Korean BBQ Meatballs

Korean BBQ Meatballs in a skillet with green onions and red cabbage. @ bowls of rice on the side with black sesame seeds.

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These meatballs are great with turkey, but you can use ground pork, beef, or chicken too!

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For the meatballs:
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1 egg
1/4 cup gluten free breadcrumbs or ground flax
3 tablespoons coconut aminos or Tamari
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped green onions
kosher salt and pepper, to taste
 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
For the Korean BBQ Sauce:
1 cup jalapeño or serrano pepper jelly
1/4 cup coconut aminos or Tamari
juice from 1/2 a lime
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
To serve:
1/2 cup green onions
1/4 - 1/2 cup finely shredded red cabbage


To make the meatballs:
In a large mixing bowl combine the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, coconut aminos, ginger, garlic, and green onions. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use a fork to gently combine all of the ingredients, being careful to not overtax or your meatballs may be tough. Once combined use your hand to form 1 1/2-inch sized meatballs. Place the meatballs onto a baking sheet and let them chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Once they are thoroughly chilled, preheat your oven to 350 and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil then sear the meatballs until the are browned on all sides, this should take about 10 minutes. Once browned transfer the meatballs to the prepared baking sheeting bake for another 10 minutes until cooked through.
To make the sauce: 
In a sauce pan over medium heat combine the pepper jelly, coconut aminos, lime juice, and red pepper flakes. Bring it to a simmer and cook,  stirring until the liquid reduces to a syrup, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
To serve:
Drizzle the Korean BBQ sauce over the meatballs and garnish with green onions and red cabbage if desired.


Check out the meatball Q&A in our post for tips on storing meatballs!

If you opt to use flax instead of breadcrumbs the meatballs will be slightly firmer but the taste does not change much.


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