Asian Meatball Sliders with Spiced Pickles


These tender and tangy Asian Meatball Sliders with Spiced Pickles are perfect for game days and fuss-free dinners. They can be made ahead and frozen to always have on hand!

Meatballs are a great way to explore combinations of flavors. These Asian-influenced tasty bites have lots of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, parsley, cilantro, and honey to flavor the ground beef and pork.

Asian Meatball Sliders with Spicy Pickles |

The recipe makes about 50 tablespoon-size meatballs, and can be easily halved if you’d like to make a smaller amount. But remember, these freeze beautifully so you might as well go for the whole batch.

Asian Meatballs Formed and Ready to Bake

After about ten minutes in the oven, you’ll have a tray of tender meatballs ready for a glazy coating in a sweet and tangy sauce. Serve the sliders with homemade spiced up pickles for extra flavor and crunch. They’re a cinch to make with a handheld mandoline to get consistent, super thin slices. Enjoy!

Asian Meatball Sliders with Spicy Pickles Served |

If you’re craving more tasty meatball recipes, check out our Buffalo BBQ Chicken Meatballs, Asian Cocktail Meatballs with Gingered Hoisin Sauce, and Classic Meatballs & Tomato Sauce. Cheers!!

Asian Meatball Sliders with Spicy Pickles |
Asian Meatball Sliders with Spiced Pickles
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Tender Asian meatballs with a sweet and salty glaze pair perfectly with garlicky, spiced pickles.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 50 meatballs
Author: Kim Peterson
  • cup rice or white wine vinegar
  • cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic, about 3 cloves
  • ½-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into ⅛-inch thick slices (about 2 cups)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic, about 3 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon coarse ground pepper
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
To Serve
  • 2 dozen slider rolls or Chinese steamed buns
  • Boston or red leaf lettuce
  • Green onions, thinly sliced
  • Sesame seeds
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine vinegar, water, brown sugar, garlic, and pepper flakes. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and add cucumber slices. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. (Pickles can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix all meatball ingredients in a large bowl with your hands until combined. Roll mixture into meatballs, a scant tablespoon each, and place on large, rimmed baking sheet. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) Bake 9-11 minutes. Meatballs should be browned on the outside and cooked through.

  1. While meatballs are baking, combine soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro, ginger, and black pepper.
To Serve
  1. Place warm meatballs in a large bowl. Pour enough sauce over to coat. Line slider rolls with lettuce, place 2-3 meatballs on top along with pickles. Garnish with thinly sliced green onions and sesame seeds, if desired. Meatballs can also be served in lettuce cups without the rolls. Pass remaining sauce separately.

Recipe Notes

Meatballs can be frozen before or after baking. Freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen, place in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw before baking.


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