Tropical BBQ Meatballs


BBQ meatballs with a mango/pineapple twist.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
8 servings



  • cooking spray

  • 1 cup mango chunks

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • ½ cup bread crumbs

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry golden onion soup mix (such as Lipton®)

  • 1 tablespoon adobo seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 eggs

Tropical BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce

  • 1 cup mango chunks

  • 1 cup canned pineapple chunks

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  2. Puree mango chunks using an electric blender or food processor.

  3. Place ground beef in a large mixing bowl; add bread crumbs, garlic, soup mix, adobo, thyme, ginger, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Add eggs, followed by pureed mango; mix again. Shape into 1 1/2-inch meatballs and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and no longer pink in the centers, about 45 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, mix barbeque sauce, mango, pineapple, sugar, soy sauce, mustard, and cinnamon for sauce together in a medium mixing bowl.

  6. Remove meatballs from the oven and drain excess oil/grease. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Pour sauce over meatballs and return to the oven.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use fresh or frozen and thawed mango chunks, and either fresh or canned pineapple chunks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

431 Calories
16g Fat
49g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 431
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 1502mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 464mg 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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