4.79 from 19 reviews

Sriracha Ground Turkey Meatballs

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These Sriracha Meatballs are by far one of the easiest and tastiest meatballs I have ever made!

Some other you might like are my Teriyaki Glazed Salmon, Teriyaki Chicken & Rice Skillet, and Crock Pot Teriyaki Steak Bites!

These juicy Sriracha meatballs are an easy-to-make and flavorful dish made with ground turkey and mixed with a combination of common pantry ingredients to create moist and tender meatballs.

I know it sounds funny to call a meatball moist, but honestly nothing is worse then a dry meatball! These have the perfect combination of ingredients, and tossed in the best glaze, so you can get dinner on the table quickly and know that is will taste delicious too!

meatballs in a skillet with a sauce over the top.
ingredients to make meatballs in small glass bowls.

Ingredient Notes

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  • Ground turkey: You need a little bit of fat to give the meatballs moisture and flavor. Choose a 93% lean/7% fat for the best results.
  • Sriracha: This iconic spicy condiment adds heat and a distinctive flavor profile to the meatballs. The amount used can be adjusted according to personal preference for spice levels. If you don’t have Sriracha, feel free to use your favorite hot sauce.
  • Breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs help bind the meatballs together and provide a bit of texture. You can use traditional breadcrumbs or Panko. You can opt for a gluten-free alternative like almond flour if preferred, although I have only tested with regular breadcrumbs.
  • Garlic: Minced garlic brings a savory depth to the meatballs and complements the other ingredients beautifully.
  • Fresh Cilantro: Fresh herbs add brightness and freshness to the meatballs, elevating their flavor profile.
  • Fresh ginger: Fresh ginger has a bright and zesty flavor, while the ginger paste that comes prepared in a jar or tube may lack a little bit of that freshness. However, it is very convenient and you can skip the peeling and mincing. Either way, ginger imparts lots of flavor in these meatballs.
ground turkey meatball mixture in a glass bowl with a cookie scoop.
ground turkey meatballs on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
an up close image of meatballs in a sauce with sesame seeds on top.

Step by Step Directions

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  1. Combine all meatball ingredients together.
  2. Scoop/roll into balls and bake.
  3. While they bake, make the sauce.
  4. That’s IT! 🥳
sriracha meatballs in a pink bowl with broccoli and white rice.

Expert Tips

  • Meatballs are traditionally made with beef or pork which have more fat than ground turkey. By adding in some olive oil,  it helps prevent the meatball from becoming dry and helps create a juicy and tender meatball.
  • You can simmer the meatballs in the sauce so they can soak up the delicious flavors before you serve. Double the sauce if you like things really saucey!
  • Mix Gently: When combining the ingredients, mix the ground chicken and other ingredients gently. Over mixing can lead to dense and tough meatballs. I usually just use my hands to gently mix it all together.
  • Cookie scoop: These meatballs can be a bit sticky so it’s helpful to use a cookie scoop. Also, it’s great to use a cookie scoop to create uniform meatballs. This recipe will make ~18 meatballs.
  • Try not to let the meatballs bake longer than necessary, it can dry them out.
  • Double the recipe: Make a big batch of Sriracha meatballs and freeze them for quick and easy meals in the future.
a gold fork that has taken a bite out of a sriracha meatball in a bowl with broccoli and rice.

Storage

  • Refrigerate: Allow the meatballs to cool completely at room temperature before storing. Then place them in a container or bag, they can typically be stored in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
  • Freezing: Arrange meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer until firm. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag, removing as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. Frozen meatballs can typically be stored for up to 2 to 3 months.

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4.79 from 19 reviews

Sriracha Ground Turkey Meatballs

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 16 meatballs
My Sriracha Ground Turkey Meatballs are a perfect 30 minute weeknight dinner solution. They have the perfect balance of heat and savory goodness. Served with a Sriracha honey glaze (that I am obsessed with!), rice, and broccoli for a balanced meal!

Ingredients

For the meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup panko or plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed in a garlic press
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped (or parsley)
  • 1 Tbsp. Sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. ginger, fresh or you can use ginger paste for convenience
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher
  • freshly cracked black pepper

For the sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 heaping cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Sriracha (more or less to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ginger (minced if using fresh or ginger paste)
  • 3 cloves minced garlic or pressed in a garlic press
  • green onions and sesame seeds for serving, optional

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Instructions 

For the meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. If you don't have any parchment paper, spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add all of the ingredients for the meatballs together in a large mixing bowl.
    1 lb. ground turkey, 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed in a garlic press, 1 large egg, 1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped, 1 Tbsp. Sriracha, 1 tsp. soy sauce, 1 tsp. ginger, fresh or you can use ginger paste for convenience, 1/2 tsp. onion powder, 1/2 cup panko or plain breadcrumbs, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 1/2 tsp. kosher, freshly cracked black pepper
  • Mix ingredients together, being careful not to over mix. The mixture should be moist and able to form together into meatballs, I recommend using a 2 Tbsp. cookie scoop to keep meatballs a uniform size.
  • Place the meatballs onto the prepared baking sheet. Will yield ~16 meatballs depending on the size you make them.
  • Bake for ~15 minutes, or until fully cooked. (165°F for ground turkey)

For the sauce

  • While the meatballs are baking, you can make the sauce. In a medium saucepan or skillet over medium heat, combine all ingredients together. Bring the sauce to a gentle boil then down to a simmer. Simmer until sauce thickens into more of a glaze consistency, it can take ~5-10 minutes to reduce.
    1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup butter, unsalted, 1/4 heaping cup honey, 2 Tbsp. Sriracha (more or less to taste), 1 Tbsp. sesame oil, 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar, 1 tsp. ginger (minced if using fresh or ginger paste), 3 cloves minced garlic or pressed in a garlic press
  • You can add the meatballs to the sauce, or keep it on the side.
  • Serve with rice and veggie of choice and garnish with green onions, sesame seeds, and they sauce. Enjoy!
    green onions and sesame seeds for serving, optional

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Notes

  • Storage: Allow the meatballs to cool completely at room temperature before storing. Then place them in a container or bag and they can typically be stored in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
  • If you feel like your sauce isn’t turning into a glaze, you can add a touch more honey and continue to allow it to simmer and reduce. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2meabtalls, Calories: 125kcal (6%), Carbohydrates: 6g (2%), Protein: 12g (24%), Fat: 6g (9%), Saturated Fat: 2g (13%), Sodium: 370mg (16%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Shannon

This was absolutely delicious. I’m kind of a spice wuss, so may do 1tbsp of sriracha in the sauce next time, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying today!

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Kristi Elledge

Wow!
We loved these! They will be a regular at my house!

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Patty

OMG. These are delectable. The sauce!!! 5 Stars!!

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Elizabeth

Any tips on how to get sauce to thicken?? I’ve made this a ton but can never get the sauce to thicken.

Amanda

Loved it! So delicious…. little spicy kick but it was great!

Tiffany

Moist meatballs. Great recipe. Family loved it!

Beth

These look fabulous!! A long list of ingredients don’t scare me as I know the recipe is going to be flavorful – so bring it!! Delish!

Sara Welch

This looks too good to pass up! Adding to my dinner line up for the week, indeed!

Monica

I have never considered using oats in place of breadcrumbs for meatballs – what a genius idea! And the combination of sriracha with ground turkey is incredible. Thanks for the recipe!

Val

YUM!!! I have an obsession with meatballs so I am always trying out different flavors and variations. Looking forward to trying this one in the future.