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Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs

Yes, these Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey 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. Use Grilling Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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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 you could certainly keep some in the fridge for a few days and reheat later! 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.

Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs found on KalynsKitchen.com

I love the lean ground turkey from Foster Farms, 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.)

Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs found on KalynsKitchen.com

The first photo is the stainless steel grill grid pan from Sur La Table that I used. (I bought the pan myself and Sur la Table is not paying me to mention it here.  In fact, they probably don’t even know I’m alive! I did find a similar Weber Professional-Grade Grill Pan at Amazon.com.)

Next is 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. Total cooking time for me was about 30 minutes, but if you’re cooking them right on top of the grill grates I think they’d cook a bit faster.

Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs found on KalynsKitchen.com

Make it a Meal:

I’d cook something like World’s Easiest Grilled Vegetables or Spicy Grilled Eggplant to share the grill with the meatballs!

More Tasty Recipes for Turkey:

Slow Cooker Turkey Recipes Index ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Cheesy Stuffed Poblanos with Ground Turkey ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Healthier Ground Turkey Stuffed Jalapenos ~ Noble Pig
Thai-Inspired Turkey Mini-Meatball Lettuce Wraps ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf ~ Taste and Tell

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs

These Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs cook right on the grill!


  • 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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.)
  6. Grill meatballs until they are cooked through, turning every 5-7 minutes until all sides are nicely browned.
  7. Total cooking time will be about 30 minutes, or slightly less if you’re cooking the meatballs directly on the grill.
  8. Serve hot, garnished with some sliced green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
  9. These kept well in the refrigerator overnight and were delicious just reheated a minute or so in the microwave.


This recipe adapted from Sriracha Turkey Meatballs at Life’s Ambrosia.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you use lean ground turkey and 100% whole wheat breadcrumbs, these Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey 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 Low-Carb Turkey Meatballs with Romano Cheese and Herbs.)

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    59 Comments on “Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs”

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  2. I would love to make these and freeze some for quick meals – would you suggest freezing them fully cooked – or when raw?

  3. Barb, thanks for sharing that. I love the idea of baking them!

  4. I love these and have made them seceral times as hubby likes too, I bake in the oven and they still turn out awesome!

  5. Jenn if you can, I would just use breadcrumbs if you can't use the almond meal. I'm not sure how garbanzo flour would work, but I'm skeptical; it's pretty fine and kind of stick compared to almond meal.

  6. We have a nut allergy in the house, so anything almond is out. But I did recently buy a bag of garbanzo bean flour. Do you think I would be able to substitute that at the same amount?

  7. Thanks Bill, hope you enjoy! And I love the name of your blog.

  8. Wow these meatballs look great. I need a hoagie roll with these. Idon't have access to a grill right now but I'm going to try thee in the oven!

  9. Ina good luck on the weight loss, I hope you can figure out a plan that works for you!

  10. I work for SurLaTab. Your recipes are great. I know that grill pan. I do not grill so I use a Scan Pan grilling pan. It works very well. You are awesome. I am eating healthier
    meals and your blog certainly promotes that. I need to loose weight and have type 2 diabetes which is under control. Losing weight is very hard for me. I love to cook and eat. My portion control is the problem. I am so happy I found you. Keep the good work.
    Ina Hill
    Faithful follower

  11. I absolutely love the idea of using this mixture to make burgers; thanks for sharing!

  12. Hi Kalyn! Ive made these meatballs a lot, everybody loves them.
    I go t the idea to use this recipe to make turkey burgers. cooked them on the grill and served them on whole wheat buns with sliced tomato, onion, and some spinach. best turkey burgers ever!

  13. Wade, I think your version sounds great!

  14. I just made these for dinner tonight but I used ground chicken thighs and added 1/2T of cherry smoked poblano powder I made. I also made a sauce to top them with using a cup of sour cream, the juice of one lime, and 1T of sriracha. My wife and son were impressed!

  15. Very interesting idea to make it with chickpeas, and I'm betting I would like it!

  16. A friend reminded me recently that I'd sent them this recipe. They made theirs with beef. I am vegetarian and decided to try them with chickpeas. I processed two cans of chickpeas in the food processor and kept the rest of the recipe as is, except I forgot to put in the breadcrumbs. I baked them in a 350° oven on a slipat-lined baking sheet for about 35 minutes. They were excellent! My heat-loving boyfriend enjoyed them. My friends who made them enjoyed that they come together so easily, and I couldn't agree more.

  17. Hillary, so glad you've been enjoying them so much!

  18. This recipe is amazing! I cook these guys in the oven (350 degrees; about 20 minutes) and freeze large batches of them. They freeze beautifully and I know that I always have something yummy/healthy in the freezer for a quick meal 🙂