Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.


8 servings

Updated: Oct. 14, 2022
These meatballs can also be made with ground venison instead of the ground beef - they're delicious either way! The recipe is great for parties or other social gatherings because it's simple to make and can easily be doubled.


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into strips
  • Hot cooked rice, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 2 dozen 1-1/2-in. balls. Place in a greased 2-qt. baking dish.
  2. For sauce, combine brown sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add pineapple and juice, green onions, vinegar and soy sauce; cook and stir just until thickened and bubbly. Pour over meatballs.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Stir in green pepper. Cover and bake 10 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink. Serve with rice if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 294 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 637mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.