Sweet and Sour Meatballs in Oven


The hearty taste of seasoned beef and the flavors of sweet and sour distinguish these meatballs. Make this for a special occasion as an appetizer or for every-day dinner.

sweet and sour meatballs
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
120 meatballs


  • 3 pounds ground beef

  • cup dried onion flakes

  • 1 ½ cups dry bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 3 eggs

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 1 cup cider vinegar

  • 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed

  • 2 tablespoons mustard powder

  • 1 cup water, divided

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. To make meatballs: In a large bowl, combine beef, onion flakes, bread crumbs, salt, nutmeg, eggs and milk.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Shape mixture into 1 inch balls, and place into a 9x13 inch baking dish; bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Lower heat in oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. To make sauce: In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix vinegar, sugar, mustard and 1/2 cup water; bring to a boil, and boil for 1 minute. Mix cornstarch and 1/2 cup water; add to saucepan, and boil for 1 minute more.

  5. Add sauce to cooked meatballs, and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, basting occasionally.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

533 Calories
20g Fat
60g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 533
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 917mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 46g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 411mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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