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20 December 2019

This honey-sriracha turkey meatballs recipe is the perfect appetizer, glazed with spicy sriracha and honey. Great for game day or the star of the meal!

I got some spicy turkey meatballs coming at you, my friends. We’re really thinking forward to the holidays where good appetizer recipes are always in demand. You really can’t go wrong with meatballs, particularly ground turkey meatballs.

Ground turkey is a healthier option to ground beef meatballs, which I also love, and there is just something about ground turkey that I gravitate toward. I love that it’s a blank canvas, taking on all of those wonderful flavors you can throw at it, giving them right back to you.

Like this recipe – Honey-Sriracha Turkey Meatballs.

YES!

My Honey-Sriracha Turkey Meatballs Recipe uses Cajun seasonings for some outstanding flavor, and incorporates cooked celery, onion and peppers (of course!) for both flavor and moisture. Then, the meatballs are finished off with a sweet and spicy honey sriracha sauce that is very much like a glaze and brings it all together.

So delicious! If you’re looking for an easy turkey meatballs recipe that isn’t boring, this is the one. 

Let’s talk about how we make them, shall we?

Honey Sriracha Turkey Meatballs ready to serve

Ingredients Needed

  • Ground Turkey. This recipe calls for 1 pound. 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Veggies. Use 1 celery stalk, 1 small onion, a jalapeno pepper and 3 cloves garlic. Cooked vegetables add not only flavor to your turkey meatballs, but moisture. 
  • Seasonings. I love using a good homemade Cajun seasoning blend with this recipe, but feel free to use your favorites. Italian seasonings are quite popular here. I’m also including some chopped parsley, spicy chili flakes and some salt and pepper. Try a nice garlic salt.
  • 1 egg, beaten. This helps bind the meatballs.
  • 1 cup panko. This also helps to bind the turkey meatballs together. You may need a bit more or less, so start with half a cup then add more as needed.
  • Garnish. I’m using fresh chopped parsley, chopped green onion and spicy chili flakes.
  • FOR THE HONEY-SRIRACHA GLAZE: 1 cup sriracha, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon chili flakes,  and Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Honey-Sriracha Turkey Meatballs – the Recipe Method

First, heat a large pan to medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat. Add celery, onion and peppers. Cook about 5 minutes to soften. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring.

Remove from heat and add contents to a mixing bowl. Cool slightly.

Add the Cajun seasonings, parsley, chili flakes, egg, ground turkey and panko. Salt and pepper to your tastes.

Hand mix the meat mixture until everything is combined, but do not over mix. If you over mix with your hands, the meatballs can become mealy.

Meat mixture for our turkey meatballs

Form the meat mixture into 1-inch turkey meatballs. You should get about 16 meatballs.

Rolling the turkey meatballs

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat the pan again to medium heat and add remaining olive oil. Brown the meatballs 3-4 minutes, rolling them a bit to brown all of the sides.

Browning the Turkey Meatballs in a hot pan

Transfer the pan to the oven and bake the meatballs for 10 minutes, or until the turkey meatballs are cooked through.

While turkey meatballs are cooking, add the sriracha, honey, garlic powder, chili flakes, and salt and pepper to a small pot. Heat gently, stirring, until it is well combined.

Making the honey sriracha glaze in a pan

Pour the honey-sriracha sauce / glaze over the turkey meatballs, or you can brush it on.

Brushing the honey-sriracha glaze over the turkey meatballs

Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and fresh parsley and serve.

Boom! Done! Pretty easy overall, right? Turkey meatballs are awesome! Such a great recipe. I love them, especially with a nice honey-sriracha sauce or glaze.

Honey Sriracha Turkey Meatballs in a pan, ready to serve

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Heat Factor: Mild-Medium. You’ll get a good level of heat from the sriracha, depending on the brand you’re using. You can spice things up even further by incorporating hotter peppers into your turkey meatball mixture, and/or using extra spicy chili flakes and seasonings. I often like to mix in a few chopped habanero peppers for myself, though that can get pretty hot and spicy for most people. Give it a try, though, you crazy chilihead!
  • For Baked Ground Turkey Meatballs: Alternatively, you can add your turkey meatballs to a prepared rimmed baking sheet, lightly oiled or lined with parchment paper, and bake them at 400 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
  • Internal Temperature of Turkey Meatballs. The internal temperature of your baked turkey meatballs should be 165 degrees F when measured with a good meat thermometer.
  • Keto Friendly. These can be keto turkey meatballs, my friends, if you either skip or go very easy on the honey. Healthy turkey meatballs? You bet! 

Honey Sriracha Turkey Meatballs in a pan with extra sauce

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Honey Sriracha Turkey Meatballs in a pan

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 1 vote
Honey Sriracha Turkey Meatballs Recipe
Honey-Sriracha Turkey Meatballs Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
 
These honey-sriracha turkey meatballs are the perfect appetizer, glazed with a mixture of spicy sriracha and honey. Serve them up for game day, or make them the star of the meal!
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, game day, ground turkey, honey, meatballs, spicy, sriracha
Servings: 16 meatballs
Calories: 87 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasonings
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon spicy chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 pound ground turkey you can use beef, chicken or pork as well
  • 1 cup panko or more as needed
  • Fresh chopped herbs and spicy chili flakes for garnish
FOR THE HONEY-SRIRACHA GLAZE
  • 1 cup sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan to medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat.
  2. Add celery, onion and peppers. Cook about 5 minutes to soften.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring.
  4. Remove from heat and add contents to a mixing bowl. Cool slightly.
  5. Add the Cajun seasonings, parsley, chili flakes, egg, ground turkey and panko. Salt and pepper to your tastes.
  6. Hand mix the meat mixture until everything is combined, but do not over mix. If you over mix with your hands, the meatballs can become mealy.

  7. Form the meat mixture into 1-inch turkey meatballs. You should get about 16 meatballs.
  8. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  9. Heat the pan again to medium heat and add remaining olive oil. Brown the meatballs 3-4 minutes, rolling them a bit to brown all of the sides.
  10. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake the meatballs for 10 minutes, or until the turkey meatballs are cooked through.
  11. While turkey meatballs are cooking, add the sriracha, honey, garlic powder, chili flakes, and salt and pepper to a small pot. Heat gently, stirring, until it is well combined.
  12. Pour the honey-sriracha sauce / glaze over the turkey meatballs, or you can brush it on.
  13. Sprinkle with chili flakes and fresh parsley and serve.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Mild-Medium. You'll get a good level of heat from the sriracha, depending on the brand you're using. You can spice things up even further by incorporating hotter peppers into your turkey meatball mixture, and/or using extra spicy chili flakes and seasonings.

BAKED TURKEY MEATBALLS: Alternatively, you can add your turkey meatballs to a prepared rimmed baking sheet, lightly oiled or lined with parchment paper, and bake them at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, or until they are cooked through.

The internal temperature of your baked turkey meatballs should be 165 degrees F.

These can be keto turkey meatballs, my friends, if you either skip or go very easy on the honey.

Nutrition Facts
Honey-Sriracha Turkey Meatballs Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 87 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 461mg19%
Potassium 142mg4%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 522IU10%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 

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3 comments

  1. 5 stars
    Your recipes are fantastic. I plan to try out the meatballs with ground chicken since we don’t get ground turkey here.
    Especially love the idea of honey sriracha yummy!11

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Perfect, Oosha! Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy them.

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