Bulgogi Meatballs

Recently we posted a recipe for Asian Meatballs, so this article in the Parade magazine (insert in our newspaper) caught our eye. With the Pyeongchang, South Korean Olympics starting this week, we thought we would put this one out there for you to try. The tricky part is obtaining the ingredients. We are lucky to have a very well-stocked Asian market here in Santa Barbara (actually Goletta) that caries a wide variety of Asian products and had Gochujang (go-choo-jang) available. We had never tried this fermented chile paste, which is apparently becoming popular in the US as a component in Ssamjang a umami-rich paste that is typically served with meats in lettuce wraps. Also a fun substitute for ketchup on burgers. We will be keeping this sauce recipe for sure.

Yield: 25 Meatballs 1″ diameter

Bulgogi Meatballs


2 tablespoons, soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons, dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons, green onion – minced
1 tablespoon, garlic – minced
1 tablespoon, toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon, fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon, ground pepper
1/4 cup, panko breadcrumbs
1/2 pound, ground beef
1/2 pound, ground pork
1 egg, – lightly beaten


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, green onions, garlic, sesame oil, fish sauce and black pepper.
  2. Add bread crumbs, ground beef, ground pork, and egg.
  3. Mix all together. Do not overmix or meatballs will be tough.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  6. Form meat into mini meatballs. You should have about 25-30
  7. Place on a baking sheet covered with non-stick foil.
  8. Bake 18-20 minutes turning halfway through.
  9. Serve with Soy-Vinegar Dippping Sauce and spicy SSamjang. (see recipes below)
Yield: 1/2 cup

Soy Vinegar Dipping Sauce


1/4 cup, soy sauce
1/4 cup, rice vinegar
1 tablespoon, sugar
1 tablespoon, green onion – finely chopped
1 teaspoon, red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon, toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon, toasted sesame seeds – optional


  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. If desired sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds right before serving.


Yield: 1/2 cup



1/4 cup, miso paste
1/4 cup, gochujang (Korean fermented chili bean paste)
2 tablespoons, sesame oil
1 tablespoon, sugar
3 tablespoons, rice vinegar
1 tablespoon, garlic – minced
1 tablespoon, green onion (white parts only) – minced
1 tablespoon, jalapeno –┬áminced (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients.


2 thoughts on “Bulgogi Meatballs

Leave a Reply to mrwason Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s