Pineapple Meatballs Recipe

Pineapple Meatballs
Yes, another recipe for meatballs! However, this time I’m posting something a little different – Pineapple meatballs. I have to admit when I first looked at the recipe I had no idea how this was going to taste, but to my surprise the flavors were all amazing. As you can see by looking at the ingredients, the sauce is very similar to sweet and sour sauce. I feel the Worcestershire sauce plays a huge role in the flavor of this recipe. This will take a little time to make, but if you want to speed things up you can brown the meatballs in the oven while you’re making the sauce. I know brilliant right :)? 
This recipe for pineapple meatballs would be a great dish for a graduation party or for a dinner. I would suggest white rice as a side dish. Enjoy.
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2 lbs ground beef (lean)
2 large eggs
½ cup dry breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 ¾ cups pineapple juice (reserved from pineapple tidbits)
¼ cup white vinegar
1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce
1 ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (14 oz) can pineapple tidbits

Cooking Instructions:
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Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Make the meatballs by combining all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well and shape into about 1” meatballs.
Step 2: Brown Meatballs in a non-stick frying pan and drain on paper towels (or if you want to save time brown in the oven on a cookie sheet while you’re making the sauce).
Step 3: Make the sauce by combining cornstarch and brown sugar in a sauce pan. Then add 1 ¾ cup pineapple juice and blend until the mixture is smooth. Add vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and stir. Simmer uncovered on medium low until thickened (about 8 minutes).
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Step 4: In a casserole dish pour sauce over meatballs and add pineapple tidbits. Lightly mix meatballs until they are coated with the sauce. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until fully cooked
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30 Responses to “Pineapple Meatballs Recipe”

  1. Kevin — May 12, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

    Those meatballs look so good with the pineapple and all covered in sauce!

  2. Bobby — May 12, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

    Kevin – Thanks, and yes they are amazing!

  3. Connie — May 12, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

    I am going grocery shoping friday, all I need is a can of pineapple. I think I’ll try these out this weekend.

  4. Bobby — May 13, 2008 @ 10:39 am

    Connie – sounds good, let me know how they turn out.

  5. noble pig — May 13, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

    Oh joy, meatballs, my all time favorite. These really look great!

  6. Hillary — May 14, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

    Yum! What a tasty looking meatball dish. Pineapples make everything better.

    Oh yea, we’re also having a contest on our blog where you could win a package from Lou Malnati’s. Check it out!

  7. roentarre — May 17, 2008 @ 10:57 pm

    Wonderful recipe here. Will come back regularly!

  8. Shannon — May 18, 2008 @ 6:07 pm

    I LOVE pineapples and I LOVE meatballs! I cannot wait to try this delicious recipe! Thanks so much for partenering my two favorite foods!

  9. Bobby — May 18, 2008 @ 9:06 pm

    noble pig – they are great, you should try them.

    Hillary – Pineapple do indeed make everything better :).

    roentarre – thanks, many more great recipes to come.

    Shannon – No problem, I’m sure you will enjoy them.

  10. zohai — May 22, 2008 @ 1:45 am

    Nyummmyy!! These will make good snacks when there are some guests. Thanks and cheers. =D

  11. Vonda — June 4, 2008 @ 6:22 pm


    I want to make the sauce for 400 meatballs. Will this sauce recipe work in a large roster or crockpot instead of glazing in the oven? I don’t have time to try it out before the event this weekend.


  12. Bobby — June 4, 2008 @ 6:36 pm

    Vonda – good to see you’re going BIG by making the 400 meatballs! Yes, I have never actually tried it but I would think the sauce recipe would come out just fine in a roster or a crockpot. Goodluck with the event – I hope everyone enjoys the meatballs. Let me know how they turn out.

  13. natalie — June 18, 2008 @ 4:29 am

    ohhhh yum! another appetizer recipe to add to my list! now i won’t have to buy the costco ones anymore! 🙂

  14. Kristen — June 18, 2008 @ 7:31 am

    Ohhhhh these look and sound like they would be so good! I think I’ll give them a try this week.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  15. Bobby — June 18, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

    natalie – haha, yes, they are great! Let me know how they turn out.

    Kristen – They do taste amazing. Let me know what you think.

  16. Stephie — February 3, 2009 @ 7:28 am

    I made these last night – exactly what I was looking for. The perfect meatball by far! Excellent work!

  17. Sook — March 27, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

    I’m definitely trying this dish tonight. Thanks!

  18. jessi — April 21, 2009 @ 9:21 am

    m making these for my sister-n-law babyshower for i made them for a dinner party and this is one of the foods she has to have this whole 9 months of being pregnant!!! thanks a ton!!!

  19. Valerie Hoffman — May 13, 2009 @ 9:15 am

    I was wondering if I could use the sauce for Italian Meatballs. I already bought them, but this looks so good! It would be for a grad party this weekend.

  20. Bobby — May 13, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

    Valerie – If you want to use italian sauce for the meatballs I think they would taste fine. I would leave the pineapple out though. I have a great italian meatball recipe on here if your interested.

  21. Kim — September 16, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

    I am making the Pineapple Meatballs as I leave this message … will let you know how they turn out ..

  22. Sinda — December 8, 2009 @ 6:35 pm

    I just made the sauce and put on store bought meatballs….”semi-homemade”! This sauce is awesome!! It has great flavor without being over powering. I will definitely make this again…but next time I will make the meatballs. 😉

    Thank you Bobby for your incredible website and sharing all you wonderful recipes!!!

    God Bless you!

  23. Andrea K — September 13, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

    I made them once and it was hit! Gone almost the moment they came out! I’m making a 2nd batch now and can’t wait till it’s done! I’m sticking to this recipe cuz it’s perfect! Thanks!

  24. Nicky W. — April 12, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    I’m trying this recipe this Friday for my grandaughter’s 2nd bday. I’ll Let you know how they turn out
    & Thanks.

  25. Colleen L — April 14, 2011 @ 5:19 am

    Looks great, can I make these the night before and just reheat in crock pot? I want to make these for Easter dinner and my oven will not be free. This will be for a large gathering?

  26. Bobby — April 14, 2011 @ 5:48 am

    Colleen- Yes, that would work jsut fine. You could even use the crockpot as part of the cooking process if you wanted to. Maybe brown them in the oven, and mix the sauce and the meatballs in the crockpot for a few hours to finish cooking.

  27. Lisa — April 15, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    I made these for a function at my church and tripled the recipe and I’m happy to say, they were a major hit! This recipe is brilliant and the flavours are nothing short of sensational! These were the first dish finished on the buffet table and everyone raved about them and begged me for the recipe. Your site is by far the best recipe site on the internet. Thanks for making me feel like a superstar by following your recipes 🙂

  28. Cam — December 26, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    I made the vegetarian version and they are wonderful as well! In fact, the non-vegetarians who normally refuse to try anything without meat, ate the meatballs and didn’t realize. They even went back for seconds! I think it’s the sauce…amazing! I make them every year for Christmas and in fact, am making them right now. They’re a hit every year!

  29. Yael — April 19, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

    Hi Bobby,
    Can i cook the sauce with the meatballs in a large saucepan and not in the oven? my oven is kinda of broken and i really want to make this.

  30. Bobby — April 19, 2014 @ 8:47 pm

    Yes, I think that would work. Just simmer the meatballs in the sauce in a large saucepean until they are fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 160 degrees F.).

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