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Sesame BBQ Beef Meatballs

Perfect little appetizers or part of a main meal. These BBQ beef meatballs are sweet, savory and packed with juicy flavor! The brown sugar BBQ sauce is everything!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Keyword bbq beef meatballs, meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Winnie Liong


  • 1 lb ground beef can sub ground chicken/turkey
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs can sub 1/3 cup finely crushed plain crackers
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast or grated parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper


  • Prepare brown sugar bbq sauce by mixing all ingredients into a small bowl. Transfer to a small sauce pan and warm up on low heat, stirring until thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Prepare meatballs by mixing ground beef, breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast/parmesan, egg, garlic, salt and pepper together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Form all meat into 1 1/2 inch meatballs, about 2 tbsp portions.
  • Preheat skillet to low-medium heat with ghee or sesame oil. Cook all meatballs until browned on the outside, about 3-4 minutes. Add in bbq sauce and allow to simmer for another 8-10 minutes! To check for doneness, cut open the thickest meatball to check the insides. Toss in a handful of edamame if desired!
  • Top with roasted sesame seeds and sesame seeds!