Easy Teriyaki Meatballs

Easy Teriyaki Meatballs come together fast and make such an amazing meal with the sweet teriyaki sauce. This will become a family favorite! 

Hi, it’s Jenn, from Eat Cake For Dinner. Ever since I tried Sweet and Sour Meatballs, I have been obsessed with meatballs. This has now become my new go-to base recipe for meatballs and I have been trying them with all different kinds of sauces.

My latest version are these Teriyaki Meatballs. This recipe is so so yummy. The meatballs come together super fast and while those bake, you can prepare the sauce and cook the rice (I use Minute Rice) and broccoli. In less than 30 minutes total, you can have this super delicious dinner on the table. I highly recommend using a cookie scoop for the meatballs. It is so much easier and faster than trying to roll them by hand.

The flavorful meatballs mixed with the sweet teriyaki sauce is a perfect pair.

Easy Teriyaki Meatballs

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Flavorful homemade meatballs smothered in sweet teriyaki sauce.


  • 2 Lbs. ground beef 85/15 works best
  • 2/3 c. panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbl. dry minced onion
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 c. cold water
  • 3/4 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 Tbl. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • For serving:
  • chopped green onions opt.
  • cooked white or brown rice
  • cooked broccoli florets


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan; set aside. To a large bowl, add ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, milk, ginger, salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until just combined. Use a 1 1/2 Tablespoon cookie scoop and scoop meat mixture into balls and place in prepared pan. Or, rub a little oil on your hands and then roll the meat mixture into roughly 1-inch balls. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Makes around 35 meatballs.
  2. To prepare the teriyaki sauce: Pour all of the sauce ingredients into a medium saucepan. Whisk together until no lumps remain. Heat over medium heat until it thickens, whisking occasionally. This should only take 3-5 minutes.
  3. When meatballs are done baking, dunk them in the teriyaki sauce and serve over cooked rice. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve with broccoli florets on the side.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Teriyaki Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3114 Calories from Fat 1773
% Daily Value*
Fat 197g303%
Saturated Fat 74g370%
Cholesterol 650mg217%
Sodium 9557mg398%
Potassium 3206mg92%
Carbohydrates 136g45%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 186g372%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Calcium 539mg54%
Iron 29.4mg163%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Hi, I’m Jenn and I blog over at Eat Cake For Dinner. I love being in the kitchen and spending my spare time cooking, baking and blogging. I like all types of food, but cake and frosting are my favorites. If you ask me, the more frosting the better!

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this tonight! Granted it was only the sauce. I found some batch-cooked meatballs in the freezer than needed to be used and thought of this website first. The sauce is stellar! Super easy, super tasty and not too sweet! Just right. It’s not a suave that needs babysitting either and I appreciate that. Because my meatballs were already cooked, I thawed them earlier today and then put them in the sauce to simmer for 20-30 mins to heat them through. Perfect!!! Printing this out and putting it in my Favorites Recipe Folder! ❤️❤️

  2. 5 stars
    Just tried these tonight, and whew. First of all, the sauce is to die for. I can think of plenty of reasons to make just the sauce and use it for all kinds of things. The meatballs have great flavor to them as well. Easily scale-able if you need to make a bunch for a party, or cut it in half if you’re just cooking for one or two. The best part? Super duper easy. Brilliant!

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