Homemade Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

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Love sweet and sour sauce? It is a great addition to your favorite meatball recipe! This homemade sweet and sauce meatballs recipe can be an appetizer or part of your main dish. Serve with cubes of fresh pineapple and bell pepper for a tangy crunch.


Tips for Making Homemade Meatballs

Making homemade meatballs is quick and easy.  Honestly, it’s just meat, some sort of binder, and some seasonings.  But, you can get as crazy as you want with your meatball recipe.  Change up the type of meat.  Add weird seasonings.  Make them gluten free if you need to.  Meatballs freeze really well so make up a huge batch and freeze them back.  Then, just toss into your homemade sweet and sour sauce and dinner is ready! Here are a few tips for making homemade meatballs:

  • Pick the right meats. Fattier meats like beef, lamb, and pork will make your homemade meatballs more tender.
  • Keep things cold. The warmer your meat and ingredient, the messier the process of making meatballs becomes. 
  • Add moisture. This can be water or bullion, depending on what you have on hand. 
  • Be gentle when forming the meatballs! Do not pack them too tightly. 
  • Bake, not fry. Frying meatballs is a huge mess and unnecessary.  Bake your homemade meatballs in the oven instead. 

sweet and sour sauce with pineapple and peppers

How to Make Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce

This quick and easy sweet and sour sauce takes 5 ingredients and comes together in just 5 minutes.  It is really just as easy as heating a few ingredients on the stove.  This healthier version of  your favorite takeout condiment will last a week or so in the refrigerator.  Sweet and sour is a very popular sauce in Chinese cuisine, however, it is great on homemade meatballs as well!

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Cocktail beef meatballs in sweet and sour sauce.


Homemade Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

This is such an easy recipe to make and it is a great party food! If you want bite sized appetizers, stick a small meatball (covered in sauce) and a bite of bell pepper on a toothpick and sprinkle with fresh parsley.   If you like this sweet and sour meatballs recipe, remember to double it and freeze them for next time!

Yield: 4 servings

Homemade Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

Cocktail beef meatballs in sweet and sour sauce. Also available in vertical.

  This homemade sweet and sauce meatballs recipe can be an appetizer or part of your main dish.  Serve with cubes of fresh pineapple and bell pepper for a tangy crunch! 

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 TBSP cornstarch
  • 3/4 pound of ground beef
  • 3/4 pound of ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 4 tsp instant bouillon
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded)bell pepper (sliced into bite sized pieces if desired)


  2. Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook and stir until thick. Keep warm until you need it.
  4. Mix all ingredients and roll into 1 1/2 inch meatballs.
  5. Place on cookie sheets (with sides to catch overflow) and bake at 350 degrees until done (20 to 30 minutes, depending on meatball size).
  6. Put in sauce or onto toothpick to serve.
  7. Add a bit of bell pepper and cubes of pineapple if desired. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 814Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 274mgSodium: 1425mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 30gProtein: 56g

Nutrition information not always accurate

6 thoughts on “Homemade Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe”

  1. Hi Diane,
    We just love Sweet and Sour Meatballs, and your recipe looks very good. I would like to invite you to bring a dish to my Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and you have a great week!

  2. I will have to take this recipe with me. My son loves this type of meatballs. He will love it since it has ketchup.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. I am happy to see that you did bring your Sweet and Sour Meatballs over today. Thank you so much for sharing with us here at Full Plate Thursday. You have a great week end and please come back!

  4. Hi Diane,
    Just wanted you to know that I linked you wonderful Sweet and Sour Meatballs to my Whats For Dinner Next Week Sunday Super Bowl.
    Thank you so much!
    Miz Helen


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