Hawaiian meatballs are the PERFECT main course for your dinner! You don’t want to miss out on these! They are drenched in the most delicious sauce and packed with flavor.

I love meatballs for any occasion. Give them to me as the main course, appetizer, or even a side dish, and you can’t go wrong! Try out these Swedish meatballs, these grape jelly meatballs, or these Asian meatballs! They are all SOO good!

A wooden bowl filled with rice, veggies and meatballs. All garnished with green onions.

What are Hawaiian Meatballs?

Hawaiian meatballs are cooked and then doused in a sweet and sour pineapple sauce. The sauce covers the meatballs and is filled with deep, rich flavors like brown sugar and then mixed with various peppers. Then, once everything is cooked and mixed, you eat it on top of rice, and just like that, you’ve created a meal that your family will forever label as their favorite!

Not only are these Hawaiian meatballs packed with flavor, but they are super easy to make! Once you whip up the homemade meatballs and sauce, you will realize that the entire meal only takes 40 minutes from start to finish! Serve this over some delicious coconut rice and pair it with some rolls. You are going to love these meatballs!

Ingredients in Hawaiian Meatballs

There are two separate parts to this recipe. The meatballs and then the sauce. Luckily, they are both super easy to make and only use common ingredients that you probably already have at home! See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • Olive Oil: You will Use this to cook your peppers in
  • Sweet Peppers: Use red orange or yellow peppers, any combination cut into chunks!
  • Green Onion: I like to use green onion as a garnish because it brings flavor and color to the dish.
  • Rice: Serve theis meal on some rice.

Hawaiian Meatballs

  • Ground Beef: You could also use ground turkey instead.
  • Bread Crumbs: I like to use Panko bread crumbs for this recipe. They bring in a nice flavor and texture.
  • Onion: Dice up the onion into small pieces. They you will have flavor in every meatball!
  • Egg: A large egg will mind the meatballs together.
  • Garlic Powder: This adds a flavor that goes really well with the onion.
  • Salt: When you use salt in a recipe, it enhances the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Ground Ginger: The ginger adds a unique and sublt flavor to the meatballs!

Sauce

  • Chicken Broth: You can use water instead but I like the flavor that the chicken broth brings in.
  • Canned Pineapple Chunks: Make sure that you keep the pineapple juice!
  • Soy Sauce: My favorite soy sauce to use is this soy sauce.
  • Brown Sugar: I love the contrast of sweet that this brown sugar brings to the sauce!
  • Vinegar: This adds some tang to the flavor.
  • Cornstarch and Water: This will help thicken this sauce to be more of a glaze.
4 pictures showing how to make and form meatballs, cook peppers in oil and make a sauce.

How to Cook Hawaiian Meatballs

If you have never had Hawaiian meatballs before then, you are in for a delicious surprise! These meatballs are so yummy and perfect for families. Even my most pickiest of eaters love them!

Meatballs

  1. Preheat and Prep: Pre-heat oven to broil. Line a large baking sheet pan with parchment paper. 
  2. Mix and Form Meatballs: In a large bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients and mix until incorporated. Form into tablespoon sized meatballs and place them on the the prepared pan. You should get about 20 meatballs total.
  3. Broil and Bake: Place in the oven on broil for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, set the oven to bake at 375°F. Bake the meatballs for an additional 10 minutes, or until cooked through.

Sauce

  1. Cook Peppers: While the Hawaiian meatballs are baking, heat a large pot over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, and the chopped bell peppers. Stir to cook and soften the peppers for about 3 minutes. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. Cook Chicken Broth and Pineapple Juice: In the same pot over medium high heat, add the chicken broth and the juice of the canned pineapple, about 1 cup. Reserve the pineapple chunks for later.
  3. Combine: Add the soy sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar. Whisk to combine and simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Thicken: In a small bowl, combine the water and cornstarch. Whisk until the cornstarch is dissolved. Pour into the pot and stir. Allow the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally so the bottom doesn’t burn. Cook until sauce is thickened.
  5. Add Meatballs to Sauce: Add the cooked meatballs, cooked peppers, and pineapple chunks. Stir and warm all the ingredients together for about 3 minutes.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Serve with rice and chopped green onions for garnish.
A pot filled with sauce, meatballs and vegetables.

How Long Do Leftover Meatballs Last?

If you have leftovers of these Hawaiian meatballs, then you should consider yourself lucky! They taste just as good, if not better, the next day!

  • In the Refrigerator: Once your meatballs have cooled, then place them in an airtight container in your fridge. They will last for 3-4 days.
  • To Reheat: Cook your meatballs on the stover on low until they are heated through. Then, add them to a fresh batch of rice and you will never know that you were eating leftovers!

A wooden bowl filled with rice, meatballs and vegetables. One meatball is being poked with a fork.

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