Hawaiian Meatballs

Transport your taste buds to the tropics with these Hawaiian Meatballs, a sweet and savory dish that combines juicy meatballs with a tangy pineapple sauce. This recipe is perfect for those who love the combination of flavors from different cuisines. Whether served over rice as a main dish or skewered as appetizers for your next party, these meatballs are sure to be a hit. Let’s get started on this delightful recipe that’s as fun to make as it is to eat.


For the Meatballs:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2/3 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup onion, minced
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

For the Sauce:

1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 cup red and green bell pepper, chopped


Preheat Oven and Prepare Meatballs: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, minced onion, egg, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Shape the mixture into meatballs and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the meatballs are browned and cooked through.
Make the Sauce: While the meatballs are baking, combine the pineapple juice, brown sugar, white vinegar, and soy sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. Mix the cornstarch with a little water to make a slurry, then stir it into the sauce. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens.
Combine Meatballs and Sauce: Add the baked meatballs to the sauce. Add the pineapple chunks and chopped bell peppers. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve: Serve the Hawaiian Meatballs hot over a bed of cooked rice, garnished with sesame seeds or sliced green onions if desired.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4-6
These Hawaiian Meatballs offer a delightful mix of sweet and savory flavors, making them a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in various ways. The tangy pineapple sauce complements the meatballs perfectly, creating a dish that’s sure to please everyone at the table.