How to Make Korean BBQ Meatballs in the Air Fryer

I'm always looking for fun party foods that everyone will love. These Korean BBQ Impossible Meatballs, made in the air fryer, are that perfect crowd pleaser with a little bit of spice and a lot of craveability. Go ahead and indulge!

Korean BBQ meatballs

What is Korean BBQ?

A traditional Korean BBQ consists of a big table with a grill in the middle and everyone cooking their own food. What is so special about the flavors of Korean BBQ all comes down to the use of an ingredient called Gochujang.

How do I buy Gochujang?

These IMPOSSIBLE meatballs are only made into their Korean BBQ magic because of the gochujang sauce. Gochujang is a Korean miso. It's a fermented soybean paste, like miso, but it's made with hot chile peppers and a little bit of sweet.

Shopping for gochujang can be overwhelming because there are so many choices. Here's the tricks for shopping, whether online or in the store:

  • Most brands are vegan by default (double check the label that there is no seafood, or choose from my recommended choices below)
  • Gochujang, like miso, is fermented using a culture called KOJI. There are chile pastes that do not contain koji. These are not the same. True gochujang will contain the word "koji" or "Aspergillus Oryzae" (the latin name) in the label.
  • Gochujang comes in different spice levels, similar to salsa. Pick mild for the broadest appeal, or up your spice game if you know you can handle it.
  • Gochujang will keep in the freezer or refrigerator for many, many months. This makes it one of my go-to condiments to keep around for fast flavor.

My recommendations for Gochujang- Shop here

How to make Korean BBQ Meatballs

This is a simple two-step recipe. Make the meatballs, cook. Make the sauce, toss, and cook. The key to working with IMPOSSIBLE meats is to not overwork it when mixing and shaping or it can become rubbery. Mix in the ingredients gently and softly roll the meatballs. Cook first to set, and then toss in the sauce and cook once more to glaze.

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Recipe

Korean BBQ meatballs

Korean BBQ IMPOSSIBLE Meatballs

Kajsa@ Twist of Vegan
These Korean BBQ Impossible Meatballs made in the air fryer are that perfect crowd pleaser with a little bit of spice and a lot of craveability. When you're looking for a fun party food that everyone will love- Go spicy and  indulge!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Recipes- Appetizers
Cuisine Korean
Servings 18 meatballs
Calories 27 kcal

Ingredients
  

To Make The Meatballs

To Make The Korean BBQ Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Place the IMPOSSIBLE beef, chopped green onions, grated ginger, sesame oil, and salt in a mixing bowl.  
  • Gently mix together the ingredients until completely combined, but do not overmix.
  • Roll into golf ball sized meatballs.  Place in the air fryer, making sure the sides of the meatballs don't touch.
  • Cook at 400f for 10 minutes.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce.
  • Place the gochujang, sesame oil, vegan worcestershire, and ketchup in a medium bowl.  Mix together until completely combined.  The mix should be thick and smooth.
  • When the meatballs are done, remove from the air fryer and add to the bowl with the gochujang sauce.  Toss until the meatballs are completely covered and then return to the air fryer.  Cook for an additional 3 minutes to cook the glaze.  
  • Remove and serve hot.  Garnish with more chopped green onion or sesame seeds (optional)

Notes

Keep your gochujang in the refrigerator or freezer after opening and it will last for many months.  One container goes a long way!

Nutrition

Serving: 2meatballsCalories: 27kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 147mgPotassium: 49mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 23IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.03mg
Keyword Korean BBQ, Korean Food, plant based, vegan, vegan recipes, vegetarian
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Comments

  1. Leslie says

    5 stars
    The three of us loved these! They were so flavorful inside and out. Very quick to mix together. I have a big Dreo air fryer and they all fit without touching. I served them with rice and garlicky green beans and mushrooms. It was such an easy dinner to make. I’m sure I’ll make them again soon!

    • Kajsa@TwistofVegan says

      Thanks so much for trying the recipe and letting me know how you liked it! I love seeing what everyone serves them with too.

  2. Sara Kuhl says

    5 stars
    I have followed Kajsa for years & continue to be impressed! My thought was to make bbq meatballs as an appetizer for the NFL playoff games. After seeing Kajsa post the plant-based Korean style meatballs, I absolutely had to go that version instead. The recipe was easy to follow & the flavors were amazing!! They were a HUGE HIT at the party & every last one of them was devoured!!! Thank you @TwistOfVegan , I’ll definitely be making these again & can’t wait to try your other vegan recipes! I wish I could post the picture.

    • Kajsa@TwistofVegan says

      Thanks Sara! I love to see your culinary skills and your adventurous palate grow over the years. It truly gives me joy. So glad you liked the recipe. I need to find a way to post the photos of what people make.

  3. Cheryl Leutjen says

    I'd love to try these—always looking for plant-based treats for the SuperBowl party!—but I don't have an air fryer. Can I cook these in my regular convection oven? Thanks!

    • Kajsa@TwistofVegan says

      Hi. You can cook these in a cast iron skillet. Start the pan first on medium heat. Add some oil and sear the meatballs, turning regularly until browned on all sides (this may take a little instinct on your part to when they're done. I'm guessing probably 8-10 minutes). The meatballs should be firm when you push on them. Then follow instructions for the rest of the recipe, searing wherever it says "put in air fryer". They won't glaze the same way, but they will taste delicious still. Let me know how they come out.

      • Cheryl Leutjen says

        Good to know! Thanks for your detailed reply.

  4. Claudia Fender says

    5 stars
    I have made these meatballs multiple times and they are delicious. Also very easy to make, love love love them.

    • Kajsa @TwistofVegan says

      I love that you send me a photo each time you make them! So happy that you love them so much

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