beef teriyaki meatballs served over rice and topped with sesame seeds and green onions

Beef Teriyaki Meatballs

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.