Delicious Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

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Delicious Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on February 12, 2024

Enjoy the perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors with Lana's Sweet and Sour Meatballs. These juicy meatballs are cooked in a homemade sauce that combines brown sugar, vinegar, and pineapple juice. Serve them as an appetizer or pair them with rice for a main course. This recipe is easy to make and will surely impress your guests!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks, drained (reserve the juice)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, chopped onion, minced garlic, egg, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  3. Shape the mixture into small meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter.
  4. In a large skillet, heat some oil over medium heat.
  5. Add the meatballs and cook until browned on all sides.
  6. Remove the meatballs from the skillet and set them aside.
  7. In the same skillet, combine the reserved pineapple juice, brown sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce.
  8. Stir well and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  9. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with a little water to make a slurry.
  10. Add the slurry to the sauce and stir until it thickens.
  11. Add the pineapple chunks to the sauce and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  12. Return the meatballs to the skillet and coat them with the sauce.
  13. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  14. Serve the sweet and sour meatballs as an appetizer or over rice as a main course.

Interesting Facts

  • Meatballs are a popular dish in many cuisines, including Italian, Swedish, and American.
  • Pineapple juice adds a tropical twist to the sweet and sour sauce.
  • This recipe can be easily doubled or halved to serve a larger or smaller crowd.
  • Leftover meatballs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.