Lana's Sweet and Sour Meatballs


These sweet and sour meatballs with pineapple can be served over white rice as a main dish, or just make the meatballs to serve at parties.

close up view of Sweet and Sour Meatballs with peppers over white rice on plates
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins



  • 2 pounds lean ground beef

  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks with juice

  • ¼ cup water, or as needed

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • cup water

  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon seasoning salt

  • 1 large carrot, diced

  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a large rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Make the meatballs: Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt, ginger, and pepper together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Shape into 1-inch meatballs and place in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven; meatballs will not be fully cooked.

  4. Make the sauce: Pour pineapple juice into a 1-cup measure. Add 1/4 cup water, or enough to make 1 cup liquid. Set pineapple chunks aside.

  5. Pour pineapple juice mixture into a large pot over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, 1/3 cup water, vinegar, and soy sauce, then stir in cornstarch, ginger, and seasoning salt. Cover and cook until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.

  6. Add pineapple chunks, bell pepper, and carrot; gently stir to coat meatballs with sauce. Simmer, uncovered, until meatballs are cooked through, about 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (71 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

427 Calories
17g Fat
42g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 427
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 124mg 41%
Sodium 479mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 24mg 120%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 474mg 10%

* 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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