Easy Asian Glazed Turkey Meatballs

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Busy weeknights with the family are a breeze with these simple Asian glazed turkey meatballs that pack a flavorful punch. Easy to prepare in advance or to make on the spot, this will surely be a hit that everyone will love.

These meatballs use lean ground turkey, so they are super healthy. The sauce gives them a sticky gooey kick that pairs perfectly with white rice and some veggies for a well-rounded meal that even the pickiest of little eaters will love!

Easy Asian Glazed Turkey Meatballs over brown rice
Easy Asian Glazed Turkey Meatballs

What Do I Need to Make the Best Asian Style Glazed Meatballs?

While the full ingredient list is available in the recipe card below, here are some tips on what you will need to make this awesome recipe!

Meatball ingredients:

  • Lean ground turkey
  • Large eggs
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Garlic cloves
  • Scallions
  • Carrots
  • Fresh ginger
  • Salt
  • White pepper
  • Orange zest

Sauce ingredients:

  • Hoisin sauce
  • Reduced sodium soy sauce
  • Corn starch
  • Fresh ginger
  • Garlic cloves
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Orange juice
  • Honey
  • Sesame seeds and scallions for serving
Easy Asian Glazed Turkey Meatballs over brown rice
Easy Asian Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Substitutions

If ground turkey is not your thing or it is not available to you, you can always substitute for lean ground chicken or lean ground pork. Ground beef could even work in a pinch! You can also make this vegetarian by using an alternative ground meat.

If you're looking for other ways to make this recipe healthier, you can use brown rice instead of white rice too. You could also go low-carb with cauliflower rice.

Coconut aminos are also a great substitution to soy sauce!

How to Make Asian Style Glazed Turkey Meatballs

This is one of my favorite meatball recipes for all of the great ways it hides how many veggies we are including in the meal. You picky eaters will love this meal and be none the wiser! While the full instructions for this Asian turkey meatball recipe are available below, here are some tips to make the best meatballs around.

  • Preheat your oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place all of your meatball ingredients in a large bowl and fold together until it is thoroughly combined.
  • Once your meatball mixture is thoroughly mixed, use a cookie scoop or large spoon to scoop out evenly sized meatballs, roughly the size of golf balls. Place meatballs evenly on your parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until fully cooked through.
Easy Asian Glazed Turkey Meatballs in grey bowls
Easy Asian Glazed Turkey Meatballs

How to Make Your Glaze

The best part about these baked meatballs is the glaze that you add to them at the end! Although this is not traditional Asian food, this glaze makes it taste delicious.

  • Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat. and add all of your sauce ingredients except the sesame seeds and green onions. Whisk together until it is well combined and starts to thicken. Once it reaches your desired consistency, remove from the heat. You can either use this as a dipping sauce or to toss the meatballs in. I prefer to toss the meatballs so that they are evenly coated, and pour any extra sauce over rice. Serve your meatballs with your sauce and topped with your sesame seeds and green onions. You could also sprinkle a little lime juice or sesame oil for added flavor at this stage!

What to Serve With Your Meatballs

There are many different ways to serve with your meatballs! One of my favorite ways to eat these is over some rice with assorted veggies, Another great way to enjoy your meatballs is with zucchini noodles and sliced red pepper.

Another cool way to serve these meatballs would be in a bun similar to a Vietnamese sub or as a lettuce wrap. The Asian flavors in the meatballs will make this meal a knockout!

Easy Asian Glazed Turkey Meatballs in grey bowls
Easy Asian Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Can I Freeze These Meatballs?

One of my favorite ways to meal prep this simple recipe is to make a big batch of these and freeze any extras I have. There are two ways I like to do this.

  • One way to do this is to prepare your meatballs and freeze them before you cook them.
  • Another great option is to cook your meatballs in the oven and freeze them before you add your glaze.

For both of these options, you will place your meatballs on a clean parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer and freeze them. Then, once frozen you can add them to a freezer bag.

To cook, take the meatballs out of the freezer and place on a baking sheet. If you already cooked the meatballs, let them thaw and then reheat until they are warmed through in the oven or microwave. If you froze the meatballs raw, let them thaw for a few minutes, then cook them at an oven temperature of 375F for 20 to 30 minutes, until cooked through.

Once you have reheated or cooked your frozen meatballs, toss them in your sauce and enjoy with your favorite side dishes!

Easy Asian Glazed Turkey Meatballs over rice
Easy Asian Glazed Turkey Meatballs

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Easy Asian Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Busy weeknights with the family are a breeze with these simple Asian glazed turkey meatballs that pack a flavorful punch. Easy to prepare in advance or to make on the spot, this will surely be a hit that everyone will love.

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

Meatball ingredients:

  • 1lb Lean ground turkey
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 Scallions, sliced fine
  • 2 Carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 in Fresh ginger, grated
  • Salt, to taste
  • White pepper, to tase
  • Orange zest from one orange

Sauce ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup Reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Corn starch
  • 1 tsp Fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 Garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tsp Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tsp Orange juice
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • Sesame seeds and scallions for serving

Instructions

Meatballs Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place all of your meatball ingredients in a large bowl and fold together until it is thoroughly combined.
  2. Once your meatball mixture is thoroughly mixed, use a cookie scoop or large spoon to scoop out evenly sized meatballs, roughly the size of golf balls. Place meatballs evenly on your parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until fully cooked through.

Glaze Instructions:

  1. Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat. and add all of your sauce ingredients except the sesame seeds and green onions. Whisk together until it is well combined and starts to thicken. Once it reaches your desired consistency, remove from the heat. You can either use this as a dipping sauce or to toss the meatballs in. I prefer to toss the meatballs so that they are evenly coated, and pour any extra sauce over rice. Serve your meatballs with your sauce and topped with your sesame seeds and green onions. You could also sprinkle a little lime juice or sesame oil for added flavor at this stage!

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