Sesame Meatballs

Sesame Meatballs

Looking for a hearty finger food for a party or a small plate supper? Serve up a platter of these mini meatballs. Bake them first in the oven, then simmer in a honey garlic soy sauce on the stove or in a crockpot. We used ground beef and pork, but you can substitute ground lamb or turkey to suit your family's taste.


4 Servings

Hands-on time:

15 minutes

Start-to-eat time:

50 minutes-3 hours


  • Meatballs
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (low-sodium)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Kids kitchen skills:

  • measuring
  • broiling in an oven
  • cooking on stove (or in a crockpot)


  • measuring spoons & cups •
  • large bowl
  • baking sheet
  • sauce pan or crockpot


Grown-up steps
  1. In a large bowl, mix the ground meats, egg, garlic, bread crumbs, and salt. Make 1 to 2 inch meatballs and place them on a baking sheet. Wash your hands well!
  2. A grown-up can help broil the meatballs on high for 10 minutes, turning them with tongs halfway.
  3. Mix together the soy sauce, ketchup, honey, and garlic in a saucepan or crockpot. Place the meatballs in the pan or crockpot. Simmer the meatballs for about 30 minutes over the stovetop, or cook on low for 2 hours in the crockpot. If the sauce gets too thick, add a little water or broth.
  4. Serve up the meatballs on a plate. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Eat with toothpicks or party picks.

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