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Teriyaki Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.


3-1/2 dozen

These teriyaki pineapple meatballs appetizer changed so many times because of my family's suggestions that it eventually became a main course. I think the homemade sauce sets these meatballs apart. —Evette Nowicki, Oak Harbor, Washington


  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) pineapple chunks
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet yellow pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup juice; set pineapple aside. In a bowl, combine onion, peppers, bread crumbs, ginger, salt and reserved pineapple juice. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place sauce ingredients in a blender; cover and process 1 minute. Place 2 tablespoons sauce in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Add meatballs. Pour remaining sauce over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, until meat is no longer pink, 18-20 minutes. Place one pineapple chunk on each meatball; secure with a toothpick.

Teriyaki Pineapple Meatballs Tips

Can teriyaki pineapple meatballs be served as a main dish?

Yes, teriyaki meatballs can be served as a main dish over a bed of rice!

How do you keep teriyaki pineapple meatballs from crumbling?

Your teriyaki meatballs are held by a binder, breadcrumbs, so you shouldn't have to worry about them crumbling. However, if you find them falling apart in your hands, try adding more breadcrumbs or coat your hands in water to help the meatballs stick together. (This is one of grandma's tricks to making meatballs.)

How do you serve teriyaki pineapple meatballs?

Besides as a main dish, you can serve this meatball recipe on skewers as a party appetizer or make it a stir-fry with noodles and veggies.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 meatball: 55 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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