Meatballs are a crowd pleaser when entertaining, and make a perfect appetizer. Asian Turkey Meatballs are the PERFECT combination of sweet and savory. You will get a delicious mix of Asian flavors with every meatball you eat. I also love meatballs because you can add a few sides to make a delicious wholesome meal.
Quick and Easy Asian Turkey Meatballs
My kids truly love meatballs so finding different ways to prepare them is my goal. We love all the flavors associated with asian food. These meatballs are the perfect combination of those flavors.
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How to Serve Asian Turkey Meatballs
These delicious meatballs can be served as an appetizer or a wholesome meal when a few side dishes are added.
How to serve meatballs as an appetizer
When you serve meatballs as an appetizer, you can serve them a few different ways. You can serve them individually on a platter, or they can be kept in a crockpot to stay warm.
- To serve as individual bites: Simply place each meatball on a platter with a toothpick inserted in each meatball.
- To serve in the crockpot: Once the meatballs are done cooking, place the crockpot in the warm method and serve. You will need to stir them every so often to keep the meatballs covered in the sauce.
How to serve meatballs as a meal
If you are making meatballs as a meal just add 1-2 sides to make it a well rounded meal. Here are a few of my favorite sides to serve them with.
- Over Rice- This is one of our favorite ways to eat meatballs. My kids love rice, so any meal with rice they are super excited. Rice is also great because it is a grain you usually have on hand and it’s inexpensive. My families favorite rice is Jasmine rice because it is full of flavor.
- With Potatoes- Potatoes are another great staple we use as a side dish. You could serve the potatoes mashed, fried on the stove, or baked.
- With Zoodles- If you are looking to lighten up the dish or add more vegetables, zoodles is a great option.
- Cauliflower- You can serve cauliflower as a side dish by making it into rice. You could also roast the cauliflower with some garlic and olive oil.
- Roasted Vegetables- I love roasting vegetables because I feel the flavor of the vegetables is so strong. I also love the crispness it gives the vegetable. Some of our favorite veggies to roast are asparagus, green beans, broccoli, carrots, and Brussel sprouts.
- Side Salad- I always love a good side salad. I always love to serve a side salad with dishes like these because the flavors merry so well with dressings like ranch or balsamic vinaigrette. It is a great little extra to add to the meal. You could also do something like this broccoli slaw that would be perfect!
I hope this gave you a few good ideas to get dinner started with these Asian Turkey Meatballs. If you have a favorite side or way to serve these that I missed, please leave me a note in the comments so that other readers and I can give it a try next time I make it for the family!
Tips for Making Asian Turkey Meatballs
The best thing about this recipe is how simple and easy it is to make. I am going to run through an overview here and add some notes that might be helpful for you while making the dish. Make sure to get the FULL recipe at the bottom.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the bread crumbs, soy sauce, cilantro, egg, jalapeño, onion, garlic and ginger in a large bowl.
- Add the meat and mix until everything is combined.
- Form into 2 inch balls and place evenly on a cookie sheet. Bake 40-45 min.
- The internal temperature needs to reach 165 degrees
- In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together sweet and sour sauce, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic, and sesame seed until it just begins to boil, remove from heat.
- Once the meatballs are done, mix them in the sauce. Serve warm, garnished with sesame seeds, cilantro, and green onions.
FAQ’s for Asian Turkey Meatballs Recipe
Can I use other meat besides turkey?
Yes, you can use whatever meat you desire, both ground beef and ground chicken work well.
Are these meatballs gluten free?
No, but the recipe can be modified to accommodate a gluten free diet. To ensure the meatballs are gluten free you will need gluten free panko, barbecue sauce, and sweet and sour sauce.
How to store Asian Turkey Meatballs
This recipe is pretty tasty so you may not have much in the case of leftovers. But if you do you can refrigerate or freeze them for later. I like to store my leftovers in meal prep containers for quick on the go lunches throughout the week.
- To refrigerate: store leftovers in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- To freeze: place the meatballs and sauce in seperate airtight containers and place in the freezer for up to a month. I like to package them in individual serving sizes so they can be quickly reheated for one.
Asian Turkey Meatballs Leftover Recipe Ideas
I love repurposing my meals into something new throughout the week. This makes for easy meals on those busy nights. Here are some of my favorite ways to repurpose these delicious Asian Turkey Meatballs:
- Asian Turkey Meatball Pizza– grabs a pizza crust (homemade or store bought), spread some sauce over the top. Top the pizza with meatballs, mozzarella cheese, red peppers, and diced green onions. Bake as directed.
- Asian Meatball Subs– Grab a sub roll, and cut lengthwise. Layer the meatballs, cabbage, red pepper, provolone cheese, and onions.
- Asian Meatballs Bowl– Add rice, meatballs, and top with some of your favorite vegetables like chopped green onion, red bell peppers, edemame, cabbage, etc to make a delicious wholesome meal.
I hope you enjoy these Asian Turkey Meatballs as much as we do! Both as an appetizer, an easy dinner idea, and with the leftovers made into a new and exciting meal!
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Asian Turkey Meatballs
For the meatballs:
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 large egg
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 cup onion finely chopped or grated
- 3 tbsp fresh cilantro minced
- 1 jalapeño pepper ribs and seeds removed and finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves pressed
- 1 tbsp ginger paste
For the sauce:
- 1 c sweet and sour sauce
- 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- Sesame seeds
- chopped cilantro
- chopped green onions
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
- Mix the bread crumbs, egg, soy sauce, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger in a large bowl. Add the turkey and work the meat until it is evenly combined with the bread crumb mixture.
- Form into 2 inch balls and place evenly spaced on a cookie sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through and reach 165˚F internal temp.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, mix the sweet and sour sauce, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic and sesame seeds until it just begins to boil and then remove from heat.
- Once the meatballs are done, mix them into the sauce and stir gently to coat. Serve warm garnished with sesame seeds, cilantro, and/or green onions. Enjoy!
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)