Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

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Indulge in the perfect combination of tangy and sweet flavors with this easy-to-make Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe. These juicy meatballs coated in a sticky, savory sauce will quickly become a family favorite for any meal.

Why Make This Recipe

This recipe offers a delicious twist on traditional meatballs, adding a delightful sweet and sour sauce that elevates the dish. It’s a simple yet flavorful meal that can be served as a main course or appetizer for gatherings.

How to Make Sweet and Sour Meatballs


  • Meatballs:

    • 2 pounds ground beef
    • 1 cup breadcrumbs
    • 1 large onion, shredded or finely chopped
    • 2 large eggs
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce:

    • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
    • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
    • ⅓ cup ketchup
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • ¼ cup pineapple juice (from canned pineapple)
    • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Main Ingredients:

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • ½ cup pineapple chunks


  1. In a bowl, mix all the meatball ingredients and shape the mixture into small meatballs.
  2. To cook, either air fry the meatballs at 380°F for 10 minutes or bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a wok or pan, sauté the diced onion and bell peppers in vegetable oil until slightly tender. Add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  5. Pour the sweet and sour sauce into the pan, stirring until it thickens.
  6. Add the cooked meatballs and pineapple chunks to the sauce, coating them well. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  7. Serve the Sweet and Sour Meatballs over rice.

How to Serve Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Enjoy this dish served over steamed white rice or as a side dish with noodles or vegetables for a complete meal.

How to Store Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Store any leftover meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Tips to Make Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  • Ensure the meatballs are evenly sized for uniform cooking.
  • Adjust the sweetness or tanginess of the sauce to suit your taste preferences.
  • For added heat, sprinkle red pepper flakes or chili powder into the sauce.


For a twist, substitute ground pork, chicken, or turkey for the beef in the meatballs. You can also add diced vegetables like carrots or water chestnuts for extra crunch.


  1. Can I use pre-made frozen meatballs for this recipe? Yes, you can use store-bought frozen meatballs and simply prepare the sweet and sour sauce to toss them in.
  2. Is there a substitute for rice vinegar in the sauce? You can use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar as a replacement for rice vinegar.
  3. Can I use fresh pineapple instead of canned for this recipe? Absolutely, fresh pineapple chunks can be used instead of canned, adding a vibrant and juicy flavor to the dish.

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