Meatballs can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Serve them as an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce, or add them to pasta dishes, salads, or sandwiches for a flavorful twist. You can also serve them as a main dish with a side of veggies or rice for a complete meal.


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