Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs
Hey guys, welcome to “Don’t Get Burned”! This is a segment in which we turn the daunting “easy, healthy” recipes you see plastered all over Pinterest to life. We aren’t experienced cooks but we are experienced tasters. By rating the recipes on two separate scales, easiness and taste, we can help you determine if you should even bother testing it in your own kitchen.
*Before you continue– we ended up referencing two different sauce recipes because we had difficulties with the first one.
The first recipe we decided to test out for ourselves was from the “Eat Yourself Skinny” website. It was the “Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs”, which you have probably seen parading all over Pinterest. We decided it was time to find out for ourselves how great this popular recipe actually was.
The recipe was not difficult to make, so if you are an inexperienced cook you could make this with limited problems. The only thing we didn’t enjoy was mixing the ground turkey in with the other ingredients, but other than that it was pretty smooth sailing.
The meatballs in themselves were good; however, we overcooked them because being inexperienced cooks, we didn’t want to undercook the meat. If properly made by simply following the recipe, they would have been a 8/10 on the taste scale.
Now the saucy part…
Something we should mention is that neither of us has tasted sriracha before, so we weren’t expecting the specific, overwhelming taste of sriracha to slap us in the face. The sauce is mainly made up of sriracha, so if you aren’t a fan of the taste of sriracha then this probably isn’t the recipe for you (duh). The sriracha in combination with the other sauce ingredients wasn’t a combination we were used to. For taste on this sauce, we would rate it at a 1/10, only because it wasn’t our preference. After the meatballs were done, we weren’t ready to toss them in the sriracha sauce without trying out a different sauce first.
The second sauce we tried was the “Honey-Garlic Glazed Meatballs” from the “Taste of Home” website. This sauce was mainly ketchup based, which is something we are more familiar with. While the other sauce was spicy, this one was sweet. After making this sauce, we decided to toss the meatballs in this one instead, but it still wasn’t our favorite sauce. After meeting in the middle on the rating, we decided on a 7/10.
However, both of the sauces were fairly simple to make because they were both simple pour and mix recipes that someone at any skill level could accomplish.
In the end, this recipe all depends on your preference of sauce but it doesn’t depend on your skill level. If you enjoy the kick of sriracha more, you will mesh better with the first sauce; however, if you tend to enjoy the sweeter things in food, you would be better suited with the second sauce.
For the meatballs:
2 lb. lean ground turkey
1 cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup green onions, chopped
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
For the sauce:
¼ cup Sriracha
3 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp. toasted sesame oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix together turkey, breadcrumbs, eggs, green onions, garlic powder and salt/pepper until well combined. Shape mixture into 1½-inch balls (you’ll make roughly 40 balls) and place spaced apart on prepared baking sheets lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake meatballs for 20 to 25 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
While the meatballs are baking, combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking continuously. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes (the sauce will start to thicken) then toss with the meatballs.
Serve immediately over brown rice and top with green onions and a few sesame seeds. Enjoy!
Serving Size: 5 meatballs • Calories: 295 • Fat: 10.8 g • Saturated Fat: 3.2 g • Carbs: 18.6 g • Fiber: 1.4 g • Protein: 26.9 g • Sugar: 8.2 g • WW Freestyle Points: 7
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter until tender. Stir in the ketchup, honey and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
If you try either of these recipes, let us and others know in the comments below what you thought! If you would like to see us attempt this recipe, check out our video below!
If you try out these recipes remember, be careful and don’t get burned!
-Emily and Ashley