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Waikiki-Style Meatballs

Rated as 4.4 out of 5 Stars

"These sweet and sour meatballs are always a hit at parties. My mom sometimes takes shortcuts and uses pre-made meatballs from a bag, which, after spending a few hours in the slow cooker, taste fine. I like these best when they are made completely from scratch! Ground turkey works too, but doesn't hold its shape as well. To turn into a meal, heat rice to serve with the dish. The serving size refers to this dish as a main meal, but when served as an hors d'oeuvre, easily can feed 10 to 13 people. Sometimes I do not add the cornstarch into the sauce, and just allow it to boil for a bit longer, but the cornstarch really does yield the best result."
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3 h 45 m servings 393
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Thoroughly mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, milk, egg, and salt together in a bowl. Roll the mixture into balls and arrange onto a baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the meatballs are browned on the bottom, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a slow cooker.
  4. Stir the cornstarch and brown sugar together in the bottom of a saucepan and place over low heat. Add the reserved pineapple juice and vinegar; stir until smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil for 1 full minute before removing from heat; pour over the meatballs in the slow cooker.
  5. Add the pineapple chunks and green bell pepper to the slow cooker.
  6. Cook the mixture in the slow cooker on Low until the flavors are thoroughly combined, 3 to 4 hours.


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 393 calories; 15.1 41.8 22.5 101 757 Full nutrition

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I've been making Waikiki Meatballs for years. The recipe was originally published in a Betty Crocker cookbook in the 1970's, and has always been a family favorite recipe. Make exactly as print...

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Meatballs came out great and delicious but the sauce and pineapple was somewhat unappealing.

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I've been making Waikiki Meatballs for years. The recipe was originally published in a Betty Crocker cookbook in the 1970's, and has always been a family favorite recipe. Make exactly as print...

I have loved this recipe for years. Never thought about putting it in the crock pot, but it works for soccer practice night :) the original recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon ginger for the meat ball...

This sauce is delicious! I made it exactly as is. However, I did not put it on meatballs - I baked boneless/skinless chicken breasts with this sauce poured on top of them. After reading a blog...

What a terrific change-up over the usual Italian or BBQ meatball recipes. Where has this been all my life? I made it on the stovetop tonight (baked meatballs and simmered them in the sauce while...

*DROOL* These were AMAZING. I used two 1.5 lb bags of frozen meatballs, doubled the measurements for all other ingredients, and set the slow cooker for 4 hours on high. I'm sure fresh meatba...

I read somewhere you should wet your hands with water before rolling the meatballs. Surprisingly, it works really well at preventing meat mixture from sticking to your hands.

I got this recipe from the the recipe card club back in the 70's Anyone else remember the yellow plastic box and you got one set of cards per month. This is still my kids meal of choice and they...

We liked this sauce but it was a bit too sour for us, maybe less vinegar. We didn't put it in the crock pot just over top ready made meatballs as we were short for time.

I've made these for years. I use not only the pineapple juice but the cherry juice as well. We like a lot of sauce with the meatballs and rice. I like to make a thicker sauce as well and put a ...