Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs
Yes, these Sriracha-Sesame Meatballs really were cooked on the grill! These tasty meatballs are low-glycemic and South Beach Diet friendly; if you prefer, use almond meal instead of the small amount of breadcrumbs to make this recipe low-carb and gluten-free.
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I’m known as the queen of cooking gadgets among my friends, and a few years ago I got a new stainless steel grill grid
that really got me excited. It’s flatter than the grill pans I use to cook vegetables, with holes that are small enough to make it perfect for cooking lots of interesting things on top of the grill.
It was definitely this pan that got me thinking about cooking these Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs on the grill. I’m always looking for interesting ways to cook ground turkey, and these Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs were a big hit with several people I tried the recipe on.
I found the recipe for Sriracha Turkey Meatballs
at Life’s Ambrosia and the first time I tried the recipe I fried the meatballs and then baked them, just as Deseree did, so if you’re not up for grilling your meatballs, follow that link and use her instructions. The second time I made this I increased the ingredients because I wanted more meatballs! My version makes about 20 good-sized meatballs, and they disappeared very quickly! Whether you grill the meatballs or use the fry-then-bake method, if you like Sriracha Sauce
, I’m guessing you’ll love these spicy meatballs.
I love this lean ground turkey from Foster Farms, which has only 7% fat, and I buy it at Costco in packages like this which are about 1 1/2 pounds. I wouldn’t use ground turkey breast, which I think would be too dry for this recipe.
I used the chopping bowl of my Immersion Blender
to finely chop the garlic, ginger, and green onions, but you could chop them by hand if you don’t have a mini-chopper.
Mix together the ground turkey, egg, bread crumbs or almond meal, chopped garlic, chopped ginger, chopped green onions, sesame seeds, Sriracha Sauce
, and salt.
I used a 2 T sized scoop to scoop out the meat, then rolled them with my hands to make 20 meatballs (about the size of a large lime.)
Here’s my meatballs starting to cook on the pre-heated grill grid pan, but you can see from the photo that you could easily sit your meatballs right on the grill grate if you wanted to.
I turned the meatballs about every 5-7 minutes until they were nicely browned on all sides.
Here they’re getting a little more done. I was enjoying being outside with a big glass of my favorite summer drink
while they cooked.
Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs
(Makes about 20 medium-sized meatballs; recipe adapted from Sriracha Turkey Meatballs at Life’s Ambrosia.)
1 T finely minced garlic
1 T finely minced fresh ginger root
3 green onions, sliced and then finely chopped
1 1/2 lb. ground turkey (use turkey with less than 10% fat for South Beach Diet)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (you can make your own from 100% whole wheat bread, or use almond meal for lower-carb and gluten-free version)
1 1/2 T sesame seeds (I used toasted sesame seeds from the Asian market)
2-3 T Sriracha Sauce (I used 3 T, which I thought was pretty spicy but just right)
1 tsp. sea salt
additional sliced green onions and sesame seeds for garnishing finished meatballs (optional)
Preheat the grill to medium-high. If you’re going to cook meatballs right on the grill, spray with non-stick grill spray or oil the grates with a towel dipped into oil before you heat the grill.
Finely chop the garlic, ginger, and green onions. I used the mini-chopper attachment of my immersion blender to do this, but you can also chop them by hand.
Put the ground turkey, egg, bread crumbs or almond meal, chopped garlic, chopped ginger, chopped green onions, sesame seeds, Sriracha Sauce
, and salt into a bowl and combine gently with your hands until all ingredients are well distributed into the meat. Then form meatballs with your hands. (I used a 2 T scoop to scoop out 2 heaping tablespoons of meat and then rolled them in my hands to make balls. The mixture is fairly soft.)
If you’re using a grill grid pan like I did, spray it with non-stick spray or oil and put it on top of the grill to pre-heat for 5 minutes before you put the meatballs on. (I put them on with my fingers but switched to tongs when the meatballs got hot.)
Grill meatballs until they are cooked through, turning every 5-7 minutes until all sides are nicely browned. Total cooking time will be about 30 minutes, or slightly less if you’re cooking the meatballs directly on the grill. Serve hot, garnished with some sliced green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
These kept well in the refrigerator overnight and were delicious just reheated a minute or so in the microwave.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you use lean ground turkey and 100% whole wheat breadcrumbs, these meatballs are a good choice for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. If made with almond meal you can eat them for Phase One or other low-carb diets. (If you’re looking for low-carb turkey meatballs, I recommend these Phase One Turkey Meatballs with Romano Cheese and Herbs
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