Easy Beef Teriyaki Meatballs

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Wow, July is going by crazy fast! Easy Beef Teriyaki Meatballs - @Gringalicous (2)

I just realized that we are closer in the year to next Christmas than we are to last Christmas, WHAT? It feels like we just put away the decorations and now it won’t be long before we’re breaking them out again, craziness!

Easy Beef Teriyaki Meatballs - @Gringalicous (8) So this last week was so busy for me but I had a lot of fun meeting so many new people, both from here in Chile and from the States. Of course, the mix of cultures made me realize that I seriously need to step it up on learning my Spanish. I honestly don’t use it very much because I’m a loser and I need to get out more. It’s ridiculous though,  that I can’t speak it better after living here this long. I’m going to go find an ostrich hole to put my head in……

Easy Beef Teriyaki Meatballs - @Gringalicous (7) Yep, it was a good week and, as everyone expected, I spent a ton of time cooking and in the kitchen. However, I think I shocked my family by actually cramming in most of my to-do list ahead of time and spending a long time playing games and just hanging with everyone. According to my younger sibs I’m too boring to do this anymore so they were surprised. It was a blast.

Easy Beef Teriyaki Meatballs - @Gringalicous (3) So, meatballs people, what’s up! I made these last week for our shindig and I realized it has been way too long since the last time I made meatballs for the blog and also that I’ve never posted this recipe. Teriyaki sauce is such an awesome staple to have on hand because it makes a great base flavor to all of your Asian dishes even if you want to add in other flavors. Plus, these meatballs are an equally basic recipe that can go with any sauce you want to put on them.

Easy Beef Teriyaki Meatballs - @Gringalicous (5) I’ve never understood the meatball vs meatloaf thing, by the way. Why are meatballs considered a suitable appetizer at a fancy dinner party while their larger cousin is so heavily frowned upon? I think it’s unfair, but I must say I’ve been afraid to mess with meatloaf because of this. I’ve never actually made one and I don’t know if I ever will. Hmmm, maybe someday I can pull it off in a little polka dot apron with a toddler on my hip, but as for now I think I’ll stick with the safer choice of meatballs.

Easy Beef Teriyaki Meatballs - @Gringalicous (4) Something I love about these meatballs is that they can serve as an appetizer like I already mentioned or as an entree with your favorite sides like rice and steamed veggies. Hope you like them!

Easy Beef Teriyaki Meatballs - @Gringalicous.

Easy Beef Teriyaki Meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Easy Beef Teriyaki Meatballs


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko or hamemade breadcrumbs
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons worchestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup milk (almond milk for dairy free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Teriyaki Sauce:
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and line a baking tray with foil. Combine all ingredients for meatballs in a large, preferably stainless steel, bowl and mix well with a large spoon or clean hands.
  2. Form mixture into balls, about 2 inch, and place them on prepared tray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until fully cooked, (cut one meatball open to test for doneness).
  3. Sauce:
  4. While meatballs are baking make the sauce. Whisk soy sauce and cornstarch in a small bowl and set aside. Combine garlic, ginger, and sesame oil in a wok or medium saucepan over high heat. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until browned and fragrant.
  5. Reduce heat to medium low then add soy/cornstarch and all remaining ingredients (including chili garlic sauce if you'd like a mild kick). Stir gently until the sauce has thickened, then remove from heat. If the sauce gets too thick you can always add more water.
  6. Add cooked meatballs to saucepan and toss to coat. That's it, however if you aren't in a hurry I find the meatballs are best when you let them simmer in the sauce for a while, about 1 hour.
  7. Serve as an appetizer or with rice and desired sides.


You can make these ahead of time and freeze for a quick weeknight dinner.


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  1. says

    Ugh I love Christmas so much! Fall and the holiday season are the bset, and I can’t believe we’re already approaching them 🙂 These meatballs look so delicious and so easy! Way better than takeout 🙂

  2. says

    WOW! These look amazing!! SO delicious! …and I’m so glad that you got to spend time with your family! That’s so important! Glad that you had fun! 🙂


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