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Teriyaki Meatballs with Minced Beef

Teriyaki Meatballs made with minced beef, baked in the oven for just 8-10 minutes before being coated in a homemade sticky glaze, easy peasy!

With a total cooking time of 20 minutes, a time that includes preparation time, these delicious glazed meatballs are a fantastic midweek meal.

Easy teriyaki glazed beef meatballs with egg fried rice.

Baked Spicy Beef Meatballs with a Soy Glaze

These wonderfully quick and easy teriyaki glazed beef meatballs join a host of meatball recipes here on my site.

I have everything from the “to be expected” spaghetti and meatballs to pork meatballs with beer and BBQ sauce, black pudding meatballs and minted lamb meatballs with a red wine gravy.

In many ways, this recipe is fairly similar to my Harissa Meatball Recipe. They are just as good as a warm appetiser as they are at the centre of a meal.

These teriyaki meatballs are pretty much out of the ‘greatest hits’ section of my fakeaway recipes. 

They contain a riff on the teriyaki sauces that I use in dishes like my teriyaki tofu, teriyaki mushrooms and teriyaki prawn recipes.

Just like both of those recipes, this is a quick dinner idea clocking in at just 20 minutes… and that includes preparation time.

Overhead easy teriyaki glazed beef meatballs with egg fried rice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use lean minced beef?

I would not because you really do need the fat content in the beef. You could get away with 15% fat content if you wanted to cut down the fat a little but many further and you risk dry meatballs.

What is minced beef?

A question often asked by my American and Canadian readers, minced beef is that you guys known as ground beef.

Can I use store-bought teriyaki sauce?

Sure if you like, you may need to add a little cornflour to thicken it up.

You can rebalance store-bought teriyaki sauce with more soy, honey or rice wine before adding it to the baked meatballs.

Can I cook the meatballs another way?

Yes, they can be pan-fried or air fried.

To pan-fry add a little oil to a frying pan over a medium-high heat and fry to get a nice colour. Then add a lid, reduce the heat and cook until the meatballs reach 65°C or 145°F before adding the teriyaki glaze.

To air-fry, place them in an air fryer basket and cook at 200°C or 400°F for 6-8 minutes.

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Serving Suggestions

In keeping with this quick and easy teriyaki meatball recipe, I like to ensure that my choice of side is equally simple.

If I have planned in advance I like to serve this with egg fried rice. Another 10-minute recipe so long as the rice is cooked and cooled in advance!

However plain rice is also wonderful, the big and bold sauce carries more than enough flavour to compensate.

You could even do brown rice with these meatballs if you have enough time because the nutty flavour is awesome with teriyaki sauce.

How about some veggies? Both my asparagus stir fry and stir-fried broccoli recipes work really well as a side to these teriyaki glazed meatballs.

One final recommendation, how about some nice noodles? These simple chow mein style egg noodles or my soba noodle salad would be a perfect side!

Quick and easy teriyaki glazed beef meatballs served with egg fried rice.

Equipment Used

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  • Stovetop.
  • 16-18cm or 6-7″ saucepan.
  • Oven or air fryer.
  • Baking tray.
  • Mixing bowl.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
  • Stirring and serving spoons.
Quick and easy teriyaki glazed beef meatballs served with egg fried rice.
Yield: 2 Servings

Easy Teriyaki Meatballs Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Quick and easy teriyaki glazed beef meatballs with a hint of chilli, all done and dusted in just 20 minutes!


  • 250g (9oz) Minced Beef with 20% fat
  • 2 Spring Onions
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 Tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 Thai Birds Eye Chilli Pepper
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 15g (⅓ Cup) Dried Breadcrumbs
  • ¼ Tsp Salt

For the Sauce:

  • ½ Tbsp Cornflour
  • 1 Tbsp Water
  • 25ml (1 Tbsp + 2 Tsp) Light Soy Sauce
  • 25ml (1 Tbsp + 2 Tsp) Dark Soy Sauce
  • 50ml (3 Tbsp + 1 Tsp) Rice Wine
  • 1-2 Tbsp Honey
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Granules
  • ½ Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Sesame Oil


  1. Chop the spring onions into rounds as thinly as you can.
  2. Slice the chilli into rounds about 1-2mm thick.
  3. Mix together the minced beef with the spring onions, garlic and ginger pastes, chopped chilli, salt, egg yolk and breadcrumbs.
  4. Shape into 10 meatballs approximately 30g in weight, place on a baking tray and pop them in the oven at 220°C or 430°F for 8-10 minutes or into an air-fryer at 200°C or 400°F for 6-8 minutes.
  5. Mix together the water and the cornflour.
  6. Add the light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, sesame oil, ground ginger and garlic granules to a small saucepan (16-18cm) and bring to a boil.
  7. Whisk in the cornflour mix for 1-2 minutes.
  8. By now the meatballs should be ready to come out of the oven, transfer them to the sauce and stir to coat and cook for a minute or two.


Garnish with more spring onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 524Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 2214mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 39g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did and what I can do better, share a picture with me on Instagram and tag me @krumplibrian and tell me how it went!


Wednesday 20th of April 2022

It was so 50/50 about making this for tea, going to Cornwall on Friday and it´s a long drive from Manc-land so I have my stress head on but food won and we made this together, the only thing we did wrong was not having fatty enough mince but it still tasted really nice and no left overs, and I´m a geek and take pictures of my food (if it´s not mega ugly) and send it to my daughther who lives in Cardiff and my parents who live in Iceland and my daughter said it looked close to being as good as yours (that is a massive compliment Brian) so thank you for sharing this, next time I will get a fattier mince (I don´t count calories either, just never ever) Rakel :)

Brian Jones

Friday 29th of April 2022

So glad you liked it Rakel, thank you for taking the time let me know too :)

Having a good fat content in the mince is so often important for making meatballs, they can dry out a little if you use lean beef. Sounds like you did a grand old job.


Monday 30th of October 2017

Looks so delish. Trying tomorrow

Brian Jones

Tuesday 31st of October 2017

Enjoy Madeline :)

Slav Lady

Sunday 29th of October 2017

This looks decidedly tasty.

Brian Jones

Tuesday 31st of October 2017

Ta muchly, it's purdy damn good :)


Tuesday 24th of October 2017

I don't eat beef but I can see this recipe easily transitioning to ground chicken or turkey!

Brian Jones

Thursday 26th of October 2017

I'm sure they would work wonderfully with chicken or turkey, enjoy.


Tuesday 24th of October 2017

I pinned this recipe because I really want to give them a try. Thanks for sharing it. 5* from me.

Brian Jones

Thursday 26th of October 2017

Thanks Silvia, enjoy!

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