Bulgogi Meatballs


Beef meatballs full of Korean flavors and so very delicious! Serve with soy-vinegar dipping sauce if desired.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
45 mini meatballs


  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • ¼ Asian pear, grated

  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons minced green onions

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce

  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (Optional)


  1. Whisk soy sauce, Asian pear, brown sugar, green onions, sesame oil, garlic, fish sauce, and pepper together in a large bowl. Add beef, pork, bread crumbs, and egg; mix until just combined. Do not over mix. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  3. Form meat mixture into about 45 mini meatballs. Arrange on 2 baking sheets.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and cooked through but still tender, 18 to 20 minutes. Turn baking sheets halfway through cooking time. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

Cook's Notes:

You can shape this mixture into 18 slider-sized patties, if preferred. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes.

Substitute ground veal or turkey for the pork, if desired.

Substitute any kind of pear (even canned) if you cannot find Asian pear.

Instead of fish sauce, you can add more soy sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

331 Calories
22g Fat
12g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 331
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 453mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 283mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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