Korean BBQ Meatballs over Rice

Next in our Meatball Series is a trip to Korea, for some Korean Style BBQ Meatballs. Ground beef, baked with Asian spices and topped with a tangy soy-garlic-ginger glaze, toasted sesame seeds and green onions. Serve over rice for a nice main dish.

Ingredients – Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 green onions, sliced very thinly (White parts only. Use the Green parts for garnish)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • ¾ cup Panko breadcrumbs (or any plain breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chili paste) or sriracha
  • salt & pepper to taste

Garlic-Soy-Ginger glaze

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger

Garnishes: sliced green onion (green part only) and toasted sesame seeds and steamed white or brown rice, for serving


  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients and use your hands to mix.
  3. Shape into little golf-ball and put on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake until golden and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Meatballs should be turned once, half way through cooking. They will brown on the bottom.
  5. While the meatballs cook, combine glaze ingredients in small saucepan.
  6. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes and the glaze is slightly thickened.
  7. Remove from heat and set aside until completely cooled and thickened.
  8. When meatballs have finished cooking, remove from oven
  9. Turn broiler on, for final step of cooking
  10. Brush cooked meatballs with cooled glaze.
  11. Put baking sheet under broiler and broil glazed meatballs for 30-60 seconds
  12. Remove meatballs from broiler and brush with more glaze.
  13. To serve, put meatballs in a bowl of steamed rice and garnish with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Korean Meatballs



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