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Air Fryer Teriyaki Meatballs Recipe

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Sweet, salty, and juicy air fryer teriyaki meatballs are absolutely delicious. Best of all it’s quick and perfect for your next appetizer.

air fryer teriyaki meatballs

Mahalo to Foodland Hawai’i for sponsoring this post. As always thoughts and opinions are all my own.

Where are all my teriyaki fans at? I mean sweet and salty are just made to be a team. And in this house teriyaki reigns supreme.

Whether you’re making delicious teriyaki meatballs or a teriyaki chicken stir fry you’re in for a treat.

teriyaki meatball mix

But what is teriyaki you might ask?

Teriyaki is actually a Japanese cooking technique where food is grilled or broiled then glazed with a sauce made of soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. Today the term teriyaki often refers to the sauce itself.

And since teriyaki is the star of the show, it is important to use a good teriyaki sauce. This recipe will be using Foodland’s Maikai Pineapple Teriyaki Marinade. You can find this at your local Foodland today.

teriyaki sauce for meatballs

Now these meatballs are made in the air fryer, but not to worry if you don’t have one you can also use a traditional oven. More on that later.

What is an air fryer?

An air fryer is a counter top kitchen appliance that uses convection to heat and cook food. It’s compact in size which allows a shorter cooking time than that of traditional ovens. This is the air fryer that I use

Ingredients for air fryer teriyaki meatballs

  • Ground beef
  • Ground pork
  • Panko
  • Egg
  • Green onion
  • Mayonnaise
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Maika’i Pineapple Teriyaki Marinade
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
air fryer teriyaki meatball ingredients

Now have you ever had dry meatballs? That’s just not the business. My trick to preventing dried meatballs is

  1. Use a mix of ground beef and ground pork.
  2. Add a little bit of mayonnaise to the mixture. This helps add some moisture and prevent drying.

Substitutions

  • This recipe works great for any type of ground meat you’d like, chicken, turkey, all beef, all pork. Totally up to you.
air fyer meatballs

What to serve with teriyaki meatballs?

The great thing about meatballs is the versatility of the dish. You can eat them alone as an appetizer or serve as a main dish alongside some sticky, white rice or atop noodles. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds for a delish meal.

How to store air fryer meatballs?

Once meatballs have completely cooled, place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

meatballs cooked in the airfryer

Can you freeze air fryer teriyaki meatballs?

The great thing about this recipe is it’s great for freezing. You can either store pre cooked or cooked. If storing pre cooked, place meatballs on a baking sheet and freeze just until hardened, then place in a zip top bag and set in the freezer. This will keep for 4-6 months. You can also freeze after the meatballs have been cooked. This will keep for 3-4 months.

How to defrost meatballs?

There are a few different ways to defrost meatballs. You can defrost at room temperature for a few hours prior to reheating or cooking or place in the refrigerator overnight. You can also defrost in the microwave for a few minutes.

air fryer teriyaki meatballs

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How to make air fryer teriyaki meatballs?

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400F.
  2. To a large bowl add beef, pork, panko, egg, green onion, mayonnaise, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop about 3 tablespoons of the mixture into your hands. Cup your hands and roll to create the rounded shape of meatballs. Continue with remainder of the mix.
  4. Once the air fryer has preheated add the meatballs in a single layer to the basket and cook for 12-15 minutes. You can shake the basket about half way through the cook time to turn the meatballs.
  5. Add cornstarch and water to a small bowl. Mix to combine and set aside.
  6. While the meatballs are cooking you can prepare the sauce. Add Maika’i Pineapple Teriyaki Marinade to a large sauce pan set over medium high heat. Once the sauce begins to simmer add the cornstarch slurry. Stir to combine. You will notice the sauce begin to thicken. Cook for another few minutes and remove from heat.
  7. Once the meatballs have reached an internal temperature of 165F remove from the air fryer and place in the teriyaki sauce. Toss to combine and ENJOY!
air fryer teriyaki meatballs

Air Fryer Teriyaki Meatballs

Yield: 24 meatballs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Sweet, salty, and juicy air fryer teriyaki meatballs are absolutely delicious. Best of all it’s quick and perfect for your next appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup finely diced green onion
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Maika'i Pineapple Teriyaki Marinade
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons water

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400F.
  2. To a large bowl add beef, pork, panko, egg, green onion, mayonnaise, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop about 3 tablespoons of the mixture into your hands. Cup your hands and roll to create the rounded shape of meatballs. Continue with remainder of the mix.
  4. Once the air fryer has preheated add the meatballs in a single layer to the basket and cook for 12-15 minutes. You can shake the basket about half way through the cook time to turn the meatballs.
  5. Add cornstarch and water to a small bowl. Mix to combine and set aside.
  6. While the meatballs are cooking you can prepare the sauce. Add Maika'i Pineapple Teriyaki Marinade to a large sauce pan set over medium high heat. Once the sauce begins to simmer add the cornstarch slurry. Stir to combine. You will notice the sauce begin to thicken. Cook for another few minutes and remove from heat.
  7. Once the meatballs have reached an internal temperature of 165F remove from the air fryer and place in the teriyaki sauce. Toss to combine and ENJOY!

Notes

*These can be made in the oven as well. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 11g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on December 30th, 2020

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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