Recipe By zoeandelvis
Published Mar 5th
Prep - Cook - Additional - Ready In -
Servings 4 servings Calories 479.2

These meatballs are great! I came up with them on a whim one night while searching through my pantry trying to answer the age old question, ‘What’s for dinner?’ My family LOVES these! I have also taken them to several BBQ’s and they are ALWAYS a big hit! For dinner, I like to serve them with a side of steamed minute rice to go along with the meatballs. I hope you enjoy!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained with juice reserved
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup Italian dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat a slow cooker to Medium-High; stir the reserved liquid from the pineapple chunks, soy sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar together in the slow cooker. Whisk the cornstarch into the mixture until dissolved.
  2. 2 Mix the ground beef, egg, Worcestershire sauce, milk, bread crumbs, onion, salt, and pepper together in a bowl; form into 1-inch balls.
  3. 3 Heat a large skillet over medium heat; cook the meatballs in the hot skillet until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Place the meatballs into the slow cooker. Add the reserved pineapple chunks and green bell pepper.
  4. 4 Cover and cook until the meatballs are no longer pink in the center, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 479.2
  • Carbohydrate 59.6 g
  • Cholesterol 118.7 mg
  • Fat 16.1 g
  • Fiber 2.2 g
  • Protein 24.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 6.1 g
  • Sodium 729.3 mg
  • Sugar 45.2 g


  1. I also doubled the recipe and used ground pork because I had pinapple pork meatballs one time at a superbowl party that were amazing! HOWEVER this particular recipe was lacking something just not sure what. my boyfriend loved it however so maybe it was just me comparing it to the others i had before.
  2. My mom loves anything w/ pineapple so I decided and my dad loves anything w/ beef so I decided to try this recipe:) It turned out great. I had some time on my hands while my daughter napped so I made the meatballs and put them in the slow cooker on low w/ only the - Read more ...
  3. CROCKPOT advice: After combining all the ingredients put them into a crockpot and cook for four to six hours. This allows the sauce to permeate the meatballs and increases the deliciousness at least tenfold. Short cut: used a 2 lb. pkg. of frozen meatballs and cooked them in the microwave for ten minutes per pkg. - Read more ...
  4. These were terrific as appitizers. However I doubled the recipe and pureed the pineapple and added extra canned pineapple juice and used very little worchester sauce. I made the pineapple "sauce" into a light glaze (with cornstarch). Thanks for the recipe...I will make again.
  5. Very good meatballs but I thought it kind of pointless to put in the slow cooker. I boiled the sauce ingredients in a large frying pan and after rolling the meat balls I browned them in the oven then added them to the sauce to simmer for 20 minutes. The only thing I would do - Read more ...
  6. Super easy and delicious! I doubled the recipe (except for the pineapples) and replaced the other 1/2 of the called for pieapple juice w/oj. I also used fresh onion in my meatballs and added granulated garlic and a few drops of liquid smoke and 1/4c of bbq sauce to them as well. I did also - Read more ...
  7. I tried this recipe & added another can of pineapple & 2 small cans of pineapple juice. I can not wait to make it again and plan to triple the size so there will be leftovers for future meals!
  8. I made this tonight and it was great! The only thing I would do differently next time is to reduce the amount of milk. I think it was too much liquid in the meat mix... I used ground pork tonight and it worked well too! I would make this again:)
  9. Very nice meat ball recipe!! I followed all the directions and everything turned out great! The family loved them!