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Beef Teriyaki Meatballs

February 4, 2018


5 from 1 vote

Juicy, flavorful, beef teriyaki meatballs. A fun twist on two classic dishes. Serve over rice for an easy and delicious dinner.

Two bowls overflowing with beef teriyaki meatballs. Served over rice and topped with sesame seeds and green onions. Tap any photo to Pin

I love meatballs; they’re delicious, satisfying, and comfort food at its finest. My favorites are classic meatballs and barbecue meatballs, but these beef teriyaki meatballs have a Japanese twist that I adore.

close up over head shot of beef teriyaki meatballs served over rice and topped with green onions and sesame seeds.

The secret to tender beef teriyaki meatballs

Letting breadcrumbs sit in milk for 5 minutes creates what’s called a “panade,” which is a paste made of milk and bread. Panade is wonderful in meatballs, meatloaf, and even some burger recipes. In meatballs, the panade coats the ground beef pieces for an incredible moist and tender texture.

beef teriyaki meatballs in baking dish before they are cooked.

How to get the perfect beef teriyaki meatball texture

To add to the tender texture of the beef teriyaki meatballs, I also picked up a trick (thanks The Pioneer Woman!) to lightly dust the meatballs in flour and sear them in a cast iron skillet. Searing adds a wonderfully yummy outer crust, and seals in the moisture. Although not strictly necessary, I think this step is well worth the extra effort.

Quick tip: before searing I pop the meatballs into the freezer for a few minutes. This helps them hold their shape, making the coating and searing steps much easier.

a bowl full of beef teriyaki meatballs served over rice and topped with green onions and sesame seeds.

Make beef teriyaki meatballs a complete meal

Serve these beef teriyaki meatballs over white rice, brown rice, or even cauliflower rice! These go perfect with a side of broccoli, a colorful salad or even sautéed bok choy (if you’re feeling ambitious 😉 )

I usually eat these with a fork, but for those of you with nimble fingers they are also fun to eat with chop sticks. They also make great appetizers — stick them with toothpick and arrange fetchingly 🙂

straight on shot of bowl full of beef teriyaki meatballs.

Beef Teriyaki Meatballs

5 from 1 vote
Juicy, flavorful beef teriyaki meatballs. A new twist on two classic dinner dishes. Serve over rice for an easy and delicious dinner.
Servings 4
Author 2teaspoons


  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 green onions minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • oil for skillet
Teriyaki Sauce - can substitute 2 1/4 cups (about a 21-24 oz jar) of teriyaki sauce
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch if you like your teriyaki sauce on the thicker side (optional)
Option items for serving
  • green onions
  • sesame seeds
  • 2 cups dried rice cooked according to package


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs and milk in a large bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Add beef, egg, onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and pepper. Mix with hands until combined. Form into meatballs using about 2-3 tablespoons of meat for each. I made approximate 20 meatballs. Arrange meatballs in a single layer in baking dish*. If you are not searing meatballs, skip next step.
  4. Place meatballs in freezer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes has passed, heat a ¼” - ½” layer of oil in a cast iron skillet on medium heat. Coat meatballs in flour and place in oil. Brown meatballs on all sides, about 1-2 minutes per side. Arrange meatballs in a single layer in baking dish.
  5. Whisk together all teriyaki sauce ingredients and pour over meatballs. Bake until meatballs are fully cooked, about 40-45 minutes. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice with extra green onions and sesame seeds on top!

Recipe Notes

*I used the same baking dish that I later baked the meatballs in.









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  1. Avatar for Cheryl


    This recipe sounds amazing! Do you know if they freeze well?

    • Avatar for Karen


      Hi Cheryl! Thanks for reaching out with your question. I haven’t tried freezing this recipe yet, but I think it should freeze well. Once completely cooked I would place the meatballs in a freezer bag and seal, making sure to get as much air as possible out of the bag. The night before you want to eat them, just place the bag in a frig to defrost. Then you should be able to heat the meatballs up on the stovetop, in the microwave or in the oven right before dinner. Enjoy 🙂

  2. Avatar for Jen


    This looks yummy…but what temperature do you bake the meatballs at in the oven?

    • Avatar for Karen


      Hi Jen! Thanks for catching that! The meatballs should be baked in a 350 degree oven. Enjoy!

  3. Avatar for Ushmana Palmo Rai

    Ushmana Palmo Rai

    5 stars
    The meatballs look so succulent and juicy! Definitely making these for my weekend dinner with some brown rice.
    Thank you so much for sharing. All the love!

    • Avatar for Karen


      Thanks Ushmama! I’m delighted you’ll be trying this recipe! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

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