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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 use a small amount of breadcrumbs; see notes in the recipe for other options which will make the meatballs slightly lower in carbs and gluten-free. 

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Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs meatballs on serving plate

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 (affiliate link) 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 saw a 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 (affiliate link), I’m guessing you’ll love these spicy meatballs.

How can you make this recipe lower in carbs?

This recipe has 1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs, which has 39 carbs, or slightly less than 2 carbs per meatball. If you want something that’s gluten-free and lower in carbs to bind the meatballs together, I’d switch out the breadcrumbs for Hemp Seeds (affiliate link) which have only carbs in 1/2 cup. Or you could use  Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link), which would have 16 carbs in 1/2 cup. I would probably use a combination of hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts) and flax seed meal. (The hemp seeds are tasty, but they’ll be noticeable in the finished meatballs; flaxseed meal will incorporate better into the meat mixture.)

Foster Farms ground turkey in package

What other meat can you use for this recipe? 

I’m a fan of this Foster Farms ground turkey that you can get in 1.5 pound packages at Costco. (And Foster Farms has no idea I am mentioning it here.) But if you aren’t a ground turkey fan I think the meatballs would be delicious with ground beef, or a combination of beef and turkey. I might slightly increase the amount of Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) if you’re using beef.

grid-pan for cooking meatballs on the grill
What kind of pan can you use to cook meatballs on the grill?

The photo above 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!) Many companies make a similar type of Grill Topper Cooking Pan (affiliate link). I’m guessing you can cook meatballs right on the grill grates if they aren’t too small, but it’s easier on a grilling pan like this one.

Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs process shots collage

How to Make Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. I used this lean ground turkey from Foster Farms; whatever meat you use remove it from fridge and let it come to room temperature. 
  2. I used the chopping bowl of my Immersion Blender (affiliate link) to finely chop the garlic, ginger, and green onions, but you could chop them by hand if you don’t have a mini-chopper.
  3. Mix together the ground turkey, egg, bread crumbs (or hemp seeds or flaxseed meal), chopped garlic, chopped ginger, chopped green onions, sesame seeds, Sriracha Sauce, and salt.
  4. 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.)
  5. Here are my meatballs starting to cook on the Grill Topper Cooking Pan (affiliate link).
  6. I turned the meatballs about every 4-5 minutes until they were nicely browned on all sides.
  7. Total cooking time for me was about 25 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

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Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs

Grilled Sriracha-Sesame Turkey Meatballs

Yield 20 meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

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

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 T sesame seeds (see notes)
  • 3 T Sriracha Sauce (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • additional sliced green onions and sesame seeds for garnishing finished meatballs (optional)

Instructions

  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 hemp seeds or flaxseed meal), chopped garlic, chopped ginger, chopped green onions, sesame seeds, Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link), 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.

Notes

You can make your own whole wheat breadcrumbs from 100% whole wheat bread, or use Hemp Seeds (affiliate link) or Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link) for lower-carb and gluten-free version. I used toasted sesame seeds from the Asian market. Use more or less Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) to taste; I used 3 T, which I thought was pretty spicy but just right.

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

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1 meatball

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 6.5gSaturated Fat: 1.7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4.1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 216mgCarbohydrates: 1.5gFiber: .3gSugar: .6gProtein: 9.2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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 original  South Beach Diet. If made with Hemp Seeds (affiliate link) or Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link) you can eat them for Phase One or other low-carb diets. (If you’re looking for more 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”

  1. Francesca, here's a recipe for Baked Swedish Meatballs that might give you some ideas. The Swedish Meatballs are made with pork and beef and they are a bit smaller, so I might reduce the temperature a little and cook them for a slightly shorter time for these turkey meatballs. (Can't say for sure as I haven't tried it in the oven.)

  2. Could i use this recipe in the oven? what would the settings be and where would i place the meatballs?

  3. Cara, hope you enjoy them!

  4. Kalyn, these sound fantastic – right up our alley! Now that it's fall I'll have to try them out for a football party sometime soon.

  5. So glad the recipe was a winner!

  6. I actually made these,and they were fabulous. Two things I did different,I had no fresh ginger,so I used my powder ginger,and 2ndly I used my grill fry pan to cook on the stove. I loved them,and my new fav hot sauce (sriracha)which I had never tried before. DH does not like turkey meatballs,but guess who went in for seconds..;o)Thanks Kalyn,this was a winner for us.

  7. Emily, meatballs with almond flour just went on my "must try" list! Thanks for the info.

  8. I've found that almond flour makes really soft, delicious meatballs and they hold together pretty well! I forgot to mention that I made mine kind of big and the outsides blackened during cooking on the grill pan – and the black parts were the BEST.

  9. The original recipe fried the meatballs until they were brown and then baked for 20 minutes; I'd do that if you're not grilling them. There is a link to those instructions in the post.

  10. Could you do this in the oven? For summer, this is great, but I could see these being a great appetizer for a fall dinner party, etc…

  11. Ooh, love this idea for a summer cook-out. Meatballs and Sriracha together is like music to my ears.

  12. Sally, I intend to keep feeding my own Sriracha addiction too. Hope you enjoy the meatballs!

  13. I am making these very soon – I am a Sriracha addict, with no intentions of ever quitting the habit! Love, love, love it!

    I usually bake my meatballs in the oven, but grilling is even better – no mess!

    THanks, Kalyn!

  14. Emily I like the sound of your version, especially the Thai basil. I'm especially glad to know it worked well with almond flour.

  15. These are absolutely heavenly, especially for my heat-loving husband. Thank you for a great new addition to our repertoire! Here are my modifications:
    Doubled the recipe
    Used 2 lbs ground beef (grass-fed) and 1 lb ground turkey
    Replaced the bread crumbs with almond flour (we're avoiding gluten, sometimes)
    Used a little Thai basil in the mix because we had it
    Cooked them on a grill pan on the stovetop.
    As I said, they were just wonderful. We ate them with cilantro-peanut slaw and quinoa. Thanks again!

  16. Miriam, thanks. Hope you will try them. I know they're going to be a regular feature on the menu here.

  17. These look amazing! I love the idea of a grilled meatball, and it's awesome that you use turkey- way healthier. Can't wait to try these!

    -Miriam

  18. The grill pan is great, but you can definitely make these without it.

  19. Oooo yummy. I SO need a grill pan and I have a bottle of Siracha languishing in the fridge.

    M