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Hoisin Flavored Meatball Sandwich.

This recipe should make about 15-18 meatballs. I used 3 meatballs in each sandwich. For added flavor and if just making the meatballs and no sandwich, after the meatballs have been cooking in the oven for about 20 minutes, remove from the oven, cover each meatball with the hoisin sauce and return to the oven to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main or Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 -5
Author: Hip Foodie Mom (meatball recipe from Damn Delicious)


For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 green onions diced

For the Hoisin sauce:

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

For the veggies:

  • about 2 cups shredded carrots
  • about 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup - 1 cup brown rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the sandwiches:

  • 5 hot dog buns or long rolls
  • Fresh cilantro
  • sesame seeds for garnish optional
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Honey; to drizzle over your sandwich


For the Meatballs:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a lined baking sheet with parchment paper, foil or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with all the rest of the ingredients for the meatballs. Using your hands (with plastic kitchen gloves) or a mixing spoon, mix until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 15-18 meatballs.
  • Place the meatballs onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until all sides are browned and meatballs are cooked through.

To make the hoisin sauce:

  • Simply whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

To prepare the veggies:

  • After you have shredded your veggies, set aside in two separate bowls. Combine the sugar, vinegar and salt in a small mixing bowl and mix well. Taste and add more sugar or vinegar if needed. Pour half the vinegar mixture over the carrots, and the other half over the cabbage. Toss well to coat.

To prepare your sandwich:

  • Toast your buns and open them on a plate. Lay in 3 meatballs and spoon on the hoisin sauce over the meatballs. Top with the shredded cabbage and carrots. Top with fresh cilantro and sprinkle on some sesame seeds if desired. Lastly, drizzle on your Sriracha sauce and a little honey (for a sweet kick).