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Homemade Hawaiian Meatballs

Homemade Hawaiian Meatballs

Charlotte Hancey
Homemade ground beef meatballs are cooked in a sweet and tangy sauce full of pineapple and green bell pepper.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Servings 6


For the Meatballs

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Sauce

  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple tidbits, drained but reserve juice
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 beef bouillon cubes (or 2 TB beef base)
  • 1/2 cup reserved pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Add all ingredients for the meatballs to a large mixing bowl. Mix until everything is combined well. Form into walnut sized balls.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium-high and add olive oil. Add meatballs to pan (in batches if necessary) and brown on all sides. Once brown, remove from pan and set aside on a plate.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add pineapple tidbits, bell pepper, sugar, red wine vinegar, soy sauce and beef bouillon to pan. Stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl, add pineapple juice and cornstarch then whisk until combined and no lumps remain.
  • Pour into sauce mixture and stir to combine. Add meatballs back to pan and cook on medium-low for 20 minutes. Serve over rice.
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