This easy meatball recipe will surprise you with all of its flavors! A thick vinegar-based sauce is the star of these turkey meatballs with balsamic vinegar glaze. Place them on top of creamy mashed potatoes and you are in comfort food nirvana.
To say that I like meatballs is an understatement. I LOVE them. They are easy to make and can come in many different combinations. You can serve them on noodles, or potatoes, as an appetizer. So versatile!
What movie pairs well with turkey meatballs and beer?
The movie we’re watching is Bridget Jones’s Baby. I love this series of movies and just recently re-watched the others because I knew this was coming.
What beer pairs well with Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze?
The beer: Yuengling Lager from Yuengling.
This very drinkable beer is perfectly paired with the tang of the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce in the glaze on these meatballs.
This easy turkey meatball recipe with balsamic reduction has-
- Ground turkey. Turkey that has been ground cooks quickly and is the perfect base for these meatballs.
- Egg and bread crumbs. These ingredients help to bind the meatballs together.
- Onions, garlic, and butter. Sautee together as a base for the sauce.
- Balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and soy sauce. This makes a tangy and rich sauce when cooked together.
- Water mixed with cornstarch. Together they thicken the glaze without using flour.
How to make turkey meatballs with balsamic vinegar glaze step-by-step
First for the meatballs add the turkey, egg, and bread crumbs to a bowl.
Mix all ingredients together and form a ball.
Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat.
Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes.
Flip the meatballs and add a cover to the pan while the meatballs cook for another 5-6 minutes more. This helps them cook the center further.
While the meatballs are cooking, chop the onions and mince the garlic.
Remove the homemade turkey meatballs from the pan, put them on a plate, and set them aside.
Add the butter to the same pan on the same heat setting.
Let the butter melt then add the onion. Sautee for 3 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
Pour in the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Mix everything together.
In a cup add the warm water and mix in the cornstarch. Stir together so there are no clumps.
Pour into the pan and let the sauce thicken. Takes about 1 minute.
Take the meatballs and add them back into the pan.
Tips & Variations
- Instead of frying, you can make baked turkey meatballs. Form the meatballs and add them to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
- If you really love vinegar, you can add another 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar in place of the soy sauce.
- Serve with homemade garlic mashed potatoes like these ones from Creme De La Crumb.
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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
- large sautee pan
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs, original
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 small white onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
- Add the turkey, egg, and bread crumbs to a bowl. Mix all ingredients together and form into a ball.1 pound ground turkey, 1 egg, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, original
- Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat. Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes.1 tablespoon olive oil
- Flip the meatballs then cover the pan. Cook for 5-6 minutes more.
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
- Chop the onions and mince the garlic.1 small white onion, 2 cloves garlic
- Remove the cooked meatballs and to the same pan melt 2 tablespoons butter, then add onions and garlic. Let soften for 2-3 minutes.2 tablespoons butter
- Add the balsamic and soy sauce to the pan and the brown sugar.2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Stir together the water and cornstarch. Pour into the pan and let the liquid thicken.1/2 cup water, 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
- Serve on top of mashed potatoes or noodles. Enjoy!
Tips for making this recipe:
- After flipping the meatballs for the first time, cover the top of the pan with a lid so the meatballs cook evenly in the center.
- Instead of frying bake the meatballs in the oven at 375-degrees for 15 minutes.
- To store: Add to a covered container and eat within 3 days.
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze adapted from Shugary Sweets
Originally published in January of 2017. Updated post in April of 2022 with new photos, same great recipe.
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Last Updated on November 12, 2022 by [email protected]