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Easy Turkey Bulgogi Meatballs Recipe

These Turkey Bulgogi Meatballs are easy to make and loaded with sweet and savory flavor. Serve them with brown rice or white rice and vegetables as a main dish or they make a perfect appetizer on their own! This recipe is sure to become a new favorite. 

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This recipe for tender turkey meatballs coated in a flavorful asian sauce is easy to make with easy to find ingredients. All of these ingredients can be found in your local grocery store. For this recipe you will need:

  • ground turkey- we used lean ground turkey but you can also use ground beef, ground pork or ground chicken to make this recipe. Wondering if you can freeze ground turkey, get our whole guide on how to freeze and defrost turkey.
  • plain panko breadcrumbs- use plain bread crumbs that do not have any added italian seasoning or cheeses. Use gluten free panko breadcrumbs for a gluten free version!
  • egg
  • black pepper
  • fresh grated ginger or dried ginger- fresh ginger will give a much stronger ginger flavor to this dish.
  • soy sauce- low sodium or regular soy sauce will work. To make this recipe gluten free you can substitute coconut aminos or tamari.
  • sesame oil
  • brown sugar
  • sesame seeds

See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for a full list of the meatball ingredients and amounts as well as cooking directions. 

Turkey Bulgogi Meatballs on top of rice, broccoli and carrots

How to Make Turkey Bulgogi Meatballs

This recipe is pretty simple to make! First, to make the meatballs, in a large mixing bowl combine turkey, panko breadcrumbs, egg, pepper and ginger. Roll meat mixture into bite-sized balls. We like to use a cookie scoop to make even sized meatballs.

Then, heat a frying pan over medium/high heat. Spray with non-stick spray or add a little olive oil and add meatballs. Cook and turn frequently to cook all sides. Meatballs should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

While the meatballs cook, whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Whisk well and add to pan with meatballs once they are cooked thoroughly. Let simmer 3-5 minutes or until it cooks down to a glaze consistency. Move around meatballs to coat in the sauce. Remove from heat and add sesame seeds.

Serve with rice and steamed vegetables or as appetizer and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe gluten free?

Yes and it is super easy to do! Simply use gluten free panko breadcrumbs and coconut aminos or tamari in place of the soy sauce.

Can I make a double batch of this recipe?

Absolutely! These meatballs are great for meal prep. Be sure to make a double of the meatball mixture and the sauce so you have enough to coat the meatballs. Store the meatballs in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

What can I serve with these meatballs?

We like to serve these flavorful meatballs as a meal or appetizer. To serve as a meal add rice and steamed veggies or any other sides you enjoy. As an appetizer, put the meatballs in a bowl and top with the remaining sauce from the pan. Add a little bit of chopped green onions on top for a pop of color if desired.

Can I bake these meatballs?

You can bake these meatballs in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. However, then you will need to make the glaze in a small saucepan and toss the meatballs in the sauce after they are baked. We prefer frying these meatballs to get all of the delicious crispy edges and really cook the sauce into the meatballs for more flavor. Baking the meatballs doesn’t save on any cooking time so if you can definitely cook them in a frying an.

Should I serve these with a dipping sauce?

These asian turkey meatballs can be served with extra sauce that will be leftover in the skillet or you can try a sauce like yum yum sauce with them instead. The sauce that the meatballs are cooked in have so much flavor that an additional sauce isn’t necessary. 

Can I make these in the slow cooker?

We have not tested making this recipe in the slow cooker so we cannot recommend it at this time. If you do attempt this please let us know how it turns out. 

Turkey Bulgogi Meatballs on top of rice, broccoli and carrots

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If you enjoy this recipe be sure to try our Three Bean Turkey Chili, Turkey Lasagna Soup, Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs, Turkey Stuffed Peppers, Turkey Sloppy Joes, Turkey Meatloaf, Black and Green Olive Tapenade and Roasted Vegetable Quesadillas.

Turkey Bulgogi Meatballs on top of rice, broccoli and carrots

Turkey Bulgogi Meatballs

Yield: about 20 meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These Turkey Bulgogi Meatballs are coated in a soy and sesame sauce. Serve them with rice and vegetables for a delicious meal.


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger or 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds


  1. Combine turkey, panko breadcrumbs, egg,pepper and ginger. Mix well. Form into bite-sized meatballs, approximately 20-25 meatballs.
  2. Heat frying pan over medium heat and coat with non stick spray or a little oil. Add meatballs and cook turning frequently until cooked through. Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees.
  3. While meatballs cook, combine soy sauce, sesame oil and brown sugar.
  4. Once meatballs are cooked through add sauce and let simmer for 3-5 minutes. The sauce should thicken into a glaze. Move around meatballs to coat in sauce.
  5. Turn of heat and add sesame seeds.
  6. Serve as is as an appetizer or serve over rice with steamed vegetables.


Ground beef or chicken can be substituted for turkey.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 532Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 1362mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 35g

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