Beef Meatballs (Vietnamese)


Savory Vietnamese beef meatballs with a sweet and spicy hoisin dipping sauce. Serve with rice, tomatoes, and a few cilantro leaves.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings



  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion

  • cup roughly chopped cilantro

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon peeled and finely chopped ginger

  • 1 ½ tablespoons fish sauce

  • ½ tablespoon honey

  • 1 green chile pepper, chopped (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1 Thai chile pepper, finely chopped (Optional)


  1. Combine ground beef, onion, cilantro, garlic, ginger, fish sauce, honey, and chile pepper in a food processor and blend until mixed and minced. Transfer to a bowl. Coat fingers and palms lightly with oil and scoop tablespoons of beef mixture to create equal-sized meatballs and place them on a plate.

  2. Heat oil in a deep pan over medium heat. Add meatballs; cover and cook 5 minutes. Turn meatballs over, cover pan, and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes more.

  3. Combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, water, fish sauce, and chile pepper in a bowl and serve with meatballs. Pour over meatballs or use as a dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

363 Calories
22g Fat
18g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 363
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 1467mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 60mg 299%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 512mg 11%

* 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.