Yummy Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs Recipe
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Yummy Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs Recipe

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My sister served these meatballs as a holiday treat one year. Now, when I make them, someone always asks for the recipe.—Gigi Trapp, Mt. Caramel, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into bite-size pieces

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (4 ounces) equals 296 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 610 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 17 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; crumble beef over top and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  2. In a skillet, brown meatballs on all sides, turning often; remove and set aside. Drain fat.
  3. For sauce, add the brown sugar and cornstarch to the skillet. Stir in the pineapple, vinegar and soy sauce until blended. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add green pepper; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until tender. Return meatballs to skillet and heat through. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs in Country Ground Beef 1993, p7

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"Very easy and and tasty my whole family loves them and always want me to make them"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"Easy and Very Good!"

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2010

"I found that the recipe as written doesn't really make enough meatballs, so I double the meatball ingredients. I also double the amount of Worcestershire sauce in the meatball mix. The sauce is really good. My daughter loves this dish served over chow mein noodles."

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2009

"Excellent super easy recipe! I sometimes double the meatball part and freeze part of them to have a quick supper on hand-all I have to do is make more sauce. Even my kids gobbled these up! That's a winner in my book!"

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009

"I first tried this recipe when I gave my mother the Country Ground Beef cookbook. My family enjoys it too. The meatball recipe is great by themselves...the recipe has become the standard for the meatballs in our spaghetti and meatballs."

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