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Garlic and Ginger Meatballs with Hot Honey Glaze {Baked Turkey Meatballs}

These baked turkey meatballs tossed in a hot honey glaze are packed with garlic and ginger to give them an East Asian-inspired flare.

Close up of bowl of garlic and ginger turkey meatballs on rice.

Bowl of raw turkey meatball ingredients.

Fresh baby bok choy.

I’ve developed a bit of a meatball obsession over the past year. I’m not quite sure where it came from, but I’ve been making batches of meatballs in marinara almost bi-weekly. I’ve made them for dinner guests. And for friends in need of an easy comforting meal after having a baby. I’ve even made them for neighbors as a gesture of thanks. And, of course, for our own Sunday suppers.

For this recipe, I stepped outside of my Italian comfort zone and changed things up quite drastically. I swapped the usual onion for scallions. I added fresh ginger in with the garlic and swapped out Worcestershire sauce for soy sauce. Then, a toss in a spicy, sweet, and sticky sauce made up of chili sauce and honey. Served over aromatic rice with crunchy cashews and veggies, these gems are just as cozy as our Italian go-to.

My meals away from the blog have been pretty uninspired lately, thanks to a nasty cold. Creamy omelettes and mugs of chicken broth have been the name of the game and I’m so ready to get out of this rut.

Away from the table…

I just finished Know My Name by Chanel Miller and can’t recommend it enough. Such a powerful memoir. In fiction, I wrapped up Where the Crawdads Sing and that’s also at the top of my recommendations list. It’s one of those books that has left me missing it at night when I curl up to read, despite the fact that I’ve already dove into some new reads. Have you been reading anything good?

For those who know me personally, today is a pretty damn big day: I’m being sworn in as an American citizen!

I moved to the US on a Visa in 2015, but I’ve been filling out copious amounts of government paperwork since 2014. It’s been quite a journey. On Monday, I had my final interview and took my American civics test and totally crushed it ;) We’ll be celebrating tonight at one of our favorite local restaurants. Also fitting: it’s my husband and I’s fourth wedding anniversary <3

Bowls of garlic and ginger turkey meatballs over rice.

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Bowl of turkey meatballs on rice.
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Garlic and Ginger Meatballs with Hot Honey Glaze {Baked Turkey Meatballs}

These baked turkey meatballs tossed in a hot honey glaze are packed with garlic and ginger to give them an East Asian-inspired flare.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Comfort Food, East and Southeast Asian Influence
Keyword 30 minute, Baked, easy, meatballs, poultry, turkey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 12 meatballs
Author Dana Sandonato


Turkey Meatballs.

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or finely minced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallion, white parts only
  • 1 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Hot Honey Glaze.

  • 2 TBSP raw honey
  • 2 TBSP sesame oil
  • 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek more or less to taste, depending on how much heat you like.


  • Sliced scallions
  • Crushed cashews (toasted, optional)
  • Sesame seeds


Turkey Meatballs.

  • Adjust an oven rack to middle position and preheat the oven to 450º F. Spread parchment paper over a baking sheet; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all of the turkey meatball ingredients, from the ground turkey through to the panko bread crumbs. With clean hands, mix the ingredients until everything is thoroughly blended. Then, still using your hands, form your meatballs into 1-inch balls and place each one onto the parchment covered baking sheet.
  • Transfer the meatballs to the oven for 15-18 minutes, or until they're cooked through with an internal temperature of 165º F.

Hot Honey Glaze.

  • Mix all of the ingredients for the hot honey glaze in a small bowl and whisk until combined. Taste test it, and add more heat if you wish.
  • When the meatballs are done, toss them one by one, or a few at a time, in the hot honey glaze.
  • Serve over rice and garnish with scallions, crushed cashews, and sesame seeds; add your fave veg side! (See notes for my easy sesame-seared bok choy.)


I like serving sesame-seared baby bok choy with this dish. All I do is heat a bit of sesame oil in a skillet or non-stick pan. Once hot, slice baby bok choy in half and place, inner side down, into the pan. Let it simmer for about five minutes or until golden brown. Flip, and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes, until the baby bok choy is tender. Sprinkle with a bit of salt. You can also chop some of the bok choy and toss it into the rice.


  • Janell
    September 3, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    5 stars
    I just had to tell you that these are DELICIOUS! Honestly the best turkey meatball recipe I have ever made. I did add some minced ginger to to actual turkey mixture for an extra punch of ginger… and I didn’t have any green scallion, but it was wonderful! My husband loved these too, I will definitely make these again. Oh, and they were great as leftovers too.

    p.s. I know this is a post from last year but I thought it was interesting… I’m also Canadian born who moved to the states on a visa (almost 2 years ago now)! Congrats on becoming a citizen!

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  • Trish Bozeman
    October 30, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    5 stars
    OK. I have GOT to get on this hot honey train. I’ve heard about it and been drooling over it for way too long. I think I just haven’t been wanting to make fried chicken, but these turkey meatballs are perfect. Much less intimidating and all the ingredients are fantastic. Oh and congrats on your citizenship! :)

  • Jenni LeBaron
    October 27, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    5 stars
    First of all, these garlic and ginger meatballs are so delicious! I love that they are simple and easy but pack big flavors, like that hot honey glaze. Second, congrats on your anniversary and nailing your citizenship test!

  • Sean@Diversivore
    October 26, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    5 stars
    Dana these look all KINDS of good! I love this combination of flavours, but I tend to think of it as a dumpling sort of thing. Meatballs are just dumplings minus skins, and wayyyy less work to make from scratch, so you’d better believe that I’m going to start doing this more around here. Because meatballs are awesome (and your obsession with them is a very very good thing). Cheers!

  • Tina
    October 26, 2019 at 11:04 am

    5 stars
    These meatballs sound Devine. I am a big fan too, after all, aren’t meatballs just mini meatloaves? CONGRATS on both the citizenship and the anniversary:). I didn’t know Canadians had to do so much paperwork to break away from the crown and become U.S. citizens. Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes!

  • Gloria
    October 25, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    5 stars
    I love using ground turkey. These meatballs sound delicious. I would stuff them in subs too. You can never go wrong with spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Love the twist on the classic beef option.

  • Marisa F. Stewart
    October 24, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    5 stars
    I like the Asian take on the typical Italian meatballs. They look delicious especially when served with the rice and Bok Choy. We had Bok Choy recently and loved it cooked on the grill. Yours looks done perfectly.

  • Kim
    October 24, 2019 at 11:52 am

    5 stars
    I was so excited when I saw this recipe pop up yesterday because I had ground turkey on hand! Made these for dinner and they were AWESOME. I had to go lightly on spice because I have kids, but it was a hit with them too. Thanks so much for this recipe. I’ll be making it again!

    • Killing Thyme
      October 27, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      Kim! I’m so glad you enjoyed these and I’m glad they were a hit with the kiddos as well :)


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