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Overhead image of glazed turkey meatballs piled into an oval baking dish set on a stripped napkin.

Glazed Asian Turkey Meatballs

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 20 meatballs (5 servings) 1x
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Asian


Baked tender turkey meatballs get tossed in a delicious sweet, salty and umami hoisin glaze! Ready in just over 30 minutes, these Asian meatballs make the perfect weeknight meal or go-to appetizer.




  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground turkey (93% lean)*
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (2 teaspoons) 
  • ⅓ cup chopped scallions
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger, or 1 ½ teaspoons dried ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper 


  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (or ¾ teaspoon dried ground ginger)
  • 2 tablespoons Panko breadcrumbs (gluten-free if needed), for serving (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, for serving (optional)
  • Chopped cilantro and scallions for serving (optional)



Heat oven to 425°F (218ºC); coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray. 

Mix turkey, ½ cup Panko, garlic, scallions, egg, 2 teaspoons ginger, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, salt, and pepper together using hands. Using 2 heaping tablespoons at a time, roll turkey mixture into 20 meatballs (1½ ounces each); arrange on prepared baking sheet.

Bake meatballs until browned and an instant read thermometer inserted in the centers reached 165ºF (74ºC), 15–20 minutes. 


Meanwhile, whisk together hoisin, lime juice, soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, and 1 teaspoon ginger in a large bowl. 

Add warm meatballs to sauce and gently toss to coat; transfer to a serving dish.

Combine panko and sesame seeds. Sprinkle Panko mixture, cilantro and scallions over meatballs.


* Ground turkey: depending on your store, ground turkey can be sold by 1 pound, 1.2 pounds, or 1.5 pounds. I find 1.5 pounds of 93% lean ground turkey works best, but you can also use 1 pound or 1.2 pounds. 85% lean ground turkey works well (a bit more decadent), but avoid 97% or 99% lean ground turkey. 

Make these gluten-free: use gluten-free Panko breadcrumbs and make sure to use certified gluten-free hoisin and soy sauce.

Mix up the meat: these meatballs can also be made with lean ground chicken, pork or beef.


  • Serving Size: 4 meatballs
  • Calories: 268
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 1006mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.5g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Cholesterol: 135mg

Keywords: Asian turkey meatballs, hoisin glazed meatballs, asian meatballs, hoisin glazed turkey meatballs

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