These easy teriyaki meatballs are coated in a sweet and savory sauce that’s always a crowd pleaser. This recipe can be on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy nights!

Meatballs are always a hit in my house, I often make cheesy meatballs, meatball soup, or these simple teriyaki meatballs.

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Teriyaki meatballs served over a bed of steamed rice and garnished with sesame seeds.

I am so happy that summer has finally arrived! The kids and I were ready for a change in routine. We’re managing to keep as busy as ever with dance, swim, summer camp, outings, and plenty of time with friends. I often find myself looking for quick and easy dinner solutions to feed my family after a long day of fun in the sun. These teriyaki meatballs have become a family favorite and are constantly in our dinner rotation. Best of all, this meal is ready in no time which means it’s perfect for those busy days when you don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen!

Teriyaki meatballs topped with homemade sauce and sesame seeds.

How do you make teriyaki meatballs?

This recipe starts with the meatballs. I use Cooked Perfect® Meatballs which are located in the freezer section of my local grocery store. These meatballs are super convenient, I always keep a few bags in the freezer for easy appetizer and meal solutions. Cooked Perfect meatballs are made with select meats, real cheese and delicious herbs, then flame broiled which adds amazing flavor. I typically use the Homestyle meatballs for this recipe, but the Angus Beef and Turkey meatball varieties would also be great choices.

Cooked Perfect bag of meatballs.

To make this meal in a flash, I start by preheating the oven and putting up a pot of rice to steam on the stove. The meatballs go into the oven and while they bake I whip up a 5 minute teriyaki sauce. After the meatballs are heated through, they get tossed in the sauce, sprinkled with sesame seeds and herbs, then served over the rice. Add a green veggie and you’ve got a meal that even your pickiest eaters will enjoy! These teriyaki meatballs also make a great appetizer, simply serve them on a platter with toothpicks and extra teriyaki sauce on the side for dipping. In fact, I often take this recipe in appetizer form to summer parties because it’s always such a big hit.

Teriyaki sauce spooned over a pile of meatballs on a bed of rice.

More than ever, in the summer I want to relax and not spend a lot of time in the kitchen. With Cooked Perfect meatballs always ready to go in my freezer, I know that I can put together a fantastic meal or appetizer on short notice, whether it’s for a large gathering or a small family dinner.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of  Cooked Perfect® Meatballs. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Teriyaki Meatballs

AuthorSara Welch
These easy teriyaki meatballs are coated in a sweet and savory sauce that's always a crowd pleaser. This recipe can be on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy nights!
These easy teriyaki meatballs are coated in a sweet and savory sauce that's always a crowd pleaser. This recipe can be on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy nights!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Serves 5


  • 1 bag Cooked Perfect Meatballs I use the Homestyle variety
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions

For the sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Bake the meatballs according to package directions.
  • While the  meatballs are in the oven, prepare the sauce. 
  • Place the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, honey and sesame oil in a small pot over medium high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Turn up heat to high and bring to a boil.
  • Mix the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water until dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce and boil for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
  • Remove the meatballs from the oven. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions and serve.


Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 652mg | Potassium: 280mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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  1. These sound delicious. I plan to make them tonight. I just wanted to let you know there’s a mistake in the recipe. Thank you for all your great recipes!!

  2. 5 stars
    I love a glazed meatball! Teriyaki is one of my favorite flavors and your sauce comes together so easily, thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    This is surely yummy and delicious and a perfect cooked meal and quick meal too. Love all the flavors to it.

  4. 5 stars
    I make teriyaki all the time, but have yet to try using meatballs! I am sure these are really great to have for meal prep. 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I made these meatballs for supper last night with rice and broccoli&cheese. Everybody was very happy! Thanks for the great (and quick!) recipe.

  6. Have you done these in a crockpot before? Would you recommend mixing all the sauce ingredients, pouring over the meatballs as they cook on low?

    1. I have not done them in the crockpot but you could definitely do so! I would put the meatballs frozen in the crockpot, whisk together all the sauce ingredients except for the cornstarch and then cook on low for 4 hours. Stir in the cornstarch mixed with a little water after the meatballs are done, then turn heat to high for a few minutes until the sauce thickens. Hope that helps!