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Hawaiian Teriyaki Meatballs

Hawaiian Teriyaki Meatballs

One bite of these Hawaiian Teriyaki Meatballs and your taste buds will be saying Mahalo!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Polynesian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 Meatballs
Calories 50kcal
Author Nicole Crocker


For the Meatballs

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Ground lean turkey ,I use either 85 or 90 percent lean
  • 1 Clove Garlic ,minced
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh ginger ,finely grated
  • 2 Tablespoons Scallions ,chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 ,8 ounce can Crushed pineapple , juice drained and reserved for sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Plain Panko bread crumbs

For the Teriyaki sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Reserved Pineapple juice
  • 1 Clove Garlic ,minced
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh ginger ,grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons Corn Starch
  • 1 Tablespoon Water


  • Top with sesame seed and chopped scallions


For the Meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 450 Degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy clean up. 
  • In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients together. Roll into 1-2 inch size balls. (Mixture will be wet.) Place an inch apart on baking sheet and place in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until cooked through and slightly browned. 
  • Make teriyaki sauce while meatballs are baking.

For the Teriyaki sauce

  • In a small pot combine soy sauce, brown sugar, 1/4 cup water, pineapple juice, ginger, garlic and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil stirring constantly until sugar is completely dissolved. 
  • Combine the cornstarch and Tablespoon of water together in a small dish to make a slurry. Add to the pot and stir. Cook stirring constantly until thickened. About 5 minutes.
  • Place cooked meatballs in a large bowl and pour teriyaki sauce over and toss to coat. 
  • Serve with cut pineapple and knotted bamboo toothpicks


Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.4mg