The Best Sweet and Sour Meatballs


Delicious sweet and sour meatballs made with ingredients you always have around the house! A definite winner! Wonderful served with rice!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup dry bread crumbs

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  1. Mix beef, onion, egg, and bread crumbs together in a medium bowl until well combined; shape into balls, about 1 1/2-inches in size.

  2. Cook meatballs in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes; set aside.

  3. Stir water, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and flour together in a large saucepan until well combined. Add meatballs and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring often, for 30 minutes.

    high angle looking at a plate full of rice and topped with sweet and sour meatballs
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

516 Calories
17g Fat
67g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 516
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 815mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 55g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 375mg 8%

* 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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